LPTS DMin Project Report Formatting | Style | Citation Guide
(October 2020) - Download pdf

This guide covers the basics of academic writing of the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Project Report in one place: guidelines for formatting papers correctly; writing style tips; examples of citations for a variety of sources, and abbreviations for books of the Bible.

For help with formatting, contact Ms. Bobi Bilz, DMin Project Report Editor, Monday through Friday, 12:00-1:00 PM and Monday through Saturday after 5:00 PM.



To find past dissertations by LPTS DMin students, check out the Research in Ministry database. Research in Ministry® (RIM®) is a free thesis and dissertation abstract database where users can search for and share the outcomes of research conducted in graduate programs of study related to ministry, theology and religion. The RIM database is maintained by ATLA and contains over 14,000 records compiled since its time as a paper index.  

To find open access dissertations, use PQDT Open. PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. For example, a search for the term "black theology" results in 33153 dissertations. No Louisville Seminary dissertations are available here but you can refine the "black theology" search with "Louisville" to retrieve 26 dissertations from the U of Louisville. You can also search by author and other terms. For example, here is a link to Dr. Justin Reed's dissertation:


The Anti-racism Digital Library is curated by Dr. Coleman and is an excellent source. For definitions in anti-racism, please consult the Glossary and Thesaurus in the Anti-racism Digital Library, here.   

Remote Access to Research Databases, Ebook Collections, Library Catalog and More

Please use the navigation links above to access the library's vast digital collections. For research consultations, contact Dr. Anita Coleman, Professor of Bibliography and Research and Director, E.M. White Library, at For general library help email

Doctor of Ministry - For information about the program at LPTS

DMin Program Contact Information:

Office of Doctor of Ministry Programs
Louisville Seminary
800.264.1839 ext. 291

Dr. Angela Cowser,
Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Doctor of Ministry Programs

Ms. Melody Hall,
Administrative Assistant to Black Church Studies and Doctor of Ministry Programs