We are excited to announce a major update to Research in Ministry® (RIM®). Launched in December 2018, the upgraded RIM provides a new self-submittal system as well as an improved user interface and search experience. 

RIM indexes the bibliographic data and abstracts for projects and theses from a variety of graduate programs including Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Missiology (DMiss), and Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin), and with the new release, other related graduate programs. RIM is a searchable database with entries for authors, titles, advisors, schools, and ATLA subject headings. 

Access Information

The new version of RIM is accessible at https://0-rim-atla-com.librarycatalog.vts.edu/.

Who is RIM for?

Anyone who wants to search for and learn about current and historical graduate research in ministry, theology, and religion is welcome to search RIM. Further, anyone who has received or any institution that grants degrees in graduate programs of study related to ministry, theology, and religion may share the abstracts of their theses, dissertations, or other terminal projects with RIM. ATLA membership is not required for participation in RIM.

The RIM database contains over 14,000 records compiled since its time as a paper index. 

Submission Information

ATLA will no longer accept paper or electronic submissions to RIM from participating institutions. Users are able to create a unique login for RIM and complete a simple self-submission form that includes the full bibliographic detail, including the abstract, of their project, thesis or dissertation, as well as the ability to assign of ATLA Subject Headings that describe the work.

Christine Fruin, ATLA Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, hosted a workshop introducing the new RIM and submission process. A recording is available at this link: https://vimeo.com/315646296/60e78a04c2


If you have any questions about RIM, please send an email to memberrep@atla.com.