We are excited to announce a major update to Research in Ministry® (RIM®). Coming in December 2018, the upgraded RIM will provide a new self-submittal system as well as an improved user interface and search experience. Watch this site and the ATLA Newsletter for more information on the release, including training opportunities.

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. Abstracts can be searched by keyword

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

Database Details

Total Number of Records


Coverage Areas

All areas of pastoral theology

Access Information

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

Submission Information

ATLA will no longer accept paper or electronic submissions to RIM from participating institutions. Users will soon be 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.​