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BA Degree – Major in Pastoral Ministry

The major in the Bachelor of Arts degree is the focused area of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student.


Purpose of the Major

To equip persons for Christian ministry by providing foundational insights in Bible study and theological knowledge while enhancing skills needed for effective service in local church and other expressions of service.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learners will develop Bible study skills.
  2. Learners will gain interpretative abilities of the principles of theology.
  3. Learners will demonstrate new confidence in ministry opportunities.

Major Core Studies – 30 Credits

Major Core Studies form 30 credits of the 120 credits minimum for the BA degree. Major Core Studies are from the Pastoral Ministry, Expository Preaching, Philosophy, Christian Education, Biblical Counseling, Administration, and Conflict Management subject areas.

  • PM 341 Basic Theology of Ministry
  • EP 495 Introduction to Contemporary Preaching [1]
  • PH 401 Basic Christian Ethics
  • PM 436 Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines
  • CE 388 Strategies for Effective Teaching
  • PM 459 Fundamentals of Personal Evangelism [2]
  • BC 372 Introduction to Biblical Counseling [3]
  • AD 424 Basic Principles of Administration [4]
  • PM 355 Fundamentals of Church Growth [2]
  • CM 326 Fundamentals of Managing Conflict [5]

[1] Learners may replace course with an elective in Expository Preaching (EP).

[2] Learners may replace course with an elective in Pastoral Ministry (PM).

[3] Learners may replace course with an elective in Biblical Counseling (BC).

[4] Learners may replace course with an elective in Administration (AD).

[5] Learners may replace course with CM 365 Approaches to Dealing with Difficult People.

Program Structure – 120 Credits Minimum

  • RW 001 Trinity Tutorial – 0 credits
  • General Electives Studies – 60 credits
  • Bible Core Studies – 30 credits (at least 6 through Trinity)
  • Major Core Studies – 30 credits (at least 12 through Trinity)

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