Pastoral Leadership

Pastoral Leadership





The B.A.Min. degree with a Pastoral Leadership major is an accelerated degree completion program offered to persons who wish to prepare for service as a pastor, evangelist, or missionary. The major is designed so that adults with sufficient prior college credit can complete the major in as little as two years.

Pastoral Leadership


Completion of this program should enable students to:

  • Grow and mature in wholeness and holiness as persons and pastors.
  • Promote evangelism and outreach in culturally conditioned forms as the priority of pastoral ministry.
  • Conduct culturally relevant worship as a celebration of God in His supreme worth.
  • Communicate the gospel in contextually appropriate ways, resulting in the transformation of the hearer.
  • Lead and administrate a local church to carry out its unique Christian mission.
  • Practice pastoral care in a manner that ministers to human need in the congregation and the community.
  • Apply what is being learned through directed field study.

Program Requirements (AdVantage Structure)

Sixty hours of college credit through prior college work (2.0 GPA), CLEP or other recognized testing service, military training, and/or Prior Learning Assessment is required for entrance into the degree completion program. A student may enter the program conditionally with 45 semester hours but must complete the final 15 hours before a degree will be granted. This credit must fulfill the following requirements:

General Education Courses

Course Course Description Hours
    60 hours
  English Language/Communication
ENG-1013 English Composition I, ENG-1023 English Composition II
SPE-1003 Principles of Public Speaking or equivalent courses
  Social Sciences 6
  Humanities 3
  Science/Math 6
  History 3
  General Education Electives 18
  Electives or Minor Courses 15

Biblical Studies Courses

Course Course Description Hours
    18 hours
BIB-1013 Introduction to the Old Testament 3
BIB-1023 Introduction to the New Testament 3
BIB-2003 Biblical Interpretation 3
BIB-2013 Pentateuch 3
BIB-2033 New Testament Gospels 3
BIB-3053 Pauline Epistles or BIB3063 Book of Acts3

Pastoral Studies Courses

Course Course Description Hours
    35 hours
CEM-2133 Leadership of Christian Educational Ministries3
OTR-2013 Global Evangelism 3
OTR-4013 Developing a Missional Church 3
PAS-1013 Introduction to Christian Service 3
PAS-1023 Spiritual Formation (or THE-1023) 3
PAS-2013 The Practice of Christian Ministry 3
PAS-2023 History & Polity of the Church of the Nazarene3
PAS-3023 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3
PAS-3033 Christian Preaching I 3
PAS-3043 Christian Preaching II 3
PAS-4023 Church Administration and Finance 3
PAS-4081 Senior Ministry Integration I 1
PAS-4091 Senior Ministry Integration II 1

Foundational Studies Courses

Course Course Description Hours
    15 hours
HIS-1013 Introduction to Church History 3
PHI-3013 Philosophy and Christian Ethics 3
THE-2013 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THE-3023 Systematic Theology I 3
THE-3033 Systematic Theology II 3

128 hours total required for graduation

Completion of the Pastoral Leadership program requirements fulfills the educational requirements for ordination as elder in the Church of the Nazarene.

Students should note that the individual districts in the Church of the Nazarene have autonomy in determining which courses fulfill the educational requirements for ordination.

Students should consult with their respective district ministry board to determine what courses are required for ordination by that district.

“Completion of the Course of Study, and of the minimum required years of service, satisfies the conditions upon which the District Board of Ministry is authorized to consider whether the candidate has sufficiently progressed in his or her development as a minister to warrant ordination. To this end, the board shall personally and carefully examine the candidate on his or her fitness for ministry, spiritual and moral qualifications, doctrinal soundness, financial integrity, and mental capacity.” (555.5, Sourcebook on Ordination, USA/Canada, 2016.)