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 in Christlike character as persons and pastors.
  • Promote evangelism and community engagement.
  • Conduct culturally relevant, God-centered worship.
  • Communicate the gospel in contextually appropriate ways.
  • Learn to effectively lead and administer the church as a servant leader.
  • Discover good practices for effective pastoral care.
  • 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 Number, Course Description, Required Hours
Course Course Description Hours
  English Language/Communication
ENG1013 English Composition I, ENG1023 English Composition II
SPE1003 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
    60 hours

Biblical Studies Courses

Course Number, Course Description, Required Hours
Course Course Description Hours
BIB1013 Introduction to the Old Testament 3
BIB1023 Introduction to the New Testament 3
BIB2003 Biblical Interpretation 3
BIB2013 Pentateuch 3
BIB2033 New Testament Gospels 3
BIB3053 Pauline Epistles or BIB3063 Book of Acts3
    18 hours

Pastoral Studies Courses

Course Number, Course Description, Required Hours
Course Course Description Hours
CEM2113 Foundations for Christian Educational Ministries3
OTR2013 Global Evangelism 3
OTR4013 Developing a Missional Church 3
PAS1013 Introduction to Christian Service 3
PAS1023 Spiritual Formation (or THE1023) 3
PAS2013 The Practice of Christian Ministry 3
PAS2023 History & Polity of the Church of the Nazarene3
PAS3023 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3
PAS3033 Christian Preaching I 3
PAS3043 Christian Preaching II 3
PAS4023 Church Administration and Finance 3
PAS4081 Senior Ministry Integration I 1
PAS4091 Senior Ministry Integration II 1
    35 hours

Foundational Studies Courses

Course Number, Course Description, Required Hours
Course Course Description Hours
HIS1013 Introduction to Church History 3
PHI3013 Philosophy and Christian Ethics 3
THE2013 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THE3023 Systematic Theology I 3
THE3033 Systematic Theology II 3
    15 hours

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.)