Pastoral Ministries

Pastoral Ministries





The B.A.Min. degree with a Pastoral Ministries major is the primary degree offered to persons who wish to prepare for service as a pastor, evangelist, or missionary.

Pastoral Ministries


Completion of this program should enable students to:

  • Grow and mature in wholeness and holiness as persons and pastors.
  • Promote evangelism and community engagement 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 (Traditional Structure)

General Education Core Requirements

Course Course Description Hours
    45 hours
ENG-1013 English Composition I 3
ENG-1023 English Composition II 3
ENG-1043 Classical Literature 3
GEN-1003 Lifelong Learning Skills 3
HIS-2013 Western World/Ancient and Medieval Times3
HIS-2023 Western World/Emerging Modern Society 3
MTH-1003 General Mathematics 3
PAS-1013 Introduction to Christian Service 3
PAS-1023 Spiritual Formation 3
PHI-3013 Philosophy and Christian Ethics 3
PSY-1013 Introduction to Psychology 3
SCI-2013 General Physical Science 3
SOC-1003 Introduction to Sociology 3
SPE-1003 Principles of Public Speaking 3
THE-3013 Introduction to Christian Thought 3

Bible and Theology Core Requirements

Course Course Description Hours
    30 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-3013 Hebrew Prophets or 3
  BIB-3023 Poetic and Wisdom Literature or 
  BIB-3123 O.T. Historical Books  
BIB-3053 Pauline Epistles or BIB 3063 Book of Acts3
THE-2013 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THE-3023 Systematic Theology I 3
THE-3033 Systematic Theology II 3

Courses Specific to the Pastoral Ministries Major

Course Course Description Hours
    44 hours
  Electives or Minor Courses 9 hours
CEM-2113 Foundations for Christian Educational Ministries3
MUS-1143 Music Ministries I-Introduction 3
OTR-2013 Global Evangelism 3
OTR-4013 Developing a Missional Church 3
PAS-2013 The Practice of Christian Ministry 3
PAS-2023 History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene3
PAS-3013 Worship 3
PAS-3023 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3
PAS-3033 Christian Preaching I 3
PAS-3043 Christian Preaching II 3
PAS-3053 Christian Preaching III 3
PAS-4023 Church Administration and Finance 3
PAS-4081 Senior Ministry Integration I–Pastoral Ministries 1
PAS-4091 Senior Ministry Integration II–Pastoral Ministries 1
PSY-4083 Leadership 3
SPE-3003 Oral Interpretation 3

128 hours total required for graduation

Completion of the Pastoral Ministries major fulfills 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.)