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 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 (Traditional Structure)

General Education Core Requirements

Course Number, Course Description, Required Hours
Course Course Description Hours
ENG1013 English Composition I 3
ENG1023 English Composition II 3
ENG1043 Classical Literature 3
GEN1003 Lifelong Learning Skills 3
HIS2013 Western World/Ancient and Medieval Times3
HIS2023 Western World/Emerging Modern Society 3
MTH1003 General Mathematics 3
PAS1013 Introduction to Christian Service 3
PAS1023 Spiritual Formation 3
PHI3013 Philosophy and Christian Ethics 3
PSY1013 Introduction to Psychology 3
SCI2013 General Physical Science 3
SOC1003 Introduction to Sociology 3
SPE1003 Principles of Public Speaking 3
THE3013 Introduction to Christian Thought 3
    45 hours

Bible and Theology Core Requirements

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
BIB3013 Hebrew Prophets or 3
BIB3023 Poetic and Wisdom Literature or
BIB3123 O.T. Historical Books
BIB3053 Pauline Epistles or 3
BIB3063 Book of Acts
THE2013 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THE3023 Systematic Theology I 3
THE3033 Systematic Theology II 3
    30 hours

Courses Specific to the Pastoral Ministries Major

Course Number, Course Description, Required Hours
Course Course Description Hours
CEM2113 Foundations for Christian Educational Ministries3
MUS1013 Introduction to Music Ministries 3
OTR2013 Global Evangelism 3
OTR4013 Developing a Missional Church 3
PAS2013 The Practice of Christian Ministry 3
PAS2023 History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene3
PAS3013 Worship 3
PAS3023 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3
PAS3033 Christian Preaching I 3
PAS3043 Christian Preaching II 3
PAS3053 Christian Preaching III 3
PAS4023 Church Administration and Finance 3
PAS4081 Senior Ministry Integration I–Pastoral Ministries 1
PAS4091 Senior Ministry Integration II–Pastoral Ministries 1
PSY4083 Leadership 3
    41 hours
  Electives or Minor Courses 12 hours

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.)