Pastoral Ministries Major

Major

Are you passionate about serving God and others? Do you want to use your gifts and talents to make a difference in the world? If so, then the pastoral ministries degree from Bethel University may be the right choice for you.

Bethel University’s pastoral ministries major is a five-year combined undergraduate and graduate program designed to prepare students to become effective pastors and leaders in the church. The program includes courses in theology, biblical studies, preaching and pastoral care. Students also have the opportunity to participate in internships, field education, and mission trips.

Bethel University academics psychology

1:1

mentoring opportunities with faculty

11:1

student-to-faculty ratio

100%

of students receive some form of financial assistance

Pastoral Ministries Major

Bachelor of Arts (BA) / Master of Christian Ministries (MA) Program – 5 years

Courses will include:

  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Poetic Books and Wisdom Literature
  • Old Testament & Prophetic Books
  • General Epistles and Revelation
  • Acts and Pauline Epistles
  • Biblical Theology
  • Greek Exegesis
  • Spiritual Formation Experience
  • The Christian World Mission
  • Foundations of Christian Ministry
  • Evangelism & Discipleship
  • Church Management and Administration
  • Theory & Practice of Pastoral Care
  • Homiletics
  • Internship in Pastoral Ministries
  • Systematic Theology

The fifth year of study focuses on graduate level courses to fulfill the Master of Arts in Ministry.

We also offer the M.A. in Ministry fully online.

Prepare for an exciting future as a/an:

  • Pastor
  • Sociologist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Writer
  • Chaplain
  • Counselor
  • Missionary
  • Evangelist

You’ll gain career-shaping skills such as:

  • Understanding spiritual formation
  • Biblical interpretation
  • Knowledge of systematic theology
  • Tools for multicultural ministry
19.03.27 Bethel strong academics

Pastoral Ministries Major Highlights

Bethel University’s pastoral ministries major is a five-year combined undergraduate and graduate program designed to prepare students to become effective pastors and leaders in the church. The program includes courses in theology, biblical studies, preaching, and pastoral care. Students also have the opportunity to participate in internships, field education, and mission trips.

Also Consider These Areas of Study

As you’re pursuing a degree in pastoral ministries, you may explore pairing it with one of the following degrees:

Still deciding?

Meet Our Faculty

Take the Next Step

Take the first step toward your Bethel University degree in  pastoral ministries. Visit campus, apply, request information or ask questions about financial aid.