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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Pastoral Ministries, BA

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College Ministry
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Steve Mills
Concentrations Church and Ministry Leadership, Youth, Children, and Family Ministries, General Ministries
CIP Code 39.0699

The Pastoral Ministries program is designed to prepare students for full time vocational ministry in an environment that blends academic excellence, progressive spiritual formation, and service in local churches.

Course work takes place within a learning community comprised of supportive administration, hands-on faculty, and practicing pastors and ministry leaders. Courses equip students with strong components of biblical and theological understanding, essential skills in administration and leadership, basic understanding of church polity and legal issues, and effective preaching skills with a missional orientation. The program offers room for elective courses in Bible, leadership or specializations of your choice. This program exceeds educational requirements for Assemblies of God ministry credentials.

Students discover and experience foundational faith-values such as: innovation, creativity, inclusion, community, integration, involvement, inspiration, celebration, discernment, spirituality, and gratefulness.

Graduates with a degree in Pastoral Ministries will be able to:

  1. Apply Scripture using proper hermeneutical principles in the ministry context.
  2. Assess distinct viewpoints on theological topics.
  3. Articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry.
  4. Exhibit effective communication skills for pastoral ministry.
  5. Demonstrate core pastoral competencies in an applied ministry setting.

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    • Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits
    • Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Exercise Science (EXSC), Geography (GEOG), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

Major Requirements: 54

Supporting Requirements: 6

Pastoral Ministries Concentrations: 12

Select from one of the following concentrations:

General Ministries: 12

12 credits (twelve) Subject to Advising from Bible, Theology, and Ministry courses that support the student’s intended ministry.

General Electives: 11

Any college-level courses

Total: 125 Semester Credits

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