Educational Ministries

God’s kingdom is always in need of leaders who know Christ and bring his reality to others. Educational Ministries is committed to that goal. Using some of the best concepts from the fields of education, psychology and leadership, this balanced and versatile  program will cause you to think deeply and theologically about transformational ministry. Gain a purposeful understanding of your relationship with God, other Christians and the current culture while you develop leadership, communication, writing and research skills to create relevant ministries for the 21st century. 

Job outlook

The Educational Ministries degree is preparation for a broad spectrum of applications to the workforce. Knowledge of self, God and others prepares students to find their place of leadership through development of their God-given talents. These skills prepare graduates to lead through rewarding work in a variety of potential venues. Studies in psychology, sociology and leadership theory, coupled with creative thinking and compassion, shape students to work as servant leaders who are equipped to teach in churches and parachurch organizations both locally and abroad. 

Points of distinction

Educational Ministries combines the best of educational methodology with the social science disciplines of psychology, sociology and leadership theory to elicit change agents for the church and culture. As an ed. min. major, you will be a solid assessor of the times in which you live so that you can know what to do as an influencer of truth, excellence, hope and opportunity — wherever God calls.

  • Get equipped to provide skillful leadership for the educational challenges of contemporary society.
  • Gain experience in cutting edge applied theology.
  • Learn with distinguished professors in their field of expertise.
  • Boost your personal growth in communication skills.
  • Thoroughly comprehend how to understand, develop and lead people.
  • Become immersed in transformational learning.
  • Be prepared to teach locally and abroad. 

Program concentrations

  • Ministry Leadership – Preparation for a leadership role in church/school/parachurch/missions/marketplace. Many past students have used this concentration as a springboard into graduate school.
  • Family Ministry – Preparation for a role in the church or parachurch.
  • Recreational Leadership – Popular with those who see themselves leading in a parachurch role such as camp or adventure ministry.
  • Women’s Ministry– Preparation for a role in the church or parachurch


  1. Understand People - People are the apex of God's creation – objects of His affection and agents of His purposes. We believe every effective minister should seek to deeply understand and love people, to explore how they grow and develop, and to perceive what makes them who they are (1 Timothy 1:5).
  2. Design Ministry - Leaders are needed to develop and refine strategies that reach and nurture people into an abiding walk with Christ (Colossians 1:28-29). We believe the next generation of ministers will need to think more creatively and incisively than ever before about how to provide effective ministry to this complex and rapidly changing world.
  3. Develop Leaders - The task of an effective minister is one of equipping – to prepare the people of God for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11). Raising disciples who will go themselves and make disciples lies at the heart of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe in the strategic importance of multiplying leaders.

Student Stories

Paul Pastor is an associate editor for Christianity Today and editor of PARSE, one of the world's top 10 ministry blogs.

Anne Partridge once thought Multnomah would be the last place she'd attend. A visit to campus changed her mind completely.

Common career paths 

You'll be equiped to lead wherever God calls – church, school, parachurch, missions or marketplace.

  • Church – Recent graduates (Tim and Keith) have been called by local churches to be Youth Pastors. Another grad (Ted) is serving as a Pastoral Intern in a Portland church.

  • School – Recent graduate (Kate) served in an educational support role in a Chinese school for the blind before settling into a 6th grade teaching role in a local private Portland school. Six graduates from the past several years (Colin, Amy, Matt, Meagan, Kim, and Danny) are currently employed by Multnomah in a variety of capacities.

  • Parachurch/Missions – A recent grad (Josh) served as an outdoor educator in Holsbybrunn Sweden with Torchbearers International. A couple of other grads (Devin and Sara) are serving in homeless/rescue missions locally.

  • Marketplace – A recent graduate (Brandon) is working as a Business Intern for a large national publications firm. Another recent grad (Meredith) serves in a local mental health facility.

Common career paths 

  • Group or adolescent counseling
  • Recreational leadership
  • Youth or children’s ministry
  • Assistant teaching
  • Business/marketplace positions
  • Student Ministries Pastor/High School Director
  • Public and private education
  • Pastoral
  • Student Services
  • Church Planting
  • Women’s ministry
  • Service Agencies

Positions educational ministries graduates have held

  • Activity director—Long Term Care and Rehab Center
  • Assistant preschool teacher
  • Flight attendant for SkyWest Airlines
  • Account executive
  • Self-employed in business
  • Assistant director of Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Children’s ministry pastor
  • Youth pastor, Abundant Life Church
  • Church planting and college ministry in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Group counselor, NW Behavior and Healthcare Services
  • Administrative assistant, Holt Adoption Agency
  • Resident assistant, Morrison Academy, Taiwan
  • College admissions counselor

Graduate schools to which educational ministries graduates have been accepted


  • Talbot School of Theology
  • Western Seminary, Portland, OR
  • Azusa Pacific Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Multnomah Graduate School
  • George Fox

Next Steps

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