Pastoral Ministry

Jesus calls women and men from every generation to develop missional communities of followers who declare and display the glory of God in faith, hope and love. While much about pastoral ministry has changed over the generations, its central concerns of biblical preaching, congregational leading and soul-care remain the same. The Pastoral Ministries program develops believers who engage in redemptive leadership through spiritual direction and soul care; ministerial leadership; and relevant biblical preaching.

Maybe somebody's told you that you can't make a difference – maybe because you're too young, or because you're a woman. But church history tells again and again the story of young women and men whom God uses to impact their generations. What if God wants to use you to advance his kingdom in your lifetime? The hope of the world is found in the local church. Why not join the adventure?

Points of distinction

  • Join a community of faith where you can know others and be known by others in an authentic way; love and be loved; serve and be served; celebrate and be celebrated; and help accomplish the redemptive purpose of Christ.
  • Take part in advanced studies in fields such as theology, preaching, counseling, spiritual direction, leadership and more.


Pastoral ministry majors learn the art of redemptive leadership – gospel-centered, transformational guidance that practices the following:

  • Spiritual Direction and Soul Care – The nurturance and care of people; helping them experience the presence of God and follow Christ in obedience.
  • Ministerial Leadership – Ability to lead one’s self, another person, a small group and a larger group to pursue the mission of the church.
  • Relevant biblical preaching – Interpret the world of an audience and the meaning of the Word of God and then communicate with an audience how to live wisely from the Bible.

Common career paths 

  • Bible translation
  • Missions
  • Education
  • Social work
  • Chaplaincy 
  • Counseling
  • Pastoral roles (lead, senior, youth, children's)

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Meet your professors

spring 2016 pastoral ministry Courses: