One who aspires to be a pastor will be a leader of leaders, a preacher and discipler who is skilled in church planting and growth. It is the most interesting and exciting work in the world. The kingdom need is for people of character who are not afraid to deal with challenge, change, and opportunity. The Pastoral Ministry program prepares graduates for this leadership as senior pastors, associate pastors, and other key positions. As part of the Practical Theology department, we continue the longstanding heritage of the University to partner with the local church to evangelize, disciple, edify and unify believers to maturity in Christ. Graduates are expected to put factual knowledge to practical use in the ministry of the local church or parachurch organization. Those attending graduate school will have gained the knowledge and research skills required for advanced study. The practical implementation of all factual and intellectual knowledge is accomplished by preparing students who:
- Use proper exegetical methods and tools to interpret the Christian scriptures with a view toward preaching, teaching, and church management.
- Have a system of values and beliefs which are scripturally based and result in a wholesome life of service and example in both church and society.
- Are skilled in preaching, leading worship, evangelism, pastoral care, counseling, and church administration.
- Have entered into a life of spiritual formation integrating vocation, ministry, character, and life style.