Christian Ministry: Pastoral Studies
Learn the perspectives and skills needed for effective pastoral ministry.
The Pastoral Studies concentration is the perfect choice for students preparing for pastoral ministry in a church setting, or who simply want to prepare to lead a ministry and engage with people in any ministry context.
Study ministry from biblical, theological, and practical vantage points. Put your learning into practice in various ministries both on and off campus, and get connected with internships both locally and globally.
Christian Ministry students get to learn from faculty with years of ministry experience. Small class sizes mean opportunities for close contact with professors and discussion with peers from diverse concentrations and denominations.
Discover your passions
Versatility is an asset for careers in ministry. Study in several concentrations while specializing in two, getting both a broad understanding of ministry and a deep knowledge of the work you’re called to.
Launch into ministry
Work out the practical side of pastoral ministry during your degree. Both in class with experienced professors and during your internship phase, prepare for the day-to-day realities of ministry now.
This concentration is an in depth look at the life of a pastor. Though biblical study classes are vital, pastoral class bring out the practical side of the day to day life in ministry. The professors deeply yearn to prepare you for a life of service.
This program provides a strong liberal arts foundation, biblical and theological grounding, and the skills necessary for success in ministry settings and the marketplace. This program is specifically designed to equip students for effective service and leadership in professional or lay settings by allowing them to tailor their program to include courses in several concentrations of study: Adolescent Studies, Camp Ministry, Childhood Studies, Family Studies, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, and Worship Arts. Additionally, the program provides a firm foundation for further study at the graduate level. This program ultimately seeks the transformation of students for effective ministry to the church and world through quality classroom instruction along with experiential education in a broadly defined academic and ministry training program.
Past graduates entered many types of careers including pastoral and associate pastoral ministry (youth, children, women, family, etc.), lay and ministry-related teaching, missions, camp leadership, church administration, and various other ministry and lay positions.
Graduates of the BA Christian Ministry will be able to:
- Demonstrate competency in a breadth of ministry skills.
- Articulate a culturally sensitive theology of the mission of the church and their place within it.
- Demonstrate a capacity to teach or preach effectively.
The BA Christian Ministry requires 45 credit hours of Christian Ministry and Christian Ministry-related course work (including 24 credit hours at the 300+ level). There are two layers of requirements in this program. First, students must complete the 18 credit hour ministry core requirements. Second, students must choose both a primary (18 credit hours) and secondary concentration (9 credit hours) from two of the following options: Adolescent Studies, Camp Ministry, Childhood Studies, Family Studies, Media Arts, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies, Sport Studies, and Worship Arts. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Christian Ministry requires 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.Credit Hours: 120
I. Ministry Core Requirements (18 credit hours)
CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission
CM 439 Christian Ministry Internship
CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership
PAST 438 Practical Theology
COMM 104 Public Speaking
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics
II. Ministry Concentration Requirements:
Primary Concentration in Pastoral Studies: 18 credit hours including at least 12 credit hours from 300+ level.
PAST 355 Homiletics
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology
PAST 453 Variety in Preaching (required in primary concentration only)
Electives to be selected from:
Any Pastoral Studies course
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education
FMST/SOC 317 Sociology of the Family
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada
HIS 433 History of Christianity in the USA
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
PSY 280 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition
THEO 337 Comparative Studies on the Church
YM 220 Camp and Youth Ministries
Secondary Concentration: 9 credit hours including at least 3 credit hours from 300+ level from one of the other ministry options.
Note: For students pursuing a minor, courses from either their Core or from free electives may be used, but not courses from ministry concentrations
III. Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 120 credit hours)
PRT 400 Senior Portfolio
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning
In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.
Associate Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministry
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry
Professor of Leadership and Pastoral Studies
You may also be interested in
- Camp leadership
- Para-church staff
Potential Graduate Programs
- Master of Youth Ministry at Briercrest Seminary
- Master of Christian Ministry at Briercrest Seminary
- Master of Divinity at Briercrest Seminary
- MA Theological Studies at Briercrest Seminary