What will I learn with a Pastoral Ministry Degree?

When you complete the Pastoral Ministry degree at Barclay College, you will be able to demonstrate the basic qualifications for serving as pastor of a local church and will have the foundation for a lifetime of developing ministerial skills.

You will be able to:

  1. Understand your personal call into ministry, and explain the biblical purpose of the local church and the role of the pastor within the local
  2. Use lessons from church history and current methods of pastoral ministry to develop a sound philosophy of local church
  3. Develop an understanding of how one discerns God’s vision for the future for a local congregation, how that vision is communicated, and how to mobilize the congregation for implementing activities by which the vision may be
  4. Accurately interpret scripture, using sound methodology and a familiarity with New Testament
  5. Craft and deliver sermons which help listeners apply biblical principles to the problems and possibilities they face in the twenty-first
  6. Conduct specialized worship ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, dedications, baptisms and

Why should I come to Barclay College for a Pastor Ministry degree?

The development of your vocation and calling is an important part of our degree program. Professors consider one-on-one mentoring an important part of their responsibility. They will help you understand your calling and help you develop your gifts.

 When you study Pastoral Ministry at Barclay College will not only receive the highest quality theological education, but you will also have numerous opportunities to gain practical ministry experience, experience that simply isn’t possible at larger schools.

What are alums of the program doing?

We have seen great success in the placement rates of our pastoral ministry majors, with our graduates going onto careers in youth ministry, pastoral ministry, parachurch organizations, and other non-profit organizations.

What is the career/job outlook?

Required Education
Must be ordained, graduate degree depending on congregation
Necessary Skills
Leadership, public speaking, empathy, ethics
Median Salary (2019)*
$48,815 for pastors
Job Outlook (2016-2026)**
8% growth for all clergy

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Arts: Pastoral Ministry

Bible and Ministry Requirements*: (must earn a 2.5 GPA; no more than one D grade allowed)

29 hrs

Bible Concentration:

20 hrs

BI205 Bible Study Methods

3

NT102 New Testament Survey

3

OT101 Old Testament Survey

3

TH300 Teachings of Friends

3

TH302 Doctrine of Holiness

2

OT Elective (OT252, 322, 333, or 351)

3

NT Elective (NT211, 241, 362, or 356)

3

Foundations for Ministry:

9 hrs

CM104 Personal Evangelism Seminar

1

MI208 Intercultural Ministry

3

SL101 Spiritual Formation I

3

WA101 Introduction to Worship

2

General Education Requirements:

33 hrs

Communication

9 hrs

EN100 College Writing

3

EN200 Research and Writing

3

SP200 Fundamentals of Speech

3

Humanities

11 hrs

HU309 Interdisciplinary Studies Elective

3

LI200 Introduction to Literature

3

PH100 Critical Thinking

2

PH205 Introduction to Philosophy

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6 hrs

PY100 General Psychology

3

Social Science Elective

3

Science and Mathematics

7 hrs

Math Elective

3

Science Elective+Lab

4

Additional Requirements

10 hrs

BC199 Orientation for Success at BC

1

6 hours chosen from literature (LI), Juniors Global (JG), or social sciences

6

Unrestricted electives (students often fulfill these hours, partially or completely, through 1-hr courses, such as sports or music lessons)

3

Professional Ministry Courses: (must earn a 2.5 GPA; no D grades allowed)

CM225 Ecclesiology

3

CM307 Ministry Leadership and Administration

3

CM402 Senior Forum

1

HI447 Church History and Thought I

3

HI448 Church History and Thought II

3

PM226 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

3

PM313 Homiletics I

3

PM314 Homiletics II

2

PM409 Pastoral Ministry Practicum

3

PM412 Counseling for Christian Leaders

3

PM423 Church Growth and Development

3

PY242 Interpersonal Relations

3

SL202 Spiritual Formation II

3

Additional Bible/Theology:

20 hrs

BI306 Hermeneutics

3

NT201 Using New Testament Greek I

3

NT202 Using New Testament Greek II

3

TH304 Apologetics

2

TH333 Theology of Missions

2

TH341 Systematic Theology I

3

TH342 Systematic Theology II

3

3 hours NT, OT, or TH Electives

3

The Pastoral Ministry degree is great for anyone called into the ministry. The program integrates theology, pastoral counseling, Christian leadership, and preaching methods. All while asking the question, “How can this be applied to the local church?”

Corbin Kellum
Youth Pastor
Emmanuel Church, Abilene, KS
2018 B.S. Pastoral Ministry

Have questions about Pastoral Ministry?

Derek Brown

Chair of Pastoral Ministry

Ph.D. Johnson University
M.A.R. Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A. Barclay College

Career Outlook

* According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

+8%

Growth for all clergy*
Between 2016 and 2026

$48,815

Median salary for pastor (2019)*

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