Pastoral Ministry

The Highest Calling

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Pastoral Ministry has been approved by the Course of Study Advisory Committee to meet the education requirements for ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene, and is ideal for those students called to pursue full-time ministry in the church, or those choosing to pursue continued studies beyond the undergraduate.

Few careers require as much flexibility and versatility as a career in pastoral ministry. Pastors are administrators, trainers, negotiators, counselors, teachers, preachers, communicators, researchers, and servants. Olivet prepares students who are preparing to follow God’s call to pastoral ministry.

Serving as a pastor is more than preaching a message on Sunday morning. Pastors are called to walk with people through their best and worst experiences — as well as encourage them to grow in their faith during routine sameness of life. Pastors are key leaders in communities, and become the role model for Christian leadership.

The rewards of pastoral ministry far outweigh the challenges. Community ministry experience and a full summer internship are part of the degree requirements. In the final year, students are assigned to a church for ministry with a staff or neighboring pastor as your mentor, and take classes on campus and complete a final project.

Pastoral Ministry Students
  • Study cross-cultural ministry, missiological foundations, anthropology, intercultural communication, world religions.
  • Study abroad and experience the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.
  • Go on Missions in Action (M.I.A.) student mission trips and serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America as well as in the U.S.
  • Study Biblical hermeneutics, cross-cultural ministry, homiletics, Christian theology, pastoral care/counseling.
  • Learn from professors who once served as pastors of congregations.
  • Volunteer for a variety of jobs with area congregations to get firsthand ministry experience.
  • Observe pastors and how they handle ministry needs that arise.
  • Serve alongside pastors as they lead worship, teach classes, mentor volunteers and respond to crises.
  • Have numerous opportunities to preach in churches across the Olivet region as a preaching ambassador.
Find Your Career

Pastoral Ministry Careers Include: senior pastor, preaching pastor, chaplain, administrative/executive pastor, associate pastor, church planter, college/young adult pastor, discipleship pastor, outreach pastor, worship minister, assistant pastor, discipleship pastor, interim pastor, adult ministries pastor, family pastor, lead pastor, evangelist, church administrator, campus pastor, director of religious activities, family life minister, funeral director, singles pastor

Study Abroad

More than a dozen study abroad programs provide the opportunity for experiencing the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.

Study Abroad

Missions Work

Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America, as well as in the U.S.

Missions in Action

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

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