Available as major (B.S. degree). This major 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.Administrator, trainer, negotiator, counselor, teacher, preacher, communicator, researcher, servant. Few careers require as much flexibility and versatility as a career in pastoral ministry. Are you ready for the challenge? And the rewards?
We are here to help prepare you — for the challenges and the rewards — as you answer God’s call to pastoral ministry.In pastoral ministry, you will be a key influencer in the lives of Christian believers. The more in tune you are with the Bible, your own faith and the reality of people’s lives in today’s world, the more effective you will be.Serving as a pastor is more than preaching a message on Sunday morning. As a pastor, you are called to walk with people through their best and worst experiences — as well as to encourage them to grow in their faith during routine sameness of life. You also become the role model for Christian leadership. High expectations are common, and gratitude is often scarce. But the rewards of pastoral ministry far outweigh the challenges. Baptizing a seven-year-old who just accepted Christ. Joining a young couple in marriage. Sharing the Gospel with a man in a hospital bed. Receiving a new insight from God about a Bible passage you’ve read many times before.At Olivet, you can:
CareersDo these characteristics describe you?
Then consider a career as a Christian pastor.Possible 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, singles pastor, funeral directorPastoral Ministry within the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.
Pastoral ministry students have multiple opportunities to hone their preaching skills at local churches while still students.