School of Theology & Christian Ministry

Preparing students to serve God and people in the setting of today’s Church is foundational. Students enter with a desire to serve, and graduate prepared to serve. A degree from Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry is a comprehensive one, providing entry-level knowledge and skills in the areas of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, and the history of Christianity, as well as practices such as Christian education and spiritual formation.

The diversity of experience and preparation of our faculty makes for a rich and challenging learning environment, while our varied courses of study offer a stimulating range of options from which to choose.

Biblical Languages

The Biblical Languages minor, Hebrew minor, or Greek minor are perfect for the student who desires the opportunity to study those foundational documents in ways not possible in English translation alone.

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Biblical Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or minor in Biblical Studies provides students the opportunity to study the literary, historical and theological dimensions of the text.

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Children's Ministry

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Children’s Ministry is designed to prepare individuals to fulfill their call to serve children and families in the church.

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Christian Education

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or minor in Christian Education is utilized for those seeking to have a solid foundation of what discipleship means in the local church.

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Intercultural Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or minor in Intercultural Studies is ideal for the student who longs to expand their view of the world through the study of other cultures.

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Ministerial Missions

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Ministerial Missions is designed for the candidate who has a calling to have an impact on the world for Christ.

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Pastoral Ministry

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.

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Theology Department

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religion and the minor Theology are for students who want to engage in the academic study of God. The discipline of theology is at the heart of the preparation of future ministers and also for those who want to more deeply understand Christian doctrine and ideas.

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Youth Ministry

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or minor in Youth Ministry has been approved by the Course of Study Advisory Committee to meet educational requirements for ordination as an elder/deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.

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The Salvation Army Partnership

The Salvation Army and ONU partnership is designed so officers can continue the education they began at the CFOT through The Salvation Army Officer Education Program called SACEP. The Salvation Army Continuing Education Program equips officers with the skills needed to better serve in today’s changing communities, where they are called to serve. 

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Endowed Chair

The Reverand Dr. Fay Quanstrom Chair for Pastoral Leadership

The purpose of this particular gift is to provide support to a person who is engaged in preparing both women and men to follow God’s call into ministry with special emphasis on the training and encouraging of women in ministry.

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Opportunities to Serve

There’s more to education than books and lectures. That’s especially true for ministry students. Olivet offers many opportunities for students to put their faith to work. Mission trips. Volunteering. Local churches. In the process, students grow into the leaders the world needs.

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Graduate Studies at Olivet

Education is important for ministry professionals. Olivet’s bachelor’s degree graduates are well-prepared to successfully pursue advanced degrees. Olivet offers master’s degree programs in pastoral leadership, religion, biblical studies, Christian ministry, family ministry, pastoral ministry, urban ministry and practical ministry.

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