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Nazarene Bible College


Pastoral Leadership





The B.A. Min. degree with a Pastoral Leadership major is an accelerated degree completion program offered to persons who wish to prepare for service as a pastor, evangelist, or missionary. The major is designed so that adults with sufficient prior college credit can complete the major in as little as two years. Completion of the Pastoral Leadership major fulfills the educational requirements for ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene.

Pastoral Leadership


Completion of this program should enable students to:

  • Grow and mature in wholeness and holiness as persons and pastors.
  • Promote evangelism and outreach in culturally conditioned forms as the priority of pastoral ministry.
  • Conduct culturally relevant worship as a celebration of God in His supreme worth.
  • Communicate the gospel in contextually appropriate ways, resulting in the transformation of the hearer.
  • Lead and administrate a local church to carry out its unique Christian mission.
  • Practice pastoral care in a manner that ministers to human need in the congregation and the community.
  • Develop an intentional vocational foundation for a financially sustainable ministry.

Program Requirements (AdVantage Structure)

Sixty hours of college credit through prior college work (2.0 GPA), CLEP or other recognized testing service, military training, and/or Prior Learning Assessment is required for entrance into the degree completion program. A student may enter the program conditionally with 45 semester hours but must complete the final 15 hours before a degree will be granted. This credit must fulfill the following requirements:

General Education Courses

Course Course DescriptionHours
45 hours
Electives or Minor Courses15 hours
English Language/Communication
ENG-1013 English Composition I, ENG-1023 English Composition II
SPE-1003 Principles of Public Speaking or equivalent courses
Social Sciences6
General Studies Electives18

Biblical Studies Courses

Course Course DescriptionHours
18 hours
BIB-1013 Introduction to the Old Testament3
BIB-1023 Introduction to the New Testament3
BIB-2003 Biblical Interpretation3
BIB-2013 Pentateuch3
BIB-2033 New Testament Gospels3
BIB-3053 Pauline Epistles or BIB3063 Book of Acts3

Pastoral Studies Courses

Course Course DescriptionHours
35 hours
CEM-2133 Leadership of Christian Educational Ministries3
OTR-2013 Global Evangelism3
OTR-4013 Developing a Missional Church3
PAS-1013 Introduction to Christian Service3
PAS-1023 Spiritual Formation (or THE-1023)3
PAS-2013 The Practice of Christian Ministry3
PAS-2023 History & Polity of the Church of the Nazarene3
PAS-3023 Pastoral Care and Counseling3
PAS-3033 Christian Preaching I3
PAS-3043 Christian Preaching II3
PAS-4023 Church Administration and Finance3
PAS-4092 Senior Ministry Integration2

Foundational Studies Courses

Course Course DescriptionHours
15 hours
HIS-1013 Introduction to Church History3
PHI-3013 Philosophy and Christian Ethics3
THE-3023 Systematic Theology I3
THE-3033 Systematic Theology II3
THE-4043 Doctrine of Holiness3

128 hours total required for graduation