The program is designed primarily as preparation for congregation-based ministries. However, flexibility has been built into the program for a wide variety of areas of concentration. This is made possible by the large segment of core elective and elective hours provided in the program. By using these elective hours, students who desire more intensive training in specialized forms of ministry, such as youth ministry, pastoral counseling, or Christian education, may acquire concentrations in these areas of preparation.
Church Planting Specialization
Students may elect to complete a specialization by taking 5 specified courses from one of the following specializations. Those opting for a specialization must declare so within the first 32 hours.
Other specializations include:
- Aging and Spirituality
- Biblical Studies
- Christian Discipleship
- Christian Leadership
- Church Planting
- Intercultural Studies
- Pastoral Counseling
- Spiritual Formation
- Theological Studies
- Youth Ministry
1. Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace (Formation).
2. Know the scriptures and exegetical and hermeneutical skills for the interpretation, appropriation, and communication of the Scriptures (Scripture).
3. Know the received Faith of the Church in various global expressions and capacities to interpret, critically appropriate, and communicate it, with particular attention to the Wesleyan-holiness tradition (Theology).
4. Know and exercise skills for social and cultural analysis and contextualization of the Christian Faith in order to interpret, appropriate, and communicate the Gospel in diverse contexts (Worldview and Witness).
5. Know and practice in a ministry specialization for Christian service in the Church and the world (Vocational praxis).