Department of Christian Ministries

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Why get my degree at Northwestern?

Ministry has always been an expression of Northwestern's identity. We holistically approach your ministry training to produce longevity and vitality.

  • Seven ministry majors with a strong core of Bible courses, as well as one dual degree (see below).
  • Three Interdisciplinary majors
  • Whole-person curriculum designed to develop your knowledge, character and skill.
  • Faculty with diverse ministry experience to develop and empower your generation as leaders.
  • Biblical worldview as a ministry foundation.
  • Multicultural engagement as a ministry approach.
  • Practical planning and development training for effective ministry.


Attention future pastors and ministry leaders!

NEW! Dual degree – B.A./M.Div.

For the first time, Northwestern is excited to offer you a program where you  can get your Bachelor of Arts degree in pastoral ministry and a Master of Divinity degree in just five years!

These degrees typically take at least seven years to complete, but with B.A./M.Div. you will save time and money, able to start your ministry fully equipped by the multiple internships and local pastor mentorships we provide. 

Great opportunities for ministry at Northwestern

"My heart is set on being a youth minister and changing the lives of the youth in America today. Currently, I'm serving at as a youth director at a small Chinese church. It's been great being able to understand where they're coming from and how to develop them in their faith."

George Xiong '13, Youth & Family Studies major, Junior High Youth Pastor at First Free Church in Maplewood, Minnesota

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Leading the Church

The Church is God's vessel for flooding His life into the world.  We answer to God for our actions as united body. In ministry leadership, you will be providing direction and momentum, and you can learn from mentors like Dr. Sue Payne.

After graduation?

  • Church Planting
  • Children's Ministry
  • Young Adult Ministry
  • College Campus Ministry
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Sports Ministry
  • Pastoring
  • Overseas and Local Missions
  • Urban Ministry
  • Local Government
  • Immigrant Outreach
  • Camp Ministry
  • Social Work