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Prepare for a career making disciples in the church, the mission field, and the world. Begin with general ministry courses and then you can select from specific ministry concentrations such as children and family ministry, youth and emerging adult ministry, non profit leadership, worship and creative arts, and social justice. This degree lays the foundation for you to work domestically or internationally in vocational ministry or nonprofit contexts and prepares you for graduate study.
of Northwestern ministry graduates had professional employment within 6 months
complete 200 hours of ministry experience during internships
of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern
You can focus your passion in ministry by choosing from a variety of concentrations including children and family, nonprofit, social justice, worship ministries, or youth and emerging adult ministry. You will be equipped for mission-life upon graduation, due to the 200 hours you will spend ministering in your required internships. Grow closer to God as you learn from experienced ministry professionals, who share insights from their own years in the field.
This degree also includes a concentration in Camp and Conference Center Leadership through an educational partnership with Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center. Since its founding in 1958, Forest Springs has been committed to developing Christian leaders. The camp's LTD (Leadership, Training, and Development) program is one tool that God has been using to equip leaders for ministry around the world. As a ministry major, you may choose to use your 20 credits of concentration at Forest Springs by enrolling in the LTD program.
Northwestern is recognized as one of the best places to study the Bible in Minnesota and the nation. Our history includes ministers, evangelists, and missionaries like Billy Graham and Roger Youderian and many alumni who serve God in their careers.
If you have a heart to serve and disciple others in a professional setting, have good communication skills, and are caring, this might be the right degree for you.
Students in this major are allowed to choose from the following concentrations or work with their advisor to design their own concentration.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits while living, studying, and interning for one year at the Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center. Our department partners with the camp's LTD (Leadership, Training, and Development) program to equip leaders for camping ministry around the world. Required classes including Camping Ministry, Camp Management, Camp Counseling, and Camp Health and Risk Management.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of gaining essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership so that they can work in either local church or nonprofit contexts. Classes include Management, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Marketing.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them with the theological and practical understandings that are needed to act mercifully and love justly in a broken world. Required classes include Theology for Social Engagement, Social Justice, Race and Ethnicity in America, and Urban Community Development.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them with foundational skills in music ministry and technology so that they can best utilize their skills in leading worship or designing creative arts ministries in the local church or nonprofit ministry context. Classes include Music Ministry Foundations, Music in World Cultures, and Technology in Worship.
Students complete a minimum of 20 credits with the goal of preparing them for ministry with youth and emerging adults in the local church or nonprofit contexts. Required courses include Every Day Lives of Adolescents and Youth, Spiritual Lives of Adolescents and Youth, and Practices of Youth and Emerging Adult Ministry. The requirements for this concentration in the Youth and Emerging Adult Studies major are slightly different since some of these courses are taken in the major core.
Relationships are foundational to our vision to inspire the next generation of leaders. In this brief video, Dr. Megan Brown, Associate Profession of Christian Ministries discusses the importance of relationships in the work of the Christian Ministries Department at the University of Northwestern.
You will learn how to engage non-believers and develop effective communication skills.
Some classes include:
Students may apply through the Ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Ministry with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Ministry majors complete up to 16 credits of the MA degree during their undergraduate program and the remaining 20 credits during a fifth year of study. The fifth year can be completed on site or through online learning. This pathway saves students time and tuition expense as they add a graduate degree to their portfolio.
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.