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Prepare for a career in the church, mission field, and world. This degree lays the foundation for you to pursue graduate study.
Northwestern has been training the next generation of church leaders, missionaries, nonprofit leaders, and other ministers for over 100 years. With our small class sizes, you'll get hands-on attention from ministry professionals with years of experience in the field. Focus your passion for ministry by choosing a concentration in camp administration, children and family ministry, nonprofit leadership, social justice, worship and creative arts, or youth and adult ministry.
Students spend one year living, studying, and interning at the Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center. Our department partners with the camp's Leadership, Training, and Development (LTD) 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 will complete 12 credits specific to Media Ministry.
Students will complete 12 credits specific to Next Generation Ministry.
Students will gain essential skills in relational leadership, managerial leadership, and missional leadership to work in a local church or nonprofit organization. Classes include Management, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Marketing.
Students will be prepared with the theological and practical understandings 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 will learn foundational skills in music ministry and technology so they can lead worship or design creative arts ministries in the local church or nonprofit ministry context. Classes include Music Theory Fundamentals, Music in World Cultures, and Technology in Worship.
Students will be prepared for ministry with youth and emerging adults in the local church or nonprofit contexts. Required courses include Everyday Lives of Adolescents and Youth, Spiritual Lives of Adolescents and Youth, and Practices of Youth and Emerging Adult Ministry.
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.
As a ministry major, I hope to be an influence in someone’s life through sharing Jesus Christ by taking what I learn and sharing it with them. The classes that I’m taking are opening my mind and eyes to know and learn a lot of things that I’ve never thought ministry could include.
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 will learn how to engage non-believers and develop effective communication skills.