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Department of Christian Ministries

Pastoral Ministry

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Department of Christian Ministries

Pastoral Ministry

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

PSEO/Early college online classes

Preaching, teaching, leading, and counseling are skills you’ll gain with our pastoral ministry degree. Our desire is to equip future pastors to accurately study the Word of God so they can lead others to maturity in Christ. Learn the many roles of a pastor through our rich curriculum taught by ministry leaders and gain experience in Christian ministry through practical internships. The degree prepares you to enter directly into full-time ministry or continue on to seminary or graduate study.


of seniors grew in their relationship with God during their time at Northwestern


Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership option


of seniors feel faculty set high, clearly stated expectations

Why study pastoral ministry at Northwestern?

Our courses are taught by a team of practitioners who have served as pastors and missionaries in several roles. We are dedicated to preparing you with the practical skills needed to lead in a variety of ministry roles.

Our program also gives you the option to get your Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry and a Master of Divinity degree in as little as five years. These degrees typically take at least seven years to complete, but with the dual B.A. or B.S./MDiv. degree you will save time and money, and be able to start your ministry fully equipped, complete with multiple internships and local pastor mentorships. For more information about ministry internships, please, visit our Christian Ministries Internships page.

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 feel that you are called to full-time or bi-vocational ministry in the local church and have a desire to see others grow in their faith and impact their communities for Christ, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will develop a passion for God’s written word and be prepared to spread the good news to others.

Some classes include:

  • Foundations of Pastoral Ministry
  • Ministry in a Globalized World
  • Care and Counseling in Ministry
  • Communicating the Biblical Message
  • Greek I, II

Accelerated M.A. in Ministry Leadership

Students may apply through the Ministry department to combine an undergraduate degree in Pastoral Ministry with an accelerated Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. Pastoral majors complete up to 16 credits of the M.A. 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.

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If the students leave here as whole people, who can relate in a healthy way to God, to other people around them, then they'll be able to make a huge impact in this world.
Dale Lemke
Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries

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Nazareth Hall, N4141
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113

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