Pastoral Christian Ministries

Bachelor of Arts Degree


Program Overview

The College of Theology facilitates Spirit-led growth and discipleship in students and equips them as ministers and leaders in the body of Christ. Foundational to this purpose, students are equipped with a solid knowledge of the Bible, a sound understanding of theology and an effective grasp of ministry enabling them, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to proclaim the healing Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Within the pastoral Christian ministry major, students select one of four concentrations: local church pastor, missions, pastoral care or youth ministry. In each area of concentration a cognate of hermeneutics, an Old and New Testament elective, research seminar and systematic theology is required.


Local Church Pastor Concentration

"Being a missions major has introduced me to taking the Gospel into every man’s world in a loving and relatable manner. At ORU, you can learn missions in the classroom and experience it by being active in a missions program or outreach."

Vivian Castillo




Student: Vivian
Major: Ministry and Leadership with Missions concentration
Hometown: San Antonio, TX

The local church pastor concentration educates and equips students to prepare God's people for righteous living and works of service so that the body of Christ is built and flourishes. Students receive broad knowledge and a diversity of skills in pastoral care, preaching, teaching the Bible, evangelism, mission work and discipleship developing pastoral attitudes and abilities to help them train, supervise, lead and nurture a local congregation of believers. It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of pastoral ministry.

Course offerings for the Local Church Pastor Concentration include:

  • Church Growth and Planting
  • Christian Leadership
  • Pastoral Care
  • Sermon Preparation and Preaching
  • Ministry Practicum
  • Signs and Wonders
  • Church Administration

Missions Concentration

The missions concentration educates and prepares students to fulfill Jesus' commission to reach all nations with the witness of God's saving love. It is designed for students preparing for all types of service as domestic or foreign missionaries or tentmakers in both long-term and short-term cross-cultural ministry. It is also arranged to educate students for duties as church mission directors or supervisors. It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of missions.

Course Offerings for the Missions Concentration include:

  • History of Missions
  • Missions and Culture
  • Introduction to Christian Missions
  • Theology of Missions
  • Missions Internship
  • Major Religions of the World
  • Signs and Wonders

Pastoral Care Concentration

The pastoral care concentration educates and equips students with the philosophy, methods and resources suitable for professional or lay ministry, equipping students for application of knowledge and skills to a broad range of pastoral settings. Students gain an understanding of the foundational approaches to pastoral care and an assessment of each approach's suitability and adaptability for use in Christian ministry. Training is provided in the basic skills necessary for lay counseling and pastoral care. It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of pastoral ministry.

Course Offerings for the Pastoral Care Concentration include:

  • Foundational Approaches to Pastoral Care
  • Teaching the Bible
  • Pastoral Ministry Skills
  • Prayer Ministry of the Caregiver
  • Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Care
  • Ministry Practicum
  • Urban and Outreach Ministries
  • Prayer-based Ministry in the 21st Century
  • Discipleship and Small Groups
  • Theology and Philosophy in Modern Culture
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Minority Group Relations

Youth Ministry Concentration

The youth ministry concentration educates and equips students to be youth ministers in the local church. Students gain an understanding of the foundations for ministry, roles and relationship of the youth minister and administrative principles and strategies. Students receive broad knowledge and a diversity of skills in pastoral care, preaching, teaching the Bible, evangelism, mission work and discipleship. It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of youth ministry.

Course Offerings for the Youth Ministry Concentration include:

  • Youth Culture
  • Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • Ministry Practicum
  • Media and Technology in Ministry
  • Pastoral Care of Families with Youth
  • Teaching the Bible
  • Sermon Preparation and Preaching

Outcomes

A degree in pastoral Christian ministries will prepare you to fulfill God's call on your life to become:

  • Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Youth pastor
  • Director of children's ministries

What Do You Have To Look Forward To?

Developing a heart of service...interacting with students from other countries and backgrounds...refining your understanding of different theological perspectives...joining a community of believers to further the Gospel.


Degree Plan for Local Church Pastors

Degree Plan for Missions

Degree Plan for Pastoral Care

Degree Plan for Youth Ministry

Contact
Undergraduate Theology
918.495.6098