Bachelor of Arts: Pastoral Ministry


Program Description

God has chosen to do His work through the local church. The major in Pastoral Ministry is designed for the student who is called to local church ministry and leadership. A student who has completed the program will demonstrate the basic qualifications for serving as pastor of a local church and the foundation for a lifetime of developing ministerial skills.


Students who complete the Pastoral Ministry curriculum will meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry, as well as the following objectives specific to this major.

Division Objectives: students will

  1. Understand the need for, meaning, and practice of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible and essential Christian doctrine, the ability to accurately interpret Scripture, and an increasingly coherent Christian worldview that enables them to apply biblical principles to questions of ethics, compassion, and all other life situations.
  3. Exhibit a lifestyle that is characterized by simplicity, integrity, responsibility, and order which reflects concern for the social implications of the gospel and lends credibility to a Christian testimony.
  4. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and ability required to minister to others in their own cultural group and across cultural boundaries, utilizing appropriate technology and relevant forms of both written and verbal communication.
  5. Demonstrate perseverance and commitment, and the ability to work productively both independently and in teams.
  6. Develop the skills and understanding necessary for personal Bible-study, prayer, and devotional life which can sustain and empower one’s personal life and ministry to others.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to find, process, and apply information that is relevant to one’s Christian life and ministry through the exercise of both critical and creative thinking.

Specific Program Objectives: students will

  1. Understand their personal call to ministry, and explain the biblical purpose of the local church and the role of the pastor within the local church.
  2. Use lessons from church history and current methods of pastoral ministry to develop a sound philosophy of local church ministry.
  3. Develop an understanding of how one discerns God’s vision for the future for a local congregation, how that vision is communicated, and how to mobilize the congregation for implementing activities by which the vision may be realized.
  4. Accurately interpret scripture, using the sound methodology and a familiarity with New Testament Greek.
  5. Craft and deliver sermons which help listeners apply biblical principles to the problems and possibilities they face in the twenty‑first century.
  6. Conduct specialized worship ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, dedications, baptisms, and communion.
  7. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

At Barclay College we praise God for our students who are on a mission to not only gain an education, but to strengthen their Christ-centered, biblically based faith by learning the way of effective C ... Read More

At Barclay College we praise God for our students who are on a mission to not only gain an education, but to strengthen their Christ-centered, biblically based faith by learning the way of effective Christian living in service and leadership. Barclay College bases its existence in a rich history of evangelical Friends tradition. Barclay College is an evangelical Friends school which accepts and embraces persons with evangelical Christian beliefs from a variety of denominational backgrounds. The mission of Barclay College is to prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service and leadership. Barclay College is a Christian institution of higher education that challenges students to explore, understand, and acquire the skills necessary to respond to the call of God upon their lives. To help accomplish this, Barclay College strives for academic and spiritual excellence by providing an environment that encourages higher levels of inquiry and learning. Critical thinking, the exchange of ideas, and disciplined Bible-based study are emphasized to assist each student in developing a personalized Christian world view and equipping them to serve effectively in the areas of service in which they feel God's direction for their lives. Read less