Nyack’s Pastoral Ministries department equips men and women to successfully serve the church and not-for-profit organizations locally and globally. We also prepare students to be ministers in the workplace in any professional context. We focus on the well-rounded development of our students in the areas of attitude, knowledge, and skill so that they graduate equipped with the following: an understanding of their unique calling and gifting; the ability to lead with a servant’s heart; a deep understanding of the Bible; healthy emotional, physical, and relational habits; spiritual maturity and passion; and the desire to apply biblical principles to every area of their life.
Why Study Pastoral Ministry at Nyack?
Our program is not just for students who are preparing for traditional Christian ministry in a church or parachurch organization. We also equip students who want to be more effective ministers in their community, family, secular work environment, and beyond.
Nyack College offers a Christian, academic environment where you can acquire and hone the skills needed for ministry in any context. You’ll gain a well-rounded education that will serve you in whatever ministry or industry you pursue. You’ll also form lifelong friendships that will support you in your future endeavors.
What Will I Study?
Aside from your core requirement coursework, you will take ministry classes such as Pastoral Counseling, Divine Healing, Preaching/Homiletics, Introduction to Pastoral Ministry, Church Planting, Leadership and Mentoring, Spiritual Formation, and an array of courses focusing on the Bible.
Missional Living: Designed for students who desire to specialize in a ministry of evangelism, disciple-making, and church planting. May be taken both as a terminal program and as preparation for graduate studies.
Leadership and Preaching Concentration: Designed for students who feel a call to lead through the preaching ministry. A special focus is given to the development of the young leader. May be taken both as a terminal program and as preparation for graduate studies.
Pastoral Counseling Concentration: Designed for students who are interested in counseling within the local church or para-church organization. May be taken both as a terminal program and as preparation for graduate studies.
Worship and the Arts Concentration: Designed for students with a call to worship ministries within the local church and beyond. A theology and practical philosophy of worship will be developed which includes preaching, music, drama, dance and the recapturing of all the arts for the Glory of God. May be taken both as a terminal program and as preparation for graduate studies.