Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

We believe education fosters transformation.  NNU engages and affects all domains of life-intellectual, social, physical and spiritual-thereby advancing the transformation of the individual, the church and the world.

We believe education pursues truth.  NNu explores knowledge, the wonder of God's creative activity, the story of human civilization and the achievements in the arts, sciences and professions.  Ultimately, we believe Jesus is the truth incarnate; therefore, we pursue Christ.

We believe education flourises in community.  NNU provides a learning and faith community that teaches, challenges and encourages each other through intellectual and spiritual practices.  Within covenantal relationships we express our love for God and others.

We believe education cultivates service.  NNU teaches the importance of a life of servanthood as modeled by Jesus Christ.  We learn to lead by giving of ourselves to God and humankind.

Graduates of the online Christian Ministry major will demonstrate the following program outcomes:


  1. Students will know and describe the overarching narrative of the Bible, and the general content and purpose of the major divisions, and the relationship between the Testaments, intertextually, historically, and theologically.
  2. Students will be able to outline and explain the principles of biblical hermeneutics and demonstrate how they relate to other theological disciplines.
  3. Students will demonstrate theological thinking and explain the various sources for theological investigation of religious truth, in the service of the Church.
  4. Students will be able to know and describe: the attributes of the Triune God, the condition and hope for humanity and creation, the loving and saving nature of the divine-human relationship, and the call to character and service for followers of Christ; the students will especially understand the meaning of holiness.
  5. Students will identify and define key vocabulary within the history of Western philosophy and describe their relationship to the Christian faith.
  6. Students will compile the basic principles of the social sciences for the purpose of integrating them into the practice of ministry; the students will know and appraise the theories behind, and the best practices for ministry, and will know how to contextualize such theory and practice to specific settings. 
  7. Students will know and describe how to lead, manage, nurture, and equip the church for ministry.


  1. Students will be able to exegete passages of Scripture, using forms of biblical criticism, and construct biblical theologies faithful to the biblical text.
  2. Students will relate scripture to life situations, particularly in the context of the church, in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, discipleship, and other pastoral practices.
  3. Students will use theological themes and theological thinking in the service of the Church; the students will display an ability to articulate the distinctives of their theological tradition, as well as graciously respond to theological diversity.
  4. Students will be able to trace Wesleyan theology�s relationship to pastoral theology, and will be able to construct and utilize: a theology of worship, preaching, and the sacraments; a theology of ordination and servant-leadership; a theology of pastoral care and compassion; and a theology of holiness for life and ministry.
  5. Students will construct and defend sophisticated philosophical arguments, both orally and in writing; critically evaluate arguments using principles of sound reasoning.
  6. Students will be able to use contextually clear biblical, historical, and theological principles for the practice of ministry; construct sermons and lessons; design and lead worship; respond to the needs of her/his congregation; initiate and foster congregational health; build congregational leaders; and analyze and construct a plan to reach the community.
  7. Students will build a practice of self-reflection, display a growing personal spiritual formation, create a nurturing environment for her/his own family, build financial and social responsibility, and live with humility and grace.


  1. Students will value and identify the Bible as imperative to their own spiritual growth.
  2. Students will hold the Bible as relevant to their ministry context, and practice commitment to Scripture in all aspects of pastoral service in that context.
  3. Students will commit to, and participate in the Church as the visible presence of Christ on earth.
  4. Students will value all persons, and all creation, and practice love and stewardship toward both; the students will serve as creative and redemptive agents in persons� lives and in culture in order to bring the kingdom of God to earth.
  5. Students will learn to pursue truth diligently and develop the virtues of humility and open-minded inquiry that lead to wisdom.
  6. Students will love people, value ecclesial communities, and join in the mission of God.
  7. Students will value and display personal, pastoral, and professional integrity, and serve as a model of holiness of heart and life.