Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral Ministry

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry covers the breadth of ministerial studies to prepare students for a strong vocational ministry, with courses in Christian Education, Missiology, Preaching & Worship, Pastoral Leadership, Spiritual Formation, and more.

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  • 40 semester credits for degree completion
  • Fully online with no residential requirements
  • Meets All Educational Requirements For Ordination in the Church of the Nazarene
  • Federal Financial Aid and NNU’s zero-interest monthly payment plan are available to all who qualify

Pastoral Ministry

NNU's 40-credit Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry can be completed one course at a time* in as little as 27 months. Our program covers the breadth of ministerial studies to prepare students for a strong vocational ministry, with courses in Christian Education, Missiology, Pastoral Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Preaching & Worship, Bible, Church History, Theology, and Philosophy.
NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is also the only institution offering exclusively online programs ever awarded membership by The Association of Theological Schools, the accrediting body for seminaries and divinity schools in the United States and Canada.
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*Students in their final year of study may complete Supervised Ministry concurrently with other course/s or enroll in it separately during the Summer session.

Program Outcomes

Graduates from our Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry are serving in various ministry venues, including pastoral leadership; staff ministry; church planting; university student development; military, healthcare, hospice, institutional, and marketplace chaplaincy; non-profit leadership; cross-cultural ministry; district and general church administration; and other innovative settings. A recent survey of graduates revealed that 68 percent had already been offered positions by graduation. Additionally, many of our graduates have advanced to doctoral studies at a variety of other educational institutions, including Drew Divinity School, Boston University, Regent, Claremont, Portland Seminary, Fuller, Perkins, and Nazarene Theological Seminary, to name just a few.

Academic Outcomes

  • The graduate understands and is able to explain Wesleyan-Holiness theology as it relates to Scripture, Christian tradition, reason, and experience in the practice of ministry.
  • The graduate identifies characteristics of the cultural context of ministry and assesses them through an appropriate theological perspective, compares existing cultures with alternative cultural expressions, and develops personal and corporate practices consistent with God’s reign.
  • The graduate understands and applies the office of ministry to their cultural context in light of the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
  • The graduate practices the means of grace, or spiritual disciplines, that lead to emotional and spiritual health, personal Christian virtue, and responsible social engagement.
  • The graduate integrates Christian theological themes in the understanding and practice of ministry and leadership.

Dual Accreditation

NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools. The following degree programs are approved by The Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry; and Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.
Since 1930, NNU has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, the same respected accrediting body that validates other leading educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest. If a quality education from a respected institution with both regional and national accreditation is important to you, then NNU’s Master of Divinity or Master of Arts tracks are a great fit.
Degree Details

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

Fully Online

$540 per credit, with discounts and scholarships available - See All Tuition & Fee Info

As I began this education, all I knew was that God was calling me to deeper levels of ministry, and I was to “study and prepare myself.” NNU has gone above and beyond my idea of being fully equipped for every good work God might call me to accomplish in His Name.

Kalyn Vogelmann
Master of Divinity in Missional Leadership