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BA in Pastoral Studies

You can learn practical methods and biblical reflection skills to be a pastor

When you earn your Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute, you prepare to lead a church anywhere in the world. You’ll gain the foundational skills to help you pastor a congregation. Learn practical methods for preaching, leadership, and effective pastoral care. You can get a blend of biblical reflection and practical emphasis that develops a set of skills to help you be effective in ministry.

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Your Pastoral Studies Degree

As you study, you’ll:

  • Learn the principles and dynamics for effective congregational leadership
  • Form and deliver expository messages
  • Articulate your philosophy of pastoral ministry
  • Put what you learn into practice during your PCM and internship
  • Develop skills in staff relations and self-care

Meet your Pastoral Studies program head

Study with Dr. John Koessler, program head of Pastoral Studies. He’ll teach you from his years of church ministry and academic experience.

Dr. John Koessler

Dr. John Koessler

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Jobs you can get with a degree in Pastoral Studies

When you graduate with a BA degree in Pastoral Studies you’ll have the practical skills necessary for a wide variety of pastoral positions. Serve as a:

  • Head pastor
  • Teacher
  • Youth pastor
  • Family pastor
  • Associate pastor
  • Worship pastor
  • Evangelism and outreach pastor

Financial Aid

For on-campus residential students, every class in your degree is paid for by the Chicago Tuition Grant, sponsored by faithful donors. Every residential Chicago undergraduate student is awarded this grant, worth up to $12,960 a year. Off-campus commuter students pay $380 per credit hour. Find out how to defray the remaining costs with scholarships, grants, student loans, student employment, and veterans benefits.

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