PASTORAL MINISTRY MAJOR

The Pastoral Ministry major is designed for students who plan to serve in pastoral roles in the context of the local church. It is intended to equip the student with the foundational competencies that will enable him to lead a local church or to serve effectively as a part of the church's pastoral staff.

Student Learning Outcomes


Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program will be able to:

  • Possess the foundational skills that would enable them to serve as pastor of a congregation upon graduation.
  • Know the principles and dynamics that contribute to effective congregational leadership.
  • Formulate and deliver an expository message.
  • Articulate a philosophy of pastoral ministry.

Future Ministry Possibilities


The Pastoral Ministry major equips students with practical skills in preaching, leadership and pastoral care. Many of the churches that contact Moody's Career Development Center are willing to consider candidates with a bachelor's degree. Many of our graduates serve on the pastoral staff of mid-size or larger congregations. They may direct programs of discipleship, youth or even worship depending upon their skills and experience.

Our graduates are sought out by church planting organizations like Village Missions and Rural Home Missionary Association. Use your skills in preaching and pastoral ministry to plant new churches in communities where there is no evangelical congregation.


Interdisciplinary Studies

The Department of Pastoral Studies offers three interdisciplinary majors. Students may choose to take an interdisciplinary track in Biblical Exposition, Ministry to Women, or Pastoral Ministry.

The purpose of these interdisciplinary majors is to provide a context for strategic ministry preparation through cross departmental training in vocational ministry. Learn more IC - Arrow Triangle - Small

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  • Moody Stories - Phillip

    Phillip longs to return to his home in Uganda to help train pastors, using the Bible knowledge and preaching skills he gained at Moody Bible Institute.


"Moody helps students take book knowledge and flesh it out in real-life ministry circumstances. The program structure challenged me to develop spiritual maturity, preaching and counseling skills and systems for managing my time and priorities as a pastor."
— Troy, Mackinaw Township, Ill.
B.A. in Pastoral Ministry

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