“Go therefore, and teach all nations…” ~Matthew 28:19
Those who wish to develop and hone their skills in the practice of ministry in a local church context will enjoy the Practical Theology major or minor in the Department of Theology. Building on the core elements of biblical and theological knowledge, these programs emphasize the practice of ministry to embody this truth to a broken world. This degree is especially appropriate for those who want to serve the body of Christ in a teaching and preaching role as a minister in a church, a missionary, as someone in parachurch ministry, or in whatever setting God calls you.
The Practical Theology major is 38 credit hours long, with 17 hours of core classes, 12 hours of Practical Theology classes, 6 hours of electives, and 3 hours of language. The core courses for the major are New Testament Theology, Old Testament Theology, History of Christianity, Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, and the Senior Seminar. We also offer a wide variety of Practical Theology classes which allow you to tailor your studies to your interests, such as the Christian Vocation, Homiletics, Spiritual Formation, Christian Ethics, and Worship. You will also take the course, Biblical Languages for Ministry, which will introduce you to the basics of Greek and Hebrew.
This program will give you a solid foundation in the Bible and prepare you for a variety of ministries. It will also prepare you for graduate studies such as in our Master of Arts in Theology or a Master of Divinity.