Master of Arts: Pastoral MinistryIf you're interested in vocational Christian ministry -- perhaps serving as a pastor or staff member in a local church -- then Northwest Nazarene University's online Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program is geared for you. Our doctorally-trained faculty hold degrees from many of the finest theological institutions in the country and include distinguished pastors with extensive experience as leading-edge practitioners, scholars with wide-ranging teaching experience, and professors with proficiency in cross-cultural and online teaching contexts. You'll work with a pastoral mentor in your own ministry context while earning your degree within 28 months with no residential requirements whatsoever.
Students in NNU's MAPM program begin their studies with a zero-credit online orientation, followed by twelve three-credit courses and a four-credit supervised ministry course. While many of our students come from traditions outside the Church of the Nazarene, Nazarene students will be encouraged to know that NNU's fully online MAPM program fulfills the academic requirements for ordination required by the denomination*.
This 40-credit program covers the breadth of ministerial studies, with courses in Christian education, missiology, pastoral leadership, spiritual formation, preaching and worship, Bible, church history, theology, and philosophy, as shown in the chart above.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify, or students may take advantage of a zero interest monthly payment plan. Avoid expensive travel costs associated with modular programs at other seminaries, not to mention costly time away from home and your workplace. Tuition discounts are also available to members of the Church of the Nazarene.
To maximize contextualization, all of our students participate in a mentor relationship with someone in their own ministry setting. Ministry mentors receive a small stipend for the support offered.
*While NNU's MAPM program has been validated by Nazarene Clergy Services as meeting the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene, denominational polity gives final authority on such matters to the district, not to general authorities.
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Pastoral Ministry Core Courses
BIBL6760 — Old Testament Interpretation (3 Credits)
This course introduces key strategies and exegetical tools particular to interpreting the Old Testament. Students will develop exegetical skills and the ability to recognize Scripture's theological texture through study of selected texts from the different genres of the Old Testament.
BIBL7760 — New Testament Interpretation (3 Credits)
This course introduces key strategies and exegetical tools particular to interpreting the New Testament. Students will develop exegetical skills and the ability to recognize Scripture's theological texture through study of selected texts from the different genres of the New Testament.
CHED6160 — Congregational Education & Formation (3 Credits)
The course provides a Wesleyan approach to Christian discipleship by integrating Wesleyan theology and current developmental theories. The course explores how pastors can develop educational ministries that foster faith formation and Christian discipleship in local congregations. Particular attention is given to the role congregations play in forming faith disciples through teaching, worship, and congregational life.
CHIS6560 — History of Christianity I (3 Credits)
A study of the historical development of Christianity from 150-1500 C.E., from the Patristic period through pre-Reformation. The course will trace theological and doctrinal development as well as offer a general survey of the history of the Church in its ecclesiastical and cultural contexts. The student will have opportunity to read primary as well as secondary sources, and do research on a specified and focused area of interest.
CHIS6960 — History of Christianity II (3 Credits)
A study of the historical development of Christianity from 1500-present, C.E., from the Reformation through the 20th century. The course will trace theological and doctrinal development as well as offer a general survey of the history of the Church in its ecclesiastical and cultural contexts. The student will have opportunity to read primary as well as secondary sources, and do research on a specified and focused area of interest.
PHIL7560 — Philosophical Foundations of Ministry (3 Credits)
This course will provide the fundamentals for logical reasoning, review the philosophical foundations of theology, explore contemporary issues in the philosophy of religion, and develop methods for making ethical decisions within the framework of Christian values.
PRTH6000 — OnRamp Program Orientation (0 Credits)
This course orients the student to the resources, procedures, electronic operations, and expectations of the program, and also includes the completion of the California Psychological Inventory (CPI), which students will discuss in PRTH6000LA or PRTH6000LB, as well as a required criminal background check. Grade of Pass/Fail. Fees: Additional fee required.
PRTH6000LA — Personal Development Lab (0 Credits)
Students in this semester lab meet in person or online with a graduate counseling student for the interpretation of their California Psychological Inventory (CPI) results and a formative assessment of their personal development with respect to theological studies and vocational ministry. Students who enroll in PRTH6000 in the Fall semester must complete PRTH6000LA as a lab during the following Spring semester. Grade of Pass/Fail. Prerequisites: PRTH6000
PRTH6000LB — Personal Development Lab (0 Credits)
Students in this 8 week lab meet in person or online with a graduate counseling student for the interpretation of their California Psychological Inventory (CPI) results and a formative assessment of their personal development with respect to theological studies and vocational ministry. Students who enroll in PRTH6000 in the Spring semester must complete PRTH6000LB as a lab during the following 8 week session. Grade of Pass/Fail. Corequisites: PRTH6000
PRTH6760 — Spiritual & Personal Formation (3 Credits)
This course examines spiritual formational practices with particular emphasis on the personal and spiritual formation of the minister. Students will gain personal spiritual formational practices for the purpose of developing them holistically.
PRTH6960 — Missiology & Contextualization (3 Credits)
This course provides a study of the challenge and complexity of mission within the cultural diversity of today's world. Students will review the historical dimensions of missiology, develop biblical and theological foundations for missional ecclesiology, and strategize for cross-cultural communication of the gospel.
PRTH6990A — Supervised Ministry (2 Credits)
Under the direction of a ministry mentor, students will be involved in practical ministry experience in a local ministry context. Special attention will be given to preaching, counseling, teaching, education, evangelism, and administration. The experience will be under the direction of the instructor in cooperation with the supervising ministry mentor. A grade will not be issued for this course until completion of PRTH6990B.
PRTH6990B — Supervised Ministry (2 Credits)
This course is a continuation of PRTH6990A and must be completed before a grade will be issued for PRTH6990A. Prerequisites: PRTH6990A
PRTH7560 — Pastoral Leadership (3 Credits)
This course will help to equip ministers to lead and manage churches and mission agencies. Special attention will be given to the student's ability to conceive and articulate purpose, mission, and vision for ministry and assist the student to develop the strategic means to realize that vision.
PRTH7960 — Preaching & Worship (3 Credits)
An advanced study of the methods of homiletics as well as applying principles of biblical interpretation to worship and preaching. A major focus of the course will be on practical application to selected biblical passages through the writing and preaching of expository sermons as well as a study of the Christian practices of the Church including baptism, funerals, weddings, and the Eucharist.
THEO7560 — THEO7560 Christian Theology I: Central Issues (3 Credits)
Students will explore the theological issues pertaining to the classical doctrines of the Wesleyan tradition. This exploration will focus upon the main characteristics of the nature of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the human person, sin, salvation, the Christian life, the Church and sacraments, and eschatology.
THEO7960 — Christian Theology II: Holiness and Contemporary Theology (3 Credits)
Students will reflect theologically on life and ministry by exploring various sources of theological reflection. In particular, dominant themes and figures in contemporary theology will be explored. In this exploration, students will compare and contrast distinctive characteristics of Wesleyan theology, including various understandings of holiness, with issues found in contemporary theology.
- 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 the Kingdom of God.
- The graduate practices the means of grace (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.
- The graduate understands and applies the offers of ministry to their cultural context in light of the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
Pastoral Ministry Learning Community 30, Fall 2019
|Grad Fall Semester 2019|
|PRTH6000||OnRamp Program Orientation||08/12 - 08/25/19||Kathy Bynum|
|CHED6160||Congregational Education & Formation||08/26 - 10/13/19||Dean Blevins|
|PRTH6000L||Personal Development Lab||08/26 - 10/20/19||Chandra Salisbury|
|CHIS6560||History of Christianity I||10/21 - 12/15/19||TBD|
|Grad Spring Semester 2020|
|BIBL6760||Old Testament Interpretation||01/13 - 03/01/20||Stephen Riley|
|PRTH7560||Pastoral Leadership||03/09 - 05/03/20||Matt Rundio|
|Grad Summer Semester 2020|
|CHIS6960||History of Christianity II||05/11 - 06/28/20||Tom Umbel|
|Grad Fall Semester 2020|
|BIBL7760||New Testament Interpretation||08/31 - 10/18/20||Celia Wolff|
|PHIL7560||Philosophical Foundations of Ministry||10/26 - 12/20/20||Scott Daniels|
|Grad Spring Semester 2021|
|*PRTH6990A||Supervised Ministry||01/11 - 02/21/21||TBD|
|PRTH7960||Preaching & Worship||01/11 - 02/28/21||Tim Stidham|
|*PRTH6990B||Supervised Ministry||03/08 - 04/25/21||TBD|
|THEO7560||Christian Theology I||03/08 - 05/02/21||Rusty Brian|
|Grad Summer Semester 2021|
|THEO7960||Christian Theology II||05/10 - 06/27/21||Brent Peterson|
|Grad Fall Semester 2021|
|PRTH6760||Spiritual & Personal Formation||08/30 - 10/17/21||Joe Gorman|
|PRTH6960||Missiology & Contextualization||10/25 - 12/19/21||Howard Culbertson|
*MA students have the option of taking PRTH6990A and PRTH6990B in the Spring 2021 semester or Summer 2021 semester, or postpone their completion and take them in the Spring 2022 semester. These courses must be taken in the same semester.
MDiv students need to work with the Program Coordinator to schedule PRTH6990A and PRTH6990B as well as the other advanced summer MDiv course, BIBL8090.
**Schedules and dates are subject to change.