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Pastoral Ministry at Wesley Seminary

At Indiana Wesleyan University, our commitment to fostering spiritual growth and professional development in ministry practitioners is embodied in the Pastoral Ministry specialization. This prestigious program, offered through Wesley Seminary, is meticulously designed for individuals who are actively engaged in ministry and are seeking to deepen their understanding and enhance their skills in pastoral care and leadership. Our program offers a comprehensive graduate-level training that not only meets but exceeds the competencies required for ordination in The Wesleyan Church.

Embarking on this journey with Indiana Wesleyan University means you are choosing a path that intertwines rigorous academic inquiry with profound spiritual formation. The Pastoral Ministry track is tailored to equip you with a deep theological understanding, practical pastoral skills, and a heart attuned to the spiritual needs of communities and individuals. As part of our commitment to accessibility and flexibility, this program is available as an online ministry degree, enabling you to balance your professional commitments and personal life while pursuing your calling.

What Will I Learn in this Pastoral Ministry Program?

Our curriculum is designed to challenge and inspire you, fostering growth in both personal faith and professional expertise. You will delve into advanced biblical studies, explore the intricacies of pastoral care, and develop effective leadership strategies that are responsive to the complexities of modern ministry. Through engaging online courses, you will learn how to navigate the challenges of ministry in the 21st century, from addressing the spiritual needs of diverse communities to leveraging technology for faith-based outreach.

Our experienced faculty, who are seasoned practitioners themselves, will guide you every step of the way, ensuring that you emerge from this program not only with an online ministry degree but with the wisdom, compassion, and skills necessary to lead with integrity and impact.

What You'll Study

Coursework for your online ministry degree covers (dependent on which courses you choose):

  • The preaching of early British and American Methodism, along with its contributions to the broader Church
  • Multicultural issues in counseling and pastoral care and explores the dynamics and complexities of culture, race, and religion in counseling as it relates to individuals and families
  • The dynamics of child and adolescent development with a view to developing appropriate models of programming and ministry for children, teens, and their families
  • The sociological, anthropological, and historical models of culture change
  • An interdisciplinary examination of the nature of technology and its relationship to and role within Christian worship