Ministry Studies

The Ministry Studies Department programs are designed to equip students with the essential academic, interpersonal, and practical skills to serve as pastors, associate pastors, and ministry directors in local churches and parachurch organizations.  Each program combines extensive classroom instruction by ministry-seasoned professors and supervised ministry experiences (i.e., internships) with experienced ministry leaders in order to give students the necessary biblical and practical understanding of ministry in today’s world.

Programs Pastoral Ministry (major/minor)*
Youth Ministry (major/minor)
Children's Ministry**
Children's Ministry, Associate**
Intercultural Studies (major/minor)
Teaching Faculty Dr. Mike Dodds, Children's Ministry Institute instructors (in partnership with Child Evangelism Fellowship), and other adjunct faculty
Department Chair Dr. Mike Dodds

Objectives

  • That the student understands the theology, theories, methodologies, and skills essential for effective Christian ministry leadership.
  • That the student develops basic interpersonal skills necessary for addressing the spiritual needs of people.
  • That the student develops basic ministry skills under the guidance of a mature, seasoned professional supervisor in the kind of ministry setting anticipated after graduation.

Special Requirements

  • A supervised internship in a ministry setting appropriate to the enrolled program is required for Pastoral and Youth Ministry students.
  • A Senior Seminar oral examination is required for Pastoral and Youth Ministry students.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in BL232, Greek II, and in each succeeding Greek course before taking the next level Greek course for Pastoral Ministry students.
  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher must be maintained in all Pastoral Ministry courses for Pastoral Ministry students.

* In keeping with Calvary’s doctrinal conviction that the New Testament teaches that only men be ordained to the ministry, only men are accepted into and may graduate from the Pastoral Ministry major (1 Timothy 2:8-3:7). Furthermore, it is also Calvary's doctrinal conviction that the New Testament teaches that men who are ordained to the ministry are to be "the husband of one wife" (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Thus, only men who have been married once (widowers excepted) or who have never been married, are accepted into and may graduate from the Pastoral Ministry major. However, a man who is divorced may take Pastoral Ministry courses as elective hours in another major.

** Children's Ministry majors require one semester attendance at the Children's Ministries Institute, Child Evangelism Fellowship, in Warrenton, Missouri.