Students who complete the Pastoral Studies degree will be prepared to be lead pastors in a local church. This degree will also serve as a foundation for graduate school. The following elements will aid graduates of the Pastoral Studies major in carrying out their leadership role in a local congregation. They will:
- Understand historic and contemporary theology;
- Study the Bible and effectively practice and communicate its truths in today’s world;
- Be familiar with the history, practices and beliefs of the Assemblies of God;
- Understand the operation, administration and organization of the local church, including the unique role of the lead pastor;
- Know and practice the mission of the Church;
- Be aware of the legal aspects of pastoral ministry;
- Practice personal spiritual formation in regards to character and responsibility.
Graduates will have gained pastoral skills including:
- Preaching and teaching;
- People skills and interpersonal relationships;
- A sincere desire and the ability to help and minister to all people of any age, socioeconomic background, cultural or ethnic group, etc.;
- Evangelism and discipleship;
- Pastoral counseling;
- Special services and their biblical background including communion, baptism, funerals, weddings, baby dedications, installation of officers;
- Maintaining a meaningful devotional life;
- Maintaining a healthy personal and family life;
- Serving as a model of consistent Christian character and lifestyle;
- Possessing financial and other management skills.
All students must complete the General Education Core and Biblical Studies Core. In addition, all Pastoral Studies majors are required to complete the Church Ministries Core and Pastoral Studies supporting program. A student may add general electives or select an optional minor. Total credit hours to complete the Pastoral Studies major must equal at least 124 credit hours.