Pastoral Studies at a glance
North Central’s Pastoral Studies degree will prepare you to be a lead pastor in a church and provide you with a strong foundation for graduate school. Through courses taught by experienced, passionate professors, you’ll develop your skills as an effective preacher, teacher, mentor, and leader as you gain a firmly rooted biblical and theological understanding, experience leading a congregation and church organization, and a passion to serve God and your neighbor.
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- An overview of the program
- Classes you’ll take
- Exciting jobs you can get after graduation
Interested in earning your degree in Pastoral Studies at NCU?
What sets us apart
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate with a Pastoral Studies degree from North Central , you’ll be prepared to:
- Evangelize to people from all backgrounds and age groups
- Provide pastoral leadership
- Preach effective, authentic, accurate messages as you share the Word of God
- Develop, lead, and mentor ministry teams
- Lead the administration and operation of a church
- Practice personal spiritual formation
- Actualize your God-given gifts
- Serve as a model of Christian character and lifestyle
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the history of Christianity, global studies, theology, leadership, and discipleship
Our Pastoral Studies degree graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Bible Instructor
- Christian Administrator
- Church Planter
- Military Chaplain
- Ministry Worker
Minors & supporting programs
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Biblical Languages
- Campus Missions
- Children & Family Ministries
- Intercultural Studies
- International Development
- Leadership Development
- Urban Studies
- Youth Ministries
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Zeus Vital '13
"North Central had an enormous impact on how I pursued my calling to ministry. My classroom experience was essential, and so was the one-on-one attention I received from professors. They were able to point out areas where I needed to grow as a student and a spiritual leader. I wouldn't be here without them."
Reed Carlson ’08
St. Paul, MN
"I was so thankful for how the Bible faculty at North Central prepared me to think about the Bible critically, theologically, and conscientiously. Their teaching prepared me to excel in seminary and ultimately to get accepted to a doctoral program at Harvard."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Pastoral Studies degree.
Meet one of your professors
College Life Center (CLC)
Douglas M. Graham
Vice President of Spiritual Life
It is an incredible privilege to serve here at NCU! As a graduate (’86), I am proud that all four of my children are NCU Alums, and my wife will soon graduate with her degree! North Central University is indeed a Graham family legacy.
What are your areas of expertise?
My area of interest in teaching here at NCU is in church leadership and spiritual life development.
What do you love about teaching at North Central?
I love the hunger for life-long learning that is evident in the students at NCU. Students come to NCU because they intend for their life to make a difference in the world. I believe that the world and church of tomorrow rests in the students of today. For this reason, I am honored to be a part of an academic and spiritual preparation process that is committed to launching students around the world to be godly and strategic leaders for the 21st Century.
What are your favorite classes to teach?
- Personal Formation of the Spiritual Leader (freshman)
- Pastoral Theology (juniors)
- Personal Leadership Development (Graduate Studies – MA Strategic Leadership)