The pastoral ministry major with a vocational track is the third pastoral ministry major offered in the department along with the traditional bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degree programs.
Dr. Jerald Daffe, coordinator of the pastoral ministry major and professor of pastoral studies, describes the addition of the major as an advantage for students wanting to enhance additional career skills.
“An increasing percentage of pastors are bi-vocational because of finances of smaller churches,” Daffe said. “This new major will provide job market skills students can apply to a career outside of ministry.”
The track will still include traditional pastoral ministry major requirements, as well as Bible and theology requirements, but will adjust some electives to provide for an 18-hour vocational minor.
“Students who want to work with parachurch ministries will find this major enables them to better meet organizational as well as state requirements,” Daffe said.
“Students with other majors can strengthen their degree program with the vocational minor as well as expand their ministry possibilities.”
The vocational minor can be applied to any department except Christian ministries, where the pastoral ministry major and vocational minor originates.
The Department of Christian Ministries prepares men and women for servant leadership in Christian ministry with degree programs designed for ministry preparation and graduate or professional studies.
For more information, please contact Dr. Jerald Daffe at email@example.com.