Program Overview

Calvary University offers male students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor degree in Ministry Studies with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry. The degree program is designed to fundamentally educate and train men to become qualified ministers in local Christian organizations as well as in outside entities. 

The Pastoral Ministry concentration prepares students to work with individuals seeking evangelism and fellowship. The Ministries Studies program is 126 credit hours and is comprised of core biblical topics. Courses in the program may provide students with the effective and efficient theory and applications needed to serve ministries with the essential foundations needed when teaching the gospel. The concentration aims to prepare students to work and relate to people by finding common ground with the church. 

The strict doctrines governing the Pastoral Ministry degree program are in place to uphold the Christian character for long standing passions in pastoral ministry. Students are held to a higher standard throughout the program and must consult with Academic Dean on a regular basis. The strict program enables students to preach biblical truths with an emphasis on biblical exegesis, exposition, and construction. Students will be introduced to the essential concepts of study delving into areas of interest such as: Contemporary Issues in Intercultural Ministry, Practical Relations of Intercultural Ministry, and History of Missions.

Students must also complete the general education courses in mathematics, literature, social and natural sciences, history, humanities and the fine arts. Successful students should be able to accurately use hermeneutics when analyzing, interpreting and applying ministry leadership in many professions. The proper articulation of the Bible for purposes of spreading ministry is the primary objective of the Intercultural Ministry program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    In keeping with Calvary's doctrinal conviction that the New Testament teaches that only men be ordained to the ministry (1 Tim. 2:8-3:7), only men are accepted into and may graduate from the Pastoral Studies major.
    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 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Thus, only men who have never been married or have been married only once (widowers excepted), are accepted into and may graduate from the Pastoral Studies major. Any man who is divorced may take any or all the courses in the Pastoral Studies Department and may graduate in another major.


    School Overview

    Three separate Bible institutes for higher learning were founded in Kansas City, Kansas, Salina, Kansas, and Ozark, Arkansas, during the first part of the twentieth century. Each progressed forward, establishing baccalaureate programs. Then mergers began, and by 1987 the three schools transitioned into a single Calvary Bible College, located in Kansas City. During this same period, Calvary Theological Seminary began operating as a branch of the College. When the other three campuses merged in 1992, Calvary Theological Seminary established a separate institution. At first, both Calvary Bible College and Calvary Theological Seminary operated as two individual schools, but in 2016, the institutions merged and rebranded as Calvary University.

    Calvary University is a private, not-for-profit, non-denominational institution based on Christian principals. The university awards associate’s, bachelor’s, and master's degrees, along with certificates. Calvary University also provides a non-traditional format for added flexibility, including all online degrees.


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