The Bachelor of Science in Practical Ministries at Southeastern University gives students pastoral training, preparing them to pursue ministerial vocations in various church settings. The program teaches different administrative as well as pastoral techniques, allowing individuals to pursue lead pastoral roles. Students will learn about the various roles of pastor including teaching, counseling, preaching, and leading a congregation. Students should also gain a general education in a broad range of disciplines.
The curriculum begins with a liberal-arts program of general education which emphasizes Christian living and developing an understanding of God. Students will study a variety of academic disciplines as they explore their role in the world, their responsibility as God’s stewards, and how these things relate to daily living. The major core courses will focus on theories of pastoral leadership, how to create and deliver sermons in a variety of settings, and other practical ministerial skills and techniques. Students will be taught about Christian spirituality, evangelism, homiletics, and the business and administration aspects of running a church. Others areas of study include the Old and New Testaments, church history, ethic and philosophy, and theology.
Students will select a related minor which may enhance their specific ministry interests. Minors can include social services, philosophy, and missions. Upon studying these theories and techniques in ministry, students will experience ministry by observing, applying, and reflecting upon the skills they’ve learned. This will involve four practicum courses in churches and other organizations, and will culminate in a church internship where they will perform the various duties of a senior pastor. Upon completion of the program, students have the capability to pursue positions as pastors or directors of religious organizations.
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