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PASTORAL STUDIES


Who is our Pastoral Studies major designed for?

  • Anyone with a shepherd’s heart desiring to serve a church, ministry, or small group,
  • Anyone desiring to serve the church as an elder or deacon.

What Will A Pastoral Studies Graduate Be Equipped To Do?

  •    Will know how to prepare and preach a sermon,
  •     Will know how to teach the Bible,
  •     Will have basic skills in pastoral and church administration,
  •     Will know basic Biblical counseling,
  •     Will know the attributes, attitudes, and actions of a maturing Christian,
  •     Will know how to marry, bury, and baptize
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Associate of Pastoral Studies - 2 year degree

Students are required to complete the minimum number of courses indicated in each category listed in their program. Each Associate degree program requires a total of 32 courses (64 credits). All undergraduate courses offer two credits.
Unless instructed otherwise.

Transfer credits, Equivalency exam and Ministry experience credits are NOT accepted toward an Associate degree at Spread The Word. (These credits may only be applied to a Bachelor’s degree program).

Pre-requisite: High School Diploma or GED

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Bachelor of Pastoral Studies - 4 year degree

Students are required to complete the minimum number of courses indicated in each category listed in their program. Each Bachelor program requires a total of 64 courses (128 credits). Courses must be ordered from the current "order form". All undergraduate courses offer two credits.

Pre-requisite: High School Diploma or GED

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Master of Pastoral Studies - 2 year degree

Students must complete the minimum number of courses indicated in each category. Each Master degree program requires ten courses (30 credits), plus a Thesis (6 credits) for a total of 36 credits. (All graduate courses offer three credits.)

Pre-requisite: Bachelor of Arts degree

ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENT

Masters Thesis or Project
Minimum of 75 typewritten pages; a popular writing style is permitted for the thesis. In some cases, permission may be granted for a research project in place of a thesis.

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Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Studies - 3 year degree

Students must complete the minimum number of courses indicated in each category. Each Doctoral degree program requires twelve courses (36 credits), plus a Dissertation (9 credits) for a total of 45 credits. (All graduate courses offer three credits.)

Pre-requisite: Masters of Arts degree

ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Doctoral Dissertation or Project

Minimum of 150 typewritten pages; a popular writing style is permitted for the dissertation.

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