Student intent on being pastors enter a program that integrates theological knowledge with pastoral training for excellence in ministry. Professors focus on biblical understanding and personal application, church leadership and administration, evangelism, and pastoral service to the Church. The program offers unique opportunities for practical ministry and evangelism through required church assignments and its Field School of Evangelism.
Most of our graduates are hired as pastors in various Adventist conferences. Other graduates attend the Seminary or enter other programs for chaplaincy, counseling, medicine, or teaching. They also become qualified to work as missionaries, colporteur directors, religion editors in publishing companies, Bible teachers in grade schools and academies, or departmental directors and administrators at various levels of the Adventist Church.
Graduates are strongly encouraged to pursue graduate work in order to meet the demands of a highly educated society and the needs of local parishioners. A doctorate will be required for those who want to teach religion at an Adventist college or seminary level.
To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017.