Is God calling you to serve Him through pastoral ministry?  Our online program is ideal for you to continue working while earning your degree. 

 

A degree in Religion or Theology helps prepare you for service in these areas:

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Mission Service

 

Take advantage of our affordable tuition - click here for more information.

 

Religon (B.A.) Courses
Item #TitleCredits

RELT 101

Christian Beliefs

3

RELP 220

Personal Evangelistic Ministry

3

RELH 230

History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

3

RELB 322

Daniel

3

RELH 331

History of Christianity 1

3

RELH 332

History of Christianity 2

3

RELT 406 or 407

Christian Theology 1 or 2

3

 

RELB Electives (Select From List Below)

9

 

Sub-Total Credits

30

RELB Electives
RELB 325 Pentateuch
RELB 328 Survey of the Old Testament
RELB 335 Introduction to the New Testament
RELB 323 Revelation

 

 

Theology (B.A.) Courses
Item #TitleCredits

RELT 101

Christian Beliefs

3

RELT 207

Research in Religion

1

RELB 211

Life and Teachings of Jesus

3

RELP 220

Christian Witnessing

3

RELH 230

History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

3

RELB 313

Prophetic Studies

3

RELH 320Ellen White Writings3

RELP 323

Homiletics 1

3

RELP 324Homiletics 23

RELH 332

History of Christianity 2

3

RELT 405Biblical Theology3

 

RELB 410 or RELB 411

3

RELP 423Pastoral Ministry 13
RELP 424Pastoral Ministry 23
RELP 425Field Evangelism3
RELP 427Hospital Ministry1

 

RELB Electives

9

 

Sub-Total Credits

53

Required Cognates
Item #Title Credits
COMM 111Speech3
HIST 331History of Christianity 13
PSYC 212General Psychology3
 Sub-Total Credits9

A Minor in Biblical Languages is required for theology majors.

Minor in Biblical Languages
Item #TitleCredits
RELL 240New Testament Greek 15
RELL 241New Testament Greek 24
RELL 340Intermediate New Testament Greek3
RELL 343Biblical Hebrew 13
RELL 344Biblical Hebrew 23
RELH 314Origin & Development of the Bible3
 Sub-Total Credits21

Certificate in Church Ministry

Our Certificate in Church Ministry prepares lay leaders for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a unique church ministry program which combines basic theological education with church history and applied ministerial methods and practices. The curriculum of the certificate consists of courses totaling 15 semester hours of college credit. These credits may be transferred to any other accredited college or university and may be applied toward a degree at Southwestern Adventist University. The curriculum is also designed to help church lay leaders increase their knowledge and skills and be better equipped to work in various positions of lay leadership.

The Certificate in Church Ministry does not prepare candidates for full-time employment in pastoral ministry nor does it constitute an alternative theology degree. Anyone choosing full-time ministry as a goal for life must enroll in a four-year BA Theology program. 

Admission:
The Certificate in Church Ministry is open to persons age 25 or older who have served in positions of lay leadership and are officially endorsed by their local congregations or conferences. Applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Previous college work is not required, but recommended.  Applicants must:

  1. Complete an application for admission into the certificate program
  2. Send a non-refundable $25 application fee
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation from a local church pastor, a local church elder, and a third local church leader which officially endorse the applicant
  4. Write a letter of intent stating why the applicant would like to take the college-level certificate in church ministry
  5. Send a current professional resume

Time Limitations:
Candidates for this certificate must complete all requirements within a five-year period.

Certificate Completion:
Certificates will be awarded to students who complete all course requirements and maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Candidates must submit a Certificate Completion contract to the Records Office. A $25 certificate fee is required at the time the certificate is completed.

Courses for the Certificate:

Item #TitleCredits

RELT 101

Christian Beliefs

3

RELP 220

Personal Evangelistic Ministry

3

RELH 230

History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

3

RELB 211

Life and Teachings of Jesus

3

RELP 215

Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

3

 

Sub-Total Credits

34