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This degree has been designed for the local church Pastor who is a Bi-vocational Pastor,

Second Career Pastor or Lay Pastor.


Traditional seminary degrees are often out of reach due to work, family, geography or finances.

Our degree is offered entirely online featuring video-based micro-lectures, ZOOM video-conferencing, and tutorial formats.

The Diploma reads:

Master of Pastoral Ministry

Faculty-Mentor Directed

The Faculty Mentor faciliates scheduled video conversations and participates in the portfolio preparation and examination.

Project Portfolio

Students journey through a series of research milestones to generate the final Project Portfolio that addresses a Need or Opportunity in their ministry context.

Online and Flexible

Students set their own schedule and proceed at their own pace. Each course can be completed within 30 to 90 days.

Master's Degree

Pastoral Ministry

Course of Study

     Twelve 3-credit hour courses:

Old Testament

New Testament

Church History


Pastoral Care

Spiritual Formation

Christian Worship


Christian Education

Missional Church

Church Administration

Ministerial Ethics

Four 6-credit hour courses

Capstone Research I

Capstone Research II

Capstone Project

Capstone Thesis



Life Experience and Ministry Experience can be applied to the course requirements following an evaluation of those experiences.