Degree Type: Bachelors Degree | Certificate | Minor
Format: In-Person

Put your faith in practice to make a positive difference in the world.

The Ministry and Community Engagement major equips you for a fruitful career in ministry. Warner Pacific’s unique program brings traditional pastoral and biblical preparation alongside skill-based ministry approaches that prepare you to engage with your community in a meaningful way.

The Warner Pacific faculty have designed this curriculum with today’s ministry context in mind, consulting with practitioners and pastors in the field to help us understand what ministers need in the real world. With their help, the Ministry and Community Engagement curriculum is built to equip you to serve others well and make a lasting impact for good in the world.

This major explores ministry through a lens of equity, justice, and care for our neighbors and neighborhoods. Students have the opportunity to walk alongside people and organizations who are actively engaged in this work in our city, gaining valuable real-world experience. Cultural competency will inform your study of theology and practical skills at Warner Pacific, Oregon’s most diverse university.

Courses

Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Ministry and Community Engagement Major
48 credits: 27 in residence, 30 credits upper division
BI 310 Studying the Old Testament
BI 315 Teaching the Old Testament
BI 320 Studying the New Testament
BI 325 Teaching the New Testament
CM 140 Ministry Practice: Exploring Vocation and Call
CM 250 Ministry Field Ed.: Ministry of Care
CM 311 Ministry Field Ed.: Community Development & Organizing
CM 312 Ministry Field Ed.: Design Thinking & Entrepreneurship for Ministry
CM 345 Methods and Practice of Public Communication for Ministry
CM 400 Ministry Integrative Capstone
REL 310 Religions of the World
REL/HIS 330 Church History I: Early and Medieval Persecution, Power, and Peoples
REL 370/HIS 360 Church History II: Holiness, Denominationalism, and Theological Movements
TH 310 Christian Ethics
TH 401 Constructive Theology I
TH 402 Constructive Theology II

Outcomes

  • Connect your story, stories of your ministry context, and the biblical-historical Christian story. You’ll also learn to communicate these connections in written, verbal, and visual formats.
  • Use scholarly methods to study and analyze biblical, historical, and theological texts for the formation of individuals and communities.
  • Apply frameworks of deep listening and care in ministry settings.
  • Practice basic techniques from community development, community organizing, and design thinking in ministry contexts.
  • Recognize and gain appreciative knowledge of religious diversity within our city.

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