Pastoral Ministry Degree

 Develop a solid foundation of biblical interpretation, counseling, expository preaching, concepts of worship, and church growth.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Romans 10:14,15

The Pastoral Ministry Program at Welch College will prepare you to minister in the local church as a full-time, bi-vocational or associate pastor. Our strong biblical core will challenge you to think biblically about the current issues facing the church today. You will develop a solid foundation of biblical interpretation, counseling, expository preaching, concepts of worship, and church growth.

Upon completing your degree at Welch, you will be well equipped for graduate studies.

“Before I began my journey at Welch College, I was told by many people that this place would greatly change me. They were completely right. I have completely changed….Welch College has been life transforming. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. I have made decisions that have shaped me greatly. I have been taught faithfully by people who were selfless.”

David Dell
Student Pastor, New Hope Free Will Baptist Church | Class of 2015

Program Details

53 hours of Arts and Sciences Core
37 hours of Theological Studies Core
23 hours of Ministry Core
14 hours of Pastoral Ministry Core

127 – Total credit hours

Pastoral Ministry Degree
Sample Core Courses


PMN 3052. PASTORAL LEADERSHIP – A continuation of MIN 3011 focused directly on the role of a pastor in leading the ministerial program of local church. The spring semester is devoted to the organizational structure of the local church. Primary attention will be placed on pastoral leadership, administration, governance of committees and groups, and lay ministry training in the local church.

PMN 4007. EXPOSITORY PREACHING – The methods of preparing expository sermons, directing the student in the preparation of various sermons, discussing techniques and evaluating students’ efforts. Audio and videotaped sermons by great preachers are used as teaching models.

PMN 4602. FUNDAMENTALS OF EFFECTIVE PREACHING – The course presumes a basic knowledge and skill in sermon preparation and Bible exposition. The focus of the course is on those elements that make for effective preaching. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual preparation are addressed. The course enables the student to build upon the skills already possessed in ways that make for more effective preaching. Opportunities are provided to hone preaching skills through observation of others, practice, and self-evaluation

THE/HIS 4854. FREE WILL BAPTIST HISTORY  A readings seminar in the history of Free Will Baptists, including their background in the Magisterial, Radical, and Arminian expressions of the Reformation, their origins in the transatlantic English General Baptist movement of the seventeenth century, and their development in America from the eighteenth century to the present day. The course will emphasize the history of ideas within an overall structure of biographical and institutional history.