Bachelor’s/Master’s (4+1) & Minor Available
16 weeks (semester)
Traditional On-Campus, Lancaster
There are many ideas about what a pastor should be: some view pastors as the CEO of a corporation, while others see them as the one who gets paid to do the work of the ministry. At Lancaster Bible College, we believe in training pastors to become shepherd leaders. Here’s what we know to be true: the gospel is the only hope of humanity. God’s Church is God’s plan to reach the world with the hope of the gospel. That’s why we need pastors.
LBC’s pastoral ministry degree is grounded in the authority of Scripture and places a strong emphasis developing church leaders to become faithful pastors that lead fruitful churches. From a biblical foundation, students learn about the nature of ministry, discipleship and leadership within the context of the local church. Through our robust curriculum that integrates Bible classes, general education courses, classes focused on the science and art of expository preaching, and internship and practicum opportunities that give students a chance to engage in local church leadership and development, our students graduate prepared to enter into ministry. Students who study pastoral ministry at LBC also learn about the importance pastoral counseling and care within the context of the Church, all grounded in the example of Jesus and relying on empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Through careful training, you will learn how to apply the Scriptures to the problems of life and to extend loving care to your members. And all our classes are taught with an emphasis on engaging the present culture with knowledge of historic orthodoxy and practice. Students who complete this program will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies.
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Can I Transfer Credits?
Yes! Read about LBC’s transfer policy
Other Program Selections
Bachelor’s + Master’s Option (4+1)
Minor – 12 credits
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Bible & Theology Core 43 Credits
Arts & Sciences Core 37 Credits
Pastoral Ministry Core 45 Credits
View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and program details.
Want to learn more about this major or the traditional undergraduate programs at Lancaster Bible College? Consider scheduling an in-person or virtual campus visit to see the campus and talk with our admissions counselors.
The Pastoral Ministry bachelor’s degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:
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These are the required courses for a minor in Pastoral Ministry (12 credits)
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LBC | Capital’s unique 4+1 program provides students the opportunity to earn their undergraduate BA degree in Pastoral Ministry while also pursuing a Master of Arts either in Ministry (MAM) or Biblical Studies (MABS). A student can experience all the benefits of dynamic undergraduate student life all five years while maximize your time in college and minimize the cost of your education without sacrificing the quality of your experience. Graduate-level courses taken during undergraduate studies fulfill both undergraduate elective requirements and graduate program requirements. In the 4+1 program, students are dual-enrolled in LBC and Capital Seminary & Graduate School.
A student may opt for the 4+1 track at any point up through the beginning of their junior year. Before a student is formally admitted to the track, an evaluation will be conducted by their academic advisor. The evaluation considers the student’s previous academic performance, character and ability, and the recommendation of another LBC faculty member. Students that complete the 4+1 program can start their professional career sooner with the right credentials.