People who want to devote their life to the ministry have many options available. In fact, it may be difficult to decide on a course of action.
The basic study of theology requires understanding the history of religion, the current practice of different denominations and the various languages in which the original manuscripts were written.
However, there are typically two major types of degree programs available for theology majors: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Bachelor of Arts is usually the most common type of degree for theology majors. This degree spends the first two years studying about the actual program classes, rather than the academic classes.
Of course, theology degrees are also offered on the Associate’s level, Master’s level and Doctorate level. Those who wish to be a pastor typically try to earn a Master of Divinity degree. Those who wish to propel themselves to higher qualifications further their education to include a PhD in theology.
The type of degree you will need to obtain largely depends on the role you want to play in ministry and the type of degrees that are accepted by your church or churches like yours. If your pastor is unsure of what degrees are necessary for certain roles in ministry, you may want to talk with other church leaders or counselors. Moreover, your prospective school can help you find a degree program that will qualify you for the type of work you would like to do.
For example, if you want to be a counselor, you will can obtain an associate’s degree in Christian counseling, or go as far as to obtain a PhD in pastoral counseling. The further you go in your education, the more qualified you will be for various roles in ministry.
New college students are usually confused by this term. Unfortunately for them, not realizing what this term means can greatly hinder their education.
In basic terms, accreditation is a title awarded to schools who’s programs meet standards for quality learning. Credits from an accredited school are transferable to another accredited school, and in some cases, non-accredited.
The major factor in accreditation is that many employers won’t recognize a student’s degree if it did not come from an accredited school. That may mean four years of your hard work can go right down the drain, unless you find a church who is willing to look past accreditation.
Popular accredited Christian colleges and Universities include:
• Liberty University
• Bob Jones University
• Ohio Christian University
• Argosy University
• San Diego Christian College
• Grand Canyon University