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Division of Religion

The Division of Religion offers a major in religion with concentrations Christian Ministry, Youth and Children's Ministry, and Christian Worship. Each of these concentration meet Wesleyan ordination competency requirements. In addition, students may wish to take a minor in religion with concentrations in Christian Ministry, Youth and Children's Ministry and Christian Worship.

On-Campus Religion Programs

3+1 Program for Religion (BA)
This 3+1 degree program features three years on-campus plus one year of a church residency. The 3+1 program is available for the Christian Ministry and Youth Ministry concentration.

CoVo Ministry Programs
Designed for the co-vocational Christian, this program allows students to complete a double major in religion and one other program during their four-year academic journey.

Religion (BA)
This degree program prepares individuals for ministry in a variety of areas, with specialized concentrations offered in Christian Ministry, Youth and Children's Ministry and Christian Worship. 

Meet the Religion Faculty


The mission of the Southern Wesleyan Division of Religion is to grow in student numbers, in educational effectiveness, and spiritual influence to advance the Gospel in contemporary cultures.

Our overall goal is for our students to be transformed by Christ, the Living Word, and live transformed lives as evidenced by the values, priorities, and personal witness of those who have answered God’s call. Then equipped to study and teach the written Word of God, they will be prepared to serve Christ and His church as pastors, youth pastors, children’s pastors, worship pastors, missionaries, and other ministry leaders.

Learning Outcomes

Students obtaining a BA in Religion are students who will...

  1. Demonstrate spiritual growth and accountability
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Bible
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic theological concepts
  4. Be able to communicate God’s truth in order to make disciples
  5. Understand human development (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) and grow in their ability to minister in ways that are developmentally and contextually appropriate.


A Ministry for High School Students

Quest is a ministry of Southern Wesleyan University for high school students who want to explore God's call on their life and what purpose God has in store for them. Summer camps and weekend adventures!

Learn more about Quest


Pastors: Want to Refuel for Ministry?

Consider Recharge: a collection of new SWU initiatives intended to energize pastors and other ministry leaders for relevant, impacting ministry in the 21st century.

Learn more about Recharge


Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center

Religion students at SWU have the opportunity for a relevant and hands-on ministry education in the brand new Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center.

The center includes a sanctuary for preaching and worship education, as well as a tech lab for learning modern technologies used in worship services. The center also includes a youth ministry lab and a children’s ministry lab, both outfitted for engaging, age-appropriate ministry. The Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center at SWU is the place to gain a relevant ministry education for today’s world.