Opportunity to be mentored by qualified and caring faculty who mentor students to become who God wants them to be
About the Program
This degree program prepares individuals for ministry in a variety of areas, with concentrations in Christian Ministry, Christian Worship, and Children's/Youth Ministry. Religion majors learn to apply scriptural principles to contemporary life by introducing what they learn in the classroom into a real ministry setting.
As a Religion major, you will begin cultivating a pattern of spiritual accountability and participating in ministry while in school. Additionally, you will learn to preach and teach effectively and persuasively, to plan and conduct worship services, to give pastoral care, and to understand basic counseling. You will gain understanding of the theological implications in life issues, and experience what it means to share the plan of salvation with a seeker, provide administrative leadership for ministry and continue your personal spiritual development throughout your life.
SWU Division of Religion provides ministry preparation that is a "both/and" program:
- Traditional / Contemporary worship styles
- Large church / Small church
- Tradition and history / Relevant mission
- Preparation for immediate ministry placement / Preparation for graduate school
- Rigor in the classroom / Mentoring relationships and community
- Disciplined study / Real-life ministry experiences
You might consider a Religion major if you sense God’s calling on your life for ministry, are seeking to serve in a church or other Christ-centered organization, are an individual who shows Christ-like compassion to others and are seeking a leadership role in ministry.