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School of Theology and Ministry
(B LT, HB, GK, THEO, C HS, PHIL, PRTH, C ED, C M, MISS)


Full-time Faculty of the School


School Mission

The mission of the School of Theology and Ministry, in obedience to the Great Commission, is to inspire and equip people for responsible Christian leadership in the Wesleyan holiness tradition.


School Objectives

The School of Theology and Ministry seeks to introduce the heritage, resources, and practices of the Christian faith in the General Education courses to orient all SNU students toward responsible Christian service in all walks of life. The school also provides pre-professional and professional training to equip students wishing to enter vocational Christian ministry.

General Objectives for All Students

  1. Because Scripture is the primary authority for Christian faith, the school intends:

    • to stimulate students' love of Scripture as the dynamic word of God.

    • to equip students to participate in the disciplines of Bible study, scriptural truths in life, community and personal decisions.

  2. Because reason organizes understanding and enables communication of the faith, the School of Theology and Ministry intends:

    • to equip students to think critically and analytically about circumstances, ideas, and the intuitive foundations of our concepts.

    • to enable students to understand theological presuppositions, language, and systems.

    • to stimulate students to a lifetime application of a Wesleyan-Arminian theological perspective on contemporary issues.

  3. Because understanding of Christian tradition frees individuals to participate constructively in community, the School of Theology and Ministry intends:

    • to introduce students to the pivotal persons, events, movements, and ideas of the church's development.

    • to stimulate an appreciation of the cultural and historical heritage and the promise of the Church of the Nazarene.

    • to equip students for effective leadership in the Christian community of faith.

  4. Because the Christian faith is lived out in human experience, the School of Theology and Ministry intends:

    • to resource students to become intentional about ministry in the church's global mandate of the Kingdom of God.

    • to stimulate in students a hunger for spirituality and vital piety.

    • to equip students with leadership skills and attitudes that enable them to participate effectively in ministry.

Specific Objectives for Preprofession

  • To facilitate the integration of skills in communication, leadership, management, and churchmanship with deepening biblical and theological understanding.

  • To provide an appropriate basis for graduate theological education.

  • To provide resources, skills, and motivation for a lifetime of theological study.

Specific Objectives for the Student of Philosophy

  • To provide the student an understanding of the method and subject matter of philosophy.

  • To engender in the student's life the love of truth and the desire for an enriched life.

  • To resolve the oppositions of skepticism and dogmatism by an investigation of all experience.

  • To foster in the student the habit of accurate and consistent thinking.

  • To teach the student what and how to question.

  • To help the student evaluate life to determine its worth and meaning in the light of philosophic, scientific, and religious truth.


B.A. Degree Programs

A B.A. degree program is the normal pattern of ministry preparation for students intending to serve as pastors, evangelists, missionaries, and theological educators. Pre-seminary students are strongly urged to follow one of the B.A. degree patterns.

All B.A. degree programs require three credits of philosophy beyond the General Education CORE philosophy course. Either History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (PHIL 3103) or History of Modern Philosophy (PHIL 3113) are recommended.

All B.A. degree programs in theology and ministry require 12 credits of New Testament Greek.

The Theology and Ministry concentration for the B.A. degree is certified by the Church of the Nazarene as meeting all requirements of the Ministerial Course of Study for the Elder Track.

The following program concentrations are available:



B.S. Degree Programs

The B.S. degree is available in two program areas within the School of Theology and Ministry, as follows:

The B.S. in Theology and Ministry is designed for students who choose this option over the B.A. in Theology and Ministry concentration. Since this program does not include a requirement in foreign language, approval must be obtained from the chair of the School of Theology and Ministry by the end of the student's sophomore year. The B.S. in Christian Education is designed for preparation for staff ministry.

The Theology and Ministry concentration for the B.S. degree is certified by the Church of the Nazarene as meeting all requirements of the Ministerial Course of Study for the Elder Track.

All B.S. degree programs require three credits of philosophy beyond the General Education CORE philosophy course - History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (PHIL 3103) or History of Modern Philosophy (PHIL 3113).
The following B.S. degree concentrations are available:

Children's Ministry
Christian Education
Theology and Ministry


Multidisciplinary Degree Programs

Multidisciplinary program options are available to the students through the School of Theology and Ministry following the general multidisciplinary degree guidelines. Each program option requires a minimum of 60 credits in courses related to the student’s declared life objective and selected from more than one academic discipline. Approval to pursue a multidisciplinary degree option should be obtained through the chairs of each specified disciplinary area no later than the end of the sophomore year. Three options are available through the School of Theology and Ministry:

Christian Education and Music
Latino Ministry / Latino Studies


Minors

Six options are available to students wishing to pursue a minor in one of the theology and ministry areas. Each option requires completion of a minimum of 15-18 credits.