Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2024-2025 
    Jul 13, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Christian Ministry Minor

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Program Director: Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.


The Christian ministry minor offers students pursuing degrees in other majors and who have interest in Christian ministry to pursue further ministry training and preparation as part of their academic training either for personal or professional reasons. The CM minor may be ideal for: 1) students pursuing careers in Christian non-profit organizations that require specific training found in another major, 2) students interested in areas of ministry that might benefit from preparation in other majors with support from ministry education (children's ministry, church business administration, etc.) or, 3) students pursuing careers in other fields who are interested in additional training to prepare them for a life of ministry. Students completing the minor may also be eligible for advanced standing at Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary should they later decide to pursue a master's degree in ministry preparation. Admission and character requirements in the major apply likewise to the minor.

Degree completion students must complete two years of post-high school work experience in a professional setting with an interest in pursuing Christian ministry.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge from the ministry content areas of the program: heritage (biblical interpretation and theology, along with a historical view and a relevant, contemporary theology of the church), community leadership (pastoral ministries, conflict transformation and leadership skills awareness) and missional engagement (evangelism & discipleship, urban ministry and intercultural ministry skills)
  2. Perform skills in Christian leadership, practical programming, communication (written and oral) and pastoral ministries
  3. Interpret issues of personal nurture, calling and formation
  4. Demonstrate content integration and "calling" exploration through spiritual formation and a ministry internship experience—i.e., youth, worship, children's ministry, etc.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

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