If you desire to serve God and the Christian Church, then Pastoral Leadership is the degree for you! Students who graduate with a baccalaureate degree in Pastoral Leadership are thoroughly prepared to work at the service of the church and to meet the world’s needs.
Our curriculum focuses on your educational formation on four fronts: (1) human formation (2) theological formation, (3) spiritual formation, and (4) pastoral formation.
Upon completion, you will be:
Marian University's B.A. in pastoral leadership emphasizes five critical areas of intentional and comprehensive study:
All five areas are interdependent, allowing you to build comprehensive, integrated connections to each of these key areas for successful careers in pastoral leadership.
“Pastoral Leadership not only prepared me for academic success, but also equipped me with formation that will be beneficial in my future ministry in the Catholic Church. I believe I am equipped for a career in ministry with all the necessary tools to be a great leader in the Church."
The baccalaureate degree in Pastoral Leadership (45-credits minimum) offers a variety of theological and pastoral courses, as well as some social science courses in psychology, sociology, and social work. However, the degree in Pastoral Leadership aims at empowering people for full-time ministry in the Christian church. It is a unique program, involving both ministry mentoring with a faculty member (every semester) and pastoral internships in community (every semester). Marian University’s Pastoral Leadership program is one of the finest and fewest Catholic undergraduate programs of its kind in the country. The program is focuses on preparing students for ministry and pastoral work within Christian churches.
Some of the core theological courses that students will take are:
Some of the pastoral courses that students may take in the program are:
Some of the theological courses that students will take in the program are:
Some of the social sciences courses that students may take in the program are:
Students who major in Pastoral Leadership are strongly encouraged to minor in one of the following disciplines: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, or Spanish.
Studying Pastoral Leadership challenged me to grow personally and professionally. The internships, courses, and professors empowered me to serve others more intentionally with my new knowledge and skill set."
There are numerous opportunities for graduates who have a B.A. in pastoral leadership. Based on your interests and gifts, some career paths you might choose include:
Marian's bachelor's degree curriculum will also prepare you for continued study in a graduate program focused on theology, ministry, or seminary formation leading to ordination. You might also choose to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in fields like social work, mental health counseling, education, or law.
Arthur D. Canales, D.Min. is professor of pastoral theology & ministry. He is a leading expert in the field of Catholic youth & young adult ministry. He regularly speaks at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Canales has written over 50 academic articles on youth & young adult ministry, edited journals, and has published four books, most recently published Models & Methods for Youth & Young Adult Ministry (2018, Cascade). His new book is titled Pastoral Care to and Ministry with LGBTQ Youth & Young Adults (Wifp & Stock, 2022). Dr. Canales also teaches graduate ministry courses in the summer at Boston College.
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