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Regent offers a BA in Christian Ministry - Pastoral Care program online and in Virginia Beach.

B.A. in Christian Ministry – Pastoral Care

Step Into Your Pastoral Ministry

You’ve got a heart for Christ and a desire to serve others. Regent’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry – Pastoral Care program will prepare you for ministry as you grow in knowledge, faith, and leadership. Through this ministry degree, you’ll build a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies as you prepare to serve in a pastoral role. You’ll also learn how to support people emotionally and spiritually, through difficult times and victories too. Now is the time to develop the skillset needed to become well-trained, well-grounded, and well-equipped for your unique calling.

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August 23, 2021
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Grow Your Knowledge Through the Pastoral Ministry Program

Study the Old and New Testament alongside historical context and cultural background.

Train to Shepherd

Become an effective caretaker of God’s flock while also reaching out to those who are lost.

Learn from the Best

Presented from a Christian worldview, this on-campus and online ministry degree is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach.

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Explore exciting scholarship opportunities such as academic merit scholarships, honors college scholarships, and more! Learn about the scholarships for on-campus incoming freshmen: the $10,000 Freedom Scholarships, $4,000 Homeschool Scholarships and $4,000 Private School Scholarships.

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH EXCELLENCE

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020). Our programs have also ranked as the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia for 8 years in a row. Experience the Regent difference through our Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry degree program with a concentration in Pastoral Care.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry – Pastoral care program, online or at our beautiful campus in Virginia Beach, you will be able to:

  • Utilize marketable skills such as coaching, mentoring, and communication in your ministry.
  • Employ practical strategies for evangelism and missions.
  • Respond confidently to common objections to the Christian faith.

Career Opportunities

  • Pastor/Associate Pastor
  • Children’s & Youth Pastor
  • Worship Leader
  • Church Administrator
  • Missionary
94%
94% of pastoral ministry graduates believe their job makes the world a better place. The Most & Least Meaningful Jobs, PayScale, 2018
Introduction to methods of studying and interpreting Scripture, theological understanding, and practical application.
Examination of the content and messages of the Gospels, their theology, and their application in modern culture.
Survey of the movements, leaders, and ideas which have influenced the church in the West from the time of the Reformation to the beginning of the 21st century.
Examination of the content and messages of the Pentateuch, its theology, and its application in modern culture.

Study of the writings of the Old Testament prophets, focusing on one of the major prophets or a selection of the minor prophets. The course examines the historical moment and place of the text as well as the role of the prophet in ancient Israel. Students examine texts exegetically, considering theology as suggested by the text(s) as well as the relationship to the New Testament, along with personal applications of the prophets' teachings. Prerequisite: BIBL 103 or BIBL 105.

Study of the writings of the Apostle Paul. Students consider the cultural and philosophical background of each text as well as its contents and its place in the canon. The course examines the literature theologically and exegetically while inviting students to develop and consider personal applications of the texts. Prerequisite: BIBL 104 or BIBL 105.

Exegetical study of the general epistles (James through Jude). Students examine theological, literary, and cultural aspects of these letters as they consider the application of these texts. Prerequisite: BIBL 104 or BIBL 105.

Exploration of core doctrinal and theological beliefs of the Christian faith. Based preeminently on Scripture and on other Christian sources and norms, students study the nature and task of theology, the revelation and knowledge of God, the nature and works of the triune God, creation and providence, the nature of humanity, and the nature and effects of sin. Students also learn to assess doctrine and theology from a variety of theological perspectives.

Continued exploration of core doctrinal and theological beliefs of the Christian faith. Based preeminently on Scripture and on other Christian sources and norms, students study the person and work of Jesus Christ, the identity and function of the Holy Spirit, the nature and process of salvation, the nature and role of the church, and the last things. Students also learn to assess doctrine and theology from a variety of theological perspectives. Prerequisite: BIBL 331.

Examines the process of lesson/sermon preparation and delivery from the biblical text with the aim of influencing an audience. Students build upon their knowledge of written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills to develop sermons and lesson plans.
Students examine the biblical and philosophical basis of personal spiritual formation and growth as well as strategies that can be used to facilitate formation and growth in church and parachurch ministry.
Examines methods of outreach to diverse cultural groups. Students learn to evangelize in personal and group settings and develop a strategy for teaching and leading others in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Examines basic counseling and assessment skills for use in typical pastoral settings such as visitation, bereavement, and pre-marital instruction. Introduces professional resources, self-care management principles, and strategies for staff and lay involvement.
This course explores the biblical and theological foundations of the vocation to pastor. The nature, formation, praxis and polity of a Biblical approach to the ministerial office of the pastor is discussed and a theological framework for ordination is studied.

Study of the worldwide mission of the Church, presented in the context of world perspectives and evangelism, including the theological basis for world missions, a practical survey of mission strategies, and applications to local church and parachurch ministries.

Integrative study of religious and theological issues in which students examine one or more contemporary topics in religion. Students employ the methodologies and approaches used within their particular major in dialogue with other majors in the department. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

Admission requirements vary based on the stage you're at in life. Select a link below to learn how to apply.

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Block Rate Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18$8,610
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12$7,260
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18$10,332
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A$1,722+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800

Housing Fees »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-12 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid »

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Block Rate Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18$8,610
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12$6,888
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18$10,332
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A$1,722+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800

Housing Fees »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-12 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Military Admissions & Aid »

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