Associates of Arts in Practical Ministry

Credit Hours

Class Type

(On-campus, 15-week semester)

Next Start Date

August 20, 2024

Transfer Credits

Transfer up to 100% credits.

Articulation Agreements

Southeastern University, Faith International University, SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary and, Oral Roberts University.

Strengthen Your Ministry Knowledge and be Equipped with an Associate of Arts in Practical Ministry Degree

The Associate of Arts in Practical Ministry degree is designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of theology and biblical doctrine. Students also hone their ministry calling by taking an elective (2nd year) in Leadership, Pastoral Studies, Evangelism, Missions and more. By taking courses that focus on Bible study, theology, Spirit-empowered Living, and ministry, you’re being equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to make an impact for Christ.

This program can be completed on-campus and online in less than two (2) years and will equip you with the knowledge and training you need to have a fruitful ministry.

Associate of Arts in Practical Ministry Degree Program Highlights

When choosing Nations College on-campus, you want to be sure that it is right for you. We believe that completing our Associate of Arts in Practical Ministry can offer what you need. Here’s why:

  • Academic excellence, flexibility, affordability, and accessibility.
  • Develop in your calling and ministry.
  • Learn from Spirit-filled faculty who are experts in their field.
  • Gain access to personal input from faculty (via email, Zoom, etc.).
  • Be equipped and launched into your calling and ministry.
  • Pursue a call to evangelism by applying to the CfaN Evangelism Bootcamp or CfaN School of Evangelism.

What Will You Learn in Our Associate of Arts in Practical Ministry Degree?

Throughout your degree, you’ll be learning core skills that can be used in the ministry, as well as in many professions. You’ll take courses in biblical studies, learn critical thinking skills, cultivate a Spirit-empowered life, and develop ministry skills. During both years, students engage in practical ministry opportunities. They will also receive personal mentoring in ministry during the 2nd year. This ministry equipping will give you foundational knowledge to help you be fruitful in your ministry, your career, and in your future studies.

In our Associate of Arts in practical Ministry Degree program, you’ll be studying topics like:

  • Developing a Spirit-empowered life
  • Old and New Testament Studies
  • Homiletics
  • Five-fold Ministry
  • Hermeneutics
  • Gifts of the Spirit and Healing
  • Christian Worldview & Ethics
  • Romans & Galatians

View the Degree Completion Plan and check out some of our featured courses.

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee* (waived if you apply today)
  • Complete the online orientation.
  • Complete the High School Self-Certification form.
  • High School Self-Certification or GED transcript is required within the first 12 credit hours of classes.
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English).

Career Opportunities for Associate of Arts in Practical Ministry

  • Devotional curriculum developer
  • Educational program coordinator
  • Enrollment counselor
  • Assistant director
  • Kindergarten Bible teacher
  • Assistant Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Small Group leader
  • Ministry assistant
  • Prison ministry teacher
  • Women’s ministry teacher

*Some restrictions may occur for this promotion to apply. This promotion also excludes active faculty and staff, military, Non-Degree Seeking, DGIA, Continuing Education, WSB, and Certificates.

Degree Requirements

The Nations College Associate of Arts in Practical Ministry degree has the following requirements:

  • Completion of 65 semester hours
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Completion of required hours in the following areas:
    • General Education
    • Bible and Theology
    • Elective Concentration
  • Completion of Practical Ministry Experience.
  • Nations College indebtedness paid in full.

Associate of Arts in Practical Ministry

Core Classes - 55 Hours

THE 1013 Spirit Empowered Living 3
THE 1033 Theology and Practice of Evangelism 3
THE 1023 Hermeneutics 3
THE 2013 Systematic Theology 3
THE 2023 Homiletics 3
BIB 1013 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 1023 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 1033 Pneumatology (theology of the Holy Spirit) 3
BIB 2013 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 1043 Romans and Galatians 3
BIB 2023 The Pentateuch 3

Applied Theology

ATH 2013 Five-Fold Ministry 3
ATH 2023 Gifts of the Spirit & Healing 3

General Education:

EDU 1011 – College Success 1
ENG 1013- College Writing 3
SOC 2013 – Foundations of Human Behavior 3
PHI 1013 – Christian Worldview & Ethics 3
MAT 1013 – Business Mathematics 3
HIS 2013 – Pentecostal Doctrine and History 3

Electives - 6 Hours - (Choose 2)

MIS 2013 Christian Missions 3
HUM 2013 World Religions 3
ATH 2033 Special Studies in Pastoral Ministries 3
PSY 2013 Marriage and the Family 3
ATH 2043 Evangelistic Preaching & the Gospel 3
ATH 2053 Evangelism from a Cultural Perspective 3
LEA 2013 Leadership Development 3
LEA 2023 Principles of Ministry Management 3

Practical Ministry – 4 Hours

PFM 1011 – Practicum I 1
PFM 1011 – Practicum II 1
PFM 1011 – Practicum III 1
PFM 1011 – Practicum IV 1

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