Christian Theology

Christian Studies - Pastoral Ministry

Being a pastor is more than just standing on a stage on Sunday morning. You need a heart steeped in compassion, a mind focused on your role as a shepherd and a dedication to preaching the Word. 

Knowing this, Anderson created the pastoral ministry concentration to prepare you to serve your congregations with love, strength and clarity. Your classes include:

  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Preaching

Each one will form you into a pastor who counsels and cares to heal, leads to serve and preaches to transform the people who trust in you. 

Why AU?

Your pastoral training at Anderson opens your eyes to what you’ll face as the leader of a local church. Seasoned faculty members who’ve led churches through seasons of growth and difficulty will be your guide. In many cases, your professors are teaching you while they’re on campus and leading congregations and small groups when they’re not.

Your learning will go beyond the walls of your classrooms, too. Every Christian Studies student will complete a 150-internship. This opportunity is a collaboration between you and your on-campus and off-campus directors. You’ll work with them to create an internship that addresses the specific areas of ministry in which you want to lead.

At Anderson, there is no shortage of real-world chances for you to love people, lead a church and preach.

Career Outlook

When you enter your first pastoral position, you want a realistic view of what it means to be a pastor in today’s world. Your Pastoral Ministry concentration does just that.

You will leave Anderson equipped to navigate the nuances of leading your congregation and your staff. Counseling, teaching, preaching, hiring and firing staff; they all will be a part of the real-world skill set you will bring to churches. 

Your training will prepare you for a wide variety of pastoral positions, whether it be leading a church or ministry, being a chaplain within an organization or starting your own Christian non-profit.

The concentration also serves as an excellent option if you’re already working in ministry and want to expand and supplement what you already know. 

Expected salaries and position for graduates of this program include:

  • Pastor: $51,700
  • Hospital chaplain: $52,270
  • Campus pastor: $34,810

If you choose to go to graduate school while you’re working or before you start your career, your degree is excellent preparation for a Master of Divinity or Master of Ministry.