The purpose of the minor is to provide practical experience in the pastoral ministry and its functions. This minor is not designed for someone who aspires to be senior pastor. This minor is designed for someone on the pastoral staff who serves in a multi-faceted role in a local church or a multi-faceted role in another ministry area like missions. A combination of missions and pastoral studies minors is a possible scenario or student ministry and pastoral studies minor is another possible scenario. The person who aspires to be a senior pastor should take the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies.



Piedmont International University has transformed my life and ministry for the Lord.  I chose this school for its consistent doctrinal teaching at all academic levels and for its dispensational approach to Scripture.  The faculty and staff go the extra mile to help students receive the best education possible.  If you want the best academic training for ministry, choose Piedmont!

Ward Harris, B.A.B.S, M.A.B.S., Ph.D. in Progress
Associate Pastor, Church Administrator, and Bible Teacher
Ripplemead, VA

Loved my time here. Solid teaching from loving and invested teachers and staff! They are compassionate, involved people that truly love God.

Kathryn Best
Consumer Sales Associate at Kaplan Early Learning Company




Upon completion of the program, the student should be equipped to do the following:

  • Devise and design teaching plans for the local church
  • Evaluate and employ methods of counseling
  • Compose and apply an administrative program for a local church
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver biblically-based sermons:

Summary of Required Hours

Total hours 18