Ministerial Studies

Keith Bunch

Keith Bunch

Division Director

The need for wise, dedicated and effective church leaders is all too real. Churches across our nation need properly prepared and dedicated pastors.  The Penn View Ministerial Division will prepare you to meet this need of leadership. Training in this division centers on the development of servant-leaders who will be pastors, preachers, and active laity.

People skills, pulpit skills, and administrative skills are intrinsically part of solid church leadership. The Ministerial Division will assist you in developing these and other skills necessary to effectively minister. Emphasis is placed upon personally knowing God, internalizing His Word, developing Christ-likeness, and practicing Christian integrity.

Instruction in this major comes from faculty possessing a wealth of pastoral and ministry experience.  These faculty will take personal time with students to listen and to encourage growth and development in areas of their needs.

Graduates from the Ministerial Division serve across the United States and Canada in a variety of ministries such as urban outreach, youth ministries, pastoral ministries, children’s outreach, trans-ethnic ministries, inner-city mission, and other ministries wherever needs are present.

Students in this division focus upon obtaining an overview of the Bible, understanding the great doctrines of the Bible, appreciating our spiritual heritage found in church history, properly interpreting the Scriptures and making meaningful, relevant application of the Word in practical Christian living.

Many preaching options await our ministerial students.  Local churches and regional events; country settings and inner-city locales; and informal small group and large formal occasions provide students opportunities to develop their public speaking skills.  Structured ministerial internships under successful pastors enhance the training offered here at Penn View.

Ministerial Requirements

Program Objectives

In keeping with the Institutional Goals, the Ministerial Program is designed specifically:

1. To provide the Christian worker with a foundational knowledge of the English Bible, studying it first in overview and then by significant books and groupings of books.

2. To aid the student in developing:

a. a thorough understanding of the great doctrines of Scripture,

b. skills in interpreting Scripture properly, and

c. the ability to make application of its message in practical Christian living.

3. To assist the student in understanding and appreciating the New Testament Church as God’s plan for this dispensation. Involved in this is the development of basic concepts in evangelism and the pastoral ministry.

4. To help the student prepare for a life of total dedication to the ministry of Christ and His church.

5. To enable the student to enter the pastoral ministry, equipped with beginning-level skills.


Course Requirements are as follows (Total 132 Hours)

General Education, 39 hours, consisting of:
History of Western Civilization, 6 hours; English, 6 hours; General Psychology, 3 hours; Speech Communication, 3 hours; Discussion Leadership, 3 hours; Introduction to Philosophy, 3 hours; Literature (English or American), 3 hours; Biological Science, 3 hours; College Study Skills, 1 hour; General Electives, 8 hours.

Bible/Theology, 51 hours, consisting of:
Bible Survey, 6 hours; Gospels, 6 hours; Pentateuch I, 3 hours; Acts, 3 hours; Biblical Hermeneutics, 3 hours; Pauline Epistles, 12 hours; Christian Beliefs, 3 hours; Theology of Holiness, 3 hours; Systematic Theology, 6 hours; Bible/Theology Electives, 6 hours.

Professional Education, 42 hours, consisting of :
Personal Evangelism, 3 hours; Church History, 6 hours; Homiletics, 6 hours; New Testament Greek, 6 hours; Pastoral Ministries, 3 hours; Leadership & Administration, 3 hours; Biblical Counseling, 3 hours; Church Music Administration, 3 hours; Missions Elective, 3 hours; Ministerial Internship, 6 hours.

Suggested Schedule

(beginning even-numbered fall)