Christian ministry has never faced greater challenges—or opportunities. Globalization, technology, and spiritual hunger are opening doors. But evangelical leaders must also prepare to face divided congregations, stretched budgets, and long hours of sometimes-lonely work.
That’s why students choose Bethel Seminary. With eyes wide open to contemporary issues, we prepare leaders for the realities of today’s ministry settings.
Wherever the calling, we offer a program to match. We've talked with churches and ministry organizations to build programs that meet the actual needs of their staff and leadership. And we're always working to improve our courses and roll out new programs that address where ministry is heading.
Beyond pastoral roles, we offer advanced degrees geared to evangelism and apologetics, cross-cultural missions, marriage and family therapy, youth ministry, urban and rural ministry—and more.
Whole and Holy Emphasis
No matter what the program, students leave thoroughly equipped.
Our 3-part emphasis gives every graduate:
Solid biblical and theological grounding
Strong personal and spiritual character
Skilled hand at administrative leadership
Research shows it takes all 3 strengths to survive and thrive in ministry today. Unique to Bethel, this approach is praised by our accreditor, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
Convenient Program Options
To serve students all over the country, we offer programs through locations in St. Paul and San Diego. Across our system, programs vary in their delivery options ranging from traditional daytime, to evening, to hybrid—blending online and on-campus course work.
Our popular InMinistry Distance Learning program lets students stay active in ministry by taking classes primarily online, with on-campus intensives twice each year. Regardless of location or model, we keep classes small. And we make sure to build a supportive community as students work through life-challenging experiences.
At Home in Rural Ministry
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