Program GoalsThere are four major areas of educational preparation for ministers.
1. Content represents the acquisition of the biblical, theological, and historical knowledge necessary for the minister.
Content—Knowledge of the content of the Old and New Testaments, the theology of the Christian faith, and the history and mission of the Church is essential for ministry. Knowledge of how to interpret Scripture, the doctrine of holiness and our Wesleyan distinctives, and the history and polity of the Church of the Nazarene must be included.
2. Competency involves the acquisition and development of skills for ministry.
Competency—Skills in oral and written communication, management and leadership, finance, and analytical thinking are also essential for ministry. In addition to general education in these areas, courses providing skills in preaching, pastoral care and counseling, biblical exegesis, worship, effective evangelism, biblical stewardship of life resources, Christian education, and church administration must be included. Completion of a validated course of study requires the partnering of the educational provider and a local church to direct students in ministerial practices and competency development.
3. Character refers to the personal qualities of the minister.
Character—Personal growth in character, ethics, spirituality, and personal and family relationship is vital for the ministry. Courses addressing the areas of Christian ethics, spiritual formation, human development, the person of the minister, and marriage and family dynamics must be included.
4. Context deals with the environment.
Context—The minister must understand both the historical and contemporary context and interpret the worldview and social environment of the culture where the Church witnesses. Courses that address the concerns of anthropology and sociology, cross- cultural communication, missions, and social studies must be included.
The four areas of content, competency, character, and context include 52 ability statements that are fulfilled within the curriculum program leading to ordination.