God has ordained that there be ministers of the gospel whose mission in life is to serve as evangelist, teacher, shepherd, model of spiritual piety, and messenger of hope and restoration. The goal of the Religion Department is to train young men and women who will be equipped, under the power of the Holy Spirit, to help complete the work of the Lord on this earth in this last generation.
Two four-year programs are offered: Pastoral Evangelism and Bible Instruction. Both programs are essentially the same, except for the internship emphasis. In the Bible Instruction major more emphasis is placed on personal soul winning, organizing Bible studies, and training others to give Bible studies.
Individuals desiring to major in either of these areas are required to make formal application to the Religion Department after the completion of their freshman year. In order to be admitted to a Religion Department major, the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, have completed reading requirements, and demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. The student must also evidence emotional stability, healthful lifestyle, responsible time management, spiritual maturity, and a commitment to God and the gospel ministry.
This major is designed to prepare Bible instructors who can present the Seventh-day Adventist message as found in the Scriptures. It seeks to provide the basis for a Christian philosophy of life, effective avenues of ministry, and a solid grasp of scriptural truth. Upon completion of the program, students will be trained for personal soul-winning work and assisting evangelistic teams and other witnessing ministries of God’s church.
Ladies who enter this major may expect to serve in those areas of ministry that God has designated appropriate for their gender, such as teaching, counseling, writing, preaching, public evangelism, revival ministry, departmental ministry, institutional ministry (chaplaincy), and pastoral care for ladies.
The Pastoral Evangelism major is designed to provide a biblical foundation and practical field experience to prepare the student called to the proclamation of God’s end-time message. This program is designed to prepare faithful Seventh-day Adventist ministers, qualified under God to evangelize, teach, raise up congregations, train and lead laymen in evangelism, and provide church leadership. Many students are also able to pursue further studies, if desired.