Pastoral Studies

Nurturing a shepherd’s heart

In a world where many churches are theologically unsound and others are closing their doors, Maranatha is committed to preparing men biblically for seminary and service as pastors of independent, fundamental Baptist congregations.

Maranatha’s Baptist Pastoral Studies degree program is designed to provide a broad knowledge of biblical studies and Greek. You’ll gain valuable insight into the pastoral ministry, including pastoral leadership, prayer, church administration, preaching, and counseling. You can combine this major with a variety of minors to train for other careers associated with the pastorate. Maranatha is ready to equip you to reach the lost and shepherd the church.

A multicultural influence

Ray Paez ('05) is the Assistant Pastor/Hispanic Pastor at East Delavan Baptist Church in Delavan, WI. Paez graduated with a BA in both Pastoral Studies and Biblical Studies, then completed his master's degree at Maranatha ('06). He also teaches Spanish at a Christian school and serves as a chaplain for a local business. "Without question, my training … at Maranatha has proven invaluable to me in my six years in the ministry," Paez said. "My classes were instrumental in developing my critical thinking skills and theological balance, and I would say those are two things that I really value from my education there."

Our Commitment Statements

Maranatha’s Doctrinal Statement originated in the very first year of Maranatha’s existence. During the summer of 2009, the university Bible faculty and the seminary faculty created an expansion of the doctrinal statement and set forth the following declaration of its commitment to biblical truth and its application of that truth to the lives of its students, staff, and faculty. The purpose of this statement was to make clear to the Board of Trustees the commitment of the Bible faculty to biblical truth and the positions that Maranatha has historically held.

View our Commitment Statements

Your potential career

  • Pastor
  • Associate pastor
  • Assistant pastor
  • Youth pastor
  • Camp director
  • Missionary
  • Church Planter

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Old or New Testament Survey3Old or New Testament Survey3
Pastoral Theology2Pastoral Theology2
Greek Grammar 14Greek Grammar 24
English Composition 13English Composition 23
The Modern World3Fund. of Public Speaking2
Music Appreciation2Math or Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
History of Christianity3Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism3
Baptist Heritage3Biblical Interpretation3
Pastoral Theology2Pastoral Theology2
Greek Reading3Exegetical Grammar3
Math or Science Elective3American Studies Elective3
Fall Spring Summer 
Theology 13Theology 23Pastoral Studies Internship2
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Homiletics2The Christian Home2
Methods in Mentoring2Homiletics Practicum2
Introduction to Philosophy2Literature Elective3
Fall Spring 
Theology 42Theology 32
Bible Elective3Biblical Studies Seminar2
Pastoral Theology2Bible Elective3
Minor3Pastoral Theology2