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Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Pastoral

A Four-Year Program (120 credits)
Program Coordinator: Kelly Steffen 

Match your interests and gifts to the major that best suits you through Prairie’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (BAM) designed to build your confidence to minister in any environment; providing you with an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and practical leadership skills to do ministry while equipping others for ministry.


Experienced Instructors

Students will benefit from instructors who have been involved or are currently involved in pastoral ministry. Some are gifted in Biblical languages, while others have years of leadership experience as missionaries, church planters and college presidents. To find out more, visit the instructor bio page here.

The Pastoral Program is:

For those who would like to develop pastoral leadership skills for vocational ministry.

For those who would like to develop pastoral skills for a vocational church ministry.

Excellently suited for the second career person.

For persons who are already in pastoral ministry who would like formal education.

For those who would like to explore the possibility of pastoral vocational ministry.

Program Objectives

Prairie’s BAM program will equip you to:

Effectively study, understand and interpret Scripture.

Understand the principles for effective ministry in a variety of applications and situations.

Realize the global mission of the Church and its implications for your life.

Understand the importance of interpersonal relationships in the context of effective ministry.

Confidently apply practical skills as required in ministry settings

Realize and develop your God-given gifts and passions for use in ministry to the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Expanded Opportunities

Your BAM degree will open doors to skilled service as a church worker, church planter, church educational program leader, worship leader, pastor, youth worker, camp leader, or numerous other roles within a church or para-ministry setting. Your degree lays the foundation for graduate studies in ministry, theological studies, missiology or divinity.

The BAM program can also be completed entirely through Prairie Distance Education (some course listings may differ). Find the distance education BAM/PA program outline here. For additional information, call the Distance Education office toll-free at 1-800-785-4226 or e-mail

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless indicated otherwise.

Bible & Theology Major (45 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 251 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 243 Reading the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
OT 353 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction To Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel OR
     TH 211 Creation to New Creation
BT/NT/OT/ST/TH  Electives (200 or above) (15 cr)

Arts & Sciences Core (36 credits)
AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
HF/SS electives (12 cr)
HF/SS electives 200 level or above (6 cr)  
HF/SS elective 300 level (3 cr)

Major (33 credits)
CM 250 Introduction to Counselling
PA 103 Leadership Coaching
PA 161 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
PA 211 Passionate Preaching & Teaching
PA 314 Advanced Preaching
PA 372 Missional Leadership
PA 480 Topics in Pastoral Ministry
CM 464 Pastoral Ministry Internship (12 cr)

General Electives (6 credits)

Exemptions for each student based on specific life experience and learning will reduce the total number of credits to 90.  


For costs and breakdown of fees click here.

Variations in costs are dependent on scholarships, number of tuition credits taken, Campus Leaders Bursary, and transfer credits.

For Financial Aid click here.


Tuition Fees:
On this schedule tuition fees are based on 15 credits/semester.


College Services Fees include:

Student Union, printing, fitness, intra-mural, technology, library, orientation, & spiritual formation fees. 


Room & Board:

Residence double occupancy

Refundable Residence Damage Deposit:  $250


Costs not included:



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Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

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