Religion Undergraduate Programs
MILLARD REED SCHOOL OF RELIGION
From its earliest days Trevecca Nazarene University has been deeply committed to preparing women and men to serve God, the church, and the world through Christian ministry. The Millard Reed School of Religion provides the student called to ministry the finest training possible in the classical disciplines of Bible, theology, and church history as well as in the practices of ministry necessary for serving the 21st century global community.
The curriculum is based around a core of Bible, theology, and church history classes taken by all majors and then diverse professional ministry areas, including pastoral ministry, youth ministry, children’s ministry, missions, worship ministry, and compassionate ministry. Through the religion major, the student is grounded in the essential disciplines necessary for the practice of ministry in various forms while prepared to carry out ministry in innovative, creative, and transformative ways to various age groups and in various settings. Students desiring a double major have the option to major in religious studies, which focuses solely upon the classical disciplines of Bible, theology, and church history. Students who major in an area outside of religion but who desire to carry out study in religion may minor in multiple areas including Bible, biblical language, religious studies, philosophy, youth ministry, children’s ministry, and missions. Recent graduates of the School of Religion serve faithfully throughout the world in diverse settings of ministry and are regarded by graduate schools of religion as some of the most prepared to carry out graduate studies.
Core Courses in the Religion Major
The religion major requires the student to take an accompanying professional minor in one of the following areas of ministry: pastoral ministry, youth ministry, children’s ministry, missions, compassionate ministry, and worship ministry. In all of these areas, a very strong core of the classical disciplines in religion is required so that a student in any one of the professional areas of ministry has a solid foundation in the essentials of the Christian faith. In the professional courses the student then experiences training and hands-on practice in a specific area of ministry.
The core courses taken by all religion majors include the following:
- Introduction to Biblical Exegesis
- Three Bible courses (selected from the following: Pentateuch, Deuteronomistic History, Old Testament Prophets, Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Post-exilic Literature and Faith, Matthew and Mark, Luke-Acts, Johannine Literature, Pauline Epistles, Hebrews and General Epistles, and Apocalyptic)
- Old Testament Theology
- New Testament Theology
- Ancient and Medieval Church History
- Either Reformation and Modern Church History OR History of the Church in North America
- History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene (if a student is a member of another denomination or a local non-denominational organization, the student may choose to do a study specifically in her/his denomination or local church)
- Systematic Theology I and II
- Theology of Holiness
- Christian Theology of World Religions
The religion major with a professional minor in pastoral ministry provides all necessary classes for ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. In addition to the core courses in Bible, theology, and church history, the pastoral ministry student engages in extensive internship of a minimum of two semesters in a local church as well as courses in pastoral care and counseling, pastoral theology, pastoral administration and leadership, mission of the people of God, educational ministry of the church, and two courses in preaching.
The religion major with a professional minor in youth ministry provides all necessary classes for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. In addition to the core courses in Bible, theology, and church history, the youth ministry student engages in extensive internship of at least two semesters with a local youth group as well as courses in counseling and care for teens and their families, engaging teens in the story of God, teens and the spiritual disciplines, administration and program development for youth ministry, youth culture and the gospel, mission of the people of God, and curriculum and teaching of teenagers.
The religion major with a professional minor in children’s ministry provides all necessary classes for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. In addition to the core courses in Bible, theology, and church history, the children’s ministry student engages in extensive internship of at least two semesters with a local children’s group as well as courses in counseling and care for children and their families, engaging children in the story of God, administration and program development for children’s ministry, curriculum and teaching of children, mission of the people of God, and contemporary issues in children’s ministry.
In recent years the fastest growing professional minor in the Millard Reed School of Religion has been missions as students are becoming increasingly of the ways in which God may be leading them to spend at least a part of their lives outside of their familiar surroundings. In addition to the core courses in Bible, theology, and church history, the mission student is provided numerous opportunities to serve in internship settings as well as to engage in other diverse experiences throughout the world. Through the IMMERSE Program offered through the mission studies, the student can spend three months of the summer in such Eastern European countries as Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo, Croatia, and Albania. The curriculum also includes specific courses in mission, intercultural communications, and global economic development.
The religion major with a professional minor in compassionate ministry equips the student who has a passion for ministry in the urban setting and particularly a passion for working with persons in society who are most often overlooked and neglected. Built around a solid core of Bible, theology, and church history, the compassionate ministry professional minor allows the student engagement in various urban and compassionate ministry settings and specific courses in various areas of social justice and social work. The compassionate ministry student has the added advantage of being able to participate in numerous events, lectures, and other activities sponsored by the J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice on Trevecca’s campus.
The religion major with a professional minor in worship ministry equips the student who desires to carry out ministry in various settings of worship leadership. In addition to the core courses in Bible, theology, and church history, the worship ministry student engages in extensive internships in two separate settings. Various courses in worship leadership and music provide the student in-depth training in the various gifts necessary for worship leadership in the local ministry setting. The worship ministry student has the added advantage of being able to participate in numerous events, lectures, and other activities sponsored by the Trevecca Center for Worship Arts throughout the school year.
For the student who desires to major in an area outside of religion and perhaps pursue further graduate studies in which she or he might gain added professional experience, the religious studies major provides the core curriculum in Bible, biblical languages, theology, church history, and philosophy. A student who has taken sixty or more hours at Trevecca may also apply into the Religious Studies Program. While no professional courses (e.g., pastoral ministry, youth ministry, children’s ministry, missions, compassionate ministry, and worship ministry) are a part of the curriculum, the religious studies student graduates with the extensive core in the classical disciplines of religious studies.
In addition to the religion major with its various professional minors and the religious studies major, the Millard Reed School of Religion offers numerous departmental minors. These minors may be taken by religion majors as a second minor in addition to their professional minor or they may be taken by non-religion majors as a minor. The departmental minors provide students of various majors the opportunity to take advantage of the strong religious heritage of Trevecca Nazarene University by taking courses beyond the general education core in religion. Students may minor in such areas as Bible, Greek, Hebrew, biblical languages, philosophy, religious studies, missions, youth ministry, compassionate ministry, and children’s ministry.