Message from the Chair
Thank you for your interest in the programs offered through the Department of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Our department professors affirm that all believers are called to be ministers. As a result, our programs provide preparation for traditional as well as unique full-time church and parachurch ministry roles. Graduates currently serve as senior pastors; pastors for specialized age-group ministries; and other pastoral roles such as missionaries, researchers, pastoral counselors in parachurch organizations; camping and sports ministries, doing graduate work in preparation to teach and train others, and in many other roles.
Our majors study with competent and caring professors who are dedicated to helping you discover and develop your gifts, strengths, and ministry calling. Currently, we offer two majors and two minors: Christian Ministries (major/minor) and Youth Ministry (major/minor).
Your classroom experience includes a set of core courses that prepare you to think and act effectively as Christian leaders as you navigate the many tasks and relationships that are a part of a Christian’s professional, family, and community life. These core classes focus on leadership, theological reflection and decision making, verbal and written communication in individual and group settings, and understanding the culture and organizations around you. Areas you may choose to delve into in more detail include cross-cultural communication, evangelism, spiritual formation, pastoral ministry, Christian education, preaching, family development, specialized youth ministries, urban ministry, mission, cultural understanding, comparative religions, and many more.
We look forward to talking with you about our programs in the Department of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University.
Dick Pritchard, D.Min.
Chair, Department of Practical Theology
Professor of Christian Ministries