Pastoral Leadership Track

Horizon’s Pastoral Leadership Track offers unique programming for 1-4 years, with each individual year yielding a certificate or diploma on the path to receiving a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Theology in Pastoral Leadership. Each year focuses on specific skills and training to grow your understanding of yourself, the Church, and how you fit in as a leader in professional ministry.

Certificate in Christian Leadership

Our one-year (32 credit hour) certificate in Christian Leadership emphasizes your personal and spiritual development. You will be grounded in the basics of Christian thought and practice, establishing a foundation for life and ministry.

Who am I as a Christian?

In my first year at Horizon I will:

  • Develop self-awareness and spiritual disciplines.
  • Learn and apply major biblical and theological themes.
  • Study and practice basic leadership and teamwork.
  • Develop discipline for mature Christian living and academic success.
  • Engage in Christian community and service.

Diploma in Pastoral Leadership

If you are aiming at credentialed ministry but do not want to commit to a full Bachelor’s degree, our Diploma in Pastoral Leadership offers the content of our Pastoral Leadership major in concentrated form. This 3-year Diploma includes a supervised 4-month internship in a local church.

Who am I in professional ministry?

In my third year at Horizon I will:

  • Situate my understanding of God, the Bible, and the Church in the context of professional ministry.
  • Develop competence for professional ministry, administration, and leadership.
  • Explore the distinctives of my church tradition.
  • Engage in Christian community and service.

Advanced Certificate in Christian Leadership

The two-year (64 credit hour) Advanced Certificate serves as the foundation for our B.A. in Pastoral Leadership or stands alone to ground you in the basics of Christian thought and practice, establishing a foundation for life and ministry as you move on to vocational training or employment.

Who are we as the Church?

In my second year at Horizon I will:

  • Deepen my understanding of God, the Bible, and the Church.
  • Articulate and practice a Christian worldview.
  • Practice foundations of professional ministry and team leadership.
  • Engage in Christian community and service.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Theology

Our Pastoral Leadership major prepares you broadly for pastoral ministry in the local church. The major exposes you to a range of ideas and ministry practices, equipping you to handle the various situations that arise in church ministry. The program isn’t all theory: you put what you learn into practice during a supervised 8-month ministry internship.

Who am I in professional ministry?

In my fourth year at Horizon I will:

  • Refine my ability to communicate biblical truth in a variety of contexts.
  • Minister in a practical, supervised, and pastoral setting.
  • Reflect critically on my college experiences and evaluate my competence.
  • Begin preparations for entrance into professional ministry.