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Pre-Theology

Serving God

Pre-theology prepares students to enter professional schools of religion (divinity schools, seminaries, theological schools). These professional schools prepare the student for a variety of careers, such as ministry, religious education and religious work with youth and others. 

Christian Ministry

The distinctive Christian Ministry major at Kansas Wesleyan University prepares students for full-time ministry in an environment that encourages the interaction of faith and learning. It combines a practical, in-the-field internship experience under the guidance of mentors in full-time ministry. A unique aspect of the Christian Ministry major is that students will be given the chance to tailor their learning experience to focus on areas of counseling, church administration or Christian education.

The Church is looking for those who can take their call and turn it into a journey of faith. At Kansas Wesleyan University, you will prepare for a ministry career in an environment intentionally designed to promote the interaction of faith and learning. You will be challenged, stretched and inspired in a context that supports your calling.

Partnership with Saint Paul School of Theology

In August 2015, Kansas Wesleyan University and Saint Paul School of Theology signed a 3+3 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), thought to be the first of its kind to be established between a United Methodist-based university and a United Methodist seminary. Kansas Wesleyan students can now condense the four-year degree requirements for the Christian Ministry major into the first three years, followed by the completion of the three-year Master of Divinity degree at Saint Paul School of Theology.

The first year of the M.Div. courses at Saint Paul would count as electives to complete the bachelor's degree at KWU. Following the successful completion of that year, the students may participate in spring Kansas Wesleyan Commencement. They would then continue on for the final two years at Saint Paul to complete their master's degree. This MOU allows students to prepare for ordination and entry into the ministry in six years instead of the usual seven, while earning them both B.A. and M.Div. degrees.

Learn more about the 3+3 program, or contact Dr. Philip Meckley, professor and chair of the Department of Religion & Philosophy and chair of the Division of Humanities, at 785-833-4364.

Read the article published by the UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).

Download a Christian Ministry information sheet that includes a sample course schedule.

Major Requirements

For more information about the Christian Ministry major at Kansas Wesleyan University, please call (785) 833-4364 or email ministrystudies@kwu.edu.