Pastoral Ministries

Program Overview

Why Study Pastoral Ministries at TFC?

Want to prepare both personally and professionally for pastoral work? Study Pastoral Ministries at Toccoa Falls College! The Pastoral Ministries program is a concentration within the Ministry Leadership degree. This concentration exists to cultivate learning and Godly character to equip future leaders in the Church. The pastoral ministry degree program includes a variety of course options designed to deepen each student’s understanding of Christ and to provide them with the skills they need to lead people forward in their faith. Throughout this program, students gain a basic understanding of pastoral ministries and develop the knowledge needed to lead a church.

Students will mature in their ethical reasoning and decision-making in order to inform their ministry and individual character. This, combined with the practical skills of preaching and teaching, provides both academic and practical experience in the diverse skill set expected of contemporary pastors. As students study Pastoral Ministries, they will have the opportunity to opt into a mentoring program that spans their time at TFC. Students have several opportunities for hands-on experience working under experienced pastors and faculty members. This allows for a deepening of biblical knowledge, disciple-making skills, and practical ministry experience. Upon graduation, students will find that they are able to step directly into church leadership and congregational care.

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  • Multi-Generational Ministries
  • Youth Ministries
  • Church Planting
  • Faith-Based Organizations
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Ministry & Leadership

The beauty of (the ministry leadership program), is that wherever we’re going, wherever the Lord wants to take us, ministry leadership prepares you to keep pressing into Jesus and to find him in all of the different places that he might lead.”

Shelby Ryals
TFC Alumna, 2018

Degree Layout

Pastoral Ministries Courses

The Ministry Leadership major with a Pastoral Ministries concentration is a 126 hour program that includes 69 hours of general education courses (including 30 hours of Bible & Theology), 15 hours of open electives, and 42 hours in Ministry Leadership-specific courses (15 of which are hours dedicated to the Pastoral Ministries concentration).

Featured Courses:

  • Introduction to Preaching
  • Preaching Presentation
  • Spiritual Care & Counseling
  • Leading Ministry Teams
  • Pastoral Methods
Jeremiah Herr


Pastoral Ministries taught me how to love and serve the church with Christ at the center. The professors at Toccoa Falls College equipped me with the proper theology, tools, and guidance to live out the call of Christ within the local church. As a Pastoral Ministries student, I have made lifetime friendships built upon Christ and the passion to spread the Gospel across the world. I will forever be grateful for how God used the professors, classes, and experience at TFC to shape and teach me of the joys of Pastoral Ministries.
Jeremiah Herr, Class of 2019
Career Options

What can you do with a Pastoral Ministries concentration?

When you earn a degree in Ministry Leadership with a Multi-Generational Ministries concentration, you will find that there are many career opportunities available to you. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of jobs, such as:


Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry may feel called to begin a career in education, where they can work at the elementary, secondary or university level.

Pastoral Leadership Roles

Those who earn a pastoral ministry degree often find themselves pursuing pastoral leadership positions, as these professionals are able to work directly with a congregation and guide them as they grow and develop spiritually.

Youth Counselor

An individual with a degree in pastoral ministry will be able to work effectively with young people who are aspiring to be disciples and who are in need of guidance as they grow in their Christian faith.

Counseling Ministry

Many churches have positions dedicated to counseling ministry. A graduate from the Pastoral Ministries concentration would be prepared to serve the church and surrounding community through counseling people of varying ages.

Meet the Professors

Ministry Leadership