M.Div. Emphasis – Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral work in local congregations remains one of the most visible manifestations of ministry. Even as Friends meetings and protestant churches evolve to meet the changing needs of congregants, pastoral work continues to require mature, thoughtful, theologically grounded ministers who are called to serve in this vital role.

Our Quaker understanding of Christian faith offers unique perspectives to this form of ministry, particularly aspects of spiritual formation and ecclesiology. In choosing the pastoral ministry emphasis, you will receive holistic training that develops emotional, spiritual and intellectual gifts. You will be prepared for the rewarding and sometimes challenging work that comes from engaging people in churches and Friends meetings at a deep, personal level.


Pastoral ministry emphasis courses include Pastoral Spirituality; Work of the Pastor, the Friends Pastor; the Pastor and Religious Education; Introduction to Preaching; the Church’s Mission in the World Community; and Church Administration.

Students, prospective students and those interested in pastoral ministry should plan to attend the Annual ESR Pastors Conference.

Recent and upcoming Pastoral Ministry courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourse NameCourse Type
2021AugustPM 240-TBivocational MinistryTwo-week intensive
2020MayM 340-SEvangelism in a Postmodern WorldTwo-week intensive
2020MayPM 250-TWork of the PastorTwo-week intensive
2020SpringM 241-SMinistry Across GenerationsWeekend intensive
2020SpringPM 150-OPastoral SpiritualityOnline
2020JanuaryM-238-TPractical Theology of BaptismTwo-week intensive

Our faculty

Earlham School of Religion teaching faculty create collaborative learning environments where students are engaged and challenged to think deeply and critically about matters of faith, theology and religious practice.

Next steps

Ministry isn’t just a vocation or a calling—it’s a way of being in this world, seeking to make it whole. ESR is ready to support you in answering your own call to ministry, whatever shape it takes.