Welcome to the John E. Seaman School of ministry. We are excited about the partnership with Olivet Nazarene University who will be providing us with all credentials, and potentially your degree. The school's main objective is to equip those who God has called for ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. A secondary objective is to get our pastors accredited degrees. This means that the school of ministry will be offering its courses at three different levels. 

- Course of Study (CoS)
The course of Study is the minimum requirements for ordination. By completing these courses, you will have completed the educational requirements. Since this is not a degree, these courses cost $100 per credit hour. The standard course is 3 credit hours, but some may be more credit hours. As this is simply the course of study, if you would like to pursue further education, this will not be sufficient to gain acceptance into any further degrees. 

- Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Pastoral Ministry has been approved by the Course of Study Advisory Committee to meet the education requirements for ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene, and is ideal for those students called to pursue full-time ministry in the church, or those choosing to pursue continued studies beyond the undergraduate. This is highly recommended for those who do not already have an undergraduate degree. The degree requirements are here.  These courses cost $425 per credit hour, and will enable you for further studies. 

-Masters of Ministry (M.Min)
The Master of Ministry (M.Min.) program is designed to resource serving ministers for effective leadership in missional congregations by equipping them and developing in them theological and practical competencies with a missional focus in the practice of ministry. The program focuses on integrating the best available resources of scholarship, ministry specialists and contemporary ministry models with the practice of ministry. These courses cost $450 per credit hour for classes taught on district. If, however, you would like to travel to ONU for one of the modules, you are eligible to partake in those courses at ONU's campus. The M.Min, however, does not complete all of the ordination requirements. If you would like the masters as well as ordination, then we recommend a combination of masters courses and Course of Study Courses. 

                                                  John E. Seaman School of Ministry Application


This spring we are offering 2 courses. Each designates whether it applies for Course of Study (CoS), Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (BA), or Masters of Ministry (M. min).  When filling out the registration, please denote which program requirements you are fulfilling. 

Session :  Saturday Jan. 12 - March 2

PHIL 201 Philosophy 201 (CoS, BA)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Location: Olivet Nazarene Extension Campus, Grand Rapids, MI
Professor: TBA

A survey of traditional topics and systems of philosophy.  This course is a requisite to all future theology courses. Without having this course completed, you will not be able to take theology. 

Session 2:  Saturday  March 9-May 4

BLIT 250 - Biblical Hermeneutics (CoS, BA)
Time: 9:00 am- 1:30 pm
Location: Olivet Nazarene Extension Campus, Grand Rapids, MI

Professor:  TBA


A study of the science and art of Biblical interpretation, including a survey of the history of interpretation and an introduction to the theory, methods, and practice of Biblical exegesis. The course will include a discussion of Biblical translations. Required for all majors within the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. The course is a prerequisite for all other Biblical Studies courses.