John E. Seaman School of Ministry Application

Application is completed one time to enter to the school of ministry.


2019/2020 Course Registration

(see below for a full listing and descriptions of class offerings)

The Michigan District is 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. 

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Each course 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. 

Block I :  Saturdays  August 24-October 13, 2019

Cross-Cultural Ministry (CoS, BA) 
Location: District Office

A study of the theory and practice of cross-cultural ministry within the contexts of a single predominant culture and of multiple cultures.  This will also include ways of reformulating and presenting the Christian message in culturally specific ways.  Course will include an introduction to world religions.

Block II:  Saturdays  October 19-December 7, 2019

World Religions (CoS, BA)
Location: District Office

In this age of social media and instant news, the world is getting smaller and seemingly more diverse. More so than ever, our neighbors and co-workers hold religious beliefs different from our own, and as a result we are more aware of the need to be culturally competent, daily practicing sensitivity and respect.  The Introduction to World Religions course will provide a basic overview of the religious faiths and practices of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, comparing their basic beliefs about God, creation, scriptures, salvation, and the afterlife.  This course will be taught from an evangelical Christian perspective, and Christianity will be the foundational benchmark to which the other religions are compared.  

Block III:  Saturdays January 11- February 29, 2020

History of Christianity I (CoS, BA, and Masters)

Location:  District Office

A survey of the history of Christianity during the Patristic and Medieval periods.

Block IV:  Saturdays  March 7-May 2, 2020

History of Christianity II (CoS, BA, and Masters)

Location:  District Office

A survey of the history of Christianity following the Reformation period.  Emphasis will be placed upon modernity, the Wesleyan tradition, American religious history, and contemporary Christianity.