Ministerial Education

We have educational expectations for ministers at all levels–education needed before a license is granted, and continuing education from that point on.

To be ordained in the United Brethren church, you need a Masters degree in a relevant field.

Course of Study

The Pastoral Ministry Leadership Team oversees issues of ministerial education. They developed a list of core topics which we want their education to cover–one list in preparation for the national conference license and a longer one for ordination.

Approved Seminaries

Our ministers obtain their education at a number of different seminaries. The PMLT developed a list of approved seminaries.

Courses for Ministers

Most courses we require for ministerial licensing can be met at various Christian colleges and seminaries. However, there are a few subjects which we feel are important for ministers, but which are not specifically covered in Christian colleges. So, we offer them separately through the denomination. These courses are held in regional settings, usually on a single day.

Here are some courses we have provided:

  • UB History Course. A survey of United Brethren history, from the 1700s to the present. Read more.
  • UB Missions Course. An overview of United Brethren mission work, both past and present.
  • Staff Management Course. Team development through staffing, whether volunteer or paid. You’ll walk away knowing the importance of delegation, job descriptions, and strategic staffing so that you can be better equipped to manage your role as supervisor.
  • Leading a Governing Board. Principles for leading any style of board your church may use.
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