Educational Ministry Minor

The field of Educational Ministry, traditionally known as Christian Education, is an interdisciplinary area that addresses the question of how we facilitate spiritual development in persons. To answer this question, the Educational Ministry minor explores the foundational theological disciplines, the social sciences, and educational philosophy.


Issues in spiritual development and the educational/equipping ministry of the church affect all Christians. A minor in Educational Ministry provides you with an ideal program to explore these issues in your own life. This minor can strengthen your ability to serve in present and future life roles — including as a church leader or teacher; as a Christian parent; in a profession that involves a helping relationship; and in other roles concerned with nurturing spiritual development.

Courses and Degree Requirements

A few of the courses in the Educational Ministry minor include "Foundation for Educational Ministry," "Leadership in Ministry," and "Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry." Review all the Christian Education minor courses and requirements. To earn an Educational Ministry minor, you will be required to take a minimum of 31 credits, including 16 upper-division credits.

To apply to the Christian Theology major or one of our minors, please follow these instructions.

Theology-Related Internships

Undergraduate students in the School of Theology have worked in churches, parachurch organizations, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

To find information about possible theology-related internships and employment opportunities, there are many resources available to students, including:

  • SPU’s internship and job-posting system, Handshake, is updated weekly with ministry, church, and service positions. Students and employers regularly make use of this site.
  • SPU’s Center for Career and Calling provides employment and internship resources for students and employers. Contact CCC at 206-281-2485 or

Michael Langford

Michael D. Langford, Professor of Theology, Discipleship, and Ministry

“The unifying focus on a common mission is engaging. SPU has a genuine and ambitious desire to help students holistically grow into an identity of being world-changers, an orientation that bolsters our life together with a great deal of energy, imagination, and hope.”

Financing Your Education

In 2016–17, 94 percent of undergraduates received SPU gift aid (including scholarships). See how we can design a financial aid package for you.