In collaboration with the Education Department of The Salvation Army Central Territory, Olivet Nazarene University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Practical Ministries (BSPM). The program is designed specifically for officers of The Salvation Army. The goal of the program is the preparation of learners at the bachelor’s degree level for ministry that confronts society as a whole while focusing on religious, social, and cultural issues, especially as they relate to The Salvation Army.
Learners are involved in concentrated studies during week-long seminars, offered during May and August, with experts in the field of practical ministries. Instructors include faculty from Olivet as well as qualified personnel from The Salvation Army. Work relating to these seminars and various aspects of practical ministries as carried on by The Salvation Army are assigned as work study projects. The purposes of the BSPM program are to:
- Assist learners in the continuing development of the skills of understanding and communicating the Biblical message to everyday circumstances, especially the difficult spiritual, social, and economic circumstances of the needy.
- Help learners develop a personal growth plan - spiritually, socially, and professionally.
- Encourage learners to do competent research and writing in the areas of practical ministry, such as pastoral care and social service, including programs of enrichment for seniors, youth, and ministry management.
- Foster the continued development of those skills necessary for community leaders in the fields of pastoral leadership (both in church and institutional settings), social welfare ministries, community service ministries and development, and public relations responsibilities.