Pastoral degree options cover a vast array of rewarding opportunities for the interested seeker. Different pastoral degrees include, but are not limited to: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Theology. However, if you'd rather not spend eight or more years earning a specialized pastoral degree --- which is required for advanced degrees such as Doctor of Theology --- there are steps you can take to accelerate the process.
Select the type of pastoral degree that best suits you by exploring pastoral degree options at My-Pastor.com (see References). My-Pastor recommends selecting at least a bachelor pastoral degree program since Associate of Arts programs are "not typically considered" to be pastoral degrees.
Select a Bachelor of Science pastoral degree to earn your pastoral degree in four years or less.
Visit the Guide to Online Schools to find the program that is right for you. Completing your pastoral degree online will greatly speed up the process and may allow you to complete your degree quicker.
Begin the process by requesting free information on the different online pastoral degree programs at the Guide to Online Schools. For instance, to receive information from Liberty University Online --- which is the world's largest evangelical university --- fill out your name, address and contact information.
Sign up for courses that count towards your specific pastoral degree program during summer and winter months, in addition to the normal fall and spring semesters. Doing this could allow you to achieve a pastoral degree in three years or less.