Rural Ministry

The Rural Ministry Program provides advanced theological and ministry studies for men and women who are preparing for life and ministry in rural congregations and communities.

A Vision for Imagining and Sustaining Ministry in Rural Landscapes

Rural places have long been religious places.

Advanced theological and ministry training, however, has too often failed to help ministers imagine smaller, rural congregations as suitable and sustainable placements for ministry. Many seminary students and young ministers have learned much from their time leading rural congregations. Yet it is also true that rural places have too often been a “way stop” for many seminary students and young ministers.

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky hopes to reverse this trend by collaborating with rural congregations and The Berry Center to provide advanced theological and ministry studies in, with, and for rural congregations and their ministers.

Rural Ministry Certificate

BSK appreciates the value of in-place, rural ministry. Students have the option of completing a three course Rural Ministry Certificate, training them in the work of rural ministry and allowing them to earn a certificate in this field when a full Master of Divinity may not be feasible. Credits earned with this certificate may also be stacked toward a Master of Divinity degree. Intensive (travel required) experiences are part of the requirements for this certificate.

M.Div. with Concentration in Rural Ministry

Full scholarship for three years of coursework (assumes coursework is completed in 6 semesters).
Stipend for student during Contextual Ministry internship.
Covering the cost of students’ books.
Attendance at related conference.