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Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

North Carolina Field Ministry Program (NCFMP)


The North Carolina Field Minister Program (NCFMP offers the Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with a secondary emphasis on counseling and psychology. This degree is the same degree that is offered on the SEBTS main campus in Wake Forest, NC and is currently being offered at the Nash Correctional Institution (NCI) campus in Nashville, NC. To facilitate this program, SEBTS is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS), NCI, and Game Plan for Life (GPL). Game Plan for Life is the non-profit organization started and funded by Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing in Charlotte, NC.


SEBTS expects to admit approximately 30 students into each yearly cohort giving the NCFMP approximately 120 students at full, four-year capacity. Graduates of this program will be designated as “NCDPS Field Ministers” and appointed to positions of service commensurate with their training in prison facilities across the state of North Carolina.


The NCFMP is designed as a “moral rehabilitation” program for inmates that have an extensive amount of time remaining on their sentence (12 years or more until release). The purpose of this program is to deliver high-quality education grounded in a Christian worldview for the purpose of enacting positive, cultural change “from the inside-out”. While the program is grounded in a Christian worldview, admission will be open to people of all faiths.


The four-year major (Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter instruction) in Pastoral Ministry introduces students to the knowledge and skills central to the work of servant leaders through classes in pastoral ministry, discipleship, and Bible exposition. The major also provides an opportunity for additional classes in theological studies, psychology, and counseling beyond those of the core curriculum. The program is designed to equip graduates in the following ways:


1.    Students will cultivate a heart of service toward fellow inmates.
2.    Students will learn how to read and apply the Bible.
3.    Students will formulate a philosophy of pastoral ministry.
4.    Students will acquire counseling skills deemed beneficial to the incarcerated context.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Policy:

This program is unique to the Nash Correctional Extension Center (NCEC) on the campus of NCI and will only accept students in a cohort model on a yearly basis. As the program is unique and developed in conjunction with the NCDPS there will be unique admission policies developed and employed. The admission policies developed and employed by this program will only be applicable to the NCEC and for only cohort students attending at this extension center. The admission policies developed and employed will never be used for the general public or those outside the NCEC.

  • Applicant must have completed a GED or High School Diploma
  • Applicant must have at least 12 years of sentence remaining before parole eligibility
  • Applicant must be in regular population with either minimum or medium custody designation
  • Applicant may have a religious affiliation or none at all
  • Applicant understands that The Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is a totally voluntary program at the NCI
  • The College at Southeastern in conjunction with the NCDPS will conduct an admissions committee that will consist of 3 representatives from the College at Southeastern and 2 representatives from the NCDPS. 
    • The representatives from the College at Southeastern will be appointed yearly by the Director of Prison Programs.
  • The Admissions Committee will accept up to 30 students per year into the student cohort.
  • Application requirements: 
    • Personal information, including religious testimony
    • (2) Recommendation forms completed by prison officials familiar with applicant
    • Recommendation from prison administration or official
    • (2) Essays describing interest in the program

Admissions Procedure:

  • NCDPS prescreens offenders based on criteria agreed upon by NCDPS and the College at Southeastern
    • 12 years or longer remaining on sentence
    • Minimum or Medium custody, regular population 
    • 21 years or older
    • Minimum 2A or Acute 2A/B medical care
  • Application disseminated by NCDPS to prescreened prospective students
  • Application submission window opens and applications received by NCDPS and submitted to the College at Southeastern
  • Application window closes with no late applications accepted
  • Application material review begins by the College at Southeastern staff
  • Complete applications submitted to the College at Southeastern admissions committee
  • The College at Southeastern and NCDPS admissions committee members meet to evaluate applications
  • The College at Southeastern and NCDPS admissions committee members hold personal admissions interviews
  • Application decisions made and students notified of committee decisions
  • NCDPS begins inmate transfer procedures
  • The College at Southeastern provides new cohort student orientation

Basic Qualifications:

  • Applicant must have completed a GED or High School Diploma
  • Applicant must have 12 years of sentence remaining before parole eligibility
  • Applicant must be in minimum or medium custody, regular population
  • Applicant may have a religious affiliation or none at all
  • Applicant understands that The Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is a totally voluntary program at the Nash Correctional Institute

Transfer to Nash Correctional Institute:

Applicants who are accepted as students into the program will be transferred to the Nash Correctional Institute. Studies will commence according to the program schedule.​

Extension Center Cohort Structure:

Students will move through their college studies as a cohort. For the duration of their studies, students will occupy class and other learning areas with the same group of students. The College at Southeastern will admit up to 30 students per year to the Nash Correctional Institute extension program. Transfer credits will not be accepted for admitted students.

Recruitment and Application Timeline:

January Recruitment and dissemination of application materials
March Application deadline
April Applicant pool narrowed and prospective students transferred to NC for testing and interviews
May Final admission decision made and communicated
June Permanent transfer to NCI
July First courses begin

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Degree Requirements


Major Requirements - 30 Hours


Additional Psychology Minor/Electives - 24 Hours


Total Hours - 126