Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies

Message from the Dean

Welcome to Pacific Christian College of Ministry and Biblical Studies here at Hope International University.
At HIU, our purpose is to empower people to change the world. We do this aligned with the mission of God, in the name of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit. A key component is a deep love for our students and their dreams. We want to come alongside of you on your journey and help you stay close to Jesus as you discover new facets of life with him. We want to feed your soul during your time at Hope International University.
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, which means we believe everyone is a minister no matter their occupation.  Pacific Christian College of Ministry and Biblical Studies exists to equip students for a life of exceptional servant leadership in professional and parachurch ministries.
Our overriding philosophy as a College of HIU is the synthesis of education and experience.  We stress analytical thinking about life, ministry, theology, and the biblical text. If you embrace our vision, your mind will be challenged and stretched as you lean into this type of curriculum.  An extensive practicum is integrated into your chosen area of ministry service.  You will be mentored as you grow through direct, hands-on experience.  The classroom and the real world will come together in a way that truly prepares and empowers you to impact the world for Christ.
My hope is that we will share a journey together.  My dream is that you find your place in the mission God has for you in this world.


Dr. Carl Toney

Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies

Silhouetted soloist singing in front of a church choir




We believe that one to two years of residency is critical for a ministry student to be prepared upon graduation. The more experience you have when you graduate, the more prepared you’ll be to lead. Therefore we have incorporated a one to two year residency requirement into all of our Ministry, Bible, Worship Arts, and Intercultural Studies degrees.  During the residency, students will earn credit for ministry experience at a church close to the Fullerton campus or even out of state.


Residency experiences vary greatly depending on several factors such as: mission of the church, department you serve in, who you ministry coach is, and the number of hours you need to work. Having said that, you’ll be embedded on a church staff where you will share the responsibility of the work load in that department, attend staff meetings, and lead people. You’ll be receiving credit (and therefore a grade) for your time in residency, so there are weekly journals, reading requirements assigned by your church, and an end of semester evaluation. And don’t forget, you’re still a full time student, so there’s coursework to keep up with and classes to attend.


We have developed partnerships with dozens of churches both locally and around the country. These churches know how to develop a ministry leader, and have agreed to meet several criteria. They must then apply and be accepted before taking a resident. If you know of a church who would like to apply, they may do so using the steps below.


Partner churches often visit campus to meet students and recruit for their program.  After that, they may ask you to fill out an application, do a phone interview, or visit their church. It functions much like it would if you were applying for a job. And you’ll always have the advisement of our staff and faculty to help you make the right choice.


Intercultural Studies majors have the option of completing their residency credits overseas over a period of 7-12 months. Other majors may also be eligible for a residency outside the United States, chosen in consultation with their academic advisors. HIU provides training to assist students in raising support for these life-changing experiences.

"The reality is there are way more great positions available in church leadership than there are equipped leaders to fill them. Where will they come from? We need different paths for preparation and I believe this is one of those paths."

- Tim Foot, Slingshot Group / Lifebridge Christian Church

BECOME A Residency Church

If you'd like to become a residency church...

  1. Start by reading through the six criteria, and decide if you want to continue.
  2. Download this Residency Contract to understand the expectations for everyone involved
  3. Share these documents with your team/elders/senior leader and talk about what it would look like to take on a resident.
  4. Fill out the form below to officially apply.
  5. Once we receive your application, we'll get in touch with you to talk further about your residency plans. We look forward to talking with you.