Increasing interest in online education raises the question of how to design an effective program to train clergy. This mixed-methods study provides a foundation for a validated, competency based undergraduate curriculum. Designing a competency-based curriculum for a specific major requires an understanding of how knowledge, skills, abilities, values, and other characteristics (KSAOs) are integrated by practitioners to successfully perform specific tasks or functions. Survey data were gathered from 169 Protestant practitioners in northern California, analyzed, and provided to a panel of subject matter experts who provided qualitative input. The survey results and panel input next were used to produce an online curriculum that will encourage excellence in ministry and equip graduates with the KSAOs needed for entry-level positions as clergy. The model curriculum includes components to facilitate self-assessment (reflective learner portfolios) by students, validation of outcomes, and critical reflection by faculty to foster improvements in the learning program. The study will interest faculty and administrators of Christian colleges and universities.