Bachelor of Arts

The Leadership and Ministry major is for adults who want to increase their effectiveness to lead as Christians in their arenas of influence, be they secular, religious, professional, or personal. There are four concentrations from which a student must choose: Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Church Planting, and Organizational Leadership.

Core Leadership and Ministry Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
3. Articulate a doctrinal position and its relevance to ministry.
4. Demonstrate skills in communicating the gospel in a variety of contexts and to various audiences.

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 39 General Electives
  • 45 Program Requirements

Core Leadership and Ministry Courses

Take four courses for concentration.

MIN3050 Exploring Christian Ministry 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is an introductory course that will assist the learner in developing the research and writing skills necessary for success in the ministry program. The course also gives special attention to building an awareness of calling, the personal and professional character of the minister, and the practice of ministry.

THE3100 Investigating Christian Theology I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a systematic study of the Christian faith with emphasis on the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. Related areas covered will be revelation, the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, creation, and the atonement.

MIN3200 Spiritual Formation in the Evangelical Church 3 credits 5 weeks

This course integrates foundational Christian doctrine with personal experience in the journey toward wholeness in Christ.  The course will be emphasizing scripture, discipline, and community as essential patterns of devotion.

REL3000 Transformed Worldview 3 credits 5 weeks

The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as he/she explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world.

CHS3000 Survey of Church History I 3 credits 5 weeks

The purpose of this course is to trace the history of Christianity from its beginnings to the great schism of 1054. Special attention will be given to the origins, expansions, key figures, theological development, and growth of Christianity, as well as, the relationship of church and state.

MIN3030 Evangelism and Discipleship II 3 credits 5 weeks

A study of the nature, purpose, and process of biblical evangelism and its application to various ministries; a study of New Testament discipleship principles and their application, with a special emphasis upon building discipling relationships and small group ministry.

BIB4000 Advanced Bible Study Methods 3 credits 5 weeks

This course further develops skills with the Inductive Bible Study method. Students will survey a book of scripture, engage in the process of observation and survey, expand their skills of interpretation, and develop concrete applications.

MIN3025 Foundations of Teaching and Preaching 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces the principles and skills necessary to effectively communicate Scripture through teaching and preaching delivery. Practical application assignments will be made, and reports/presentations will be given.

MIN3150 Ministry Leadership 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on leading churches and other ministries with a biblical worldview, strategic planning, and effective management of people and resources. Special attention will be giving to entrepreneurial thinking, planning, and leading for advancing the Gospel.

THE4050 Investigating Christian Theology II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a systematic study of the Christian faith with emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Second Coming of Christ. Related areas covered will be the teaching and life of holiness, the nature of ministry, the sacraments, and views of eschatology.

CHS4000 Survey of Church History II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a study of historical Christianity from the Great Schism of 1054 to the present. Includes the major personalities, events, and results of the Protestant Reformation, the rise of modern denominationalism, and current developments. Special attention is given to the development of American Christianity.

MIN4800 Ministry Capstone 3 credits 5 weeks

Offers an overall view of leadership in religious ministry by challenging students to integrate learning from all course work in solving complex leadership and ministry problems and clarifying their ministry philosophy.