Bachelor of Arts

The Christian Ministries program is designed for students desiring to enter the Christian Ministry. This may include pastoral care, chaplaincy ministries, evangelistic work, or a variety of other types of ministries which involve preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Lead and grow a congregation.
  • Connect with community leaders and organizations.
  • Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect and understanding of contemporary culture.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Bible, an understanding of Wesleyan doctrine, and competency in using exegetical skills requisite for leading a congregation and life-learning.
  • Exhibit personal and spiritual attributes of a servant’s heart, holy living, and sense of calling essential to leading a church and ministering to its people.
  • Provide pastoral care to a congregation.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 42 Credits

CM204 Technology in the Church 2 credits

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the many different ways that information technology (IT) can be used to support individuals and groups in churches. The emphasis will be on IT for personal productivity, church communications, church operations, and enhancing worship.

Elective Math Elective 3 credits

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

SS201 Western Civilization I: Ancient Age through Medieval Age 3 credits

A study of Western Civilization from the Ancient Age through the Medieval Age with a focus on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.

or

SS202 Western Civilization II: Modern and Postmodern Age 3 credits

A study of Western Civilization through the Modern and Postmodern Age that focuses on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.

Elective Fine Arts, Music, Art or Literature Elective 2 credits

RELIGION - 31 Credits

In addition to the courses listed below, two (2) hours of Bible Electives are required.

CM315 Organizing the Church for Missional Effectiveness 2 credits

An introduction to the organizational and programmatic aspects of church leadership. It includes the biblical pattern, objectives, processes, and methods suitable for ministry in the local church or similar context for discipleship, evangelism, stewardship, and worship with an emphasis on the changing role of Christian education in the church today.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

NT203 Acts 3 credits

An analytical and synthetic study of Acts with emphasis upon the content of the early Christian preaching and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

NT401 Romans 3 credits

An exegetical and expository study of this book with emphasis upon the doctrines of sin, salvation, and Christian ethics.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods
Junior Standing

Offered annually.

or

NT405 Galatians 3 credits

An exegetical and expository study of Galatians with emphasis on special introduction. A contemporary application to the doctrines of sin, salvation and Christian ethics.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods
Junior Standing

Offered on demand.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH401 Systematic Theology I 3 credits

The contemporary theological situation is considered. The significance and importance of Wesleyan theology are studied. The doctrines of theism, creation, sin, and divine revelation are emphasized.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

TH402 Systematic Theology II 3 credits

The deity of Christ and the personality and work of the Holy Spirit are emphasized. The doctrines of conversion, entire sanctification, and eschatology are considered.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews
TH401 Systematic Theology I

Offered annually.

TH407 Holiness Literature 2 credits

The historical development of the quest for holy living throughout Christian history giving particular attention to the eighteenth through the twentieth century.

Prerequisite:
TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
TH401 Systematic Theology I
TH402 Systematic Theology II

Offered annually.

TH404 Theology Capstone for Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification is considered in the light of Scripture and other theological schools of thought. Various views in the Wesleyan position are studied. Formerly known as Sanctification Seminar.

Prerequisite:
TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
TH401 Systematic Theology I
TH402 Systematic Theology II
Graduating Seniors Only.

Offered annually.

MAJOR - 45 Credits

CM301 Preaching I 3 credits

A study of the fundamental principles of sermon delivery. Sermonic literature is studied for content, form and style.  Also includes a practicum component.

Prerequisite:
SP200 Basic Oral Communication

Offered annually.

CM402 Preaching II 3 credits

Actual preparation and delivery of sermons under observation and constructive criticism are stressed along with expository preaching.  Also includes a practicum component.

Prerequisite:
CM301 Preaching I
GB401 Biblical Hermeneutics

Offered annually.

GB401 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 credits

A study of the principles of biblical interpretation. An intensive examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic. The application of this method to selected biblical texts as well as other systems of Jewish and Christian exegesis will be historically surveyed and evaluated.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
Junior Standing.

Offered alternate years.

GB201 Hermeneutics of the Old Testament 3 credits

Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the Old Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.

SS301 Church History I 3 credits

A study of the development of Christianity from its inception to the Great Schism of 1054. Special attention is given to leading characters and major turning points of history.

Prerequisite:
OT101 Old Testament Survey
NT102 New Testament Survey

Offered every fall.

SS302 Church History II 3 credits

A study of the development of Christianity from the Great Schism of 1054 to the present.

Prerequisite:
OT101 Old Testament Survey
NT102 New Testament Survey

Offered every spring.

PC201 Pastoral Counseling 3 credits

This course will seek to help the student understand the counseling needs of their congregation. Emphasis will be placed on learning models of pastoral counseling that will help the student appreciate spiritual, emotional, mental, and behavioral healthful change through biblical intervention.

Offered alternate years.

CM102 Introduction to Ministry 2 credits

This course provides an introduction to professional ministry as a life’s calling and vocation. It gives special attention to personal spiritual development, acquisition of personal ministry skills, understanding of the mission of the church, and appreciation of ministry as a profession. The course also addresses the meaning of calling, vocation, and profession from historical and contemporary perspectives, leading toward the development of the initial skills and attitudes toward becoming a professional minister.

CM102P Introduction to Ministry Observation 1 credit

Each student will be involved in observing practical ministry, shadowing a minister, and interviewing professional clergy in a local setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of ministry principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Introduction to Ministry

SO203 Marriage, Family, and Human Sexuality 3 credits

This course provides a survey of the basic family organization, from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home. A Christian perspective will be emphasized, as the course deals with these relationships, as well as developing the full potential of our human sexuality.

Prerequisite:
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

Offered each fall.

GB202 Hermeneutics of the New Testament 3 credits

Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the New Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.

CM490 Pastoral Internship 3 credits

The student is aligned with a local church and pastor to participate in such activities as board meetings, visitation, administration, preaching, teaching and counseling. The pastor will supervise and counsel the student concerning his experience. Admission to the course by approval of the Christian Ministries Department Chair.

Offered annually.

CM421 Ministry Methods 2 credits

Introduces students to the praxis elements of ministry: conducting effective meetings; understanding parliamentary procedures; resolving conflicts; and conducting weddings, funerals, and worship services.

CM421P Ministry Methods Practicum 1 credit

Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Ministry Methods

CM325 Leading and Growing a Church 2 credits

Examines strategies for helping the church multiply its ministries with the direct aim of replicating itself in order to widen and deepen the impact of the church in the community. Students will learn the principles of servant leadership, marketing, different church models, connecting with the community, problem solving, strategic planning, and managing change.

CM325P Leading and Growing a Church Practicum 1 credit

Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Leading and Growing a Church

CM426 Church Finance & Administration 2 credits

An overview of the role of the pastor in organizing and managing the local church. Special attention will be given to issues of local church finances, human resources, and legal responsibilities. Students will also be equipped to manage their personal finances.

CM426P Church Finance & Administration Practicum 1 credit

Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Church Finance & Administration

CM326 Church Communications and Culture 2 credits

Students will be equipped to evaluate and contextualize church culture speaking to the communities in which they reside. This will enable the student to communicate to the congregants while forging communications with the surrounding community. This course includes a formal study of communications both written and oral.

CM326P Church Communications and Culture Practicum 1 credit

Each student will be involved in practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Church Communications and Culture

Leadership Series

MG206 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG304 Leadership Forum II 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

CM207 Toler Leadership Institute 0 credits

The Toler Leadership Institute provides proven practical leadership tools for ministerial students by conducting two on-campus events each year and by conducting workshops on various subjects designed to help develop leaders for the next generation.

Students must complete two of these.

Learning Community Meetings

CM101 Learning Community Meetings 0 credits

The Religion Department holds a Learning Community Meeting at the beginning of each academic year. The goal of the meeting is to allow students to interact with others in their learning community (faculty and peers), learn of upcoming department events, and ask questions. It also allows Religion Faculty and returning to students to welcome new members into the learning community, helping them to become oriented to their programs, meet their faculty advisors, and learn about the various learning, career and networking opportunities that they will have over the course of their time in their programs.

Offered every fall.

Students must complete four of these.

Professional Development Series

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

Students must complete four of these.

CM107 Connection Corner 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a number of Connection Days. The purpose of Connection Day is to connect students with successful practitioners in the field of ministry. Students will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners in chapel, classes, and at Connection Corner which is an evening meal and time of Q & A.

Offered every semester.

or

CM208 Theology Roundtable 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a number of roundtable discussions over various theological topics. The goal is to prepare students to critically think through theological issues and to learn to speak to those issues clearly and effectively.

Offered every semester.

Students must complete four of these.

CM302 Ministry Banquet 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a ministry banquet each spring. The purpose of the banquet is two-fold. It provides students an opportunity to interact with successful practitioners and to have their accomplishments recognized in a public forum.

Offered every spring.

Students must complete three of these.

GENERAL ELECTIVES - 2 credits