Bachelors (BA) in Christian Ministries

The Christian ministries major offers a 42- to 45-semester-hour course of study designed to prepare students to enter Christian service in local churches and parachurch organizations, providing biblical and theological preparation and an excellent base for graduate studies in a wide variety of ministry fields. Typical careers are positions as pastors, missionaries, youth pastors and Christian education directors. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major. A minimum of 18 semester hours must be from upper-division courses. A limit of 4 semester hours of field experience may apply to the major.

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Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in Christian ministries will:

  • Demonstrate a seminary-ready competency in church history and basic doctrines of orthodox Christianity
  • Demonstrate basic hermeneutical skills for study and teaching of the Bible
  • Articulate their faith and theological convictions effectively in writing and speaking
  • Apply biblical and doctrinal understanding of ministry concepts in internships and field experience

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses (28 hours)

CHMN 130 Christian Discipling 4
RELI 380 Christian Beliefs 3

Students must take one of the following courses:
RELI 340 Christian Classics 3
RELI 350 Spiritual Formation 3

Students must take one of the following courses:
RELI 401 Christianity in History I 3
RELI 402 Christianity in History II 3

Students must take two of the following courses:
CHMN 390 Theological Foundations of Christian Ministry 3
CHMN 360 Perspectives in Christian Education 3
CHMN 420 Speaking as Ministry 3

Biblical studies (BIBL) coursework


Philosophy (PHIL) coursework


Concentrations (14-17 hours)

Church Recreation (17 credits)

CHMN 320 Relational Bible Teaching 2
CHMN 370 Camp Programming and Counseling 3
CHMN 440 Camp Administration 2
CHMN 475 Field Experience 4
HHPE 380 Experiential Recreational Leadership 3
MGMT 260 Principles of Management 3

Educational Ministry (Shared Praxis) (16 credits)

CHMN 391 Shared Praxis I: Introduction to Educational Ministry 4
CHMN 392 Shared Praxis II: Christian Theology Related to Ministry 4
CHMN 491 Shared Praxis III: Methods and Skills in Ministry 4
CHMN 492 Shared Praxis IV: Supervised Field Experience 4

Missions (14-16 credits)

CHMN 475 Field Experience 2-4
RELI 330 Introduction to the World Christian Movement 3
RELI 360 Cross-Cultural Christian Outreach 3
RELI 440 World Religions 3
RELI 460 Issues in Contemporary Missions 3

Youth Ministry (15 credits)

CHMN 330 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3
CHMN 240 Youth Culture and Ministry 2
CHMN 381 Counseling 3
CHMN 475 Field Experience 4

Students must choose one of the following courses:
CHMN 370 Camp Programming and Counseling 3
HHPE 380 Experiential Recreational Leadership 3