Undergraduate Program

BA Church Ministry

Program Objectives

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry will be able to do the following:

One

Know, interpret, and exegete the Word of God as they minister through preaching and teaching.

Two

Gain a foundational knowledge and a biblical worldview of general subjects that will enable them to further learn and become godly leaders in their social context.

Three

Articulate and model a biblical philosophy of leadership, vital church ministries, and ethical issues.

Four

Demonstrate how they are intercessors, committed to drawing close to the Lord throughout life and obeying the Holy Spirit in all things.

Five

Demonstrate leadership ability in various ministries of the church.

Six

Detail principles necessary for the continued and successful worldwide penetration of the gospel with reference to the move of God in the church past and present.

Degree Requirements

Biblical/Theological Studies (42 Hours)

A study of the basic Christian character: humility, selflessness, forgiveness, moral purity, clear conscience, seeking God, sensitivity to God, and living for God.

An in-depth Biblical study of the principles of intercession based on the book Rees Howells, Intercessor. Emphasizes principles of faith, obedience, and possession by the Holy Spirit.

A study of the New Testament books with respect to title, author, date, background, key words, key verses, purpose, message, outline, summary, and application.

A study of the Old Testament books with respect to title, author, date, key words and verses, purpose, message, outline, summary, and the way each book points to Jesus Christ.

An examination of how the prophetic tradition of Israel developed and how it continues to operate in the New Testament church. This course includes a study of the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.

General survey of doctrines of the Bible, Christ, the goodness and greatness of God, Holy Spirit, man, and sin.

A continuation of Basic Theology I with an emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, end-times, demons and angels, and the church.

This course will lead the student in approaching and interpreting the Bible as written with further attention given to techniques and resources to carry out biblical research.

An intense study and practical expression of the working of the fivefold ministry within the church.

The course includes an examination of worship as explained in the Old and New Testaments. Emphasis is placed on the study of the Tabernacles of Moses and David, the Temple, the Psalms, and other patterns of worship seen in the Bible.

A collective study of the synoptic gospels including an examination of how they structurally relate to the New Testament as a whole and their interrelation to each other. Pre-requisite: BIB 133.

A review of Paul’s life, travel, and teachings, and a study of his earlier epistles: 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans. Pre-requisite: BIB 123.

A study of the prison and pastoral epistles of Paul. Pre-requisite: BIB 123.

3 Hours Biblical Studies Elective

General Studies (36 Hours)

A review and practice of the academic writing process including grammar rules.

An expanded study and practice of clear, correct, and effective academic writing with some grammar review.

An introduction to the basic principles and techniques of public speaking and practice in presenting various forms of public speaking using those elements

A general study of social interactions and the products of social interactions, such as cultures, socializing, and the major institutions of society with respect to societies throughout the world. Includes practical application of sociological situations in development of critical thinking skills.

This course is a survey of United States history from its beginnings to the Civil War. Emphasis will be given to the spiritual foundations that shaped America. In addition, this course will cover the influence of the frontier and the Native American, European and African heritages, the constitutional development of the federal government, the evolution of the nation’s economic system, social fabric and diplomatic experience.

From a Christian perspective, this course encompasses political, cultural, literary, and religious influences on the development of civilization from the writings of the ancients to 1500 AD.

As a continuation of World History, this course will cover the period from 1500 to the present. From a Christian perspective, this course will encompass political, cultural, literary, and religious influences on the development of nations. The development of Western thought and its worldwide influence will also be investigated in this course.

This course will introduce the student to the major worldviews of contemporary western society. As they examine the historical backgrounds, they will also compare each worldview against a Biblical worldview.

A survey course designed to acquaint the student with practical math applications. Topics selected from logic, probability, geometry, function and relations, set theory, and statistics. Emphasis will be on problem solving.

3 hours General Studies Electives

Professional Studies (48 Hours)

A study and practicum of preaching with an emphasis on personal preparation, structure of the message, text selection, and delivery of the message.

A study of the biblical basis of local church evangelism and personal evangelism.

Studies the key events in the history of the church as it spread from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.

This course explores biblical principles and practical elements that will enable a church to have strength, longevity, resilience, and growth – in short, to “thrive.”

A study of the theology and strategy of missions, as well as the spiritual and practical preparation of the missionary for cross-cultural work as part of a world ministry team. An understanding of world history from 70 AD to the present provides a helpful background to this course.

This course will train students how to be Christ-centered leaders who can positively influence others and effectively change the world.

A study designed to show how God’s Word can be effectively used in crisis and vocational counseling.

A historical approach to the spiritual awakenings and revivals that have occurred around the world.

A comprehensive study of Christianity and a comparative analysis of various world religions and cults.

A study of the life and service associated with the pastoral office gift, leadership principles and pastoral duties.

A study of biblical ethics with special emphasis on the ethics of Jesus and Paul. Modern ethical issues will be addressed from this biblical perspective.

Practical application and further development of ministry concepts as part of an internship in a ministry setting under the direct guidance of a ministry supervisor. This educational experience allows students to learn by being involved in the observation, contemplation and practice of ministry.

Overview of the philosophies of education and the foundations, patterns, varieties, and crucial roles that create the distinctiveness of true Christian teaching resulting in life-change. Students develop a personal philosophy of Christian education. (Bible course for education majors because of its Biblical nature.)

9 Elective credits chosen from other MIN, INT or WOR courses

Christian Service

6 hours of CSP 111-118
Degree Summary
Biblical/Theological Studies
42 Credit Hours
General Studies
36 Credit Hours
Professional Studies
48 Credit Hours
Christian Services
6 Credit Hours
Total
132 Credit Hours