Undergraduate Program

BA Church Ministry

Program Objectives

In addition to the Comprehensive Objectives, students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry will be able to do the following:

One

Interpret and exegete the Word of God as they minister the Word through preaching and teaching.

Two

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

Three

Demonstrate leadership ability in various ministries of the church.

Four

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.

An intense study and practical expression of the working of the five-fold ministry within the church today.

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.

6 hours Biblical/Theological Electives

General Studies (39 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.

A survey of American culture, politics and government.

An introduction to the development of the government of the United States with a focus on its structure, function, power, and philosophy.

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.

Covers the period from 1500 AD to the present, surveying events that shaped the development of modern nations, including those of Africa and Asia.

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.

A general introduction to geology, oceanography, and meteorology, including lab and field work.

A study of scientific method, levels of organization, the cell, photosynthesis, respiration and genetics. Concentration is on vascular and non-vascular plants, as well as algae, bacteria, and viruses.

3 hours General Studies Electives

Professional Studies (49 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.

Basic techniques in the use of resources to develop a thesis and carry out biblical research. Prepares the ministry student for doing the senior paper.

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

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 introduce the student to the literature, skills and philosophy that will enable him/her to lead in the planting of a new congregation. The student will be led through the church-planting process and see the decisions this church made to grow into a vibrant congregation.

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.

Provides a foundation for all aspects of administration of a church. Topics include time management, communications, personnel management, and project management. The unique aspects of administration in foreign countries will be addressed.

Designed research and writing project for seniors studying under the personal guidance of an instructor with specialized research in biblical literature or church ministry. An oral defense of the paper will follow its submission. Pre-requisite: MIN 231.

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.)

6 hours Professional Studies Elective

Christian Service

6 hours of CSP 111-118
Degree Summary
Biblical/Theological Studies
42 Credit Hours
General Studies
39 Credit Hours
Professional Studies
49 Credit Hours
Christian Services
6 Credit Hours
Total
136 Credit Hours