Associate of Arts in Church Ministry

Program Objectives

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


Identify the principles of Christian character development.


Know the contents of the books of the Bible and their backgrounds.


Identify and comprehend the fundamentals of Christian doctrine.


Identify and exhibit the principles of intercession.


Interpret and exegete the Word of God as he ministers the Word through preaching and teaching.


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

Degree Requirements

Biblical/Theological Studies (27 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.

General Studies (15 Hours)

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

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

Professional Studies (18 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.

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.

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.

Christian Service (4 Hours)

(or one credit per semester enrolled, whichever is shorter)

Degree Summary
Biblical/Theological Studies
27 Credit Hours
Professional Studies
18 Credit Hours
General Studies
15 Credit Hours
Christian Service
4 Credit Hours
64 Credit Hours