Undergraduate Program

BA Church Ministry - Church Planting & Leadership Emphasis

Program Objectives

In addition to the Comprehensive Objectives, students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry with an emphasis in Church Planting and Leadership will be able to:


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


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


Demonstrate leadership ability in various ministries of the church.


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.


Have cultivated a dynamic relationship with Christ and Christ’s Church, and developed the leadership competency to start, grow, and multiply micro-churches that make disciples and effectively share the gospel to the unreached.

Degree Requirements

Biblical/Theological Studies (42 Hours)

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.

This course will teach students how to cultivate an intimate love relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, which results in a “pray, hear, obey” lifestyle. They will learn how to mature in Christ by establishing faith-goals in the five general categories of grace (Christ, Community, Character, Calling, Competency) utilizing the four dynamics necessary for transformation (instructional, relational, experiential, spiritual).

This class will study all aspects of the gospel (such as Christ, Kingdom, Grace) and its power to change lives. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the gospel, become gospel fluent, and capable of applying the gospel in everyday life.

This course will help each student discover the awesome beauty, centrality, and supremacy of Jesus Christ and become more empowered to advance Christ’s kingdom in every area of life.

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.

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

This course examines how to fulfill the great commission by making disciples of Christ who make disciples.

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

This course will train students how to help others receive healing within their hearts, souls, and minds in order to enjoy internal wholeness and freedom from demonic oppression.

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.

This course will equip students to start, lead, and multiply small spiritual families that make disciples and carry out gospel mission.

Designed research and writing project for seniors studying under the personal guidance of an instructor with specialized research in church planting strategies. The course ends with an oral defense of the principles presented.

Participating in, documenting, and reflecting on the principles learned through participation in a planting a micro-church.

3 Hours elective chosen from MIN, WOR, CHD, WML, CPL, MEL, or CML

Christian Service

6 Hours CSP 111-161 Micro-Church Life
Degree Summary
Biblical/Theological Studies
42 Credit Hours
General Studies
39 Credit Hours
Professional Studies
49 Credit Hours
Christian Services
6 Credit Hours
136 Credit Hours