Degree Completion Program

BA Church Ministry - Leadership and Ministry

Program Objectives

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Church Ministry through the ADVANCE degree-completion program will be able to do the following:


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


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


Demonstrate leadership ability in various ministries of the church.

Degree Requirements

Leadership and Ministry Core

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.

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

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.

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.

The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as the student explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world.

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

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

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.

A study of New Testament discipleship principles and their application, with a special emphasis upon building discipling relationships through various small group ministries through the church.

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.

Elective Credit

General Studies

English Composition - 6 Hours
Speech - 3 Hours
Social Science - 3 Hours
U.S. History - 3 Hours
History and Humanities - 6 Hours
Science - 6 Hours
Mathematics - 3 Hours
General Studies Electives - 6 hours

Christian Service

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

Degree Summary
General Studies
36 Credit Hours
Leadership & Ministry Core
54 Credit Hours
Elective Credits
40 Credit Hours
Christian Services
4 Credit Hours
134 Credit Hours