B.A. in Christian Ministries

The Christian ministries major explores the biblical, theological, theoretical, and practical dimensions of ministry. The major educates students for effective ministry or prepares them for graduate programs or seminary study through courses in:

  • Significance of the Old and New Testaments
  • Christian theology
  • The gospel in cross-cultural perspective
  • Personal spiritual formation
  • Skills in ministry
  • Trends and forces influencing ministry

Students will be involved in a faculty-supervised ministry practicum during the Christian ministries program. This practicum experience will relate directly to the capstone course.

Major in Christian Ministries

Minor in Christian Ministries

BIBL360 • Biblical Interpretation for Ministry. 3 Credits.

Introduction to biblical hermeneutics and exegesis including interpretive issues of presuppositions, authorial intent, metanarrative, historical context, genre and literary context. Biblical inspiration, canonicity, authority, and the nature of the Bible as communication will be explored. Study is designed to develop skills necessary for good Bible reading and contextualization to today's world.
Prerequisites: CHMN350R, CORE310. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6.

BIBL441 • Significance of the Old Testament. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the Old Testament, emphasizing foundational themes including creation, life, justice, people of God, covenant, and the Old Testament polemic against the prevailing culture of its time. Development of methodological tools for investigating these themes enables students to properly contextualize these themes to their culture.
Prerequisites: BIBL360, Category R General Education course. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6.

BIBL442 • Significance of the New Testament. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the New Testament, emphasizing major themes including the kingdom of God, eternal life, and justification in Christ. Emphasis also on the hermeneutical issues related to understanding these themes in their original literary and historical settings, and applying them in ministry situations today.
Prerequisites: BIBL360, Category R General Education course. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6.

CHMN300 • Foundations for Christian Ministry. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theology and practice of Christian ministry. Students explore diverse concepts of ministry and how their unique strengths connect to what God is doing in the world. Students reflect on call and vocation and develop a philosophy of ministry.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

CHMN320 • Personal Spiritual Formation. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the process of spiritual and personal formation. Exploration of models and themes for formation and faith development, with attention to cultural and gender dimensions of formation models and traditions. Examination of both individual and communal spiritual journeys, practices, and connections to God.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

CHMN350R • Research Writing for Christian Ministry. 3 Credits.

Development of core academic skills in research and writing for Christian ministries. Topics include logical and rhetorical persuasion, research methods, and documentation of sources. Skills will be applied to biblical exegesis and critical interaction with popular and scholarly writing in Christian thought and theology.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1, General Education Category R; CAPS Goal Area 6. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

CHMN451 • Communication in Ministry. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the essential communication skills needed in ministry, including effective listening, storytelling, and public speaking skills. Special attention to communicating the gospel in various contexts.
Prerequisites: General Education Category R course. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 1, 6.

CHMN452 • Leadership in Ministry. 3 Credits.

Introduction to essential leadership skills needed in ministry. Basic skills for self leadership and for leading people and teams. Special attention given to transformational, collaborative, and servanthood leadership.
Fulfills: Goal Area 6.

CHMN481 • Ministry Practicum. 3 Credits.

The integrating experience of the Christian ministries major, including placement in a ministry setting under the direct supervision of an experienced mentor. Emphasis is on application of ongoing coursework and participation in relevant aspects of ministry. Students will gain experience in the refinement and integration of a working philosophy of ministry. Opportunity for assessment of personal ministry skills and lifelong leadership development.
Prerequisites: CHMN350R. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis.

CHMN495H • Practical Issues in Ministry. 3 Credits.

Synthesis and application of content and skills from previous courses to specific ethical case studies common in ministry settings. Reflection on students’ personal and spiritual formation as it impacts the spiritual growth of those they minister to. Integration of incarnational/formational ethics into several ethical and spiritual issues.
Prerequisites: BIBL360, BIBL441, BIBL442, CHMN300, CHMN320, CHMN350R, CHMN451, CHMN452, CHMN481, THEO341E, THEO441. Fulfills: General Education Category H.

HUSE410 • Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships. 3 Credits.

An analysis of interpersonal dynamics, including love and intimacy; communication; shame; power and control; stress and coping; grief; compassion; and spirituality. Attention will be given to a broad variety of relational states, including friendship, singleness, romantic partnerships, parent/child relationships, social networks, and faith communities.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.

THEO341E • Gospel in Cross-Cultural Perspective. 3 Credits.

How the gospel is influenced, expressed, and experienced through social and cultural systems. Emphasis on Western and non-Western social structures in light of cultural components of the biblical witness. Skills for hearing and speaking the gospel with cultural sensitivity. Special issues: global theology, missiological concerns, contextual theology.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 5, 6. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

THEO441 • Christian Theology. 3 Credits.

Examination of Christian doctrine from a systematic perspective. Subjects include, but are not limited to, the triune God, the person and work of Jesus Christ (incarnation and atonement), and salvation. The unity and diversity of Christian belief will constitute the backdrop for subjects covered.
Prerequisites: CAPS General Education Category R course. Fulfills: Goal Area 6.