Major in Missional Ministries (B.A.)
Core Courses
One 200 level course from OT or NT course list in BTS major3
One 300-400 level course from OT or NT course list in BTS major3
One 200 level THE course 13
One 300-400 level THE course3
MIN 200Foundations of Ministry3
MIN 320Spiritual and Faith Formation3
MIN 328Missional Theology3
MIN 350Ministry Practicum I1
MIN 355Ministry Practicum II1
MIN 483Ministry Internship I3
MIN 484Ministry Internship II3
MIN 499Senior Seminar3
LEA 100Emerging Leaders3
COM 110Basic Communication3
RES 201Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3
Interdisciplinary Elective Courses
Choose one of the following Leadership and Organization courses:3-4
Financial Accounting
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Organizational Behavior
Organizational Communication
Leading Organizations
Choose one of the following Communication courses:3-4
Interpersonal Communication
Speaking in Ministry Contexts
Teaching in Ministry Contexts
Choose one of the following Life Development and Faith Formation courses:3
Lifespan Development
Adult Development and Aging
Adolescent Development and the Family
Choose one of the following Cultural and Contextual Studies courses:3
Conflict, Reconciliation, and the Church
Religion in Society
Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills
Major *53-55
General Education49-50
Electives17-20
Total Credits122

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B.A. in Missional Ministries 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4COM 110 Basic Communication3RES 201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Second Language (S) course1 4
GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3 GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
 14 3 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN 200 Foundations of Ministry3World Cultures (U) course 3BIB OT/NT Elective (200-Level) 3
LEA 100 Emerging Leaders3 Interdisciplinary Elective 3
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3 THE 201 Christian Theology3
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 Electives 3
Elective 3 Mathematics (M) course2 3
 15 3 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN 350 Ministry Practicum I1Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3MIN 355 Ministry Practicum II1
BIB OT/NT Elective (300-400 Level) 3 MIN 320 Spiritual and Faith Formation3
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
Leisure & Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1 THE Elective (200-Level) 3
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 MIN 328 Missional Theology3
Elective 4 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 15 3 13-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN 483 Ministry Internship I3Interim Off MIN 484 Ministry Internship II3
THE Elective (300-400 Level) 3 MIN 499 Senior Seminar3
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Elective 3 Electives 6
Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 12-15 0 15
Total Credits 122-128

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Missional Ministries 2018-2019: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4RES 201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
COM 110 Basic Communication3 Second Language (S) course1 4
Mathematics (M) course2 3  
 16 4 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN 200 Foundations of Ministry3World Cultures (U) course 3BIB OT/NT Elective (200-Level) 3
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 THE Elective (200-Level) 3
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 Interdisciplinary Elective 4
LEA 100 Emerging Leaders3 Elective 3
 13 3 13
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN 350 Ministry Practicum I1Elective 3MIN 355 Ministry Practicum II1
BIB OT/NT Elective (300-400 Level) 3 MIN 320 Spiritual and Faith Formation3
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
Leisure & Lifetime Sport (Q) course 1 MIN 328 Missional Theology3
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Elective 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 14 3 13-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN 483 Ministry Internship I3Interim Off MIN 484 Ministry Internship II3
THE Elective (300-400 Level) 3 MIN 499 Senior Seminar3
Interdisciplinary Elective 4 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Elective 3 Electives 5
Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 13-16 0 14
Total Credits 121-127

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

BIB 101 • Introduction to the Bible 3 Credits.

Traces the journey of God’s people from Abraham and Sarah through the New Testament church, highlighting the unifying self-disclosure of God in the various cultures and types of writing of the Old and New Testaments. A holistic approach is used to introduce students to both historical and thematic content as well as broad but basic exegetical principles.
Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring.

BIB 205 • Introduction to Spiritual Formation 3 Credits.

Examines key Old and New Testament texts undergirding Christian spirituality, differentiating it from other forms of spirituality. The study and practice of historic spiritual disciplines and readings of classic and contemporary works in Christian spirituality, including African, Asian, Hispanic, and European perspectives.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Spring, even # years

BIB 206 • Spiritual Formation Practicum I 1 Credit.

Participation in spiritually-formative activities including spiritual formation groups, spiritual direction, mentorships, retreats, ministry and service opportunities. Requires 45 hours of supervised activities and meetings with supervisor. Taught in partnership with the Office of Campus Ministries.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Corequisites: BIB 205. Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring.

BIB 207 • Spiritual Formation Practicum II 1 Credit.

Participation in spiritually-formative activities including spiritual formation groups, spiritual direction, mentorships, retreats, ministry and service opportunities. Requires 45 hours of supervised activities and meetings with supervisor. Taught in partnership with the Office of Campus Ministries.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Corequisites: BIB 205. Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring.

BIB 208 • Spiritual Formation Practicum III 1 Credit.

Participation in spiritually-formative activities including spiritual formation groups, spiritual direction, mentorships, retreats, ministry and service opportunities. Requires 45 hours of supervised activities and meetings with supervisor. Taught in partnership with the Office of Campus Ministries.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Corequisites: BIB 205. Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring.

BIB 210 • History of Ancient Israel 3 Credits.

Focus on the history of the coastlands along the southern half of the eastern Mediterranean from the Early Bronze through the Maccabean eras, with an emphasis on the rise and history of ancient Israel.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Fall or Spring.

BIB 212 • Reading the Hebrew Bible 3 Credits.

Study of select foundational themes and difficult areas for Christians reading the Hebrew Bible today, with an introduction to a range of methods in interpretation. Topics discussed may include: creation, capital punishment, social justice, violence and holy war, and the status of women.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Fall or Spring.

BIB 220 • The Pentateuch 3 Credits.

Study of mosaic books of the Old Testament, with particular interest in the Genesis account of world beginnings, the Patriarchs, the Exodus and founding of the nation of Israel, and the faith and religion of the Hebrews.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 230Z • Israel Study Tour 3 Credits.

Historical geography and onsite investigation of the Holy Land with emphasis on sites from the Early Bronze through Byzantine eras. Particular emphasis on sites that underlie the Hebrew Bible, the intertestamental period, and the New Testament.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Occasionally interim.

BIB 236 • Archaeology of the Southern Levant 3 Credits.

Explores the objectives, history, methodology, and results of archaeology of the coastlands along the southern half of the eastern Mediterranean from the Early Bronze through Early Roman eras.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 240 • Topics in Biblical Studies 3 Credits.

Study of a biblical area or topic. The specific subject is announced when the course is offered.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 260 • The Life and Teachings of Jesus 3 Credits.

Main events of the life of Jesus and the form and message of His teaching in the light of first century Jewish culture. Use of the Old Testament in the gospels, the structure of the gospels, and their literary genre.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Fall or spring

BIB 264Z • Greece-Italy Study Tour 3 Credits.

Onsite investigation of the sites and regions that underlie the people, movements, and events of the Early Christian era. The area is examined in light of the historical, geographical, and rich cultural context of the classical Greek and Roman worlds.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Occasionally, Interim.

BIB 265 • The Life and Teachings of Paul 3 Credits.

Life of Paul, his strategic role in the expansion of Christianity, and the contribution of his theology and thought as reflected in his writings.
Prerequisites: BIB 101. Offered: Fall or Spring.

BIB 301J • The Faith of Abraham in Genesis, Paul and James 3 Credits.

The faith of Abraham as reflected in biblical and extra-canonical traditions, with emphasis on Genesis, Romans, Galatians, and the book of James. Attention to the theological and exegetical perspectives of the various documents, unity and diversity within the canon, and contemporary application.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 302J • Biblical Law in Christian Belief and Practice 3 Credits.

Biblical law as an expression of the character and will of God; the form, content, and use of law throughout Scripture; and the relationship of law and grace. Modern viewpoints on the abiding relevance of biblical law for individuals and societies.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered:Occasionally.

BIB 304J • Messianic Concepts 3 Credits.

Development of such terms as “Son of Man,” “Son of God,” and “Messiah” is traced from origins in Old Testament texts of poetry and prophecy to New Testament fulfillment in the Gospels and Epistles.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered:Occasionally.

BIB 305J • Sleep, Surrender, and Sabbath 3 Credits.

The theology and ethics of rest from a biblical perspective. Focus on key passages in Scripture regarding sleep, dreams, and Sabbath. Exploration of topics such as creation, the human condition, divine relationality, human dependency, prayer, and social responsibility. Interdisciplinary approach, utilizing historical records of Sabbath practices, scientific research, and sociological analyses.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered:Occasionally.

BIB 306J • Covenant, Promise, and Fulfillment 3 Credits.

Major covenants between God and humans in both the Old and New Testaments. Relationships between these covenants, especially regarding the theme of promise and fulfillment.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered:Occasionally.

BIB 307J • Jerusalem: Earthly City and Spiritual Symbol 3 Credits.

Jerusalem as the means of studying God’s plans for worldwide redemption. The city where much of biblical history took place and its' symbolism as God’s earthly and heavenly kingdoms: its geography, history, and relationship to the Biblical covenants.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered:Occasionally.

BIB 308J • Biblical Theology of Reconciliation 3 Credits.

The goal of reconciliation in personal and socio-political conflicts is examined in light of biblical texts relating to liberation from oppression, establishment of justice, practice of forgiveness, and promotion of peace.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered:Occasionally.

BIB 309J • A Biblical Theology of Poverty 3 Credits.

Responses to poverty in the Old Testament, intertestamental literature, and the New Testament in light of the socioeconomic setting of these records. Construction of a biblical perspective and implications for Christian communities in North America.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered:Occasionally.

BIB 310J • Holiness in Biblical Perspective 3 Credits.

Exegetical and theological foundations underlying the biblical notion of holiness in both the Old and New Testaments. Biblical texts in their historical-cultural context, with a view to uncovering biblical understandings of holiness and integrating them into a Christian worldview.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; (THE 201 and GES 160) or (GES 244); Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 311J • Worship in Biblical Perspective 3 Credits.

Exegetical and theological foundations of worship. Old Testament and New Testament patterns of worship and their relevance for the church today.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 312J • Female and Male in Biblical Perspective 3 Credits.

Significant Old and New Testament passages related to past and current discussions of gender, roles, and ministry in the church.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 313J • A Biblical Theology of Justice 3 Credits.

Justice, in the full biblical sense, is employed as an integrating focus for the task of God on earth of restoring humankind. Elements of continuity and discontinuity between the Old Testament and New Testament. Location of each major block of biblical data in historical, literary, and social context.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 314J • The "Word" in Biblical Tradition 3 Credits.

Use of the term “word” in its creative, redemptive, active, prophetic, and prescriptive significance in the Christian canon. Beginning with the concept of “word” in creation; through “The Word as Law” and “The Prophetic Word,” and ending with an emphasis on “The Incarnate Word” and the words of the cross, the preacher, and the sacraments.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 315J • God, Evil, and Spiritual Warfare 3 Credits.

Study of God's ongoing battle with spiritual forces from Genesis to Revelation. Origin, power, activity, and end of Satan and evil angels are traced throughout Scripture. Discussion of implications of these concepts for the problem of evil, a theology of providence, and spiritual formation.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 316J • Vocation and Calling: A Biblical Perspective 3 Credits.

An investigation of the biblical understandings of vocation and calling in both Old and New Testaments. Examination of foundational issues such as definitions of ministry, personal and spiritual gifting, the role of the church in contemporary context, and calling and vocation as they relate to being Christ-followers.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 317J • Family in Biblical Perspective 3 Credits.

Biblical perspective of family developed through an examination of family in ancient biblical cultures and a study of family in the Old and New Testaments. A biblical perspective integrated with an exploration of the cultural and historical influences on our contemporary understanding of family.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 319J • Eschatology: The Last Things in the Church's Scriptures 3 Credits.

Examines what the Bible says about “the last things” in the Pentateuch, historical works, poetry, gospels, letters, and apocalypse. Includes careful exegesis of the Bible’s statements regarding the last things in order to learn how they functioned in their original setting, how they function in the canon of Scripture, and how they function in living out a Christian worldview today.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; GES 160 or GES 244; Sophomore standing. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 321 • Issues in Biblical Studies 3 Credits.

Theoretical and practical introduction to academic study in biblical disciplines. Major theories that influence current study along with methods for research and investigation in these fields.
Prerequisites: 200-level course in biblical studies; THE 201; Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course. Offered: Fall.

BIB 326 • The Prophets of Israel 3 Credits.

The basic meaning of prophecy and the function of the prophets in Israel; analysis of the context and message of the great Hebrew prophets. Inductive studies bring out theological truths and relate them to the New Testament as well as to the Christian life as experienced today.
Prerequisites: Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course or a 200-level biblical studies course. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 331G • Cultural World of the New Testament 3 Credits.

Historical and cultural backgrounds of the New Testament in their Jewish, Greek, and Roman contexts.
Prerequisites: [GES 130; GES 160; Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course; World Cultures (U) course] or [GES 244; World Cultures (U) course]. Offered: Occasionally.

BIB 334G • Cultural World of the Old Testament 3 Credits.

Historical, cultural, and archaeological backgrounds of the Old Testament in their Ancient Near Eastern contexts.
Prerequisites: [GES 130; GES 160; Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course; World Cultures (U) course] or [GES 244; World Cultures (U) course]. Offered: Occasionally

BIB 336 • Poetic Books of the Old Testament 3 Credits.

Doctrinal and devotional themes of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs. The literary structure of these books and of individual psalms, the nature of Hebrew poetry, and its use in the New Testament and the church.
Prerequisites: Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course or a 200-level biblical studies course. Offered: Occasionally

BIB 370 • Romans 3 Credits.

A widely influential letter of Paul with emphasis on the themes of justification by faith, ethics (good works), and life in the Spirit. Discussion of the letter’s significance for original and contemporary readers.
Prerequisites: Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course or a 200-level biblical studies course. Offered: Spring, odd # years

BIB 375 • First Corinthians 3 Credits.

Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church in its first century setting. Topics include sexuality, divorce, spiritual gifts, the Christian ministry, resurrection, and the contemporary application of these.
Prerequisites: Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course or a 200-level biblical studies course. Offered: Spring, even # years.

BIB 440 • Topics in Biblical Studies 3 Credits.

Advanced course on a biblical area or topic. The specific subject is announced when the course is offered.
Prerequisites: Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course or a 200-level biblical studies course. Offered: Occasionally

BIB 499 • Seminar: Biblical Studies 3 Credits.

A selected topic in biblical studies related to a course theme. A major research project is followed by an oral and written presentation of its results.
Prerequisites: Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course; BIB 321; major in biblical and theological studies. Offered: Spring

MIN 200 • Foundations of Ministry 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theology and practice of ministry. Presents a conceptual, theological, and biblical understanding of ministry. Opportunity to develop a usable, working philosophy of ministry and a model for critical thinking about the practice of contemporary ministry.
Prerequisites: BIB 101 (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Fall

MIN 210 • Adolescent Development and the Family 3 Credits.

Examination of child and adolescent development and family dynamics. Emphasis on understanding child/adolescent development in the physical, cognitive, moral, psycho-social, cultural, and spiritual arenas, along with examining family social systems and family dynamics. Focus on application to practical ministry.
Prerequisites: MIN 200. Offered: Fall, odd # years

MIN 310Z • Conflict, Reconciliation, and the Church 3 Credits.

Ministry in an urban, multicultural context. Emphasizes biblical, theological, and historical themes of reconciliation, diversity, poverty, and justice. Experiences include homeless shelters, youth ministry centers, spiritually formative practices, and the religious and cultural life of a major city.
Prerequisites: THE 201; Junior standing. Special Notes: Carries cross listing in Biblical and Theological Studies. Offered: Interim.

MIN 320 • Spiritual and Faith Formation 3 Credits.

Dynamics of spiritual development and faith formation. Review of biblical, historical, and theological models as well as contemporary social science research. Emphasizes the spiritual and faith formation of both ministers and those to whom they minister, and the interrelatedness of evangelism and discipleship as well as counseling and referral.
Prerequisites: MIN 200. Offered: Spring.

MIN 328 • Missional Theology 3 Credits.

Explores the doctrine of the Trinity and its connections to the missio Dei (mission of God) and how God’s mission influences our thinking and practice as the church, with a special emphasis on the context of North America.
Prerequisites: BIB 101 or THE 201; Junior standing. Offered: Spring.

MIN 330 • Teaching in Ministry Contexts 3 Credits.

Preparation and delivery of presentations enabling students to teach effectively in various settings. Students develop their theology and philosophy of teaching and learning. Improving skills in teaching small and large groups, facilitating discussion, adapting curriculum to audiences and contexts, and self-analysis. Emphasis on biblical themes of reconciliation, diversity, and justice.
Prerequisites: MIN 200. Offered: Fall, even # years

MIN 350 • Ministry Practicum I 1 Credit.

Explores ministry as a career through discipleship and job shadowing. Development as a disciple, and reflection on personal call to ministry as a career.
Prerequisites: MIN 200. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis. Offered: Fall

MIN 355 • Ministry Practicum II 1 Credit.

Explores ministry as a career through discipleship and job shadowing. Development as a discipler, and reflection on personal call to ministry as a career.
Prerequisites: MIN 200; MIN 350. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis. Offered: Spring

MIN 483 • Ministry Internship I 3 Credits.

Explores ministry as a career through a supervised ministry internship, seminars, readings, and reflections. Students reflect especially on defining their current sense of calling.
Prerequisites: MIN 200; MIN 350; MIN 355. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis. Offered: Fall

MIN 484 • Ministry Internship II 3 Credits.

Explores ministry as a career through a supervised ministry internship, seminars, readings, and reflections. Students integrate various components of their Missional Ministries major.
Prerequisites: MIN 200; MIN 350; MIN 355; MIN 483. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis. Offered: Spring

MIN 499 • Senior Seminar 3 Credits.

Selected topics in ministry leadership with emphasis on preparation for ministry, culminating with a professional portfolio. A major research project is followed by an oral presentation of its results.
Prerequisites: Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course; MIN 200; Missional Ministries major; senior standing. Offered: Spring

THE 201 • Christian Theology 3 Credits.

Investigates central themes of the Christian faith from a primarily systematic perspective. Topics include Scripture, God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, salvation, and last things. Emphasis on the unity and diversity of theological beliefs within Christianity, and on the interrelationships among theological understanding, culture, and discipleship.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; sophomore standing or above. Offered: Fall, interim, spring

THE 235 • Current Theological Controversies 3 Credits.

Study of a number of theological topics of contemporary interest or debate such as the Calvinism/Arminianism debate, the inerrancy of Scripture, the nature of divine foreknowledge, spiritual gifts, and end times controversies.
Prerequisites: THE 201. Offered: Occasionally

THE 240 • Topics in Theology 3 Credits.

Study of a theological area or topic. The specific topic is announced when the course is offered.
Prerequisites: THE 201. Offered: Occasionally

THE 256L • Christian Apologetics 3 Credits.

Study of the intellectual viability of the Christian faith. Topics include the nature of apologetics and apologetic method, theological and philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God, and historical and philosophical arguments for and against the central beliefs of Christianity.
Prerequisites: THE 201 or GES 246; GES 130 and GES 160 (may be taken concurrently) or GES 244 (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Fall, interim, spring

THE 263 • Christian Social Ethics 3 Credits.

Christian approaches to ethical problems within today’s society, such as the morality of war, poverty and welfare, homelessness, racism, and human sexuality. Roles of Christians and churches in response to these issues. Classical ethical approaches of utilitarianism, Kant, and social contract ethics.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; THE 201. Offered: Fall.

THE 310Z • Conflict, Reconciliation, and the Church 3 Credits.

Ministry in an urban, multicultural context. Emphasizes biblical, theological, and historical themes of reconciliation, diversity, poverty, and justice. Experiences include homeless shelters, youth ministry centers, spiritually formative practices, and the religious and cultural life of a major city.
Prerequisites: THE 201; Junior standing. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in Missional Ministries. Offered: Interim.

THE 311 • Early Church to Reformation Theology in Global Perspective 3 Credits.

Explores the global historical development of Christian thought from the Early Church to the Reformation. Includes assessment of major figures such as Augustine and Aquinas, and developments such as early North African, Syriac, Byzantine, medieval Asian, and European theologies.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; THE 201 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall.

THE 312L • Post-Reformation to Contemporary Theology in Trans-Atlantic Perspective 3 Credits.

Explores the global historical development of Christian thought from the Post-Reformation era to the present. Includes assessment of major figures such as Barth, Bonhoeffer, Schleiermacher, and Wesley and developments including African American, Feminist and Womanist theology, and Pietism.
Prerequisites: GES 130 and GES 160 (may be taken concurrently) OR GES 244 (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Spring.

THE 315 • Contemporary Theological Issues 3 Credits.

Theoretical and practical engagement with the academic disciplines of theology. Considers contemporary theological issues facing the 21st century church and explores current research and writing in the fields of theology.
Prerequisites: THE 201 or consent of the instructor. Offered: Spring

THE 326G • Christian Theology in Africa, Asia, and Latin America 3 Credits.

Introduces major theological themes and theories that have emerged in the socio-political and cultural contexts of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Offers critical and constructive dialogue with key theological themes and issues in Black, Feminist, Liberation, Dalit, and African theologies.
Prerequisites: [GES 130; GES 160; Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course; World Cultures (U) course] or [GES 244; World Cultures (U) course]. Offered: Occasionally fall

THE 401 • Christianity and the World's Religions 3 Credits.

Exploration of the historical and contemporary relationships of Christianity and various world religions, specifically focused at the theological level. Focus rotates from year to year, emphasizing the interfaith dialogue between Christianity and one other world religious tradition.
Prerequisites: BIB 101; THE 201. Offered: Occasionally. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in religious studies.

THE 431 • Advanced Topics in Systematic Theology 3 Credits.

Research on a topic in the area of systematic theology. The specific topic will be announced when the course is offered. Past offerings include Doctrine of God, Christology, Ecclesiology, and Pneumatology.
Prerequisites: THE 201 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall

THE 432 • Advanced Topics in Historical Theology 3 Credits.

Research on a topic in the area of historical theology. The specific topic will be announced when the course is offered. Past offerings include Barth and Bonhoeffer and History and Theology of Pietism.
Prerequisites: THE 201 or consent of instructor. Offered: Occasionally.

THE 433 • Advanced Topics in Philosophical Theology 3 Credits.

Research on a topic in the area of philosophical theology. The specific topic will be announced when the course is offered. Potential topics include Arguments for God’s Existence, The Problems of Evil and Hell, and Science and Theology.
Prerequisites: THE 201 or consent of instructor. Offered: Occasionally

THE 440 • Topics in Theology 3 Credits.

Research course in a topic in theology. Content determined by the professor in conjunction with students majoring in biblical and theological studies. Usually, the course entails an advanced study of one of the major doctrines of the Christian faith.
Prerequisites: THE 201 or consent of instructor. Offered: Occasionally.

THE 499 • Seminar: Theology 3 Credits.

A selected topic in theology related to a course theme. A major research project is followed by an oral and written presentation of its results.
Prerequisites: Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course; BIB 321; THE 315 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University