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 23
One 300-400 level THE course3
MIN200Foundations of Ministry3
MIN320Spiritual and Faith Formation3
MIN328Missional Theology3
MIN350Ministry Practicum I1
MIN355Ministry Practicum II1
MIN483Ministry Internship I3
MIN484Ministry Internship II3
MIN499Senior Seminar3
LEA100Emerging Leaders3
COM110Basic Communication3
RES201Introduction 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
Christianity in Cross-Cultural Perspective 1
Conflict, Reconciliation, and the Church 1
Religion in Society 1
Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills
Major53-56
General Education49-50
Electives20-24
Total Credits122-130
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

2

Excluding THE201.

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B.A. in Missional Ministries 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4COM110 Basic Communication3RES201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Second Language (S) course1 4
GES160 Inquiry Seminar3 GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
 14 3 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN200 Foundations of Ministry3World Cultures (U) course 3BIB OT/NT Elective (200-Level) 3
LEA100 Emerging Leaders3 Interdisciplinary Elective 3
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3 THE201 Christian Theology3
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 Electives 3
Elective 3 Mathematics (M) course2 3
 15 3 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN350 Ministry Practicum I1Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3MIN355 Ministry Practicum II1
BIB OT/NT Elective (300-400 Level) 3 MIN320 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 MIN328 Missional Theology3
Elective 4 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 15 3 13-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN483 Ministry Internship I3Interim Off MIN484 Ministry Internship II3
THE Elective (300-400 Level) 3 MIN499 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
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent (Check the catalog for details of this option.)

2

BUS100M or MAT124M recommended

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 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4RES201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
COM110 Basic Communication3 Second Language (S) course1 4
Mathematics (M) course2 3  
 16 4 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN200 Foundations of Ministry3World Cultures (U) course 3BIB OT/NT Elective (200-Level) 3
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 THE Elective (200-Level) 3
Interdisciplinary Elective 3 Interdisciplinary Elective 4
LEA100 Emerging Leaders3 Elective 3
 13 3 13
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MIN350 Ministry Practicum I1Elective 3MIN355 Ministry Practicum II1
BIB OT/NT Elective (300-400 Level) 3 MIN320 Spiritual and Faith Formation3
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
Leisure & Lifetime Sport (Q) course 1 MIN328 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
MIN483 Ministry Internship I3Interim Off MIN484 Ministry Internship II3
THE Elective (300-400 Level) 3 MIN499 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
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent (Check the catalog for details of this option.)

2

BUS100M or MAT124M recommended

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.)

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