Christian Ministries, B.A.

Mission

The Christian Ministry program is designed to develop and equip its graduates for entry-level professional ministries in church and parachurch agencies and to provide foundation for seminary or other graduate education.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise the biblical, philosophical, and theological foundation of ministries within churches and para-church organizations (ULO 1).
  2. Identify the stages of human and spiritual development for leadership and interpersonal relationships related to ministry (ULO 1).
  3. Formulate perspectives of God, self and others in order to internalize commitments and values for an integrated personal and professional life and ministry (ULO 3).
  4. Demonstrate skills in leadership development (ULO 2).
  5. Demonstrate skills in ministry functions (including: teaching, and one of the following: evangelism/discipleship, counseling and administration skills) (ULO 2).

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministries is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The Christian Ministries major requires the completion of a core of 39 credits, 24 of which must be upper-division.

Biola University 2014 – 15 Catalog

Core Requirements

Thirty-nine credits (24 of which must be upper-division) are required and include:

As a Christian Ministries major, the following Bible courses must be taken:

* BBST 320 is to be taken as one of the two upper-division Bible Elective options.

** BBST 465 is a course offered by various departments, Christian Ministries majors are required to take the "Christian Ministries" section specifically.

Concentrations

In addition to the 39-credit core, each student is encouraged to select a concentration of 8 credits to be taken within the Christian Ministries Department to fulfill his/her elective requirements.

Adult and Family

Vocational opportunities with this concentration include director/pastor of adult and family ministries or associate pastor with responsibilities in these areas.

For those who desire to pursue graduate work, the undergraduate major has been designed to prepare the student for continued academic and professional development through enrollment in a theological seminary. The student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries may be able to take advantage of accelerated Master of Arts or Master of Divinity programs offered at Talbot School of Theology. Several concentrations are offered with the M.A. degree. Specific information and qualifications for these degree programs may be secured through an academic advisor in the C.E. department or from the Talbot admissions office.

Adult & Family

Vocational opportunities with this concentration include director / pastor of adult and family ministries or associate pastor with responsibilities in these areas.

Youth

Vocational opportunities for youth concentration would include a local church youth director or minister, a club director for youth parachurch agencies, a youth camp director, a Christian education director in a church that emphasizes youth or an assistant or associate pastor with responsibilities for youth.

Children

Vocational opportunities with this option include children’s director or minister in a local church, a staff member with organizations that minister to children in the United States or on a mission field, or a writer of programming materials and curriculum for use with children and preschoolers.

Diversified

This option is for those who wish to design a concentration unique to their interests. Students interested in areas such as ministry based camping, counseling, music and worship arts, intercultural ministry, media ministry, and the like will find an opportunity to integrate ministry training with those particular fields of study.

Retreat

Each year during the Fall Semester, the Christian Ministries department sponsors an all student retreat for the purpose of facilitating department-wide community building, communication, spiritual formation, team building, and academic advising. There is a non-refundable $175 fee assessed at the beginning of each academic year for this event. All students are expected to attend this event. Any student seeking an exception should contact the Chair of the Department.