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B.A. in Christian Ministries

Talbot School of Theology


Is God calling you to serve others in vocational ministry? Biola’s Christian ministries major is designed to develop your abilities and spiritual gifts for leadership in parachurch organizations or specialized ministries within the church. Along the way, you’ll gain biblical wisdom and practical insights to help you disciple the specific groups to which you’ve been called — whether children, youth, adults, families or others.


  • Adult and Family

    The adult and family concentration prepares students for vocational opportunities as a director, pastor or associate pastor of adult and family ministries.

  • Children

    The children concentration prepares students for vocational opportunities such as children’s director or minister in a local church, a staff member with organizations that minister to children, or a writer of curriculum for use with children and preschoolers.

  • Diversified

    The diversified concentration allows students to design a program 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.

  • Early Childhood Education
    Classroom skills are often highly applicable within children's ministries. Through a partnership between Talbot School of Theology and Biola's School of Education, students who pursue a concentration in Early Childhood Education supplement their Christian Ministries studies with courses in child development, early childhood curriculum, classroom management and more.
  • Nonprofit Leadership

    The nonprofit leadership concentration prepares students for vocational opportunities in ministry settings which require key, practical business competencies and skills greater than the traditional church ministry role.

  • Youth

    The youth concentration prepares students for vocational opportunities such as a local church youth pastor, a club director for youth parachurch agencies, a youth camp director or a Christian education director in a church that emphasizes youth.

Why Choose Christian Ministries at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum and reputation, Biola’s Christian ministries program offers several key advantages:

  • Small class sizes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.
  • All full-time teaching faculty have earned doctorate degrees and have served full-time with significant ministries.
  • Each student spends at least one semester in an immersive internship at a dynamic ministry location, while being mentored by a pre-approved staff member.
  • The program is housed within Biola’s Talbot School of Theology, one of the nation’s leading seminaries.

What Will I Study?

Throughout the Christian ministries program, your coursework will focus on leadership and teaching, administration and counseling, evangelism and discipleship with specific application to ministry. Course topics draw upon research from the fields of psychology, sociology, education and communication. Learning highlights include:

  • The historical and theological nature of the church
  • Principles of evangelism & discipleship
  • Equipping lay leadership
  • Theories of educational psychology
  • How to maintain a deep relationship with God
  • Multicultural and multiethnic communication skills
  • Foundations for pastoral counseling
  • Application of church management practices
  • Principles of Biblical preaching and teaching

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Brady Lee

I'm also thankful for the wisdom I've gained from my professors. They've helped me understand that true ministry flows out of my relationship with Jesus.

Brady Lee
Christian Ministries, B.A. '16
Arek O'Connell

To have the expectation that everything you do will one way or another be rooted in Christ deeply impacts you as a Christian.

High School Youth Pastor
Christian Ministries, B.A. '11
Kellee Popp

The Christian Ministries department is a gem of a department and it will not only shape you academically but spiritually and emotionally as well. I felt very prepared to step into full-time ministry — from my classes on organization and administration, to public speaking, to teaching, to understanding youth culture.

Fund Development Director for Christian Non-Profit
Christian Ministries, B.A. '07
Garreth Tiefenbach

Biola taught me that the questions that I struggled with actually had answers and that I could be confident in what I believe, that it's the most factual and logical thing to believe.

Christian Ministries, B.A. '13
Kayla Farner

My time at Biola helped me to look for Jesus in every area of my life, whether it seems "Christian" or not.

Kayla Farner
High School Associate
Christian Ministries, B.A. '16
4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

Many career opportunities working with youth, churches, camps, missions or education await future graduates of Biola's Christian ministries program. As a well-equipped believer, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Youth pastor
  • Church ministry coordinator
  • Counselor
  • Senior pastor
  • Director of Christian education
  • Church planter
  • Relief worker
  • Bible teacher
  • Religious researcher
  • Church camp director

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Many Christian ministries students pursue graduate studies, while others move directly into ministry or professional roles. God has used Biola graduates in a variety of ways. Highlights include:

  • CEO
  • Paramount Pictures assistant broadcast negotiator
  • High school pastor
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Children's pastor
  • Children's ministry director
  • Doctoral student
  • Leadership director
  • Head pastor
  • Media entrepreneur
  • Church planter
  • Missionary team leader
  • Speech pathologist
  • Graduate studies at: Azusa Pacific University, Western Seminary, Denver Seminary, Washington State University, Wheaton College and Talbot School of Theology

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