The adult and family concentration prepares students for vocational opportunities as a director, pastor or associate pastor of adult and family ministries.
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.
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.
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.
Inductive Bible Study (BBST/CEED 320) is listed under Biblical Studies and Christian Education Departments. As a CM major, you should sign up for it as the Bible course, BBST 320, in order to have this class fulfill Biola’s Bible requirement. If you sign up for it as the CM class, you will be charged a fee by the Registrar’s Office to change it.
Come to the CM office as soon as pre-registration begins to get your name on the sign-up roster; sign-ups are on a “first come, first served” basis, according to the pre-registration schedule.
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.
In addition to its strong curriculum and reputation, Biola’s Christian ministries program offers several key advantages:
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:
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:
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:
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.”