Leadership and Ministry

A Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry will provide you with the best ministry preparation in the Midwest with over 50 years experience in training some of today’s foremost Christian leaders. The Leadership and Ministry major is for the adult student who has felt a calling into ministry. This concentration provides the necessary information for students to effectively lead a church, a ministry within a church, or even a non-profit organization.

Ohio Christian University understands and supports your commitments to your family and career. Our program has been designed specifically for busy adults. You take one class at a time and the textbooks are mailed directly to your home. Achieve your potential and fulfill your dreams! What you know now has gotten you this far. Learn more and go further by attending OCU.

Program Objectives

Students who complete the Leadership and Ministry major should be able to:

  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision making.
  • Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  • Articulate a doctrinal position and its relevance to ministry.
  • Lead a local ministry.
  • Demonstrate skills in communicating the gospel in a variety of contexts and to various audiences.
  • Apply practical ministry skills to meet the pastoral needs of a local congregation (e.g., administer the sacraments, perform rituals, visitation, etc.).
Degree Title: Bachelor of Arts
Available Formats: Onsite Degree Program, Online Degree Program
Program Core Credit Hours: 51 semester credit hours
Additional Academic Requirements: 

Students within the following categories can obtain a form from their OCU Academic Advisor to apply for the “Internship by PLA” process:

a) five or more years in a paid full time pastoral role with a local church, or

b) ten or more years in staff/associate positions and currently serving in a paid pastoral position with a local church.

This form must be submitted prior to the completion of the student’s first scheduled class.


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