Bachelor of Arts
Be equipped and ready to fulfill God’s calling for your life.
Ohio Christian University aims to sharpen your unique ministry skills through our B.A. in Leadership and Ministry degree.
OCU’s onsite and online ministry and leadership program is designed for your success—with flexible formats, relevant coursework, and affordable tuition. The B.A. in Leadership and Ministry is offered on campus and as an online degree program.
Whether you complete your Leadership and Ministry degree online or attend one of 15 campus locations, you'll learn from experienced instructors with real-world ministry experience. The onsite or online Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective minister. OCU’s onsite and online ministry instructors and academic advisors will support you every step of the way.
On average, employees with a bachelor’s degree earn 56 percent more than those with only a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Take your ministry and leadership skills to the next level with an onsite or online bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University.
B.A. in Leadership & Ministry Quick Facts
- Delivery formats: Onsite, Online
- Credit Hours: 120
- Concentrations Offered:
The Leadership and Ministry major is for adults who want to increase their effectiveness to lead as Christians in their arenas of influence, be they secular, religious, professional, or personal. There are four concentrations from which a student must choose: Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Church Planting, and Organizational Leadership.
Core Leadership and Ministry Objectives
Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to: 1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making. 2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies. 3. Articulate a doctrinal position and its relevance to ministry. 4. Demonstrate skills in communicating the gospel in a variety of contexts and to various audiences.
120 Semester Credits
- 36 General Education
- 39 General Electives
- 45 Program Requirements
Core Leadership and Ministry Courses
Take four courses for concentration.
RS3000 Research and Professional Development Skills 3 credits 5 weeks
This course focuses on competency in digital research and writing skills that support academic and professional success. Students will also be introduced to online tools for practical, academic, and professional development.
CM3000 Christian Excellence 3 credits 5 weeks
This course focuses on the attitude of the individual and how it impacts the ability and willingness to strive towards Christian excellence. Students will also be introduced to reflecting on personal value systems, analyze techniques to exemplify Christian modeling, and exploring the transition from success to excellence.
PH3000 Transformed Worldview 3 credits 5 weeks
The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as he/she explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world.
CM3200 Spiritual Formation in the Evangelical Church 3 credits 5 weeks
This course integrates foundational Christian doctrine with personal experience in the journey toward wholeness in Christ. The courase will be emphasizing scrpture, discipline, and community as essential patterns of devotion.
NT4020 General Epistles 3 credits 5 weeks
This module is a study of Hebrews; James; I and II Peter; I, II and III John; Jude; and Revelation with a special emphasis given to correct hermeneutical principles and procedures. Personal application of Scripture will be stressed.
CM3030 Evangelism and Discipleship II 3 credits 5 weeks
A study of the nature, purpose, and process of biblical evangelism and its application to various ministries; a study of New Testament discipleship principles and their application, with a special emphasis upon building discipling relationships and small group ministry.
TH4000 Introduction to Theology 3 credits 5 weeks
This course will be a systematic study of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation and other related topics. These themes will be examined through various passages of scripture within the context of scripture.
CM3025 Foundations of Teaching and Preaching 3 credits 5 weeks
This course introduces the principles and skills necessary to effectively communicate Scripture through teaching and preaching delivery. Practical application assignments will be made, and reports/presentations will be given.
ET3010 Pastoral Ethics 3 credits 5 weeks
This course introduces to those called to ministry in traditional settings ethical codes that inform the critical thinking of care givers. The parameters that will be discussed through the use of case studies are designed to challenge ministers to a higher level of both thinking and acting as representatives of Jesus Christ. Such practices protect both the pastor and those to whom he or she ministers.
OT4040 Old Testament Prophets 3 credits 5 weeks
A study of the prophetic books (Isaiah through Malachi) from a chronological study of the prophets. Special attention will be given to historic context and the religious, social, political, and apocalyptic messages of the prophets.
CM4200 Sacraments and Rituals in the Evangelical Church 3 credits 5 weeks
This course introduces the biblical and theological concepts of sacraments in the life of God’s people and enables students to design meaningful ways to celebrate both sacraments and other spiritual rituals in congregational worship and life.
CM4800 Ministry Capstone 3 credits 5 weeks
Offers an overall view of leadership in religious ministry by challenging students to integrate learning from all course work in solving complex leadership and ministry problems and clarifying their ministry philosophy.
Concepts of Leadership
Pastoral Care and Counseling