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Ranked 4th among online Christian colleges
OCU ranks 4th among the “Top 8 online Christian Colleges and Universities in 2017” according to www.thebestcolleges.org. Ranking is by graduation, retention and acceptance rates, student-teacher ratios, tuition costs, years of accreditation, reputation, awards, and job placement records.

Religion and Ministry

Thank you for considering a degree in ministry from Ohio Christian University. Our goal is to prepare you to answer your calling in life. In addition to our faculty being highly qualified in their teaching areas, they have decades of ministry experience across several denominations. Our aim is to prepare students to serve the Church and society in the twenty-first century.

Our programs reflect the Wesleyan tradition and are structured around the practice of ministry. They are built upon an in-depth study of the Bible and theology.

Whether your goal is to minister to a particular age-group or to serve as the lead pastor of a congregation, OCU has a program especially designed for your ministry goals.

Dr. Joe Brown
Religion Department Chair
Professor of Religion

 

Our students graduate prepared to engage their culture with a sharpened mind, and evangelistic focus, and a heart warm toward God and others.

As a Religion major, it's our duty for you to:

  • Exhibit God's Word and demonstrate its relevance to problems, needs, and issues of today
  • Show proficiency in communicating the Word of God through sound Biblical preaching
  • Engage in ministry as a pastor or evangelist, or continue studies at a graduate level.
  • Meet the educational qualifications to fulfill the office of a pastor or evangelist.
 

Available Programs

Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Christian Ministries program is designed for students desiring to enter the Christian Ministry. This may include pastoral care, chaplaincy ministries, evangelistic work, or a variety of other types of ministries which involve preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Lead and grow a congregation.
  • Connect with community leaders and organizations.
  • Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect and understanding of contemporary culture.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Bible, an understanding of Wesleyan doctrine, and competency in using exegetical skills requisite for leading a congregation and life-learning.
  • Exhibit personal and spiritual attributes of a servant’s heart, holy living, and sense of calling essential to leading a church and ministering to its people.
  • Provide pastoral care to a congregation.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The program offers students a dual major in Christian Ministries and Business and will provide the necessary preparations and qualifications to work in both church and business environments. In addition, it will enable graduates to serve as pastor in any local church setting regardless of their initial level of financial support.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program the student should be able to:

  • Evidence competence in the fields of ministry and business.
  • Lead and grow a congregation.
  • Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect an understanding of contemporary culture.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Bible, an understanding of Wesleyan doctrine, and competency in using exegetical skills requisite for leading a congregation and life learning.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze a business operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Intercultural Ministries program is designed for the student who desires to minister cross-culturally. It includes a heavy emphasis on knowledge of the Word of God, along with a variety of missions and sociology courses which will enable the graduate to communicate the Gospel to and within a different culture than his/her own.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Articulate a Wesleyan theology of missions as distilled from the Old and New Testaments.
  • Understand the uniqueness of Christianity among the religions of the world and its transforming influence within culture, society and individuals.
  • Understand the principles of cross-cultural communication and how these dynamics can affect cross-cultural ministry.
  • Experience a significant cross-cultural exchange and exhibit ability to adjust within a culture other than one's own.
  • Affirm/Confirm one's role in the task of world evangelism.

 

 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

By combining Intercultural Ministries with a Business major, the student will obtain the additional skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century with the recognition that our work is our ministry. This dual program in Business and Intercultural Ministries will prepare students for aspects of doing business and ministry in our world today. Courses that deal with finance, marketing, management, accounting, cross-cultural communication, world religions, and discipleship will be integrated to prepare students to fulfill the Great Commission by means of the global marketplace.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Appreciate the uniqueness of Christianity in relation to other religions and assess the cultural influences.
  • Apply the basic principles of cross-cultural communication.
  • Analyze adjustments needed to effectively engage with a culture different from one's own for the purpose of doing business and ministry.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization's operation and provide recommendations for improvements.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate
Consortial Program with Ohio University-Chillicothe

Ohio Christian University offers a Nursing program in a consortial agreement with Ohio University-Chillicothe. This program is coordinated for students who plan to combine nursing skills with intercultural ministry work either in North America or overseas.

Students who successfully complete the program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Higher Learning Commission of the NCA, and is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded an Associate of Arts degree from Ohio University-Chillicothe in nursing and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Christian University.

Admittance to this program by Ohio Christian University does not guarantee admittance to the corresponding program at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Upon admittance to the program by Ohio Christian University it is the responsibility of the student to apply for admittance to Ohio University-Chillicothe and meet all prerequisites for matriculation in the corresponding program at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Academic counselors at Ohio Christian University will assist students with this process.

The curriculum at Ohio Christian University requires cores in Religion and General Education as well as a major area of study. These programs provide the student with the opportunity to concentrate in nursing in a two-year program, and to concentrate in religion in a four-year program. Because the program is a dual-degree program students may need to plan for an additional one or two semesters to complete requirements at both institutions.

In order to receive a recommendation from Ohio Christian University for admission to the Nursing program at Ohio University-Chillicothe, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 through all course work attempted.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in this consortial program should be able to graduate with an associate’s degree in Nursing from Ohio University-Chillicothe prior to completing graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Ohio Christian University.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Articulate a Wesleyan theology of missions as distilled from the Old and New Testaments.
  • Understand the uniqueness of Christianity among the religions of the world and its transforming influence within culture, society and individuals.
  • Understand the principles of cross-cultural communication and how these dynamics can affect cross-cultural ministry.
  • Experience a significant cross-cultural exchange and exhibit ability to adjust within a culture other than one's own.
  • Affirm/Confirm one's role in the task of world evangelism.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Pre-Seminary program prepares students for entrance at a seminary; it is not itself preparation for ministry. The Master of Divinity Degree, granted by seminaries is the normal requirement for ordained ministry in many denominations. This program engages students in intense study of the Bible, theology, and biblical languages to prepare for graduate study.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Exhibit a competency in knowing God’s Word and demonstrate its relevance to problems, needs, and issues of today.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of biblical languages to meet the entrance requirements of seminaries.
  • Show proficiency in communicating the Word of God through sound biblical preaching.
  • Exhibit personal and spiritual attributes of a servant’s heart, holy living, and sense of calling essential to leading a church or parachurch organization and ministering to people.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Youth Ministries program is designed to equip students who desire to be involved in the ministry of young people either in a local church or a parachurch organization.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Develop a Biblical philosophy of youth ministry, including organization, administration and staff development.
  • Develop an understanding of youth culture and societal influences on it.
  • Develop both relational and methodological skills for effective youth ministry.
  • Develop a balanced approach to youth ministry which includes evangelism, discipleship, ministry, fellowship, and recreation.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  2 Year Program  •  Associate of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Associate of Arts in Religious Studies program is designed primarily for students seeking to work in local church ministry. This degree will prepare the student for a variety of ministries in the church immediately after graduation, such as preaching, and evangelistic work. It will not likely prepare the student for pastoral ordination in most denominations without first completing further study.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of the Bible in the Church’s life and faith.
  • Summarize biblical history and literature.
  • Trace the development of the major themes through the Bible.
  • Demonstrate basic skills for interpreting biblical literature.
 

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