Follow Christ, Lead the Way

Thank you for considering a degree in theology and 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.

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 Theology and Ministry major, it's our goal 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.
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Degree Programs

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

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biblical Studies provides a foundational study of the history, context, and message of the Bible, as well as, equipping graduates to communicate the truth of the Gospel. The major prepares graduates for advanced Christian ministry positions or for master’s level studies in Bible, theology, and related fields.

Objectives

  • Communicate a biblically sound Christian worldview.
  • Analyze the background, theological themes, literature, and content of the Bible.
  • Compare and contrast the various schools of biblical interpretation and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Apply principles and techniques for effective biblical study and biblical communication.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Christian Ministry program prepares students for pastoral care, chaplaincy, evangelistic work, and other ministries that involve preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Objectives

On completion of this major, students should be able to:
  • 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.
  • Exhibit competency in knowing God’s Word and demonstrate its relevance to problems, needs, and issues of today.
  • Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect an understanding of contemporary culture.
  • Lead and grow a congregation.
  • Connect with community leaders and organizations.
  • Provide pastoral care to a congregation.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Leadership and Ministry major is for adults who want to increase their effectiveness to lead as Christians in secular, religious, professional, or personal arenas of influence.

Objectives

On completion of this major, students 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.
  • Demonstrate skills in communicating the gospel in a variety of contexts and to various audiences.
Admission

Church Planting Concentration & Pastoral Ministry Concentration

  • Ministry Reference Form
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The BA in Student Ministry prepares students for student ministry positions in local churches and parachurch organizations. Graduates possess expertise in adolescent spiritual development and the ability to exegete the zeitgeist in application to the students and the local church. It prepares high capacity student pastors equipped to lead the latest generation of the church with excellence.

Objectives

On completion, students should be able to:
  • Describe their Christian calling and philosophy of ministry.
  • Demonstrate skills for leading an effective student ministry including volunteer management, organization, and staff development in churches and associated venues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of student ministry praxis associated with adolescent spiritual development as it interfaces with contemporary societal influences and issues.
  • Articulate a Christ-centered Wesleyan theological framework while communicating the Bible’s storyline, main characters, genres of literature, and moral teachings in a student ministry context.
  • Exhibit Christ-like character in religious and secular contexts.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Bachelor of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The BA in Worship Leadership prepares students for leadership in worship ministry. The program grounds students in a biblical understanding of worship’s role in a healthy church, nurtures their commitment to spiritual life, and orients them to servant leadership through music. Graduates demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for effective worship ministry.

Objectives

On completion, students should be able to:
  • Communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
  • Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.
 
  •  2 Year Program  •  Associate of Arts  •  

The Christian 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.

Objectives

  • Apply a Christian worldview to contemporary issues.
  • Articulate the essentials of the Christian faith.
  • Identify the intended message of biblical passages.
  • Communicate the Gospel in contextually appropriate ways.
  • Lead in evangelism, discipleship, and administration to carry out a ministry’s unique mission.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  2 Year Program  •  Associate of Arts  •  Undergraduate

The Associate of Arts degree in Worship Leadership is for students with the gifts and calling to serve in the worship ministries of a local church. The program helps ground students in a biblical understanding of the roles worship plays in a healthy church, nurture in them an evident commitment to spiritual life, and orient them to servant leadership through music. Students acquire knowledge and skills that support worship ministry, with emphasis on musical skills.

Objectives

On completion, students should be able to:
  • Express an evident and attractive Christian witness.
  • Communicate an increased understanding of biblical foundations for spiritual life and worship ministry.
  • Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Masters  •  Undergraduate

Ohio Christian University has developed its Master of Arts with a major in Ministry to enhance the ministry skills of pastors and lay leaders in the local church. The major will prepare students to serve even more effectively in the church and society, whether they are in paid or lay ministry. All courses contribute to the ability to enhance students’ ministry skills. All graduates of this major must be grounded in the Bible, theology, and historical thought and context of the church.

Application:

In addition to the regular application process, students applying to the MA in Ministry must submit a personal history essay, a statement of faith, and a ministry reference. Information about these is available from an admissions counselor.

Objectives

On completion of the major a student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a deep love for God by continually practicing spiritual disciplines.
  • Analyze Christian theological thinking through the centuries and its effects on the church and culture and the effects of culture and church on Christian theological thinking.
  • Conduct independent research and evaluation of biblical and theological literature and apply knowledge to enhance ministry practices.
  • Analyze situations and choose the proper interventions to help others cope with crises. (Pastoral Care and Counseling)
  • Demonstrate skills in church administration, preaching/ teaching, handling sacraments and rituals, and care giving in the local church. (Practical Theology)
  • Conduct research that leads to enhanced ministry practices.
 
Circleville Ohio Campus  •  4 Year Program  •  Masters  •  Undergraduate

Ohio Christian University has developed this unique dual major program in Business Administration and Ministry to address the needs of its constituencies. This program serves pastors who need to be a “tent-maker” or to lead in the financial aspects of their ministry, and business people who desire to fully engage in churches and ministry organizations.

The MBA & MA in Ministry provides leaders of today and tomorrow with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in business and ministry. The program emphasizes critical and strategic thinking, business management skills, ethics, and real-world applications as well as the Bible, theology, and historical thought and context of the church.

Objectives

Upon completion of the MBA/MA dual degree program, the graduate should be able to:
  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  • Implement business concepts in a business environment.
  • Evaluate operations and provide recommendations to improve performance.
  • Analyze Christian theological thinking, church, and culture through the centuries and the effects of each on the others.
  • Conduct independent research and evaluation of biblical and theological literature and apply knowledge to enhance ministry practices.