Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry equips students to lead effectively as Christians in secular, religious, professional, and personal arenas of influence.

Objectives:

Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
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    Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
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    Articulate a doctrinal position and its relevance to ministry.
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    Demonstrate skills in communicating the gospel in a variety of contexts and to various audiences.
This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines.

MAJOR51 Hours

Students are required to take 24 credit hours at the 3000-level or above in order to graduate.

Core27
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    The history of Christianity from its beginnings to the Great Schism of 1054 with attention to the origins, expansions, key figures, theological development, and growth of Christianity, and the relationship of church and state.
     
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    The history of Christianity from the Great Schism of 1054 to the present, including the major personalities, events, and results of the Protestant Reformation, the rise of modern denominationalism, and current developments, with special attention to the development of American Christianity.
     
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    A study of how to lead a church in effective evangelism and discipleship. Examines the biblical basis for evangelism and discipleship, assesses contemporary models for evangelism and discipleship, and equips students to formulate their own holistic plan for leading a church in evangelism and discipleship.
     
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    This course is an introductory course that will assist the learner in developing the research and writing skills necessary for success in the ministry program. The course also gives special attention to building an awareness of calling, the personal and professional character of the minister, and the practice of ministry.
     
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    This course focuses on leading churches and other ministries with a biblical worldview, strategic planning, and effective management of people and resources. Special attention will be giving to entrepreneurial thinking, planning, and leading for advancing the Gospel.
     
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    This course integrates foundational Christian doctrine with personal experience in the journey toward wholeness in Christ. The course will be emphasizing scripture, discipline, and community as essential patterns of devotion.
     
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    A systematic study of the Christian faith with emphasis on the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ, and including the doctrines of revelation, the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, creation, and the atonement.
     
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    A systematic study of the Christian faith with emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Second Coming of Christ, and including the teaching and life of holiness, the nature of ministry, the sacraments, and views of eschatology.
     
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    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.
    Prerequisite: Completion of major courses and/or concentration courses.
Electives24
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    Biblical book/corpus study elective3
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    Biblical interpretation elective3
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    Leadership and ministry electives18

Courses in concentrations may apply toward the Leadership and Ministry Electives block.

Concentrations:

This concentration prepares individuals to engage with biblical literature. Courses provide foundational knowledge for in-depth study of the Bible, and for teaching and preaching biblical literature.

Objective:

On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to demonstrate the necessary skill for interpreting biblical literature.

BIBLICAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION12

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    Biblical book/corpus study electives12

This concentration is designed for students desiring to serve as evangelistic leaders in Western culture. Courses provide foundational knowledge for engaging culture, communicating the Gospel, and leading new churches.

Objective:

On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to demonstrate ministry leadership skills for starting new churches.

CHURCH PLANTING CONCENTRATION 12 HOURS

  • This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology. Attention will be given to the application of anthropology to Christian evangelization and mission.
  • Introduces the principles and skills necessary to faithfully interpret and effectively communicate Scripture through preaching. Students complete practical application assignments and deliver sermons.
  • This course is designed to equip church planters to develop their own church planting vision, mission, and the supporting processes and systems. The course will focus on the development of a strategic plan for establishing a church in a community.
  • This course is designed to provide the skills to grow a new church after the launch. The course will look at how to continue to develop a spiritually focused and strategically mobilized church to fulfill its role in God’s global mission.

This concentration is designed for the student who desires to minister cross-culturally. It includes an emphasis on knowing the Word of God, with missions courses to enable the graduate to communicate the Gospel to and within a culture different than his or her own.

Objective:

On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to recognize the principles of cross-cultural communication and how these dynamics can affect cross-cultural ministry.

INTERCULTURAL MINISTRIES CONCENTRATION12

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    This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology. Attention will be given to the application of anthropology to Christian evangelization and mission.
     
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    A comparative study of major world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
     
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    This course outlines the principles of communication, describes the challenge of overcoming cross-cultural barriers to communication, and presents the techniques and skills used within cross-cultural communication.
     
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    A study of the Word of God with emphases on God’s promise to Abraham to bless the nations through Jesus Christ and the Church, and on the purposes, nature, and personal challenges of cross-cultural missions.
     

This concentration prepares individuals for positions of leadership, and a foundation to meet the challenges of leading organizations in a changing environment.

Objective:

On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to apply leadership theory and techniques to facilitate change within an organization.

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONCENTRATION12

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    Strategies from the business for-profit, the non-profit sector, and the moral and spiritual arena with application to personal and career goals.
     
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    Models of effective organizational leadership and the impact of administrative structure, power and politics, conflict resolution, and motivation within the context of the organizational culture.
     
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    Classic theoretical constructs of leadership, systems of organizational culture, and models and processes involved in successful organizational change, with application in the learner’s own organizational setting.
     
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    Current issues and trends in global leadership, and the leadership challenges that arise in a global setting, with emphasis on developing knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations regarding the theory and practice of leadership in global organizations and societies.
     

This concentration offers the student with a calling into ministry necessary information to effectively lead a church, ministry, or non-profit organization.

Objective:

On completion of this concentration, the student should be able to apply practical ministry skills to meet the pastoral needs of a local congregation.

PASTORAL MINISTRY CONCENTRATION12

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    This is a study of the multiple roles of leaders in Christian ministry in the context of the Church and its varied ministries. Special emphasis will be given to the impact that lay and pastoral leaders have on the quantitative growth of the Church.
     
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    Ethical codes that inform the critical thinking of care givers called to ministry in traditional settings. The parameters that will be discussed using 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.
     
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    Introduces the principles and skills necessary to faithfully interpret and effectively communicate Scripture through preaching. Students complete practical application assignments and deliver sermons.
     
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    Using Christian resources to sustain and empower parishioners and congregations, and counseling skills appropriate to traditional ministry settings to address relational, life-span, and crisis issues.