Follow Christ, Lead the Way

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
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

  • Methods for inductive Bible study, applied to a book of scripture, engaging students in observation and survey with emphasis on interpretative skills and the development of concrete applications.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A study of evangelism, focusing on examples of effective evangelism in the First Century, and applying those principles into an effective methodology for the Twenty- First Century, with special emphasis on the foundation of spiritual revival, prayer, building healthy relationships, and starting the convert on the journey of discipleship.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: THE2100
  • 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.
  • Leadership and Ministry Electives21

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.

COURSES12 HOURS

  • Introduction to the first five books of the Bible through a survey of their contents, with attention to social and historical contexts, distinctive literary forms and features, major themes and theological assertions, and the enduring message and relevance of the Pentateuch.
  • A study of Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John, Jude, and Revelation with a special emphasis on hermeneutical principles and procedures and emphasis on personal application of Scripture.
  • A study of the Synoptic Gospels, with attention to harmonization of the Gospels, the Synoptic Problem, and issues related to their contents.
Choose one of the following:
  • A chronological study of the prophetic books (Isaiah through Malachi) with special attention to historic context and the religious, social, political, and apocalyptic messages of the prophets.
  • A study of the historical books from Joshua to Esther, tracing the history of Israel from the entrance into Canaan through the exile and return.

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.

COURSES12 HOURS

  • This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology. Attention will be given to the application of anthropology to Christian evangelization and mission.
  • 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.
  • 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.

COURSES12 HOURS

  • This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology. Attention will be given to the application of anthropology to Christian evangelization and mission.
  • A comparative study of major world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Prerequisite: THE2100

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.

COURSES12 HOURS

  • Strategies from the business for-profit, the non-profit sector, and the moral and spiritual arena with application to personal and career goals.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

COURSES12 HOURS

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.