Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Ministry equips students with leadership skills for ministry. It provides students with essential biblical and theological knowledge and skills as well as training in leadership theory and practice.

Objectives:

Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:
  • Interpret Scripture accurately in its literary, canonical, and historical context using the inductive Bible study method.
  • Address contemporary challenges and questions in light of Scripture and classic Christian teaching, particularly Wesleyan-Arminian theology.
  • Apply leadership theory and techniques to facilitate change within an organization.
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. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.

MAJOR54 Hours

24 credit hours at the 3000-level or above.

Biblical Studies18

Biblical interpretation (for example: Old Testament Interpretation, New Testament Interpretation) and biblical book/corpus studies (e.g., Pentateuch, Romans).

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    Biblical interpretation electives6
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    Old Testament book/corpus study3
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    New Testament book/corpus study3
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    Biblical Studies electives6
Biblical Theology3

Biblical theology proper, biblical-theological approaches to select theological topics (e.g., sexuality), Christian hermeneutics.

Systematic And Historical Theology15

Systematic theology (for example: Systematic Theology I), historical theology (e.g., Survey of Church History I), systematic and historical approaches to select theological topics (e.g., holiness).

Leadership Core18
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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 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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    Leadership electives (3000-level or above)12
Suggested Electives:
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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.