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Pursue your calling to lead in a church or para-church ministry.

Description:

 

The Leadership and Ministry degree is for adults involved in or preparing for ministry as a vocation. Students are challenged to think Biblically about all aspects of life, develop spirituality in themselves and others, enhance their ministry skills and engage with the world. The curriculum mixes practical and theoretical knowledge through classroom work, research, and real world experience.

 

Career Opportunities:

 

This degree is applicable in any career field, but it does have special relevance to church and para-church ministries emphasizing leadership, preaching, teaching and general ministry skills, as well as for students interested in graduate school and seminary training.

Core Classes

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Semester 1

GEN 322 - Research and Concept Development Skills

This course will help students develop the skills and strategies to be successful as an adult learner.  Focus is on the topics of adult learning, time management skills, and research. The American Psychological Association (APA) formatting guidelines for academic writing, understanding personal learning styles and personality types, and personal goal setting is included in these broader topics.

Credits: 3

LEA 374 - Working with Teams

This course emphasizes the importance of teamwork in organizational or professional settings. In addition to reviewing the components of effective teams, the dysfunctions of teams, accountability within teams, and values will also be discussed. Success in organizations is largely dependent on teamwork. Students will become more effective team members as well as equipping them to improve team relationships. Characteristics of dynamic and thriving teams will be explored, with a special emphasis on the common dysfunctions of teams and how to avoid them.

Credits: 3

BIB 342 - Life of Christ

This course is a journey in the steps of Christ to experience authentic and transformative Christian living, which prepares students to follow the steps of Christ and serve the Church and society. Students will explore context, life examples, teachings, and theology inherent in the life of Christ in order to develop a personal theology. The four Gospels serve as the knowledge base.

Credits: 3

LEA 372 - Organizational Leadership

This course will provide an understanding of organizational leadership from a biblical, theoretical and practical point of view.  The topic of leadership will be discussed in four contexts that include intrapersonal, interpersonal relationships, organizational structure and processes, and organizational culture.  A biblical approach will be used as a unifying theme for leadership best practices within each of these contexts.

Credits: 3

Semester 2

MIN 362 - Marketplace Ministry

The purpose of this course is to learn and live the foundational tenets of biblical Christianity in the marketplace of life; at home, at work, and in the school; in short, in the public arena.  Attention will be given to the lifestyle of the believer as a statement to the non-Christian, relationship building, lifestyle evangelism, spiritual conversation with the non-Christian, and the biblical elements of conversion.

Credits: 3

THE 454 - Knowing God

This course provides an in-depth study of Theology Proper, the study of God the Father.  Included with this will be understanding the Trinity doctrine, with an emphasis on biblical, historical and theological dimensions of knowing God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The course supports not only knowing more about God, but actually knowing God better through the application of Christian doctrine to life, worship and mission.

Credits: 3

HUM 332 - Personal and Social Ethics

This course lays the foundation for a Christian response to ethical issues arising in 21st Century Western culture. Attention is given to the biblical foundation of Christian personal and social ethics, the history of ethics, ethical decision-making, and personal character development. Application of these topics will be made to a range of contemporary issues.

Credits: 3

THE 352 - Theology of Leadership

This course provides a biblical, Christ-centered perspective of leadership ideas.  Historical trends in the development of leadership thinking—both from a secular and Christian perspective—are discussed and evaluated in light of biblical truth, and students will be challenged to apply this truth to their own lives and their understanding of organizational behavior.

Credits: 3

Semester 3

BIB 442 - Letters of Paul

This course examines the background and ministry of Paul, as well as the origin and purpose of each of the Pauline epistles in the context of the development of his ministry. The study will include an analysis and synthesis of major Pauline themes, including the Pauline concept of the church and its mission.

Credits: 3

MIN 464 - Pastoral Care

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of effective and ethically responsible pastoral care.

Credits: 3

MIN 462 - Teaching and Preaching

This course reviews the method and impact of gospel communicators, both from Scripture as well as those of historical note. It also stresses the fundamentals of gospel communication, including content, which involves study; delivery, which involves mechanics; and anointing, which involves dependence upon the Holy Spirit. This course will also stress a balance of both theory and practices in gospel communication.

Credits: 3

LEA 472 - Mobilization of Volunteers

This course will investigate ways to mobilize and engage volunteers.  It will defend the value of volunteers and their relationship within an organization. The topics examined will include: types of recruitment methods, importance of background checks, communicating organizational mission statements, goals and values, training, retention, volunteer tasks and expectations, motivation, reward systems and performance improvement for both volunteers and staff. Throughout the course, you will develop a practice scenario of organizing volunteers and staff for a specific event.

Credits: 3

Semester 4

BIB 344 - Redemption in the Old Testament

This course will provide the learner with an overview of the Old Testament teachings and application of the doctrine of redemption for both individuals and the community of Israel. An emphasis both on the contextual relationships and the preparation for an understanding of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will be included in this course to provide the learner with a foundational knowledge of the Christian view of redemption.

Credits: 3

THE 452 - Studies in Dispensationalism

This course emphasizes the essential elements of Dispensational theology, as well as a survey of dispensational problems, the literature of modern and contemporary Dispensational theology, and its historical roots.  Topics include the significance of Dispensational theology in developing a biblical worldview and practice.

Credits: 3

MIN 467 - Basic Counseling

This course will provide an overview of basic counseling skills, integrating these skills with biblical concepts. We will learn how the Bible and the basic counseling skills can be used together to effectively help others in overcoming some of the challenges one faces in life.

Credits: 3

LEA 478 - Ministry and Leadership Capstone

This course surveys the essential ideas of Christian thought and doctrine.  Emphasis is placed on the biblical foundations of Christian belief as well as the application of doctrine to the Christian life and worldview.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 48

What Students Love

  • Experienced and highly rated faculty
  • A stimulating academic environment
  • Cohort groups with an average of 14 students provide maximum interaction and support from instructors
  • Cohorts meet online in an efficient, accelerated program
  • Students from a variety of cultures and ministry backgrounds

 

Admission Requirements:

 

 

Length

  • Varies depending on transfer credits.  Roughly 24 months to complete bachelor credits (48 core, 12 concentration).

 

Credits

  • 60 bachelor credits (48 core, 12 concentration), 120 total credits required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.