Bachelor of Ministry

The Bachelor of Ministry degree program prepares men and women who are called of God into vocational ministry in the local church. The four-year, 120 credit-hour program of study provides a solid foundation for church ministry for pastors, pastoral assistants, youth leaders, church education directors, musicians, and office personnel. The degree may also serve as a base for graduate study in ministry fields. The Bachelor of Ministry degree consists of four different tracks: Bible Concentration, Church Ministries Concentration, Pastoral Studies Concentration, and Church Business Concentration.

Concentrations:

The Bible Concentration provides the student with the knowledge and study tools needed to understand, interpret, and apply Bible truth effectively. The required courses provide a basic foundation of biblical knowledge, philosophy, and values which will serve as guiding principles for life and ministry. The program also allows the flexibility of emphasizing one of several areas of ministry. Students seeking a Bible concentration must pursue at least one minor. Semester hours required in each category are as follows:

Bible and Theology – 30 credits

  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • Life and Teachings of Christ I (3)
  • Life and Teachings of Christ II (3)
  • Pentateuch (2)
  • Romans (2)
  • Principles of Bible Study (2)
  • Bible Doctrines I (3)
  • Bible Doctrines II (3)
  • Eschatology (2)
  • Contemporary Theology (2)

Practical Ministry – 6 credits

  • Personal Evangelism (2)
  • Christian Leadership (2)
  • Teaching Methods (2)

General Education – 36 credits

  • English Composition I (3)
  • English Composition II (3)
  • American Literature (3)
  • US History I (3)
  • US History II (3)
  • Western Civilization I (3)
  • Western Civilization II (3)
  • Church History (3)
  • Baptist History (3)
  • College Math (3)
  • Life Science (3)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3)

Electives/minor(s) – 50 credits
(At least 25 must come from the Ministry Dept.)

Total – 120 credits

The Church Ministries Concentration is designed to prepare the student to serve as an assistant to a pastor in a role that includes overseeing the Sunday school, children’s ministries, and other educational functions of the church. Semester hours required in each category are as follows:

Bible – 12 credits

  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • Bible Doctrines I (3)
  • Bible Doctrines II (3)

Practical Ministry – 25 credits

  • Personal Evangelism (2)
  • Field Practicum (2)
  • Field Practicum (2)
  • Christian Leadership (2)
  • Teaching Methods (2)
  • Sunday School Administration (2)
  • Child Evangelism (2)
  • Introduction to World Missions (3)
  • Philosophy of Christian Education (2)
  • Survey of Church Ministries (2)
  • Youth Ministry Philosophy/Leadership (2)

General Education – 36 credits

  • English Composition I (3)
  • English Composition II (3)
  • American Literature (3)
  • US History I (3)
  • US History II (3)
  • Western Civilization I (3)
  • Western Civilization II (3)
  • Church History (3)
  • Baptist History (3)
  • College Math (3)
  • Life Science (3)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3)

Electives/minor(s) – 47 credits
(At least 24 must come from the Ministry Dept.)

Total – 120 credits

The Church Business concentration is designed to prepare the student to serve in a financial management role within a local church ministry. Semester hours required in each category are as follows:

Bible – 12 credits

  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • Bible Doctrines I (3)
  • Bible Doctrines II (3)

Practical Ministry – 6 credits

  • Personal Evangelism (2)
  • Christian Leadership (2)
  • Teaching Methods (2)

Business – 27 credits

  • Corporate Finance (3)
  • Principles of Management (3)
  • Principles of Marketing (3)
  • Economics (3)
  • Church and Business Law (3)
  • Interpersonal Communications (3)
  • Introduction to Accounting (3)
  • Financial Procedures for Non-Profits (3)
  • Business Communications (3)

General Education – 36 credits

  • English Composition I (3)
  • English Composition II (3)
  • American Literature (3)
  • US History I (3)
  • US History II (3)
  • Western Civilization I (3)
  • Western Civilization II (3)
  • Church History (3)
  • Baptist History (3)
  • College Math (3)
  • Life Science (3)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3)

Electives/minor(s) – 39 credits
(At least 20 must come from the Ministry Dept.)

Total – 120 credits

The Youth Ministries concentration prepares students for ministering to young people and their
families through a variety of programs in the context of the local church. Special emphasis is
given to understanding and effectively working with those who are in their teen years.

Bible – 26 credits

  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • Life and Teachings of Christ I (3)
  • Life and Teachings of Christ II (3)
  • Pentateuch (2)
  • Principles of Bible Study (2)
  • Bible Doctrines I (3)
  • Bible Doctrines II (3)
  • Eschatology (2)
  • Contemporary Theology (2)

Practical Ministry – 24 credits

  • Youth Ministry Philosophy/Leadership (2)
  • History and Theological Found. of Youth Ministry (2)
  • Youth Ministry Programs and Methods (2)
  • Teaching Youth (2)
  • Contemporary Issues in Youth Ministry (2)
  • Discipleship and Mentoring in Youth Ministry (2)
  • Counseling Youth (2)
  • Youth Ministry Internship (2)
  • Survey of Biblical Preaching (2)
  • Principles of Homiletics (2)
  • Personal Evangelism (2)
  • Christian Leadership (2)

General Education – 38 credits

  • English Composition I (3)
  • English Composition II (3)
  • English Literature (3)
  • American Literature (3)
  • US History I (3)
  • US History II (3)
  • Western Civilization I (3)
  • Western Civilization II (3)
  • Church History (3)
  • Baptist History (3)
  • College Math (3)
  • Life Science (3)
  • Philosophy of Church Music (2)

Electives/minor(s) – 32 credits
(At least 16 must come from the Ministry Dept.)

Total – 120 credits

The Pastoral Studies concentration is designed to prepare men for pastoral leadership. Emphasis is given to biblical studies, Bible languages, church administration, preaching, counseling, and other skills that will be valuable to the man whom God has called to oversee the life and growth of a local church. Semester hours required in each category are as follows:

Bible and Theology – 32 credits

  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • Life and Teachings of Christ I (3)
  • Life and Teachings of Christ II (3)
  • Pentateuch (2)
  • Principles of Bible Study (2)
  • Greek I (3)
  • Greek II (3)
  • Bible Doctrines I (3)
  • Bible Doctrines II (3)
  • Eschatology (2)
  • Contemporary Theology (2)

Practical Ministry – 29 credits

  • Field Practicum (1)
  • Field Practicum (1)
  • Youth Ministry Philosophy and Leadership (2)
  • Personal Evangelism (2)
  • Christian Leadership (2)
  • Teaching Methods (2)
  • Marriage and the Family (2)
  • Biblical Counseling (2)
  • Philosophy of Church Music (2)
  • Survey of Biblical Preaching (2)
  • Principles of Homiletics (2)
  • Expository Preaching (2)
  • Pastoral Administration (2)
  • Introduction to Missions (2)
  • Philosophy of Christian Education (2)

General Education – 38 credits

  • Technology in Ministry (2)
  • English Composition I (3)
  • English Composition II (3)
  • English Literature (3)
  • American Literature (3)
  • US History I (3)
  • US History II (3)
  • Western Civilization I (3)
  • Western Civilization II (3)
  • Church History (3)
  • Baptist History (3)
  • College Math (3)
  • Life Science (3)

Electives/minor(s) – 21 credits
(At least 11 must come from the Ministry Dept.)

Total – 120 credits