The Christian Ministries major offers, in a liberal arts setting, theoretical and practical training to prepare students for potential career service in local and global church ministries. Emphases include broad field, children’s and family ministries, counseling/social services, intercultural ministries, and youth ministries. Those seeking to continue toward the pastoral ministry (Master of Divinity) degree are advised to participate in the Pre-Seminary Major (offered jointly with the Biblical Studies Dept.).

Requirements total 56-60 hours. This includes 34 hours of required courses and 22-29 hours in areas of emphasis. Some emphases include courses that may fulfill both core and emphasis requirements. Up to 14 of the hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements.

Required Courses
BI 275Teaching the Bible 13
CM 172Introduction to Ministry3
CM 180Christian Character Development1
CM 201Survey of Christian Education3
CM 222
CM 223
Integrated Field Experience
and Integrated Field Experience
4
CM 260Introduction to Intercultural Ministry3
CM 322
CM 323
Advanced Integrated Field Experience
and Advanced Integrated Field Experience
4
CM 335Strategies for Discipling Ministries3
CM 480Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar1
BRS 231Christian Doctrine 13
BRS 338Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 13
Select one of the following:3
American Church History 1
Topics in Church History 1
History of Christianity 1
Recommended:
Topics in Christian Education
Principles of Adult Ministry
Issues for Men & Women in Ministry
Survey of Religious Diversity 1
Required Certification
All CM students are required to provide proof of completion of Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR courses or their equivalency before taking CM 480.
Emphasis
Select one emphasis from the following22-29
Total Hours56-63
1

Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor.

Emphases

Broad Field

CM 420Ministry Leadership2
CM 475Senior Seminar2
Select three of the following:9
Foundations of Youth Ministry
Foundations of Children's Ministry
Principles of Family Ministry
Principles of Adult Ministry
Christian Ministry Electives
Any Christian Ministries courses not required above11
Bible Elective
Choose one upper-divisions BI course 13
Total Hours27
1

Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor.

Children's and Family Ministries

CM 215Foundations of Children's Ministry3
CM 315Principles of Family Ministry3
CM 320Principles of Ministry Programming3
CM 342Relational Skills for Ministry3
CM 400Principles of Adult Ministry3
CM 420Ministry Leadership2
ED 330Introduction to Special Education3
PSY 335Child Development 13
Select one of the following:2-3
Topics in Christian Education
Senior Seminar
Children's Literature
Marriage and the Family
Bible Elective
Choose one upper-division BI course 23
Total Hours28-29
1

PSY 140 is a prerequisite for PSY 335

2

Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor

Counseling/Social Services

BI 453Seminar in Discipleship and Justice 13
CM 342Relational Skills for Ministry3
or CM 340 Principles of Relational Youth Ministry
PSY 220Interpersonal Skills Training3
PSY 230Crisis Intervention3
SOC/PSY 360XIntroduction to Social Work 23
Select two of the following:6
Psychology of Addiction
Personality Theories
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Adolescence
Social Psychology
Psychology of Religion
Marriage and the Family
Social Problems
Select one of the following:2
Ministry Leadership
Senior Seminar
Recommended:
Nonprofit Financial Management
Business Communication
Group Dynamics
Total Hours23
1

Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor

2

PSY 140 or SOC 101 is a prerequisite for SOC 360X/PSY 360X

Intercultural Ministries

BI 453Seminar in Discipleship and Justice 13
BRS/PH 363XSurvey of Religious Diversity3
CM 360XFoundations of Intercultural Ministries3
COM 330Intercultural Communication3
SOC 231Cultural Anthropology3
Select one of the following:2
Ministry Leadership
Senior Seminar
Select one of the following: 16-8
Elementary Greek
and Elementary Greek
One upper-level BI course and one upper-level BRS course
Recommended:
Nonprofit Financial Management
Business Communication
World Geography
Topics in World History
Total Hours23-25
1

Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor.

Youth Ministries

CM 175Foundations of Youth Ministry3
CM 320Principles of Ministry Programming3
CM 340Principles of Relational Youth Ministry3
Relational Skills for Ministry
CM 420Ministry Leadership2
CM 475Senior Seminar2
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence 13
Select one of the following:6-8
Elementary Greek
and Elementary Greek
Two upper-level BI courses or one upper-level BI and one upper-level BRS course
Recommended:
Nonprofit Financial Management
Speech
Interpersonal Skills Training
Crisis Intervention
Group Dynamics
Total Hours22-24
1

PSY 140 is a prerequisite for PSY 337