The Bible and Ministry major is designed to prepare students to grasp the message of the Bible, interpret the Scriptures accurately, serve successfully in roles in church, society, and vocational ministry, and prepare for graduate study.
Bible and Ministry students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in all courses (48 hours) required for the major. Transfer students must take a minimum of 15 hours of upper-division courses in the major at Trinity.
The Bible and Ministry graduate will be able to:
- exhibit Christian maturity and professionalism (integrity, responsibility, etc.), and describe these responsibilities in the context of ministry (Biblical Living)
- analyze biblical texts in their historical, grammatical, and theological context and interpret the Scriptures accurately by applying linguistic, historical, theological, and philosophical methods to the study of the text (Biblical Interpretation)
- develop a Christian worldview that will allow him or her to apply biblical truths to contemporary settings in order to be culturally relevant (Biblical Application)
- explain the major doctrines of Christianity and articulate his or her own theological convictions by integrating Scriptural interpretation, biblical philosophy, critical thinking, cultural and ecclesial context (Theological Integration)
Requirements total 48 hours, including the Bible and ministry core and the ministry emphasis. Up to 15 hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements.
Bible and Ministry Major
|Bible and Ministry Major Core - 18 hours|
|BI 290||Interpreting and Teaching the Bible 1||3|
|BRS 305||Theology I: The God of the Gospel||3|
|BRS 306||Theology II: The Gospel of God||3|
|BRS 321X||American Church History 1||3|
|or BRS 340X||History of Christianity|
|CM 114||Bible and Ministry Formation Group (four semesters)||0|
|CM 172||Introduction to Ministry||3|
|CM 224||Integrated Field Experience - Spiritual Formation||3|
|Ministry Emphasis - 30 hours|
|BI ___||Bible Elective (not BI 105, BI 115, or BI 211)||3|
|BRS 338||Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism||3|
|BRS 400||Bible and Ministry Senior Seminar||3|
|CM 225||Integrated Field Experience - Small Group Ministry||3|
|or CM 324||Integrated Field Experience: Discipleship|
|or CM 325||Integrated Field Experience - Ministry Methods|
|CM 260||Introduction to Intercultural Ministry||3|
|CM 320||Principles of Ministry Programming||3|
|CM ___||Additional CM courses||6|
|Bible and Ministry Electives (BI, BRS, CM, GR, HB)||6|
May be used to fulfill a general education requirement.