Christian Ministries Major

The Christian Ministries major provides a well-balanced preparation for Christian ministry combining emphases on Biblical studies, spiritual formation, historical theology, Christian education, ethics, and pastoral ministries.

Graduates will be well-prepared academically, equipped and skilled in the tools of ministry, experienced in various forms of ministry, and well on their way toward looking like Christ and, in fact, being the hands and feet of Christ in this present day in the varying and multiple cultural contexts of our world.

Graduates go on to Christian ministries including service as senior pastors, youth ministers, Christian educators, parachurch workers, seminary students, and graduate students in the field of Religion. A graduate program offering Master level degrees is also available.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Christian Ministries Major

53 Credits: 27 credits in residence; 30 credits upper division. Required:

BI 310 Studying the Old Testament 3
BI 315 Teaching the Old Testament 3
BI 320 Studying the New Testament 3
BI 325 Teaching the New Testament 3
CM 140 Ministry Practice: Exploring Vocation and Call 3
CM 211 Ministry Field Education in an Urban Context I 3
CM 212 Ministry Field Education in an Urban Context II 3
CM 370 Ministry Preparation Internship 3
CM 400 Ministry Integrative Capstone 3
MIS 240 Introducing Cross-Cultural Ministry 3
PM 345 Proclaiming God’s Word 3
REL/HIS 330 Church History I: Early and Medieval Persecution,
Power, and Peoples
REL 370/HIS 360 Church History II: Holiness, Denominationalism and
Theological Movements
TH 400 Christian Theology 3
TH/SOC 470 Christian Social Concern 3
OR TH/REL 410 Christian Ethics 3
Select at least eight credits from at least two different categories:
Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship:
BUS 310 Management Theory and Practice 3
BUS/PSY 321 Organizational Behavior and Design 3
SE 301 Entrepreneurial Enterprise 3
SE 311 Entrepreneurial Leadership within an Urban Context 3
URB 403 Grant Writing & Fundraising 3
Human Development and Wellness:
HD 230 Life Span and Human Development 3
HD/HHK 320 Human Sexuality 3
EDPSY 320 Family Life Education Methodology 2
EDPSY 420 Learning Theory 3
SS/COMM 200 Interpersonal Communications 2
Crisis Management:
SRM 101 CPR/First Aid 1
PSY 340 Emotional First Aid 1
PSY 341 Trauma Intervention Program Training Academy 4
PSY 440 Stress, Crisis, Trauma, and Coping 2
Urban Contextual Complexities and Analysis:
REL/SOC 310 Religions of the World 3
HIS/URB 370 History of the American City 3
URB/SOC 353 Urban Anthropology 3
URB/PM 410 Urban Ministry 3
URB/PM 480 Christ and the City 3
URB/SOC 390 Poverty in the Urban Context 3
SE 311 Leadership Within an Urban Context 3

Major Outcomes

  • Graduates will exemplify qualities of Christian character (especially sacrificial love, humility, teachability, and servanthood).
  • Graduates will have a solid conception of what it means to be called and will be able to articulate where they are in their own journey.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the Bible using scholarly methods.
  • Graduates will be able to understand and interpret major events in the history of the church in order to make historical judgments.
  • Graduates will be able to apply their theology to their approach to ministry and the world.
  • Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the Wesleyan approach to faith and practice.

(Updated Sept. 2015)