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 310Studying the Old Testament3
BI 315Teaching the Old Testament3
BI 320Studying the New Testament3
BI 325Teaching the New Testament3
CM 140Ministry Practice: Exploring Vocation and Call3
CM 211Ministry Field Education in an Urban Context I3
CM 212Ministry Field Education in an Urban Context II3
CM 370Ministry Preparation Internship3
CM 400Ministry Integrative Capstone3
MIS 240Introducing Cross-Cultural Ministry3
PM 345Proclaiming God’s Word3
REL/HIS 330Church History I: Early and Medieval Persecution,
Power, and Peoples
REL 370/HIS 360Church History II: Holiness, Denominationalism and
Theological Movements
TH 400Christian Theology3
TH/SOC 470Christian Social Concern3
OR TH/REL 410Christian Ethics3
Select at least eight credits from at least two different categories:
Business, Management, and Entrepreneurship:
BUS 310Management Theory and Practice3
BUS/PSY 321Organizational Behavior and Design3
SE 301Entrepreneurial Enterprise3
SE 311Entrepreneurial Leadership within an Urban Context3
URB 403Grant Writing & Fundraising3
Human Development and Wellness:
HD 230Life Span and Human Development3
HD/HHK 320Human Sexuality3
EDPSY 320Family Life Education Methodology2
EDPSY 420Learning Theory3
SS/COMM 200Interpersonal Communications2
Crisis Management:
SRM 101CPR/First Aid1
PSY 340Emotional First Aid1
PSY 341Trauma Intervention Program Training Academy4
PSY 440Stress, Crisis, Trauma, and Coping2
Urban Contextual Complexities and Analysis:
REL/SOC 310Religions of the World3
HIS/URB 370History of the American City3
URB/SOC 353Urban Anthropology3
URB/PM 410Urban Ministry3
URB/PM 480Christ and the City3
URB/SOC 390Poverty in the Urban Context3
SE 311Leadership Within an Urban Context3

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)