Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the online Christian Ministry major will demonstrate the following program outcomes:

1.    Students will know the general content and purposes of the major divisions of the Bible and the relationship between the Testaments. 

2.    Students will understand and apply principles of biblical hermeneutics by interpreting passages of Scripture, using forms of biblical criticism and relating their work to other theological disciplines. 

3.    Students will value and relate Scripture to their own spiritual growth and to life situations, particularly in the context of the Church's pastoral practices. 

4.    Students will know and describe key themes of Wesleyan theology within the thought and history of the Christian Church: the attributes of the Triune God, Incarnation, the condition and hope for humanity and creation, the loving and saving nature of the divine-human relationship, the meaning of holiness, and the call to character and service for followers of Christ. 

5.    Students will integrate Wesleyan theology with pastoral theology to construct and develop a theology of worship, preaching, sacraments, leadership, and ministry. 

6.    Students will serve as creative and redemptive agents by participating in the Church, by valuing all persons and creation through practicing love and stewardship. 

7.    Students will explain and construct sophisticated philosophical arguments, both orally and in writing, critically evaluating arguments using principles of sound reasoning. 

8.    Students will identify and define key themes within the history of Western philosophy. 

9.    Students will know and develop biblical, historical, and theological principles for the practices of ministry: constructing sermons and lessons, designing and leading worship, responding to the need of her/his congregation, initiating and fostering congregational health, building congregational leaders, and analyzing and constructing a plan to reach the community. 

10. Students will know and describe how to lead, disciple, evangelize, and equip the church for ministry. 

11. Students will display a growing and spiritually transformed personal life valuing personal, pastoral, and professional integrity in serving as an example of holiness of heart and life.