Bachelor of Arts, Christian Ministry

Objective: This major prepares students to go directly into ministry after graduation. It is strongly recommended that students also complete a departmental minor. The combination of the Christian Ministry major with a designated departmental minor provides the educational requirements for ordination as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. The requirements of other denominations may be met through the selection of elective courses.

Graduates of the Christian Ministry major with ministerial standing 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 exegeting 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 and 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 from both formal and informal logic.
  8. Students will identify and define key themes within the history of Western philosophy.
  9. Students will know and develop biblical, historical, cultural/sociological, 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 personal and spiritually transformed life valuing personal, pastoral, and professional integrity in serving as an example of holiness of heart and life.

Requirements: 54 core credits and 24 foundational credits, which also meet general education requirements, plus an approved minor.

Foundational Courses: These courses from the general education offerings are required as foundational to the major:
BIBL1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)
COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (3)
ENGL1030. University Writing and Research (3)
HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)
PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
THEO2100. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)
THEO3590. Theology of the Church (3)

Core Courses:
Choose one of the following:
BIBL4410. History of Ancient Israel (2) 
BIBL4420. Hebrew Prophets (2)
4000-level course in Hebrew exegesis (2)
Choose one of the following:
BIBL4250. Parables of Jesus (2)
BIBL4310. Luke and Acts (2)
BIBL4330. Pauline Epistles (2)
4000-level course in Greek exegesis (2)
Additional 4000-level course in biblical studies (BIBL) (2) in a testament opposite the biblical language taken by the student (i.e., students taking Greek are to take an additional OT course; students taking Hebrew are to take an additional NT course).  Two semesters of a second biblical language may be substituted for this requirement.
GREK2110. Elementary New Testament Greek I (3) and,
    GREK2120. Elementary New Testament Greek II (3) or,
HEBR2110. Biblical Hebrew I (3) and,
HEBR2120. Biblical Hebrew II (3)
CHED1810. Christian Discipleship (3)
CHIS3410. History and Manual, Church of the Nazarene (2) (Non-Nazarene students may select an alternate course with advisor's approval)
. History of the Christian Tradition I (3)
CHIS3620. History of the Christian Tradition II (3)
PHIL3010. History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3); or,
PHIL4520. Philosophy of Religion (3)
PHIL3080. Critical Reasoning (3)
PRTH1710. Exploring Vocation and Call (1)
RTH2400. Christian Missions (3)
PRTH2960. Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)
PRTH2960L. Personal Development Lab (0)
PRTH3210. Spiritual Formation (2)
PRTH3220. Worship Theory and Development (2)
PRTH3710. Preaching (3)
PRTH4710. Missional Growth and Health (2)
PRTH4820. Pastoral Leadership (3)
THEO4240. Theology of Holiness (2)
THEO4530. Christian Theology I (3)
THEO4540. Christian Theology II (3)
Ministerial Standing (Senior year)