Instructors: Karen Jones, Thomas Bergler, Luke Fetters, Bo Helmich, RuthAnn Price (missionary in residence)

The Ministry and Missions Department seeks to develop in students the commitments and skills necessary for leading others in growing faithfulness to God. A curriculum that values critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and change is designed to integrate biblical truth, evangelical theology, church history, educational psychology and methodology.

Students may elect to fulfill degree requirements with a professional major leading to a bachelor of science degree in children’s ministry, missions, recreation and sports ministry, youth ministries or worship leadership or a liberal arts major in Christian ministries leading to a bachelor of arts degree. Students may elect to double major within the department only if there are twelve or more distinct hours between their chosen majors. They must also complete a PRIME experience which allows them to focus on both areas of ministry leadership.

Students who elect the professional youth ministries major pursuing the bachelor of science degree complete MI 211, 221, 242, 251, 331, 373, 376, 377, 411, 421, 471YM, 481, 496: BR 414 and 415. In addition to the introductory Bible course counted in the core (chosen from BR 111, 231, 241, 251 or 261), students must also complete one course from BR 231/BR 241 and one course from BR 251/BR 261 for a total of 61 hours in the major. BR 271 is taken as a prerequisite for MI 421.

Students who elect the professional missions major pursuing the bachelor of science degree complete MI 211, 221, 233 (2 hours), 242, 251, 321, 331, 365, 373, 411, 421, 471MI, 481, 496; BR 331, 414 and 415. In addition to the introductory Bible course counted in the core (chosen from BR 111, 231, 241, 251 or 261), students must also complete one course from BR 231/BR 241 and one course from BR 251/BR 261 for a total of 66 hours in the major. BR 271 is taken as a prerequisite for MI 421. Students who graduate with a major in missions are permitted to request transcripts with educational ministries-cross-cultural studies as the alternate name for the major.

Students who elect the professional children’s ministry major pursuing the bachelor of science degree complete MI 211, 221, 242, 251, 331, 373, 381, 411, 421, 471CM, 481, 496; BR 414, 415; ED 420; and SE 232. In addition to the introductory Bible course counted in the core (chosen from BR 111, 231, 241, 251 or 261), students must also complete one course from BR 231/BR 241 and one course from BR 251/BR 261 for a total of 63 hours in the major. BR 271 is taken as a prerequisite for MI 421.

Students who elect the professional worship leadership major pursuing the bachelor of science degree complete MI 211, 221, 251, 264, 304, 314, 344, 373, 471WL, 481, 496; BR 414 and 415. In addition to the introductory Bible course counted in the core (chosen from BR 111, 231, 241, 251 or 261), students must also complete one course from BR 231/BR 241 and one course from BR 251/BR 261. Students are also required to complete the following courses in music: MU 110, 111; MU A06; and seven additional credits from MU 320, 338, A01, A02, A03, A08, A09, A10, up to 2 credits of any choral or instrumental ensemble, or MI 495 for a total of 66 hours.

Students who elect the recreation and sports ministry major pursuing the bachelor of science degree complete RC 111; MI 211, 221, 242, 251, 351, 373, 421, 471RS, 495 (two hour internship in a recreation or sports ministry), 496; EX 151; and two additional hours in experiential recreation and sports learning from MI 295, 395, 495 or any other course approved by the department. In addition to the introductory Bible course counted in the core (chosen from BR 111, 231, 241, 251 or 261), students must also complete one course from BR 231/BR 241 and one course from BR 251/BR 261 for a total of 56 hours.

Students who elect the Christian ministries major pursuing the bachelor of arts degree complete MI 211, 221, 242, 251, 331, 373, 411, 421, 481, 495; BR 414 and 415. In addition to the introductory Bible course counted in the core (chosen from BR 111, 231, 241, 251 or 261), students must also complete one course from BR 231/BR 241 and one course from BR 251/BR 261. Five additional elective hours must be selected from MI 304, 314, 365, 376, 377, or 381 for a total of 48 hours. BR 271 is taken as a prerequisite for MI 421.

Twenty-two hours are needed to fulfill the requirements for each minor in the Ministry and Missions department. The Christian ministries minor requires MI 211, 242, 373, 411, 421, 495 (two hours) and five additional hours in the department (not including MI 285). The missions minor requires MI 211, 233, 242, 321, 365, 373, 495 (two hours), and three additional hours from BR 331 or ministry courses in the department (not including MI 285). The youth ministries minor requires MI 211, 242, 373, 376, 377, 421 and 495 (four hours). The worship studies minor requires MI 211, 264, 304, 314, 344, 373, 495 (two hours), and three additional hours in the department (not including MI 285).

The PRIME Experience

PRIME is an acronym for Practical Research and Immersion in Ministry Effectiveness. Students who elect one of the majors in the bachelor of science degree must plan their schedules carefully in order that the summer and fall immediately following the junior year may be devoted to this field ministry immersion. Students should make application for placement in The PRIME Experience during the first semester of the sophomore year. To be allowed to participate in the field ministry immersion, students must maintain a GPA of 2.67 (B-) in their majors and demonstrate local church and ministry involvement while pursuing their degrees. They must also have completed all courses required in their major except for MI 481. In addition, they must demonstrate evidence of Christian character suitable to a beginning ministry leader. Students enrolled in this internship should not take any other courses or be involved in co-curricular or other experiences that may detract from the overall ministry immersion experience. Students must make arrangements for their own transportation and living arrangements, in consultation with their professor, though host ministry sites will be chosen in part for their ability to help facilitate this dimension of the experience.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Students of any major may choose to complete a certificate or minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Graduates with a bachelor’s degree and an institutionally-issued TESOL certificate or minor are qualified to teach English in many other countries, as well as in community and church-based programs in the United States. (See Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages for more information and course descriptions.)

 

Courses in Ministry and Missions