bachelor of arts in christian mINISTRY AND biblical studies

Overview of Christian Ministry and Biblical Studies

This degree combines strong academic preparation with significant practical experiences. Through this program, you will be equipped with a strong foundation of Bible and theology courses on which to start ministry or attend seminary. You can expect to gain a broad training and experience in ministry courses and in-field experiences.

Who Should Apply

If you love God’s word and love people, and have been called into ministry, this program is for you.

Career Paths

You will be prepared for service in a local church, in a parachurch ministry or in another area of
service. This program provides flexibility for a wide range of ministry and service opportunities.

Required Credits

120 credits required including: Christian Ministry (36), Biblical Studies (30), General Education (30), Free and/or Emphasis Electives (24). 


Each academic program of the college provides the context for whole life transformation through biblical life preparation. Students come to learn, learn to serve, and serve to change lives. Through the courses offered in each program, students will develop a Christ-centered worldview and be prepared to make a difference in the world through their lives, work and service to others.

The courses of study in each degree proceed from foundational to exploratory to immersion courses. Areas of study for each degree will include general education, biblical studies, Christian ministry and service, and core courses in the major.

Students will be challenged to grow in their knowledge of self, others, the world and the Bible. They will be challenged to grow in their critical
thinking, development of a biblical worldview and the integration of their faith and learning.

Foundational courses – 38 credits

General Education – 15 Credits
  • College Writing I (3 credits)
  • College Writing II (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
  • Science/Math Elective (3 credits)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credits)
biblical studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Interpretation of Biblical Literature (3 credits)
  • Christian Faith (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 11 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credit)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Foundations of Youth Ministry or Foundations of Pastoral Ministry (3 credits)
  • Faith and Life (2 credits)

exploration courses – 35 credits

General Education – 12 Credits
  • Worldviews (3 credits)
  • Church History (3 credits)
  • General Education Electives (6 credits)
Biblical Studies – 9 Credits
  • Bible Electives (9 credits)
Christian ministry – 14 Credits
  • Outreach (2 credits)
  • Organizational Issues in Christian Ministry (3 credits)
  • Teaching in Ministry (3 credits)
  • Christian Ministry Electives (6 credits)

immersion courses – 23 credits

General Education – 3 Credits
  • Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Biblical Studies – 9 Credits
  • Old Testament Elective  (3 credits, upper level)
  • New Testament Elective (3 credits, upper level)
  • Mentoring and Leadership in Ministry (3 credits)
Christian Ministry – 11 Credits
  • Intercultural Outreach (2 credits)
  • Christian Ministry Elective (3 credits, upper level)
  • Christian Ministry Internship (6 credits)

free and/or Emphasis electives – 24 Credits, 10 Upper Level

Matt Graf

college chaplain

Program Director: Worship Arts 
Instructor: Worship Arts and Christian Ministries 

Bachelor of Music and Worship  
Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO 
M.A. in Christian Ministries 
Northern Seminary, Lombard, IL

Matt Graf