bachelor of arts in PaSTORAL mINISTRY AND biblical studies

Overview of Pastoral 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 in the local church.

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 to enter a preaching pastorate in a local church, to serve as an associate pastor in a church, or to attend seminary very well prepared. You will also be prepared to serve in a variety of capacities in other church or para church ministries that value visionary and biblical leadership.

Required Credits

120 credits required including: Pastoral Ministry (26), Biblical Studies (30), General Education (30), Christian Ministry (12), Free and/or Emphasis Electives (22). 


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 – 52 credits

General Education – 21 Credits
  • College Writing I (3 credits)
  • College Writing II (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
  • Science/Math Elective (3 credits)
  • Social Science Elective (3 credits)
  • History Elective (3 credits)
  • General Education Electives (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 – 10 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credit)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Faith and Life (2 credits)
  • Student Outreach (2 credit)
Pastoral Ministry – 9 Credits
  • Teaching in Ministry (3 credits)
  • Foundations of Christian Ministry (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)

exploration courses – 28 credits

General Education – 6 Credits
  • Worldviews (3 credits)
  • History Elective (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 – 5 Credits
  • Organizational Skills in Christian Ministry (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Outreach (2 credits, Upper Level)
Pastoral Ministry – 8 Credits
  • Professional Ethics (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Preaching (3 credits)
  • Planning and Leading Worship (3 credits)

immersion courses – 21 credits

General Education – 3 Credits
  • Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Biblical Studies – 9 Credits
  • Bible Electives (9 credits, 3 Upper Level)
Pastoral Ministry – 9 Credits
  • Pastoral Theology (Capstone) (3 credits)
  • Pastoral Internship (6 credits)

free and/or Emphasis electives – 19 Credits

Randy mckain


Program Director: Youth Minsitry and Addictions Counseling 
Instructor: Christian Ministry, Youth Ministry, Addictions Counseling

B.S. in Behavioral Science 
Sterling College, Sterling, KS 
M.Ed. in Counseling and School Psychology 
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 
Further Coursework at 
North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL 
Licensed Staff Minister 
Evangelical Covenant Church of America

Randy McKain