Ministry Leadership

Grow Your Faith and Help Others Find Theirs With Our Impactful Ministry Leadership Degree

You can change the world for Christ locally and globally with a B.S. in Ministry Leadership from MACU. This well-rounded degree program prepares you to communicate, lead, care and think biblically and theologically as you enter into entry-level ministry positions. Program graduates may fulfill various roles within church ministry and nonprofit or parachurch organizations as a pastor, teacher, leader and administrator or pursue graduate studies.

In addition to the foundational Bible and theology courses, other courses address Christian formation, evangelism and discipleship, worship, homiletics, youth ministry, church administration, pastoral care, inductive Bible study methodology, Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) and Wesleyan theology, nonprofit and American church law and experiential learning opportunities.

As a unique feature of the B.S. in Ministry Leadership degree, this degree can be taken as a multi-disciplinary program with one of our other programs.

What Will You Learn in Our Ministry Leadership Program?

It's vital for future ministers and pastors to have a firm grasp of the Bible and how to read, interpret and apply its teachings in different situations. Our B.S. in Ministry Leadership degree will equip you with a strong foundation in biblical history and the Christian Church, preparing you to minister others with a firm understanding of biblical principles. Our ministry professors include licensed pastors and theological experts who have committed their lives to Christ by furthering His ministry in the classroom. 

Why Choose MACU?

Mid-America Christian University strives to prepare students for their future career paths in churches, nonprofit organizations, missions and more by providing an accredited, affordable education that is grounded in biblical principles.

With a low student-professor ratio that allows for a truly personalized experience, knowledgeable professors who are professionals in their field and a vibrant campus community that includes both residential and commuting students, MACU provides a truly special college experience. In addition to growing your knowledge base in preparation for your future career, you will experience spiritual growth through a close-knit Christian community, chapel services, devotionals, clubs and more.

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Code Course
BINT2103 Basic Principles of Inductive Bible Study
This course will introduce the basic principles of the Inductive Bible study method: observation, interpretation, composition and application.
BINT3103 Synoptic Gospels
sAn exegetical study of selected passages in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Attention is also given to the Synoptic relationship, authorship, date, and message of each book. Prerequisite: BINT 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
BIOT3713 Prophetic Books/Eschatology
A study of prophetic literature in the Old and New Testaments, and the biblical teaching on the kingdom of God, Christ’s second coming, and theories on Christ’s return. Prerequisites: BINT 1203 and THEO 2303.
PMIN1103 Foundations of Ministry
This is the first course in ministry for those who are preparing for ministry. Serious attention will be given to the nature of a call to ministry and an appropriate response. Through various testing instruments, observation and interview, the student will assess his/her temperament, interest, and gifts for ministry and/or other careers. Each person will receive assistance in setting personal and educational goals. Offered every semester.
PMIN2603 Christian Education Ministry and Discipleship
An overview of the task and goals of Christian Education and its foundational role in the formation of Christian disciples. Historical, biblical, theological concepts will be utilized in practical applications. Prerequisite: PMIN 1103.
PMIN3023 World Religions and Heretic Movements
A study of the major living religions of today: Animism (Folk Religions), Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Taoism, Islam, and Judaism. Also some typical American cults are included. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
PMIN3103 Homiletics I
The thrust of this course will be a study of the fundamental principles of sermon preparation. The lives and works of renowned speakers will be studied via video, audio, and printed texts. The emphasis will be on analyzing the content, methods, and skills that have distinguished these noted speakers. The steps of learning from the text, interpreting a text, arriving at a message, and designing a sermon will be followed in preparing the message. Students will gain experience in the preparation of their own sermons. Prerequisite: COMM 1103. Offered every fall semester.
PMIN3123 Evangelism and Discipleship
A study of the nature, purpose and process of biblical evangelism and its application to various ministries. A study of New Testament discipleship principles and their application, with a special emphasis upon building disciplined relationships and small group ministry. Offered every fall semester.
PMIN3303 Christian Worship
This course is designed to sharpen the student’s skills as a participant and leader of worship services. A study is made of the principles and foundations of worship, the history of liturgies and forms and current expressions of public and private worship. The elements of worship are noted with an emphasis upon maintaining a central theme Prerequisite: PMIN 1103.
PMIN3343 Church Growth and Health
Introduction to church growth is designed to explore biblical and theological basis for church growth and evangelism. Sociological and leadership factors inform the student of ministry growth and evangelism. Sociological and leadership factors inform the student of ministry. Principles of church growth will be learned and prepared for future application. Prerequisite: PMIN 1103. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
PMIN4103 Ministry and Nonprofit Administration
This course will expose students to the daily operations of administrative leadership in the church and workplace. Students will be introduced to effective governance structures, strategic planning, developing networks, and the importance of leadership training and mentoring.
PMIN4303 Leadership Formation
This course will introduce the student to basic leadership principles and methods. Students will be exposed to various leadership styles. Students will understand the principles of a personal leadership style, vision, mission and purpose. The student will examine the role of change, inspiration/motivation and servant leadership. Prerequisites: PMIN 1103. Offered every spring semester.
PMIN4603 Pastoral Counseling
A study of counseling from a Christian perspective as it relates to helping persons deal more effectively with personal, spiritual, and non-pathological problems. Specific issues will be examined. Attention will be given to the development of counseling skills and role-playing. Prerequisites: PSYC 1103. Offered every spring semester.
PMIN4623 Spiritual & Congregational Care
This course will expose students to a variety of ministry models that will assist congregational leaders in meeting the spiritual and critical life needs within the congregation.
THEO3403 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
The person and work of the Holy Spirit is studied in the light of Biblical teaching (with an emphasis on a Wesleyan perspective). The activity of the Holy Spirit is traced through the Old and New Testaments, with special emphasis upon the teaching of Christ and Pauline Pneumatology. The historical development of the doctrine is also considered. Three hours. Prerequisite: THEO 2103-2203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years
THEO3603 Spiritual Formation and Ministry
The purpose in this class will be to explore and practice disciplines of Christianity which are foundational for a dynamic Christian life and ministry. Such a lifestyle will ultimately lead to a life of holiness, as a part of the experience of sanctification and the ongoing process of holy living. Prerequisite: PMIN 3013.
THEO4303 Church of God Theology
This course studies the distinctive vision and contribution of writers in the Church of God Reformation Movement (Anderson) to the understanding of the Christian life and sanctification, the Church, the eschatology in their historical context. Issues of church polity and collaborative Ministries within this movement will also be considered. Prerequisites: BINT 1103 and BINT 1203. Offered fall semester: even numbered years.
THEO4403 Theology of Ministry
This course clarifies and grounds the practical functions of pastoral ministry and congregational leadership in a biblical model of ministry as participation in God’s continuing activity of reconciliation. We will consider theologically the relationship between God’s and our ministry and some practical implications of this, as well as the role of personal formation in faithful ministry. Prerequisites: THEO 2203 or THEO 2303. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.

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