Bachelor of Science, Christian Ministries

Christian Ministries Career Opportunities

  • Senior or Executive Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Church Administrator or Support Staff Member
  • Entry-Level Nonprofit Leadership
  • Campus Minister 
  • Children’s Minister
  • Homeschool Minister
  • Community Ministry Positions
  • Chaplain
  • Crisis Intervention or Relief Specialist

Online Ministry Degree to Help Adults Cultivate Ministry Skills

If you want to cultivate ministry skills and influence others for Christ in any location and situation, a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministries from Mid-America Christian University (MACU) is the ideal way to begin that journey. Through this online Christian ministry degree, MACU will equip you with knowledge and application of scripture, as well as theology that’s integral for successfully leading and serving in the church, workplace, and community.

To help you better articulate the nature of your call to ministry, MACU’s online ministry school exposes you to a wide variety of Christian material, biblical books, homiletics, and practical ministry courses. Every course is taught from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective, which emphasizes the integration of vital knowledge and vital piety.

Although this Christian degree program is beneficial for anyone wishing to enhance their personal ministry, it does provide entry-level skills for church ministry and nonprofit organization leadership while fulfilling work-related requirements for obtaining a general degree. Our graduates work at non-religious and faith-based organizations alike, including private elementary and secondary schools, church camps, retreat centers, hospitals, home healthcare services, nursing care facilities, emergency services, government and political organizations, higher education institutions, media production companies, and crisis prevention centers. This online ministry degree also serves as a steppingstone for graduate studies in ministry, Bible and theology, or other related programs.

Christian Ministries is also available as a concentration in MACU’s Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Digital Marketing and Psychology programs.

Program Information

Online Ministry Degree Builds on Your Love for God, People, and the Word

God’s love for the world is the basis of MACU’s well-rounded online Christian ministry degree. The knowledge and skills you gain are sure to transform you and enable you to help others make transformations in their own lives to the glory of God. Plus, as an online ministry school student, your classes can fit into your busy life, helping you move forward with a career you’ve already begun or the one you dream of attaining.

Online learning is not new to MACU. We’ve been a leader in online adult learning since 2008, and our online Christian degree is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Here’s how MACU helps you complete your degree online quickly while saving you money:

  • Courses taken one at a time, in consecutive order
  • Earn as many as 30 credits per year for life experience
  • Apply your military service and training as course credits
  • Free placement testing
  • Student services and tutoring available every step of the way
  • Upfront costs are minimal, including no initial book fees

As you prepare to begin your degree at MACU, our enrollment counselors are ready to assist you. Please take a look at this downloadable degree sheet, featuring an overview of MACU’s Christian Ministries degree program. Don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing [email protected] or calling 888-888-2341 if you have any questions.

Become a Disciple Who Makes Disciples

Every program at MACU is taught with a Christ-centered focus, but our online ministry degree teaches you how to lead and guide a church as a shepherd. It’s part of our mission to prepare students to answer and fulfill God’s calling and further His kingdom through full-time ministry. Join our online ministry school community and experience the level of care, support, and encouragement you need to launch and live out a career in Christian ministries. 

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Major Courses

BINT 3103*

The Synoptic Gospels

An 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.

BINT 3303


An exegetical and expository study of the book of Romans. The date and place of writing, destination, and occasion are studied, but primary emphasis centers on discussion and studies which will directly help the student appreciate the value, strength, and theological importance of this particular letter.

BIOT 3713

Prophetic Books/Eschatology

An 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.

PMIN 1103*

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.

PMIN 3023

World Religions and Heretical 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.

PMIN 3103

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 upon 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.

PMIN 3123

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.

PMIN 4303*

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.

PMIN 4623

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.

THEO 3403

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.

THEO 3603*

Spiritual Formation and Ministry

The purpose of 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.

THEO 4323*

The Teachings of Wesleyan-Arminian Theology

For centuries, the teaching so John Wesley and Jacob Arminius have shaped the interpretation and application of scripture concerning depravity, election, atonement, grace, and perseverance. These teachings have been embraced by many mainline denominations and faith groups including the Church of God Reformation Movement. Students will explore theological tenants in light of Wesleyan-Arminian teachings and their application to Christian living.

*Courses are required for an optional concentration in Christian Ministries in one of the following Bachelor’s degree programs: