Bachelor of Science, Christian Ministries

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.

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

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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  • 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.