BIBLE AND MINISTRY

47–55 credit hours | All courses taught by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) faculty & adjuncts

WHY STUDY BIBLE AND MINISTRY AT Trinity?

While at Trinity, you’ll have the opportunity to hear renowned thinkers and theologians from around the world speak. Past speakers have included: John Piper, Jill Briscoe, Os Guinness, Ravi Zacharias, George Verwer, and many others.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most students finish their degrees in 3-4 years. According to the chosen emphases, you will complete the required credit hours in the areas of biblical studies, Old Testament, New Testament, elementary Greek, ministry, nonprofit financial management and more!

DID YOU KNOW?

TEDS is a world renowned seminary located right across the street from the college. Many Trinity students choose to pursue graduate degrees, like the MDiv at TEDS, after completing their degree in Bible and Ministry.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will study various theological options and points of view from the larger Christian community and be encouraged to arrive at your own conclusions based on careful study and scholarship. Faculty members will strive to model Christian character and lifestyle in their dealings with you as a student, both inside and outside the classroom.

Emphases:

Biblical Studies

In the Biblical Studies emphasis, you will learn to faithfully interpret Scripture in light of its historical and cultural context for the growth of your faith in Christ and the edification of the people of God. We will prepare you for a lifetimne of careful study and proclamation of God’s word in an ever-changing world.

COURSEWORK:

Requirements total 47 hours. This includes 35 hours from the Biblical Studies required courses and 12 hours of electives in Biblical Studies and cognate areas. Up to 15 hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements. You’ll take interesting courses like: 

  • Old Testament Historical Books
  • Life of Christ
  • Theology of the General Epistles
REQUIRED COURSES 35 hrs
Bible Core 6 hrs
Course Title Credits
Old Testament Elective (Not BI 101) 3 hrs
New Testament Elective (Not BI 111) 3 hrs
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hrs
BRS 331 Christian Doctrine 3 hrs
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations for Evangelism 3 hrs
Church History Core (choose one)
Course Title Credits
BRS 321X American Church History 3 hrs
BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hrs
Ministry Core (choose one) 3 hrs
Course Title Credits
CM 172 Introduction to Ministry 3 hrs
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hrs
CM 224 Integrated Field experience; Spiritual Formation 3 hrs
BI 452 Biblical Studies Seminar (Capstone) 3 hrs
GR 121 Elementary Greek I 4 hrs
GR 122 Elementary Greek II 4 hrs
ELECTIVES
12 hrs
Old Testament – Select at least one course  (excluding courses taken to meet the requirements of the Bible Core), such as:
Course Title Credits
BI 302 Pentateuch 3 hrs
BI 304 Old Testament Prophetic Books 3 hrs
BI 306 Old Testament Poetic Books 3 hrs
BI 308 Old Testament Historical Books 3 hrs
New Testament – Select at least one course  (excluding courses taken to meet the requirements of the Bible Core), such as:
Course Title Credits
BI 312 Life of Christ 3 hrs
BI 313 New Testament Church 3 hrs
BI 335 Theology of the General Epistles 3 hrs
BI 400 Romans 3 hrs
Theology—Select at least one course, such as:
Course Title Credits
BI 415 Theological Issues 3 hrs
BRS 322X Topics in Church History 3 hrs
BRS 437X Music in Worship 3 hrs
TOTAL HOURS 47 hrs

Careers & Internships:

Knowing context and history is essential to biblical interpretation, but true understanding comes when we live out the words of the text. During your time at Trinity, you will be able to interact with local pastors and scholars of the Word in preparation for ministry. You will also have the option to continue your education by pursuing graduate degrees at TEDS.

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Pastor Missionary
Chaplain Professor
Non-Profit  Director Camp Director
Theologian
Ministry

People in the Ministry emphasis have a few things in common: a passion for the Lord, a love for people, and a desire to see his world transformed. We will prepare you both theoretically and theologically in the areas of personal maturity, relational competence, and ministry skill to engage contemporary culture through Christ and for his kingdom.

COURSEWORK:

Requirements for this degree total 48 hours. This includes 36 hours of required courses and 12 hours of electives in ministry. Up to 14 of the hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements. You’ll take interesting courses like:

  • Teaching the Bible
  • Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism
  • Strategies for Discipling Ministries
Required Courses
Bible Core 6 hrs
Course Title Credits
Old Testament Elective 3 hrs
New Testament Elective 3 hrs
BI 275 Teaching the Bible* 3 hrs
BRS 331 Christian Doctrine* 3 hrs
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hrs
Church History (choose one) 3 hrs
Course Title Credits
BRS 321X American Church History 3 hrs
BRS 340X History of Christianity* 3 hrs
Ministry Core (choose one) 3 hrs
Course Title Credits
CM 172
Or
CM 201
Introduction to Ministry
Or
Survey of Christian Education
3 hrs
3 hrs
CM 224 Integrated Field Experience; Spiritual Formation 3 hrs
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministry 3 hrs
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hrs
CM 335 Strategies for Discipling Ministries 3 hrs
CM 475 Senior Seminar (Capstone) 3 hrs
Ministry Electives
Course Title Credits
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hrs
CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry 3 hrs
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hrs
CM 340 Principles of Relational Youth Ministries 3 hrs
CM 350 Topics in Christian Education 1-3 hrs
CM 372X Nonprofit Management 3 hrs
CM 373X Nonprofit Financial Management 3 hrs
COM 112 Speech 3 hrs
LR 170X Leadership Dynamics 3 hrs
LR 173 Emerging Leadership I 1 hr
LR 174 Emerging Leadership II 2 hrs
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hrs
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention 3 hrs
SOC/PSY 360X Introduction to Social Work
(prereq: PSY 140 or SOC 101)
3 hrs
PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction 3 hrs
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence
(prereq: PSY 140)
3 hrs
LR 350 Topics in Leadership 1-3 hrs
PSY 350X Social Psychology (prereq: PSY 140) 3 hrs
PSY 355 Group Dynamics (prereq: PSY 140) 3 hrs
BRS 437X Music in Worship 3 hrs
TOTAL HOURS 48 hrs

Careers & Internships:

You can learn about ministry all day long… but the real test comes when you have to get out there and do it. As a Christian Ministries major at Trinity, you are required to complete 400 hours of integrative field experience with your coursework. Many local churches and organizations request our students as interns. Field experience mentors work to focus these hours in a way that prepares you for your vocational calling.

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Youth Director Inner-city Ministry
Children’s Ministry Director Counselor
Missionary Camp Director
Pastor Worship Leader

 

Pre-Seminary

The Pre-Seminary emphasis maintains the broad ministry scope and access to ministry education while allowing for a specialization in a distinctive area of ministry. This program lays a foundation for an effective ministry of biblical understanding in the context of a local church ministry. It is designed to enable a student to do further graduate studies at a seminary of their choice. Students who proceed to graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School can qualify for advanced standing in the MDiv program due to agreements between Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

COURSEWORK:

Requirements total 55 hours. This includes 38 hours from the Biblical Studies required courses/cognate areas, 12 hours from Christian Ministries and 5hours of additional general education courses.

Required Courses: 38 hrs
Course Title Credits
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hrs
BRS 331 Christian Doctrine 3 hrs
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations for Evangelism 3 hrs
Church History
Course Title Credits
BRS 321X American Church History
BRS 340X History of Christianity
Ministry
Course Title Credits
CM 172 Introduction to Ministry
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministry
CM 224 Integrated Field Experience; Spiritual Formation
BI 452 Biblical Studies Seminar (Capstone)
GR 121 Elementary Greek I
GR 122 Elementary Greek II
Electives: 12 hrs
Old Testament—Choose at least one course, such as:
Course Title Credits
BI 302 Pentateuch 3 hrs
BI 304 Old Testament Prophetic Books 3 hrs
BI 306 Old Testament Poetic Books 3 hrs
BI 308 Old Testament Historical Books 3 hrs
New Testament—Choose at least one course, such as:
Course Title Credits
BI 312 Life of Christ 3 hrs
BI 313 New Testament Church 3 hrs
BI 335 Theology of the General Epistles 3 hrs
BI 400 Romans 3 hrs
Theology—Choose at least one course, such as:
Course Title Credits
BI 415 Theological Issues 3 hrs
BRS 322X Topics in Church History 3 hrs
BRS 437X Music in Worship 3 hrs
TEDS Cross Registration: 5 hrs
Course Title Credits
PR 5600 Christian Faith and Contemporary Challenges 2 hrs
CM 5000 Introduction to Counseling Ministries 2 hrs
CM 6000 Issues in Counseling Ministries 1 hr
TOTAL HOURS 55 hrs

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Missionary Theology Professor
Pastor

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Pastor Missionary
Chaplain Professor
Non-Profit Director Evangelist
Worship Leader Theologian
Church Planter Camp Director
Bible Teacher Discipline Minister
Community Outreach Pastor

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BIBLE AND MINISTRY FACULTY

All courses are taught by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) faculty & adjuncts.

PROGRAM FACULTY