BA in Christian Ministries

124 credit hours | 3-4 years


 

Why study for a BA in Christian
Ministries Online at TIU?

Our online degree programs are structured to provide you with a true Trinity community experience, even from the comfort of your home. Plus the convenience and flexibility of online classes and coursework can be made to work for your unique situation and needs. Let us work with you so that you can study online and benefit from the best that Trinity has to offer.

Where can this degree take me?

Students pursuing a degree in Christian Ministries find themselves prepared and equipped for service in missions, churches, and parachurch organizations, whether on a part-time, full-time or volunteer basis. Our students will walk confidently in their calling, with the skills necessary for their future ministry. We offer a well-rounded approach through the following five program goals: personal maturity, people skills, penetration of culture, programming, and philosophy.

How long will it take to earn my degree?

In addition to 48-51 credits required for a major, students at Trinity College also complete 47-62 credit hours of general education requirements. These courses relate to communication skills, arts and humanities, and qualitative and analytical reasoning. Some students can substitute completed coursework that resulted in an A.A., A.S. or A.F.A. degree for those requirements, but all Trinity students must complete a series of courses focused on the foundations of Christian thinking and living. In all, a bachelor’s degree from Trinity requires at least 124 credit hours. For more information on degree requirements, see the Trinity College Catalog.

Students who have already completed some coursework at the college or university level have the option of completing their degree online at Trinity. For these students, a degree can be completed in as little as 2-3 years.

What are the requirements for
admission to this program?

All applicants must have a high school diploma or successful completion of the GED. Applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (using a 4.0 scale) for all prior college work or high school work if no prior college credits. Applicants for the Christian ministries major must provide one letter of recommendation from their pastor; the letter should address the applicant’s professional abilities, character, and capacity for studies and ministry. After submitting your application, please submit all official transcripts from your past institutions to:

Trinity International University
Attn: Admissions Operations
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

We also accept electronic transcripts from secure, certified transcript delivery services. If your college or university uses such a service, please direct transcripts to [email protected]. Finally, after reviewing your past credits, a counselor will provide you with an estimate of transferable credits and an estimated timeline to graduate.

What will I study?

Classes included in the Christian Ministries core are developed and taught with a commitment to the five goals of the program.

Core Courses: 25 hours
Course Title Credits
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
CM 224 IFE: Spiritual Formation 3 hours
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar  1 hour
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hours
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hours
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hours
BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hours

Specializations

In addition to taking integrative and core courses, students completing their Christian Ministries degree online at Trinity choose from one of three specializations to fulfill their degree requirements. Each specialization offered includes courses that provide focused instruction relating to different areas of ministry.

Pre-Seminary

The pre-seminary specialization is designed to prepare students who wish to pursue a seminary degree once they have completed their undergraduate studies. Courses focus on prerequisites necessary for seminary acceptance, including preaching studies and elementary Greek.

FOUNDATIONS
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hours
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
GR 121-122 Elementary Greek 8 hours
INTEGRATED FIELD EXPERIENCE
CM 224 IFE: Spiritual Formation 3 hours
INTEGRATED FIELD EXPERIENCE ELECTIVE
Choose One:
CM 225 IFE: Small Groups 3 hours
CM 324 IFE: Discipleship 3 hours
CM 325 IFE: Ministry Methods 3 hours
PASTORAL RELATIONSHIPS
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
CM 372X Nonprofit Management –or–
PSY 305 Organizational Psychology 3 hours
CM 381 Introduction to Preaching 3 hours
SPECIFIC MINISTRY STRATEGIES
Choose One:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hours
CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry 3 hours
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hours
FINISHING COURSES
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
CM 420 Ministry Leadership –or–
CM 475
Senior Seminar 2 hours
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hour
UPPER BIBLICAL STUDIES REQUIRED COURSEWORK
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hours
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hours
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hours
BRS 340X
History of Christianity 3 hours
Students who wish to go on to earn their seminary degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) should consult with their advisor regarding elective course selection for a seamless transition to seminary at TEDS. These courses will qualify students for the TEDS Advanced Placement Master of Divinity degree.
FAMILY MINISTRIES 

Courses in the family ministry specialization focus on instruction in children’s ministry, marriage and counseling, as well as various counseling and discipleship courses. The family ministry specialization is ideally suited for students who wish to pursue an associate pastor position or who are called to youth ministry.

FOUNDATIONS
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hours
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
INTEGRATED FIELD EXPERIENCE
CM 224 IFE: Spiritual Formation 3 hours
CM 225 IFE: Small Groups 3 hours
CM 324 IFE: Discipleship 3 hours
CM 325 IFE: Ministry Methods 3 hours
FAMILY MINISTRY COURSES
CM 280 Psychological & Sociological Foundations of Family 3 hours
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
SOC 221 Marriage and the Family 3 hours
SPECIFIC MINISTRY STRATEGIES
Choose One:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hours
CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry 3 hours
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hours
FINISHING COURSES
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
CM 342
Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
CM 420 Ministry Leadership –or–
CM 475
Senior Seminar 2 hours
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hour
UPPER BIBLICAL STUDIES REQUIRED COURSEWORK
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hours
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hours
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hours
BRS 340X
History of Christianity 3 hours
Broad Field

The broad field courses are intended to give students exposure to a variety of ministry fields through specific ministry strategy courses and integrated field experience. Students who feel called to any full-time or part-time ministry role or who are interested in gaining an overall perspective of Christian ministry would benefit from the broad field specialization.

FOUNDATIONS
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hours
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
INTEGRATED FIELD EXPERIENCE
CM 224 IFE: Spiritual Formation 3 hours
CM 225 IFE: Small Groups 3 hours
CM 324 IFE: Discipleship 3 hours
CM 325 IFE: Ministry Methods 3 hours
SPECIFIC MINISTRY STRATEGIES
Choose One:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hours
CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry 3 hours
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hours
FINISHING COURSES
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
CM 342
Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
CM 420 Ministry Leadership –or–
CM 475
Senior Seminar 2 hours
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hour
UPPER BIBLICAL STUDIES REQUIRED COURSEWORK
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hours
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hours
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hours
BRS 340X
History of Christianity 3 hours

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Christian Ministries Faculty

The online Christian Ministries degree is taught by a variety of faculty across several disciplines. Our faculty are committed Christians, who challenge you to apply your faith to the complexities of life, while also guiding you toward academic success.

Full-Time Faculty

PART-TIME FACULTY