BACHELOR’S IN

BIBLICAL STUDIES

BACHELOR’S IN

LEADERSHIP & MINISTRY

BACHELOR’S IN

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Bachelor in Biblical Studies (BBS)

The Biblical Studies program offers degrees at both the Associate and Bachelor level. The Biblical Studies degrees offer a biblical foundation for ministry or religious education. Coursework includes biblical hermeneutics and exegesis, biblical languages, theology, ministry, counseling, world religions, ethics, and more.

The Bachelor in Biblical Studies degree educates and prepares individuals sensing a call to full-time Christian ministry whether in the church, cross-cultural missions or through outreach ministries. The BBS degree provides a strong foundation of bible and theology knowledge and a well-rounded general education while preparing students for all facets of ministry and Christian leadership. Graduates develop a personal spiritual formation, whether in the area of discipleship, Christian ethics or field work through practical service. The program encourages students to develop their gifts while simultaneously developing their Christian formation, an essential component to any fruitful Christian leadership.

The Bachelor in Biblical Studies degree is for those interested in:

  • Preparing for Christian ministry.
  • Preparing for graduate work, pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies or in divinity.
  • Teaching the Word or doing professional level research and writing in biblical and/or theological studies.

Program Objectives

Students pursuing a Biblical Studies degree will:

  1. Increase biblical knowledge, including Old and New Testament, theology, hermeneutics and apologetics.
  2. Develop and apply attitudes, values and beliefs which are consistent with transformed Christian character.
  3. Integrate a broad knowledge base with practical experience that prepares the student for Christian leadership and vocational ministry.
  4. Develop a missional Christian worldview prepared to engage minds in increasingly globalized organizations and communities in order to win, disciple and send others for Christ.

Requirements

The Bachelor in Biblical Studies requires a total of 126 credits with the following requirements: Bible with Theology, Ministry and Leadership (66 credits) from the major course sequence below, General Education (36 credits) and Electives (24 credits). During the final semester, the student also completes a Student Ministry Practicum.

Course Sequence

This course registration list represents an ideal sequence for the degree. It is designed to maintain academic integrity while moving degree candidates through the required courses as efficiently as possible:

Year 1
    Fall GE145 or

GE141

Introduction to Writing and Research

English Composition I

Choose 1 Elective
    Winter GE120 Introduction to Ethics
    Spring       Choose 1 College Math (100+ level)
Year 2
   Fall GE243 Critical Thinking
   Winter GE280 Introduction to Philosophy
Choose 1 Humanities Elective
   Spring GE235 Computer Tools for Ministry
Years 3 & 4
Choose 7 Electives
  Choose 1 Communications Elective
Choose 2 Humanities Electives
Choose 1 Social Science Elective
Choose 1 Natural Science, Math or Tech Elective

 

Year 1
    Fall BL100 Biblical Living:  Engaging Faith and Life
BL190 Biblical Interpretation: Hermeneutics
    Winter BL353 Genesis:  Creation and Covenants
MN450 Christianity in the Marketplace
BL150 Old Testament Survey
    Spring TH200 World Religions
MN125 Introduction to Evangelism
BL110 New Testament Survey
Year 2
    Fall MN120 Introduction to Discipleship
TH211 Theology I
TH221 Church History I
    Winter MN211 Foundations of Preaching and Teaching
TH212 Theology II
    Spring MN232 Biblical Counseling
TH213 Theology III
TH222 Church History II
Years 3 & 4
    Fall BL348 Romans: New Life in the Spirit
MN121 Strategies for International Missions
    Winter MN430 Spiritual Formation
MN466 Effective Pastoring
    Spring TH360 Apologetics
LD465 Introduction to Leadership and Administration

 

MN101 Ministry Service Freshman year 12 hours
MN201 Ministry Service Sophomore year 12 hours
MN301 Ministry Service Junior year 12 hours
MN401 Student Ministry Practicum – Bachelor Final Term

Bachelor in Leadership and Ministry (BLM)

The Bachelor in Leadership and Ministry (BLM) degree equips ministry professionals and leaders in the church and secular marketplace to effectively integrate biblical truths with contemporary life and thought, as well as practical ministry skills. Graduates of this program may go on to serve in churches and other non-profits in the areas of preaching, youth, children’s and worship ministries, and leadership, or may take their learning to the secular marketplace where leadership and ministry opportunities abound.

The Leadership and Ministry degree is designed to:

  • Develop and/or enrich biblical knowledge and ministry skills.
  • Provide opportunities for practical application in the areas of leadership and Christian worldview.
  • Equip students with a strong biblical foundation and confidence in various styles and forms of leadership and ministry.
  • Guide students to align their gifts with God’s purpose for them.

Program Objectives

Students pursuing a Bachelor in Leadership and Ministry degree will be able to:

  1. Develop a biblical understanding of leadership that combines attitudes, values, beliefs and communication skills which are consistent with Christian character and leadership in ministry.
  2. Comprehend what it means to be a transformed Christian, including how to express and exemplify the Christian faith, the basics of Christian theology and a Christian worldview.
  3. Establish and experientially apply personal management strategies consistent with one’s ministry and/or professional goals.
  4. Be prepared to integrate all of the above missionally, to engage minds in increasingly globalized organizations and communities in order to win, disciple and send others for Christ.

Requirements

The Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry requires a total of 126 credits with the following requirements: Leadership and Ministry with Biblical Studies and Theology (66 credits) from the major course sequence below, General Education (36 credits) and Electives (24 credits).

Course Sequence

This course registration list represents an ideal sequence for the 66 credits required in the degree major. It is designed to maintain academic integrity while moving degree candidates through the required courses as efficiently as possible:

 

Year 1
    Fall GE145 or

GE141

Introduction to Writing and Research

English Composition I

    Winter GE120 Introduction to Ethics
    Spring Choose 1 College Math (100+ level)
Year 2
   Fall GE243 Critical Thinking
    Winter GE280 Introduction to Philosophy
Choose 1 Humanities Elective
Choose 1 Elective
    Spring GE235 Computer Tools for Ministry
Years 3 & 4
Choose 7 Electives
Choose 1 Communications Elective
Choose 2 Humanities Electives
Choose 1 Social Science Elective
Choose 1 Natural Science, Math or Tech Elective

 

Year 1    
    Fall BL100 Biblical Living:  Engaging Faith and Life
BL190 Biblical Interpretation: Hermeneutics
LD101 Accountability: Managing Your Own and Fostering Others
    Winter BL131 Life of Christ
LD331 Biblical Concepts of Leadership
BL150 Old Testament Survey
    Spring BL302 Pastoral Epistles
OS332 Organizational Behavior
BL110 New Testament Survey
Year 2
    Fall TH232 Biblical Worldview
BL359 Wisdom Literature of the Bible
TH221 Church History I
    Winter OS365 Principles of Management
    Spring TH210 Introduction to Christian Theology
MN232 Biblical Counseling
TH222 Church History II
Years 3 & 4
    Fall BL431 Acts: The Early Church
MN231 Evangelism and Discipleship
    Winter MN211 Foundations of Preaching and Teaching
LD432 Small Groups in the Church
    Spring LD433 Case Studies in Ethics
LD431 Case Studies in Leadership

 

MN101 Ministry Service Freshman year 12 hours
MN201 Ministry Service Sophomore year 12 hours
MN301 Ministry Service Junior year 12 hours
MN401 Student Ministry Practicum – Bachelor Final Term

Bachelor of Organizational Leadership (BOL)

The Bachelor in Organizational Leadership (BOL) offers a solid foundation in leadership and organizational studies for those planning careers in leadership and/or administration, or who will go on to seek a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership after graduation. This program integrates biblical perspective and application with skillsets in high demand in both the secular workplace and church administration, including ethical and moral decision making, financial management, strategic planning, and team leadership.

The Bachelor in Organizational Leadership degree is designed to:

  • Develop decision making skills, including financial decision making and strategic planning.
  • Enhance your management and team leading skills.
  • Explore ethical and moral decisions making encountered by those in for profit and non-profit organizations.
  • Increase your knowledge of biblical concepts of leadership.

Program Objectives

  1. Develop a biblically integrated understanding of organizational leadership and management skills for the marketplace.
  2. Explore ethical and moral decision making for profit and nonprofit organizations to express and exemplify a transformed Christian faith, theology and worldview.
  3. Experientially apply one’s knowledge of organizational leadership and management skills.
  4. Be prepared to integrate organizational leadership skills and competencies into a missional approach to one’s vocation in increasingly globalized organizations and communities in order to win, disciple and send others for Christ.

Requirements

The Bachelor of Organizational Leadership requires a total of 126 credits with the following requirements: Organizational Leadership with Biblical Studies and Theology (66 credits) from the major course sequence below, General Education (66 credits) and Electives (24 credits).

Course Sequence

This course registration list represents an ideal sequence for the degree. It is designed to maintain academic integrity while moving degree candidates through the required courses as efficiently as possible:

 

Year 1
    Fall GE145 or

GE141

Introduction to Writing and Research

English Composition I

    Winter GE120 Introduction to Ethics
    Spring Choose 1 College Math (100+ level)
Year 2
   Fall GE243 Critical Thinking
    Winter GE280 Introduction to Philosophy
Choose 1 Humanities Elective
Choose 1 Elective
    Spring GE235 Computer Tools for Ministry
Years 3 & 4
Choose 7 Electives
Choose 1 Communications Elective
Choose 3 Humanities Electives
Choose 1 Social Science Elective
Choose 1 Natural Science, Math or Tech Elective

 

Year 1    
    Fall BL100 Biblical Living:  Engaging Faith and Life
BL190 Biblical Interpretation: Hermeneutics
LD101 Accountability: Managing Your Own and Fostering Others
    Winter BL131 Life of Christ
BL150 Old Testament Survey
LD331 Biblical Concepts of Leadership
    Spring BL110 New Testament Survey
BL302 Pastoral Epistles
OS332 Organizational Behavior
Year 2
    Fall TH232 Biblical Worldview
BL359 Wisdom Literature of the Bible
TH221 Church History I
    Winter OS365 Principles of Management
    Spring TH210 Introduction to Christian Theology
OS331 Communications Concepts
TH222 Church History II
Years 3 & 4
    Fall LD231 Current Issues in Management
OS431 Marketing Concepts & Application
    Winter OS231 Accounting for Managers
OS335 Economics & the Manager
    Spring LD433 Case Studies in Ethics
LD431 Case Studies in Leadership

 

MN101 Ministry Service Freshman year 12 hours
MN201 Ministry Service Sophomore year 12 hours
MN301 Ministry Service Junior year 12 hours
MN401 Student Ministry Practicum – Bachelor Final Term