BA in Christian Ministry

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Overview

The Christian Ministry degree completion program provides adult learners the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to enter vocational ministry. The curriculum focuses on becoming a Christ-like servant leader through God's Word and God's work.

Program Learning Outcomes

The BA in Christian Ministry is intended to graduate students who will:

  • Live faithfully by submitting to the authority of Scripture as a guide to Christian living.
  • Think Biblically by understanding and applying a redemptive hermeneutic to their work and ministry.
  • Grow intellectually by critically interacting with history, culture, worldviews, and ethics.
  • Improve professionally by demonstrating skills in leading, teaching, and preaching in the Church.
  • Learn continually by developing a plan for lifelong learning where they live, work, and worship.
Program Delivery System

This program is offered for adult learners onsite in Lincoln, IL, and Las Vegas, NV, and online. All courses are six weeks long, with four courses offered each semester (fall and spring). This format allows students to focus on one course at a time and still complete the program in a timely manner. The length of time for completion is determined by the amount of transfer work a student might have already completed.

Requirements

General Education
Communication (6 hours written and 3 oral) 9
Humanities (including HI 241 and ID 101 9
Social Sciences 9
Math 3
Sciences (including at least 1 hour of lab) 7
37
Bible and Theology
BI 111 Introduction to the Bible 3
BI 264 Foundations of Bible Study 3
NT 143 Life of Christ 3
NT 243 Acts 3
TH 261 Foundations of Biblical Theology 3
15
Hargrove School
HS 290 Introduction to Adult Studies 3
HS 295 Dynamics of Self-Leadership 3
HS 297 Character and Ethics 3
9
BI 301 Biblical Research 3
BL 301 Biblical Language Tools 3
NT 341 Pauline Epistles 3
NT New Testament Elective 3
OT 336 Old Testament History I 3
OT 337 Old Testament History II 3
TH 469 History of Theology I 3
TH 470 History of Theology II 3
CM 301 Dynamics of Evangelism 3
CM 332 Teaching & Learning 3
CM 360 Ministry & Context 3
CM 410 Ministerial Ethics 3
PR 302 Church Leadership 3
PR 308 Homiletics 3
Christian Ministries Electives 1 2 12
HS 499 Capstone Portfolio 0

Electives
6 credit hours

121 credit hours

All of the Hargrove School baccalaureate programs assume 61 hours of previous college coursework; including at least 37 hours in general education. Those not meeting these prerequisites may complete all or part of the Hargrove School's Associate of Arts degree program, which is specifically designed for adult learners, or they may take appropriate courses elsewhere. Students completing at least 15 hours of the associate degree here are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts from Lincoln Christian University.

  1. Students may choose any 12 hours approved by their advisor, including courses from other departments (e.g. Bible) that fit their career goals.
  2. Students may choose a 'Ministry Specialty Endorsement' option by taking at least 9 of 12 hours in one area.

Faculty

Trevor Cochell

  • BA, Northwest Christian University
  • MA, MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • PhD, Baylor University
Stephen Collins
Program Director
Assistant Professor of Bible and Ministry

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MA, MA, MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
Clay Ham
Provost
Professor of New Testment and Preaching

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • PhD, Southwestern Theological Seminary
Jessica Hanson
Instructor
Director of Enrollment

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MA, Lincoln Christian Seminary
Fred Johnson
Professor of Bible and Theology

  • BA, Johnson Bible College
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • MTh, Covenant Theological Seminary
  • DMin, Emmanuel School of Religion
Robert Kurka
Professor of Theology and Culture

  • BA, Minnesota Bible College
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • PhD, Trinity International University (in process)
Mark Mangano
Professor of Theology and Culture

  • BA, Minnesota Bible College
  • MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MPhil, PhD, Hebrew Union College
Rondel Ramsey
Associate Professor of Youth Ministry

  • BA, Johnson Bible College
  • MA, Johnson Bible College
  • DMin, Lincoln Christian University (in process)
Keith Ray
President
Professor of Theology

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
J.K. Stevens

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MA, MRE, Lincoln Christian Seminary
L.C. Sutton
Professor of Preaching

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • DMin, Emmanuel School of Religion
Greg Taylor

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MA, Lincoln Christian Seminary
Paul Trainor
Associate Professor of Bible and Theology
Academic Director for Las Vegas Extension Site

  • BS, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • PhD, Radboud Unviersity Nijmegen, The Netherlands (in process)
Peter Verkruyse
Professor of General Education

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MA, MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • PhD, University of Illinois
Barney Wells
Professor of Bible and Ministry

  • BA, Lincoln Christian University
  • MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary
  • DMin, Bethel University