Christian Ministries


BA - Program Requirements

Tim McAlpine, PhD, Chair, Division of Humanities & Fine Arts

Center for Global Citizenship, Room 106
(270) 384-8081    
mcalpine@lindsey.edu

Terry Swan, DMin, Program Coordinator
John B. Begley Chapel Office Complex
(270) 384-8148    
swant@lindsey.edu

Full-time program faculty:  David Calhoun, DMin; Troy Elmore, MDiv; Curt Lee, PhD; Terry Swan, DMin

Mission Statement

The mission of the Christian Ministries program is to prepare students to be leaders in church institutions.

The Christian Ministries major is a broad-based program in applied religion that prepares students for a variety of opportunities for service as leaders in church institutions.  Students may also prepare for seminary or graduate school as well as take religion electives as part of general education.

Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.

Students should note that the major provides fewer than the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level coursework, therefore students will need to complete additional 3000-4000 level coursework to meet this requirement.

Program Requirements:  45-54 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s prerequisites and core requirements, must select one of its emphasis areas (Missional Leadership, Vocational Ministries, Worship Arts), and complete the requirements and electives for that area.

A.         Prerequisites:  3-6 hours

  • Public Speaking (COMM 2103) must be taken to fulfill the general education requirement in oral communication – 3 hours
  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) is a prerequisite for elective RELI 4393 – 3 hours

B.         Core Requirements:  21 hours

  • Christian Beliefs (RELI 1003) – 3 hours
  • Choose two courses from the following:
  • Old Testament (RELI 1013) – 3 hours
  • New Testament (RELI 1023) – 3 hours
  • World Religions (RELI 1203) – 3 hours*
  • Christian Ministry (RELI 3103) – 3 hours
  • Christian Theology (RELI 3503) – 3 hours
  • Practicum I (RELI 4933) – 3 hours
  • Practicum II (RELI 4943) – 3 hours

        *This course is required for the Missional Leadership emphasis.

C.         Emphasis Area (select one of the following areas):  21-27 hours

1a – Missional Leadership Emphasis Requirements:  15 hours

  • Gospel, Church & Culture (RELI 2113) – 3 hours
  • Contextual Ministry (RELI 3293) – 3 hours
  • Christian Apologetics (RELI 3413) – 3 hours
  • Discipleship (RELI 3423) – 3 hours
  • Missional Leadership (RELI 4413) – 3 hours

1b – Missional Leadership Emphasis Electives:  6 hours

  • Choose three of the Ministry Seminar (RELI 48X1) courses – 3 hours
  • Select any RELI course not already required for the program – 3 hours

2a –Vocational Ministries Emphasis Requirements:  9 hours

  • Age-Level Ministry (RELI 3153) – 3 hours
  • Christian Education (RELI 3203) – 3 hours
  • Choose three of the Ministry Seminar (RELI 48X1) courses – 3 hours

2b – Vocational Ministries Emphasis Requirements (complete the courses listed for either the Pastoral Ministry Concentration or the Age-Level Ministry Concentration):  12 hours

        Pastoral Ministry

  • Select two of the following courses:  6 hours
  • Worship (MUSI/RELI 3123) – 3 hours
  • Discipleship (RELI 3423) – 3 hours
  • Spiritual Formation (RELI 4103) – 3 hours
  • Homiletics (RELI 4603) – 3 hours
  • Select any two RELI courses not already required for the program – 6 hours

Age-Level Ministry

  • Youth Ministry (RELI 3113) – 3 hours
  • Children’s Ministry (RELI 3163) – 3 hours
  • Select any two RELI courses not already required for the program – 6 hours

3a – Worship Arts Emphasis Requirements:  20 hours

  • Creative Communication (COMM 4613) – 3 hours
  • Piano Skills I (MUSI 1201)  or  Private Piano (MUSI 1311) – 1 hour
  • Piano Skills II (MUSI 1301)  or  Private Piano (MUSI 2311) – 1 hour
  • Voice (MUSI 1501)  or  Private Voice (MUSI 1411) – 1 hour
  • Music Theory I (MUSI 1612) – 2 hours
  • Worship (MUSI/RELI 3123) – 3 hours
  • Church Music Methods & Materials (MUSI 3553) – 3 hours
  • Music Ensemble (any combination) – 6 semesters
  • Concert Choir (MUSI 1151-4151) – 1 hour  or
  • Band (MUSI 1161-4161) – 1 hour  or
  • Lindsey Wilson College Singers (MUSI 1171-4171) – 1 hour

3b –Worship Arts Emphasis Electives (select two):  6-7 hours

  • Design & Color (ART 2164) – 4 hours
  • Computer Graphics I (ART 2623) – 3 hours
  • Computer Graphics II (ART 3633) – 3 hours
  • Fundamentals of Acting (THEA 1323) – 3 hours**
  • Directing I (THEA 2433) – 3 hours

**This course may not be used to fulfill the Essential Learning general education requirement in communication.  All Christian Ministries majors must take Public Speaking (COMM 2103).

Exit Assessment

Graduation from the bachelor’s degree program in Christian Ministries requires:

  1. Successful completion of all program requirements and assessments; and
  2. Completion of the Advanced Credo in RELI 3503.