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Christian Ministries - Bachelor of Arts - Major

BA Degree

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

Depending upon the general education program pursued, students must earn either 120 or 128 credit hours to meet graduation requirements.  Some courses taken for the major may simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor's degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education programs.

Students should note that the major provides fewer than the required 39 hours of 3000-4000 level course work.


Program Requirements:  48-54 hours

In addition to the appropriate 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:  6-9 hours

  • Public Speaking (COMM 2103) must be taken to fulfill the Essential Learning general education requirement in oral communication -- 3 hours
  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) is a prerequisite for elective RELI 4393 -- 3 hours 
  • Principles of Sociology (SOCI 1003) is a prerequisite for RELI 2113 -- 3 hours

B.  Core Requirements: 18 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 Ministries (RELI 3103) -- 3 hours
  • Christian Theology (RELI 3503) -- 3 hours
  • Practicum I (RELI 4933) -- 3 hours

*This course is required for the Missional Leadership emphasis.

C.  Emphasis Area (select one of the following areas):  24-27 hours

1a -- Missional Leadership Emphasis Requirements:  18 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
  • Practicum II (RELI 4943) -- 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:  12 hours

  • Age-Level Ministry (RELI 3153) -- 3 hours
  • Christian Education (RELI 3203) -- 3 hours
  • Practicum II (RELI 4943) -- 3 hours
  • Choose three of the Ministry Seminar (RELI 48X1) courses -- 3 hours

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

Pastoral Ministry

  • Worship (MUSI/RELI 3123) -- 3 hours
  • Spiritual Formation (RELI 4103) -- 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) -- 1 hour
  • Piano Skills II (MUSI 1301) -- 1 hour
  • Voice (MUSI 1501) -- 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 Senior Credo in RELI 3503.

 

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