Feb 20, 2024
Program Director: Quentin P. Kinnison, PhD
The contemporary Christian ministries major is designed for students who have an interest in practical forms of service in church and para-church ministries. The major prepares for ministry in three ways: it equips students to enter specific areas of ministry (e.g., youth ministry) in church and parachurch organizations, it provides knowledgeable lay leaders for the church and it provides a basis for further graduate work in seminary or other fields of study. The distinctive feature of the contemporary Christian ministries major is its experiential learning component: the practicum. Practica (internships) are structured so that the student will be participating in a practical ministry that integrates theory with real-life application. This provides an ongoing interface of faith and learning and of theory and practice. It is important for those considering ministry that their character and conduct reflect principles consistent with the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as noted in Scripture, and the lifestyle requirements of the university. Therefore, the university reserves the right to refuse acceptance or continuance in the major of those students who do not meet those requirements. To aid in clarifying God's call to ministry and student readiness, this major will include a discernment process to be completed in or by the junior year. In addition to the 40-unit major, the student is required to complete one of the following:
- A second major. This is a popular option for students who intend to pursue a career in another field but desire to become informed participants in church ministry or to pursue seminary training and then fulltime ministry.
- A minor. This option allows the student who wants to focus on preparation for ministry to develop knowledge and skills in another area of interest. The contemporary
Christian ministries major consists of:
- A section of required core courses totaling 22 units. This section addresses three different areas: biblical studies and theology, ministry skills and personal nurture. Courses in biblical studies and theology center on the authority and primacy of the Bible and the nature and mission of the New Testament church in an urban context. Courses in ministry skills will explore leadership issues and ministry foundations, and involve the student in an internship. Courses in personal nurture will help discern calling and spiritual formation.
- A section of ministry electives totaling 18 units. These courses are designed to meet the specific interests and needs of the student by providing a broad range of topics.
Note: All students in the major are required to take the necessary general education courses in addition to those outlined in the major below.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Theological Content: Demonstrate a basic knowledge of biblical theology, including foundational principles of biblical interpretation and a relevant, contemporary theology of the church.
- Christian Leadership Skills: Perform skills in Christian leadership, practical programming, communication (written and oral), pastoral ministries and the practice of hospitality as a Christian imperative.
- Personal Awareness: Interpret issues of personal nurture, calling and formation.
- Praxis Activity: Develop proficiency and explore calling through an internship experience ministry such as youth, worship or children's ministry.
Main Campus Fresno
Required Courses (22 Units)
Electives (18 Units)
Select a minimum of 18 units from the following:
Other courses may be chosen in consultation with the program director.