Program Director: Quentin P. Kinnison, Ph.D.
The Bachelor of arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership is designed for adults currently in or preparing for Christian ministry. In this program students will be challenged to think biblically about Jesus and his Kingdom in relation to the larger world, cultivate personal spiritual formation, enhance competencies in ministry skills, and engage real-life ministry contexts.
The major consists of three learning components: course work, spiritual formations, and an internship. The course work component consists of classroom experiences designed to address the unique and ongoing challenge of Christian ministry additionally, students are required to take two of the three biblical integration courses for graduation. These courses will be block registered and which courses a student takes are determined by when the student enters the cohort. Classes generally meet one night a week, four hours per night. In addition, most courses will have an online component, so some computer literacy is important. The spiritual formation component consists of courses designed to run throughout the semester, concurrent with other courses, with a retreat component at the conclusion of the semester. An internship component is integrated into the program and provides students with hands-on experience.
Admissions requirements include a minimum 2.4 GPA and two years of postsecondary experience. New students may be added to a cohort at the beginning of each semester. In addition, 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.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of biblical theology, including foundational principles of biblical interpretation and a relevant, contemporary theology of the church.
- Perform skills in Christian leadership, practical programming, communication (written and oral), pastoral ministries and the practice of hospitality as a Christian imperative.
- Interpret issues of personal nurture, calling and formation.
- Develop proficiency and explore calling through an internship experience ministry such as youth, worship or children's ministry.
North Fresno Campus
Program Length/Semester Starts
This is a scheduled, 18-month cohort program. New students may be added to a cohort at the beginning of each semester (January and July).
Students must earn a C- or higher to receive credit for their Christian ministry and leadership courses. Exceptions: Students may receive credit for BIB-314 and BIB-436, as well as any other general education or elective course, with a D -.