Christian Ministry

Christian Ministryconnect

The Christian Ministry faculty of Missouri Baptist University desires to assist churches in developing leaders with Christ-like characteristics so that they can extend Christ-like influence, by providing majors, minors, and certificates which are foundational and practical. This course of study has been designed in an effort to emphasize applicability to life, orientation toward the church, and fidelity to the biblical revelation. In accordance with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist University and the academic program, the Christian Ministry faculty provides curriculum leading to general education and degree requirements as well as major and minor programs of study in the disciplines of Christian Ministry, Ministry and Leadership, and Religion.

Applicability to Life: The intellectual discipline of theology has often been separated from the experience of human life which is lived before God. The ultimate concern of theology should be with God in his relationship with humans, and thus with human life as it is lived before God, hence one’s life as lived unto God. Theological study should involve not only correct thinking about God but also good living before God. It should involve a consideration of the question, “How can we use what we learn to glorify God, to live well before him, to do his will, to cause his name to be honored in the world, and to enjoy him?”

Orientation toward the Church: Theological study has been relegated to the academy and is often divorced from the life of the church. At a distance of two millennia from the New Testament era, there may indeed be a need for special training for those who minister the Word of God; but the New Testament itself does not envision any locus for such training apart from the local congregation. In a time when professionalization and academic credentials are emphasized, the study of theology needs to be undertaken as an adjunct of church life, with a concern for the church, and with the goal of feeding theological truth back into the church.

Fidelity to the Biblical Revelation: Modern theological study has often taken its cues from the surrounding culture instead of occupying the ground established by divine revelation and thus speaking an alien word to the culture. In recent times this has meant surrendering the concept of “truth” and acceding to the relativism of modern thought, relegating “religion” to the realm of subjective personal preference. In contrast, the core of a common Christian theology must be seen as the expression of divinely- revealed truth, valid for and making claims upon all people.

  • Pastor
  • Sociologist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Writer
  • Chaplain
  • Counselor
  • Missionary
  • Evangelist
  • Church administrator
  • Director of a Christian nonprofit organization
  • Missionary

A.S./minor in religion

  • Counselor
  • Pastor
  • Social Worker
  • Youth & Community Worker
  • Missionary

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY MAJOR

The student must complete the following required courses (24 hours), plus select and complete one or more of the following concentration areas (no more than three). Students may not overlap concentration requirements.

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY CORE: 24
Required Biblical Studies (RBIB) Course:
RBIB 443 Biblical Hermeneutics

Required Music Ministry (MUWA) OR English (ENGL) course:
MUWA 463 Worship History and Leadership
OR
ENGL 283 Techniques for Writing Tutorials

Required Religious Education (RRED) courses:
RRED 303 Missions and Mercy
RRED 343 Discipleship and Evangelism: Leading in Spiritual Formation

Required Religion (RREL) courses:
RREL 343A Foundations of Christian Theology
RREL 343B Man and Sin
RREL 343C Redemption and Reconciliation

Required Capstone Course taken simultaneously with
REMU 473 Christian Ministry Internship:
RREL 423/5231 Theology of Christian Ministry

CHRISTIAN STUDIES MINOR

This minor is restricted to the Christian Ministry majors and Ministry and Leadership majors. It is required for Christian Ministry majors and is optional for Ministry and Leadership majors. The student must complete at least 21 hours as follows:

Required Religious Education (RRED) courses:
Required Religious Education (RRED) courses:
RRED 273 Foundations for Christian Ministry
RRED 413 Church Administration
REMU 473 Christian Ministry Internship

Required Historical Theology (HIRE) courses:
HIRE 313A History of Christianity
OR
HIRE 323A Renaissance and Reformation
HIRE 313B Baptist History
OR
HIRE 323B Religion in American History

Required Biblical Studies (RBIB) courses:
RBIB 463A Old Testament Theology
RBIB 463B New Testament Theology

RBIB 443 Bible Hermeneutics

MUWA 463 Worship History and Leadership

ENGL 283 Techniques for Writing Tutorials

RRED 303 Missions and Mercy

RRED 343 Discipleship and Evangelism: Leading in Spiritual Formation

RREL 343A Foundations of Christian Theology

RREL 343B Man and Sin

RREL 343C Redemption and Reconciliation

RREL 423 Theology of Christian Ministry

RBIB 313 Advanced Old Testament I

RBIB 323 Advanced Old Testament II

RBIB 333 Advanced New Testament I

RBIB 343 Advanced New Testament II

RBLA 313 Intermediate Koine I

RBLA 323 Intermediate Koine II

RBLA 413 New Testament Greek Exgenesis I

RBLA 423 New Testament Greek Exgenesis II

RBLA 433 Elementary Classic Hebrew I

RBLA 443 Elementary Classic Hebrew II

PSRL 423 Pastoral Counseling and Care Giving

PSRL 433 Psychology of Moral and Spiritual Development

RRED 423 Basics of Biblical Counseling

RREL 433 Principles of Pastoral Ministry

RRED 403 Introduction to Church Planting

RREL 483 Expository Biblical Ministry

HIRP 433 Contemporary World Views

RPHI 413 Christian Ethics

RPHI 433 World Religions

RPHI 483 Philosophy of Religion

RRED 433 Intro to Cross-Cultural Ministries

RRED 313 Introduction to Youth Ministry

RRED 323 Youth Education in the Church

RRED 353 Youth and Media

RRED 363 Evangelism & Discipleship for Youth

RRED 463 Issues in Youth Ministry

HIRE 313A History of Christianity

HIRE 323A Renaissance and Reformation

HIRE 313B Baptist History

HIRE 323B History of Religion in America

RBIB 463A Old Testament Theology

RBIB 463B New Testament Theology

RRED 273 Foundations for Christian Ministry

RRED 413 Church Administration

REMU 473 Christian Ministry Internship