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Be a world-changer.

People in the Christian Ministries program have a few things in common: a passion for the Lord, a love for people, and a desire to see His world transformed. We will prepare you both theoretically and theologically in the areas of personal maturity, relational competence, and ministry skill to engage contemporary culture through Christ and for His kingdom.

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COURSEWORK

Requirements for this degree total 56-60 hours. This includes 34 hours of required courses and 22-29 hours in your chosen area of emphasis. Some emphases include courses that may fulfill both core and emphasis requirements. Up to 14 of the hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements. You’ll take interesting courses like:

  • Teaching the Bible
  • Christian Character Development
  • Strategies for Discipling Ministries

See Required Courses

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Emphases:

  • Broad Field
  • Children’s and Family Ministries
  • Counseling/Social Services

 

  • Intercultural Ministries
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Youth Ministries

CAREERS & INTERNSHIPS

You can learn about ministry all day long… but the real test comes when you have to get out there and do it. As a Christian Ministries major at Trinity, you are required to complete 400 hours of integrative field experience with your coursework. Many local churches and organizations, such as Harvest Bible Chapel, Willow Creek Community Church, and others, request our students as interns. Field experience mentors work to focus these hours in a way that prepares you for what you want to pursue.

Career Objectives Include:

 

 

Course Title Credits
Christian Ministries Core (34 hours)
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hours
CM 172 Introduction to Ministry 3 hours
CM 180 Christian Character Development 1 hour
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hours
CM 222-23 Integrated Field Experience 2–2 hours
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
CM 322-23 Advanced Integrated Field Experience 2–2 hours
CM 335 Strategies for Discipling Ministries 3 hours
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hour
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hours
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hours
Choose one:
BRS 321X American Church History 3 hours
BRS 322X Topics in Church History 3 hours
BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hours
Recommended:
CM 350 Topics in Christian Education 1-3 hours
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hours
CM 412 Issues for Men and Women in Ministry 1 hour
BI 313 New Testament Church 3 hours
BRS 330 Christian Evidences 3 hours
BRS 334 Survey of New Religious Movements 3 hours
BRS 335 Survey of World Religions 3 hours
Emphases (22-29 hours)
Broad Field (27 hours)
CM 420 Ministry Leadership 2 hours
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hours
Choose three:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hours
CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry 3 hours
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hours
Christian Ministry Electives (11 hours)
Any Christian Ministries courses not required above
Bible Elective (3 hours)
Choose one upper-divisions BI course
Children’s and Family Ministries (28-29 hours)
CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry 3 hours
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hours
CM 420 Ministry Leadership 2 hours
ED 330 Introduction to Special Education 3 hours
PSY 335 Human Development: Childhood‡ 3 hours
‡PSY 140 is a prerequisite for PSY 335.
Choose one:
CM 350 Topics in Christian Education 3 hours
CM 430 Advanced Topics in Christian Education 3 hours
CM 475 Ministry Research Senior Seminar 2 hours
ENG 235 Children’s Literature 3 hours
SOC 221 Marriage and the Family 3 hours
Bible Elective (3 hours)
Choose one upper-divisions BI course
Counseling/Social Services (23 hours)
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
BI 453 Seminar in Discipleship and Justice 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention 3 hours
SOC/PSY 360X Introduction to Social Work‡ 3 hours
‡PSY 140 or SOC 101 is a prerequisite for SOC 360X/PSY360X.
Choose two:
SOC 221 Marriage and the Family 3 hours
SOC 222 Social Problems 3 hours
PSY 300 Personality 3 hours
PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence 3 hours
PSY 350X Social Psychology 3 hours
PSY 430 Psychology of Religion 3 hours
Choose one:
CM 420 Ministry Leadership 2 hours
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hours
Recommended:
CM 373X Nonprofit Financial Management 3 hours
COM 210X Business Communication 3 hours
PSY 355 Group Dynamics 3 hours
Intercultural Ministries (23-25 hours)
BI 453 Seminar in Discipleship and Justice 3 hours
CM 360X Foundations of Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
COM 330 Intercultural Communications 3 hours
SOC 231 Cultural Anthropology 3 hours
Choose one:
BRS 334 Survey of New Religious Movements 3 hours
BRS 335 Survey of World Religions 3 hours
Choose one:
CM 420 Ministry Leadership 2 hours
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hours
Choose one:
GR 121-122 Elementary Greek 8 hours
One upper-level BI course and one upper-level BRS course (6 hours)
Recommended:
CM 373X Nonprofit Financial Management 3 hours
CM 440 Topics in Missions 3 hours
COM 210X Business Communication 3 hours
GEO 100 World Geography 3 hours
HI 271 Topics in World History 3 hours
Pastoral Ministries (24 hours)
GR 121-122 Elementary Greek 8 hours
BI 313 New Testament Church 3 hours
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
CM 381 Introduction to Preaching 3 hours
CM 420 Ministry Leadership 2 hours
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hours
Choose one:
CM 372X Nonprofit Management 3 hours
PSY 305 Organizational Psychology‡ 3 hours
‡PSY 140 is a perquisite for PSY 305.
Recommended:
COM 112 Speech 3 hours
PH 362 Philosophy of Religion 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention 3 hours
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence 3 hours
PSY 350X Social Psychology 3 hours
PSY 355 Group Dynamics 3 hours
Youth Ministries (22-24 hours)
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hours
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
CM 340 Principles of Relational Youth Ministry 3 hours
CM 420 Ministry Leadership 2 hours
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hours
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence‡ 3 hours
‡PSY 140 is a prerequisite for PSY 337.
Choose one:
GR 121-122 Elementary Greek 8 hours
One upper-level BI course and one upper-level BRS course (6 hours)
Recommended:
CM 373X Nonprofit Financial Management 3 hours
COM 112 Speech 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention 3 hours
PSY 355 Group Dynamics 3 hours