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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
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 &
CM 223
Integrated Field Experience
and Integrated Field Experience
4 hours
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministry 3 hours
CM 322 &
CM 323
Advanced Integrated Field Experience
and Advanced Integrated Field Experience
4  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
Select one of the following 3 hours
    BRS 321X American Church History*
    BRS 322X Topics in Church History*
    BRS 340X History of Christianity*
Recommended
    CM 350 Topics in Christian Education
    CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry
    CM 412 Issues for Men and Women in Ministry
    BRS/PH 363X Survey of Religious Diversity*
Required Certification
All CM students are required to provide proof of completion of Red Cross Community First Aid and CPR courses or their equivalency before taking CM 480.
Emphases
Select one emphasis from the following
22-29 hours
Total Hours 56-63 hours
* Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor.

Emphases

Leadership (Broad Field)
Introduction to Leadership (choose one)
    LR 170X Leadership Dynamics
OR
    LR 173
& LR 174
Emerging Leadership I
and Emerging Leadership II
CM 420 Ministry Leadership 2 hours
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hours
Choose two of the following 6 hours
    CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry
    CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry
    CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry
    CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry
Christian Ministry Electives
Any Christian Ministries courses not required above 11 hours
CM 350, CM 380, and LR 378X courses recommended
Bible Elective
Choose one upper-divisions BI course* 3 hours
Total Hours 24 hours
* Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor
Children’s and Family Ministries 
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 Child Development‡ 3 hours
Select one of the following 2-3 hours
    CM 350 Topics in Christian Education
    CM 475 Senior Seminar
    ENG 235 Children’s Literature
    SOC 221 Marriage and the Family
Bible Elective
Choose one upper-division BI course* 3 hours
Total Hours 28-29 hours
‡ PSY 140 is a prerequisite for PSY 335
* Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor
Counseling/Social Services
BI 453 Seminar in Discipleship and Justice* 3 hours
CM 342
or CM 340
Relational Skills for Ministry
or Principles of Relational Youth Ministry
3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention 3 hours
SOC/PSY 360X Introduction to Social Work‡ 3 hours
Select two of the following 6 hours
    PSY 255 Psychology of Addiction
    PSY 300 Personality Theories
    PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology
    PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence
    PSY 350X Social Psychology
    PSY 430 Psychology of Religion
    SOC 221 Marriage and the Family
    SOC 222  Social Problems
Select one of the following 2 hours
    CM 420 Ministry Leadership
    CM 475 Senior Seminar
Recommended
    CM 373X Nonprofit Financial Management
    COM 210X Business Communication
    PSY 355 Group Dynamics
Total Hours 23 hours
* Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor
‡PSY 140 or SOC 101 is a prerequisite for SOC 360X/PSY360X
Intercultural Ministries
BI 453 Seminar in Discipleship and Justice* 3 hours
BRS/PH 363X Survey of Religious Diversity 3 hours
CM 360X Foundations of Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
Choose Two of Three 6 hours
    CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming
    COM 330 Intercultural Communications
    SOC 231 Cultural Anthropology
Select one of the following 2 hours
    CM 420 Ministry Leadership
    CM 475 Senior Seminar
Select one of the following* 6-8 hours
    GR 121
& GR 122
Elementary Greek
and Elementary Greek
    One upper-level BI course and one upper-level BRS course
Recommended
    CM 373X Nonprofit Financial Management
    COM 210X Business Communication
    GEO 100 World Geography
    HI 271 Topics in World History
Total Hours 23-25 hours
* Course applies toward the Biblical Studies minor
Youth Ministries
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
Select one of the following 6-8 hours
    GR 121
& GR 122
Elementary Greek
and Elementary Greek
    Two upper-level BI course or one upper-level BI and one upper-level BRS course
Recommended
    CM 373X Nonprofit Financial Management
    COM 112 Speech
    PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training
    PSY 230 Crisis Intervention
    PSY 355 Group Dynamics
Total Hours 22-24 hours
‡PSY 140 is a prerequisite for PSY 337