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Bachelor'sChristian Ministry

Online Christian Ministry Degree, Bachelors of Arts

Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Ministry degree prepares adults of all ages to be competent, compassionate, and committed ministers ready to lead in the 21st century. Because the call to instruct others in the Bible’s teachings can occur at any age, MVNU structures this new degree program around the needs of working adults. A completely online format allows you to complete coursework on your own schedule, around your current professional and personal responsibilities.

CLASSES START EVERY MONTH THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Program Details
EST. PROGRAM LENGTH:18 months*
COURSE LENGTH:6 WEEKS
COST PER CREDIT HOUR:$398
MINISTRY SCHOLARSHIP:$400/course**
CREDIT HOURS:37
TRANSFER CREDITS:All but 30++

*Ministry core only, does not include ordination concentration or total credit hour graduation requirements.

**MVNU’s Ministry Scholarship, at a rate of $400 per class, is automatically applied toward the tuition costs for the online BA in Christian Ministry major core and the ordination concentration. The scholarship amounts to $4,800 for the core courses and $2,800 for all concentration courses. The scholarship does not go toward credit for general education courses. A separate discount is available for MVNU Online Connect students, for whom this scholarship does not apply.

++30 credit hours of the program must be completed at MVNU. Other restrictions apply. Please contact our Enrollment Team for additional information.

As well, the program is open to everyone of all ages, including individuals who have yet to complete college, who are seeking to finish their bachelor’s degree, or who have previously earned a degree but are called to become a practicing minister.

In guiding students to becoming faithful, well-rounded servants for the Kingdom, MVNU designs the online BA in Christian Ministry degree for today’s diverse world, where a minister is expected to lead in various contexts and environments and influence people of all ages and backgrounds. Through this online ministry degree, students will:

  • Develop a biblical, theological, and historical foundation for practicing ministry;
  • Learn to apply classic disciplines to pastoral ministry and other forms of service;
  • Improve their leadership, communication, counseling, education, and pastoral care skills;
  • Improve the art of proclamation, including interpreting scripture, applying it to human needs, and communication for evangelism, Christian nurture, and moral challenge;
  • Identify their purpose and goals in ministry and plan, implement, as well as review their own progress toward these benchmarks; and
  • Work toward a position as a lead, associate, youth, or children’s pastor or a church planter.
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ONLINE BA IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY CURRICULUM

Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry must complete a minimum of

120

credit hours of general education, all requirements for the major, and 39 upper division credit hours. Many courses fulfill more than one requirement so most majors can be completed within the 120 credit hour minimum.

Students may be able fulfill their general education or elective class requirements by transferring previously earned undergraduate credits or applying Prior Learning credits gained through job or military training. In these cases, students may be able to complete this online degree in Christian Ministry in as few as 21 months.

Within these requirements, all online BA in Christian Ministry students must complete Old Testament History & Literature, New Testament History & Literature, and Public Speaking (3 credit hours each) before moving on to the major’s core courses.

BA in Christian Ministry Core Curriculum Credit Hours
Student Success Strategies 1
Biblical Interpretation 3
Spiritual Formation and Discipleship 3
Educational and Family Ministries 3
Pentateuch 3
Life and Letters of Paul 3
Mission and Evangelism 3
Christian Heritage II 3
Preaching and Worship 3
Christian Theology I 3
Christian Theology II 3
Pastoral Theology and Practice 3
Missional Church Leadership 3

The core classes are sufficient for earning a standalone ministry degree from MVNU; however, students seeking to be ordained into the Church of the Nazarene may want to consider the ordination concentration. Completing this 15 credit–hour concentration on top of the core requirements provides students with a certificate from a validated course of study for ordination.

Ordination Concentration Curriculum Credit Hours
Theology and Language of the Bible 3
History & Polity of the Church of the Nazarene 2
Ministry in Diverse Contexts 2
Christian Heritage I 3
Doctrine of Christian Holiness 2
Ministry Internship I 1
Ministry Internship II 1

Through the online BA in Christian Ministry core and the ordination concentration curriculum, students must maintain a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.5, with no course grade lower than a “C-”.

Beginning with the general education courses and then moving into the core requirements, online BA in Christian Ministry students start by analyzing the New and Old Testaments while further refining their public speaking skills. Because this online ministry degree is leadership oriented, coursework shifts toward the discussion of biblical interpretations, understanding how traditional Christian disciplines form the holy character, learning and teaching others within the context of the church, and building a community around these principles.

The degree delves into specific biblical and theological principles, including the Pentateuch and the teachings of Paul, and covers the history of the Christian Church, with the goal of cultivating a strong base for missions and evangelism. These aspects assist students with writing their own sermons and understanding the role of the pastor, the mission of the church, and the influence of Christian faith on a minister’s thought and approach.

The ordination concentration builds upon these subject areas. In working to become an ordained minister for the Church of the Nazarene, students specifically study the Church of the Nazarene and its interpretations of biblical theology, including sin, justification, salvation, sanctification, and holiness. Coursework further examines Christian heritage in greater detail and instructs students on being practicing ministers in diverse societies, with emphasis placed on building trust within the world at large. An internship with a qualified mentor allows all students to put these principles into practice.

CAREERS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook shows that demand for clergy professions is expected to increase 6% from 2018 through 2028.

MULTIPLE ENVIRONMENTS HAVE A NEED FOR MINISTERS AND OTHER CLERGY PROFESSIONALS, INCLUDING IN:
  • Children’s and Youth Ministry
  • Church Administration
  • Human Services
  • Mission Work
  • Religious Education
  • Parachurch Organizations

In these environments, ministers are expected to have strong public speaking and listening skills and to reach out into their communities. Within the church, ministers perform and lead religious ceremonies and are sought out for spiritual guidance, including sharing their insights and providing faith-based counseling.

Clergy professionals may seek to earn a master’s degree at a later date. The curriculum for MVNU’s online BA in Christian Ministry program sets students up for advanced degrees in religious studies, theology, or a related discipline.

FINANCIAL AID & PROGRAM COSTS

ONLINE BA IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY CORE TUITION
Credit Hours Required Total Tuition
37
$13,795
$8,995*
ORDINATION CONCENTRATION TUITION
Credit Hours Required Total Tuition
14
$5,107
$2,307*

*MVNU’s Ministry Scholarship, at a rate of $400 per class, is automatically applied toward the tuition costs for the online BA in Christian Ministry major core and the ordination concentration. The scholarship amounts to $4,800 for the core courses and $2,800 for all concentration courses. The scholarship does not go toward credit for general education courses. A separate discount is available for MVNU Online Connect students, for whom this scholarship does not apply.

MVNU structures all courses on a per-credit basis, with tuition due no later than the first night of each class. Tuition costs do not include textbooks and other classroom supplies.

TUITION GUARANTEE

In gearing our GPS programs toward the needs of working adults, MVNU offers a tuition guarantee. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis, on a per-credit structure, rather than a flat semester rate. Costs remain the same, without increase, during your time at MVNU, provided you are enrolled without interruption and continue to make satisfactory academic progress.

FINANCIAL AID

Students deciding to pursue the online BA in Christian Ministry have a wealth of financing options available, including scholarships, loans, grants, and tuition reimbursement. As the first step for eligibility, students should fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form with their application. Then, if the degree presents a chance for advancement within your workplace, speak with your employer about possible tuition reimbursement programs and their requirements. Read more about MVNU's financial aid solutions for undergraduate students.

IS ONLINE COLLEGE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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