The purpose of the Christian Ministry major is to prepare Bushnell University students to serve Christ and the Church as God has gifted and called them, both as professionals and as volunteers.

Each faculty member has years of continued experience in the life of the Church. Our goal is to train you for the missional task in the Lord’s work. Our academics are interconnected with real life ministry with a goal to create a passion for God’s Word and God’s world.

You will choose from four concentrations that allow you to focus on the subject matter that is important to you. Concentrations available are:

  • Christian Apologetics
  • Missions
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Youth Ministry

Along with professors who offer insight and experience within your area of specialty, you will have the added benefit of studying at a liberal arts institution where faith is the cornerstone of all academic study. The result is that you get a broad knowledge base supporting your specific ministry focus, making you more relevant to the spiritual needs of those you will serve. Our program is excellent preparation for any graduate or professional program for which a liberal arts background is helpful, including law, management, and political science.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers related to Christian Ministry include:

  • Lead Pastor
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Camp/Retreat Center Director
  • Youth Minister
  • Children’s Ministry/Pastor
  • Professor at a Christian University
  • Campus Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Small Group Pastor
  • Women’s Pastor
  • Men’s Pastor
  • Outdoor Ministry
  • Worship Leader
  • Apologetics
  • Church Planter
  • Church Consultant
  • Social Justice
  • Prison Ministry
  • International Missionary
  • Social Services
  • Child Development
  • Humanitarian Services

Outreach and Service Opportunities

Outside of the classroom, students are provided with many opportunities for real life ministry such as:

  • Mission trips to Mexico, San Francisco, and Cambodia
  • Weekly preaching
  • Summer camps
  • Local service projects
  • Small groups
  • Internships at local churches and parachurch organizations
  • Weekly meetings with preachers
  • Local youth ministries
  • Leading worship in Chapel

Bushnell University Graduates

“The School of Christian Ministry faculty have encouraged me in my academics as well as personal life which has ensured that I would be successful not only in ministry, but in all I do.”

-Megan McKinney ’15

“Bushnell University has given me the opportunity to go on my first mission trip to Rosarita, Mexico. It was such an eye opener for me to see people with so little in material possessions and yet they were so happy.”

-Aaron Chesnut ’16

Courses in the Major

Prerequisites for Christian Ministry:

  • Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Public Speaking or Interpersonal Communication
  • General Psychology
  • Elementary Greek I and II or Classical Hebrew for Beginners I and II or another foreign language as approved by the program faculty

Requirements for Christian Ministry:

  • Social Justice in the Gospels and the Prophets and the 21st Century
  • Bible & Theology Upper Division Elective
  • The Worshipping Community
  • Orality: 50 Biblical Stories Essential for Ministry
  • Leadership Skills for Ministry
  • Internship
  • Senior Capstone
  • Christian Ministry Upper Division Elective
  • Choose one of the following:
    • History of Theology
    • History of Christianity I
    • History of Christianity II

Choose a required concentration…

Christian Apologetics concentration:

  • Connecting with a Skeptical World
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Choose one of the following
    • Argumentation and Debate
    • Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility

Missions Concentration:

  • Introduction to Missions
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Global Issues
  • Choose one of the following:
    • The Abrahamic Faiths of Judaism and Islam
    • Living Religious Traditions of the East Asia

Pastoral Ministry Concentration:

  • Choose one of the following:
    • Church Planting and Turning around Hurting Churches
    • Connecting with a Skeptical World
  • Preaching
  • Pastoral Ministry

Youth Ministry Concentration:

  • Choose one of the following:
    • Church Planting and Turning around Hurting Churches
    • Connecting with a Skeptical World
    • Small Groups and Discipleship
  • Principles of Youth Ministry
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Preaching
    • Pastoral Ministry

Courses in the Minor

Requirements for the Minor

  • Social Justice in the Gospels and the Prophets & the 21st Century
  • The Worshipping Community
  • Leadership Skills for Ministry
  • Connecting with a Skeptical World
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Principles of Youth Ministry
    • Pastoral Ministry
  • Bible and Theology Upper Division Elective
  • Christian Ministry Elective
Program Director
Agam Iheanyi-Igwe, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Bible & World Christianity
Assistant Professor of Bible & World Christianity

Ph.D. Biola University M.A. Biola University B.Eng. Federal University of Technology Owerri (Nigeria) Dr. Agam …