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.

The Christian Ministry degree provides versatile ministry training for students who want to pursue full-time Christian service in a wide variety of church, para-church, and community ministries.

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.

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

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

  1. Be prepared to pursue seminary studies leading to ordination and licensure (depending on specific denominational requirements).
  2. Have obtained practical skills for ministry and will have exercised these skills through internships (congregational, cross-cultural, or para-church).
  3. Display skills in exegetical and hermeneutical methods for sound interpretation and communication of biblical messages.
  4. Be prepared to serve the Church as ethical leaders.
  5. Display analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills for effective pastoral leadership.
  6. Have experienced spiritual development in themselves and have skills in fostering and facilitating spiritual growth in others.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers related to Christian Ministry include:

  • Lead Pastor
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Camp/Retreat Center Director
  • Youth Minister
  • Children’s Ministry/Pastor
  • Campus Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Small Group Pastor
  • Women’s Pastor
  • Men’s Pastor
  • Outdoor Ministry
  • Worship Leader
  • Church Planter
  • Church Consultant
  • 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

Church Planting and Turning Around Hurting Churches

Working closely with Church planting organizations, we will walk the students through the process of assessment to become a church planter, and the steps for funding and finding a team to start congregations both rural and urban. We will also work with “Turn Around” experts on how to help struggling churches regain spiritual health and vitality. The vocational outcome will be preparing students for jobs in planting and replanting churches, networking them into fields of employment with actual placement during the class in new churches and turn around churches.

Principles of Youth Ministry

Considers the basic guidelines for establishing a strong ministry to the youth of the church. Attention will be focused on the beginning years of youth ministry and to responding appropriately when pastoring to teens in crisis. Topics include the youth minister’s spiritual foundation, building relationships, resolving conflict, working with volunteers, evaluating curriculum, and identifying church and community resources for troubled teenagers.

Small Groups and Discipleship

Actively explores small group theory and effective application for faith renewal, evangelism, inductive Bible studies, recovery/healing groups and leadership development. Experiencing a small group with a defined purpose is a high priority in this course.

Grief and Loss

A study of the process of grieving in association with traumatic events such as death, accidents, and loss of job or relationships. Attention will be given to dealing effectively with the emotional, psychological, and physical aspects of bereavement from the point of view of various helping professions.

Leadership Skills for Ministry

This course examines the theories and practice of pastoral leadership, including a focus on church administration and ministerial ethics. Attention will be given to biblical models of leadership, staff relations, financial oversight, risk management, and conflict resolution.

Meet the Dean
School of Bible And World Christianity
Agam Iheanyi-Igwe, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Bible & World Christianity
Associate Professor of Bible & World Christianity

Ph.D., Biola University M.A., Biola University B.Eng., Federal University of Technology Owerri (Nigeria) Dr. Agam Iheanyi-Igwe has taught Missions, Bible, and Theology courses …