Christian Ministry

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

Bushnell University emphasizes wisdom, faith and service, so students will have the added benefit of studying in an environment 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.

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Dr. Agam Iheanyi-Igwe
Associate Dean, School of Bible & World Christianity



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Dr. Agam Iheanyi-Igwe
Associate Dean, School of Bible & World Christianity



Why Choose Bushnell?

As a Christian Ministry major, students will embody ways to serve Christ and the Church as God has gifted and called them, both as professionals and as volunteers.

Program Overview



  • Christian Ministry

Program Objectives

Graduates of this program will:

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

Highlighted Courses

CM 315 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.

BTM 470 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.


Beacon Points of Pride

  • 100% of traditional undergraduates students graduate with at least 135 hours of field experience
  • 190 company and school internship and field experience partners
  • The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) reported a 100-percent pass rate for Bushnell students on the national exams (NCE & NCMHE) over the last year. Bushnell students score on average higher than the national averages on 12 of the 14 exam areas
  • According to, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, Bushnell University is ranked 2nd in the state of Oregon among fully accredited universities and colleges

Career Opportunities

Careers with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry include:

  • Chaplain
  • Lead Pastor
  • Pastoral/Church Counseling
  • Camp/Retreat Center Director
  • Youth Minister
  • Children’s Ministry/Pastor
  • Campus Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Small Group Pastor
  • Outdoor Ministry
  • Camp Retreat

Internship Sites

  • Northwood Christian Church, Springfield OR
  • Waypoint Church, Springfield OR
  • Rebecca Bender Initiative
  • Grace Community Fellowship, Eugene OR
  • Eugene First Baptist Church
  • Twin Oaks Christian Church
  • Norkenzie Christian Church, Eugene OR
  • Eugene Mission
  • Colorado Community Church, Aurora, CO
  • Turner Christian Church, Turner OR
  • Sacred Heart Medical Center, Springfield OR
  • Bushnell University 

Life After Graduation

A sampling of where our graduates are employed include:

  • Hearts with a mission, Medford OR
  • The Intersection, Spokane WA
  • Everyone Village, Eugene OR
  • Village Church, Adair OR
  • South Lane School District
  • High Lakes Christian Church, La Pine OR
  • Pilgrim House, Santiago
  • The Bible Project

Additionally, here are some graduate programs that our former students are currently enrolled at:

  • Bushnell University
  • Fuller Seminary
  • Multnomah Seminary
  • Emmanuel Christian Seminary
  • Grand Canyon University

Outreach & 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

Life at Bushnell

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Hear From Our Students

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"I chose Bushnell University because of the community. The students really care about each other’s learning and spiritual growth, with all the activities and small groups around campus it is hard not to feel supported. The staff really wants us to learn too, they take time out of their days to constantly make sure students feel seen and heard. This campus is small, and I love that." 
-Justin Heintz '24
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"I always knew that I wanted to live my life in service to God, and being a missionary was something that was deeply ingrained into my heart. I knew any career I chose would somehow lead back to sharing the gospel around the world. As I decided to attend Bushnell it was an easy choice to join the ministry program especially because of the concentration in missions."
-Hannah Beers '25
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"I chose to attend Bushnell University because of the knowledgeable faculty that I was able to study under. With their teaching and guidance, I felt equipped and prepared to go into a full-time ministry position with confidence that I could lead as a pastor in the modern culture. I continue to apply what I learned from my internships and classes every day as I love and serve people in the community.
-Jon Sprouse '19
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Meet the Faculty

Rev. Troy Dean, M.A.

Program Faculty


“Skillful Shepherd Scholars.  King David was described as a leader with a heart of integrity and a shepherd of skillful hands. We have designed the course of study for those sensing a call to ministry (church, missions, and elsewhere), as a path of spiritual formation, biblical scholarship, and practical training all within a caring community of mentors and peers.  Who is ready for a Kingdom Adventure?”

School of Bible & World Christianity Faculty

Agam Iheanyi-Igwe, Ph.D.    Melisa Ortiz Berry, Ph.D.    Mick Bollenbaugh, Ph.D.    Rev. Troy Dean, M.A.    Joshua Little, M.A.    Dennis Lindsey, Ph.D.    A.J. Swoboda, Ph.D.