Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    
    May 30, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020

B.C.M. Christian Ministry degree plan

Christian Ministry, B.C.M.



The Christian ministry major focuses the student’s ministerial training on cultivation of leadership skills, understanding of the various ministries of the church, acquisition of basic skills in conflict resolution and pastoral counseling, and effective teaching of biblical and discipleship concepts. To complement the major, the student will complete a minor as a portion of the professional development hours in the degree unless the student enters the university with substantial ministry-related transfer credit, as determined by the dean of the school. Students have the opportunity to apply to an accelerated program as described below.

Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree Specific General Education Core Course Requirements - 44 hrs


The Bachelor of Christian Ministry Degree (B.C.M.) is a minimum 124-semester hour degree designed to afford both academic and professional depth for individuals who express a call to ministry. The degree integrates university degree requirements with appropriate experience. A minimum of 36 semester hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Components of the Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree include:

Academic Major


Students seeking the B.C.M. degree will complete the appropriate major requirements as outlined in the School of Christian Studies section.

Experiential Professional Development


The experiential professional development component consists of 12 semester hours designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Experiential learning may satisfy a portion of this requirement. Experiential learning must be evaluated and approved by the university. Students who have work experience in full-time, part-time or co-vocational ministry positions may have the work experience evaluated if the ministry position is a paid staff position with formal job requirements. Upper-level electives will be used to meet the experiential professional development requirement in cases where work experience is lacking. Practicums and internships may be placed in this area if they do not relate to the major.

Professional Development


The Professional Development component of the B.C.M. consists of 24 semester hours selected to provide depth or breadth to the major and to provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals. Depth and breadth can be met through a specialization, a minor, or ministry-related courses. Student completing Christian ministry or theological studies majors will complete a minor as a portion of the professional development hours unless the student enters the university with substantial ministry-related transfer credit, as determined by the dean of the School of Christian Studies, or they are accepted into an accelerated program that does not require a minor. Students in the co-vocational ministry major will complete a specialization as part of a composite major in lieu of a separate professional development component. Co-vocational ministry specializations may require additional hours beyond the 24 semester hours, in which case hours will be reduced from the electives block or added to the degree.

Electives


Students may complete the minimum of 124 semester hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.

Christian Ministry - 36 hrs


The Christian ministry major requires a minimum of 36 semester hours from the following courses:

Christian Studies Common Core - 18 hrs


The School of Christian Studies seeks a holistic approach to ministerial training, preparing the head (knowledge), the heart (devotion), and the hands (service). This holistic approach begins with a common core for all Christian Studies majors.

Christian Ministry - 18 hrs


Accelerated B.C.M. Christian Ministry to M.A. Christian Ministry


To help students be good stewards of their financial resources, the School of Christian Studies is proud to offer an accelerated B.C.M in Christian ministry to M.A. in Christian ministry program for Christian ministry majors who apply as undergraduates. The accelerated program can reduce the financial cost for the student by reducing the time required to complete a master’s degree.

The accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree program reduces the total hours for the two degrees from 166 hours (non-thesis) or 172 hours (thesis) to 148 hours. Undergraduate students must apply and be admitted to this program.

To remain in good standing for accelerated program

  • Student must make C or better in all major coursework in the B.C.M. degree
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA in first sixty hours of B.C.M. degree
  • Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in last sixty hours of B.C.M. degree
  • Student must earn B or better in cross-listed graduate courses

For complete listing of requirements: Accelerated B.C.M. Christian Ministry to M.A. Christian Ministry  

Accelerated B.C.M. Christian Ministry to M.Div.


To help students to be good stewards of their financial resources, the School of Christian Studies is proud to offer an accelerated B.C.M. Christian ministry to M.Div. program for students who apply as undergraduates.  The accelerated program can reduce the financial cost for the student by reducing the time required to complete a master’s degree.

The accelerated program would reduce the total hours for the two degrees from 196 hours to 161 hours (208 to 161 for biblical languages track).  Undergraduate students must apply and be admitted to this program.

To remain in good standing for accelerated program:

  • Student must make C or better in all major coursework in the B.C.M. degree
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA in first sixty hours of the B.C.M. degree
  • Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in last sixty hours of the B.C.M. degree
  • Student must earn C or better in the 35 hours of cross-listed graduate courses

For complete listing of requirements: Accelerated B.C.M. Christian Ministry to M.Div.  

Accelerated B.C.M. Christian Ministry to M.Div./M.B.A. Joint Degree


To help students to be good stewards of their financial resources, the School of Christian Studies is proud to offer an accelerated B.C.M. Christian ministry to M.Div./M.B.A. joint degree program for students who apply as undergraduates.  The accelerated program can reduce the financial cost for the student by reducing the time required to complete a master’s degree.

The accelerated program would reduce the total hours for the two degrees from 214 hours to 179 hours.  Undergraduate students must apply and be admitted to this program.

To remain in good standing for accelerated program:

  • Student must make C or better in all major coursework in the B.C.M. degree
  • Student must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA in first sixty hours of the B.C.M. degree
  • Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in last sixty hours of the B.C.M. degree
  • Student must earn C or better in the 35 hours of cross-listed graduate courses

For complete listing of requirements: Accelerated B.C.M. Christian Ministry to M.Div./M.B.A. Joint Degree