Christian Ministry (B.S.)

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Christian Ministry

NEW! Earn your online Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry and Master and/or Master of Divinity Degrees at the same time with Crown’s Accelerated Degree Options (see additional information below).

Online Bachelor of Science Degree

Graduates of Crown’s online Christian Ministry degree program are prepared to serve – as leaders in local churches, mission agencies, and social service organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The Christian Ministry degree program begins with a strong core in biblical and theological studies.  Coursework includes practical skills in communications and the management and administration of faith-based organizations.  Leadership, evangelism, counseling and discipleship are also essential components of the online learning curriculum.

Four senior classes—Human Development and Discipleship, Ministry Management and Administration, Ministry Communications, and Life of the Ministry Leader—incorporate internship components. Students work with local mentors at a church or other faith-based organization to observe, engage in, and reflect on practical ministry experiences.

Students who wish to pursue an accelerated graduate degree program may elect to complete 50% of their graduate degree while earning their BS in Christian Ministry.   Accelerated graduate degree options include the M.A. in Christian Studies, M.A. in Ministry Leadership, or Master of Divinity.  For additional information, please click on the Accelerated Degree Options tab at the bottom of this page.

Students in the B.S. in Christian Ministry automatically qualify to receive a Biblical Studies Minor. Those who wish to double major with a B.S. in Biblical Studies can add that second major by taking an additional four courses.  For additional information, please visit those program pages.

Crown’s partnership with organizations like Prepare/Enrich, a Christian relationship skill-building program, allow students to become certified in pre-marital and marital counseling while earning their Christian Ministry degree.  The coursework also includes collaborative activities that mirror real-life situations. By constructing knowledge with peers within Crown’s digital environment, students acquire life skills in collaboration that are critical to professional success.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of Crown’s online Christian Ministry degree program are prepared to serve – as leaders in local churches, mission agencies, and social service organizations throughout the U.S. and around the world.  We seek to train leaders who are:

    • Dedicated to cultivating a personal love for God and demonstrating Christ-like character.
    • Able to teach the Word of God and make leadership decisions based on sound theology.
    • Committed to making disciples who will make other disciples.
    • Equipped to minister in a diverse and global environment.
  • Required Courses

    B.S. in Christian Ministry Required Courses

    To view these courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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    General Education Requirements – 77 Credits

    I.  General Cores Courses – 31 Credits

    • COM 1515 – Introduction to Public Communication 3 Credits
    • ENG 1510 – College Writing and Research 3 Credits
    • ENG 1512 – Introduction to Literary Analysis 3 Credits
    • FAR – Fine Arts Elective 3 Credits1
    • Humanities Elective 3 Credits 1
    • HIS – History Electives 3 Credits
    • Global Awareness Elective 3 Credits 1
    • MAT – Math Elective 3 Credits
    • SCI – Lab Science Elective 4 Credits
    • SOC 1510 – College Success Strategies 3 Credits 2

    II. General Electives – 46 Credits

    Major Requirements – 48 Credits

    I. Christian Studies – 18 Credits

    • BIB 1520 – History of the Old Testament 3 Credits
    • BIB 1522 – History of the New Testament 3 Credits
    • HUM 3701 – Apologetics and Christian Evidences 3 Credits
    • BIB 4710 – Interpreting Romans 3 Credits
    • THE 3522 – Systematic Theology I 3 Credits
    • THE 3524 – Systematic Theology II 3 Credits

    II. Christian Ministry Core – 30 Credits

    • CM 4581 – Ministry Management and Administration 3 Credits
    • CM 4582 – Communication in Ministry 3 Credits
    • CM 3536 – Theology of Evangelism and Missions 3 Credits
    • CM 4584 – Globalization and Ministry 3 Credits
    • CM 3535 – Biblical and Historical Perspectives in Ministry 3 Credits
    • CM 4586 – Biblical and Historical Perspectives of Worship 3 Credits
    • CM 4588 – Human Development and Discipleship 3 Credits
    • CM 4591 – Life of the Ministry Leader 3 Credits
    • CM 4610 – Principles of Counseling and Care Ministry 3 Credits
    • 300-400 Level CM/THE/BIB/CED Elective 3 Credits

    Total Credits for Bachelor’s Degree – 125 Credits

    1Click HERE  to view options for Social Science, Humanities, Global Awareness, and Fine Arts Electives.

    2Counts towards 3 credits of the Social Science credits. Students who have successfully completed 60 credits with a GPA of at least a 2.0 may replace SOC 1510 with another Social Science elective. Students need a total of 6 social science credits.

  • Accelerated Degree Options

    Now, Crown College students can greatly reduce the time and money required to prepare for ministry. With Crown’s new online accelerated degree program options, qualified students can begin taking graduate courses during their third year of undergraduate studies making it possible to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in just five (5) years.

    Students transferring in with 60 credits may be able to complete two degrees in as little as three or four years. Not only does this help accelerate your ministry; it’s great stewardship of resources because it can save M.A. students up to $9,000 and M.Div. students up to $18,000 in in tuition costs.  Students under the age of 25 may qualify for the new Pastoral Leadership Scholarship.

    Accelerated Degree Options include:

    Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry + Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Track

    This program is offered to qualified students in our Bachelor of Science Christian Ministry (BSCM) program. This program will allow students to complete their undergraduate degree in four years and their Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) degree in one additional year, instead of the typical two years.

    Click here  for more detailed information regarding acceptance into this program option.

    Course Requirements

    Students who are accepted into the BSCM/MACS accelerated program will substitute the following MACS courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the BSCM requirements.

    Undergraduate Course Graduate Course
    THE 3524 Systematic Theology II CST 5235 Theology of Christ & the Church
    CM 4586 Biblical & Historical Perspectives of Worship CST 5342 Theology & Practice of Worship
    CM 4581 Ministry Management & Administration MIN 5210 Management & Administration of Christian Ministry
    CM 4584 Globalization & Ministry MIN 5218 Social & Cultural Foundations for Ministry
    CM 4610 Principles of Counseling & Care Ministry MIN 5215 Pastoral Counseling
    CM 3536 Theology of Evangelism and Missions CST 5234 Theology of Missions & Outreach

    Click here  to obtain more information about the MACS program.

    Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry + Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership Track

    This program is offered to qualified students in our Bachelor of Science Christian Ministry (BSCM) program. This program will allow students to complete their undergraduate degree in four years and their Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) degree in one additional year, instead of the typical two years.

    Click here  for more detailed information regarding the acceptance into this program option.

    Course Requirements

    Students who are accepted into the BSCM/MAML accelerated program will substitute the following MAML courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the BSCM requirements.

    Undergraduate Course Graduate Course
    THE 3524 Systematic Theology II CST 5235 Theology of Christ & the Church
    CM 4586 Biblical & Historical Perspectives of Worship CST 5342 Theology & Practice of Worship
    CM 4581 Ministry Management & Administration MIN 5210 Management & Administration of

    Christian Ministry

    CM 4584 Globalization & Ministry MIN 5218 Social & Cultural Foundations for Ministry
    CM 4610 Principles of Counseling & Care Ministry MIN 5215 Pastoral Counseling
    300-400 CM/THE/BIB/CED Elective MIN5512 – Facilitating Spiritual Formation

    Click here to obtain more information about the MAML program.

     

    Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry + Master of Divinity Track

    This program is offered to qualified students in our Bachelor of Science Christian Ministry (BSCM) program. This program will allow students to complete their undergraduate degree in four years and their Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree in two additional years, instead of the typical four years.

    Click here  for more detailed information regarding the acceptance into this program option.

    Course Requirements

    Students who are accepted into the BSCM/MDIV accelerated program will substitute the following MDIV courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the BSCM requirements.

    Undergraduate Course Graduate Course
    THE 3524 Systematic Theology II CST 5235 Theology of Christ & the Church
    CM 4586 Biblical & Historical Perspectives of Worship CST 5342 Theology & Practice of Worship
    CM 4581 Ministry Management & Administration MIN 5210 Management & Administration of

    Christian Ministry

    CM 4584 Globalization & Ministry MIN 5218 Social & Cultural Foundations for Ministry
    CM 4610 Principles of Counseling & Care Ministry MIN 5215 Pastoral Counseling
    CM 3536 Theology of Evangelism and Missions CST 5234 Theology of Missions & Outreach
    BIB 4710 Interpreting Romans BBL 5225 Paul and Romans
    CM 3535 Biblical & Historical Perspectives of Ministry CST 6216 Hist. & Theo. of Christian Ministry
    CM 4591 Life of the Ministry Leader MIN 6210 Spiritual Formation for Ministry
    CM 4588 Human Development & Discipleship MIN 5230 Teaching for Ministry
    CM 4582 Communication in Ministry MIN 5510 The Biblical Communicator
    300-400 CM/THE/BIB/CED Elective CST/BBL/MIN/INT Elective

    Click here  to obtain more information about the MDIV program.

  • Career Outcomes

    Crown College has been preparing Christian leaders to serve and influence the world since 1916. This particular program provides graduates of this ministry school with a concrete understanding of the Christian faith and the necessary tools to help integrate that faith with their work on the mission field or in other ministries. Graduates who hold this online ministry degree are working throughout the U.S. and across the globe in the following areas and organizations:

    • Teen Challenge and other parachurch ministries
    • Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
    • Pastoral leadership
    • Youth and family ministries
    • Children’s ministries
    • Health and welfare ministries
    • Missions
    • Bi-vocational ministry
    • Christian Education
    • Social services
  • Tuition

    An Affordable Online College Education.

    Earning your degree online makes sense. It’s convenient and provides an invaluable advantage to your future success. And at Crown College, it’s affordable. Crown is one of the 10 most affordable Christian colleges in the Midwest. With 98 percent of our students receiving some form of financial aid, we will work with you to figure out the best financial aid package available.

    Financial aid is funding made available by the federal government, state government, private entities and Crown. Crown College’s School of Online Studies and Graduate School programs participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loans to help finance your education.

    Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the government form used to help assess a family’s financial strength. Crown’s school code for FAFSA is: 002383. Students must apply for financial aid each year to be considered for funding.

    Tuition and Fees

    For a list of the Online and Graduate School’s current tuition and fees, please click here.