Pastoral Leadership Degree (B.A.)

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Pastoral Leadership Degree

NEW! Earn your pastoral leadership bachelor’s degree and Master and/or Master of Divinity Degrees at the same time with Crown’s Accelerated Degree Options (see additional information below).

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The pastoral leadership degree is for students ready to enact exciting and transformational changes in churches across America. The program prepares and equips students to lead and shepherd healthy churches filled with disciples made through The Great Commission.

Crown’s pastoral leadership program builds on a foundational study of the humanities and sciences, the Bible, and theology. The curriculum includes courses on Bible-based preaching and leadership. Students are allowed elective hours, which may be used for a minor or concentration in a particular area of ministry.

Students are encouraged to complete the Greek language concentration that offers a study of the New Testament in its original language. This concentration is valuable for biblical preaching and further theological study, especially for graduates planning to advance their studies in seminary. Many seminaries grant Crown graduates free credits because of our students’ sound foundation in bible studies, and their immersive six-month internship of practical ministry experience.

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At Crown College, well over 90% of our new graduates are employed or continuing their education in a master’s degree program.

The Office of Career Development at Crown is here to help you with your future career and can assist with resume development, career counseling, internships, and job placement. We encourage you to visit the office during your first year to begin planning your internship opportunities as well as developing a professional network.

Pastoral Leadership Major (B.A.) Courses

Program Requirements


Christian Studies Core


I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits


General Education Core


II. General Education - 40 Credits


Major Core


IV. Electives - 7 Credits *


Pastoral Leadership majors are encouraged to complete the Greek Emphasis as part of their elective requirements. Please Click Here  for the specific requirements for the Greek Emphasis.

At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level.

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Total - 125 Credits


1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

3 Fine arts courses include music, art, drama, and dance. COM 328  also qualifies as a fine arts elective. (Only three credits of music organizations and/or lessons can be counted toward humanities/fine arts requirements.)

Recommended BIB/THE electives:


Recommended Social Science electives:


Option: BAPL Accelerated Degree Programs


Qualified students in the B.A. in Pastoral Leadership (BAPL) program may apply for an accelerated degree program to earn their M.A. in Christian Studies degree in one additional year instead of the typical two years. Students may also apply for an accelerated M.Div. program. Click here for more detailed information regarding the acceptance process for these options.

Course Requirements for MACS


Students who are accepted into the accelerated MACS program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the BAPL requirements.

Undergraduate Course Graduate Course                                                                   
CHM 300 - Spiritual and Personal Formation   MIN 6210 - Spiritual Formation for Ministry  
HIS 332 - Church History   CST 5224 - History of the Church  
PRC 332 - Expository Preaching   MIN 5510 - The Biblical Communicator  
PST 342 - Principles of Ministry Leadership   MIN 5210 - Management & Administration of Christian Ministry  
THE 332 - Theology II: Human Redemption and Destiny   CST 5235 - Theology of Christ and the Church  (fulfills CST 5223  in the M.Div.)
THE 349 - Alliance Ministries   CST 5222 - Alliance Distinctives  (fulfills a CST elective in the M.Div.)

 

Click for more information about the Christian Studies (M.A.)  program.

Course Requirements for MDIV


Students who are accepted into the accelerated M.Div. program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the BAPL requirements.

Undergraduate Course Graduate Course                                                                   
BIB 430X - Greek for Ministry   BBL 6220 - New Testament Greek Exegesis  
BIB 434 - Romans   BBL 5225 - Paul and Romans  
CHM 300 - Spiritual and Personal Formation   MIN 6210 - Spiritual Formation for Ministry  
CHM 325 - Biblical Evangelism and Missions   CST 5234 - Theology of Missions and Outreach  
CHM 420 - Philosophy of Ministry   MIN 5821 - Philosophy of Christian Ministry  
CHM 450X - Counseling for Church Leaders   MIN 5215 - Pastoral Counseling  
DSC 357 - Curriculum Design for Discipleship   MIN 5230 - Teaching for Ministry  
HIS 332 - Church History   CST 5224 - History of the Church  
PRC 332 - Expository Preaching   MIN 5510 - The Biblical Communicator  
PST 342 - Principles of Ministry Leadership   MIN 5210 - Management & Administration of Christian Ministry  
THE 332 - Theology II: Human Redemption and Destiny   CST 5235 - Theology of Christ and the Church  (fulfills CST 5223  in the M.Div.)
THE 349 - Alliance Ministries   CST 5222 - Alliance Distinctives  (fulfills a CST elective in the M.Div.)

 

Click for more information about the Master of Divinity (M.Div.)  program.

Four-Year Suggested Program for the Pastoral Leadership Major


Freshman Year


Spring Semester - 16 Credits


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester - 16 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits


Departmental Acceptance


Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, GPA of 2.5 for courses in major, and completion of half of the Christian Service requirements are required for departmental admission in the Pastoral Leadership major.

Junior Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 16 Credits


Summer Semester - 0 Credits


Senior Year


Spring Semester - 16 Credits




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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 B.A. in Pastoral Leadership and an M.A. in Christian Studies or a Master in Divinity 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 OPTION INCLUDES:

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Leadership + Master of Arts in Christian Ministry track

Students who are accepted into the accelerated Master of Arts in Christian Studies program will substitute the following graduate courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the corresponding BAPL and MACS degree requirements.

SAS Undergraduate Course Graduate Course
HIS 332 Church History CST 5224 History of the Church
THE 332 Theology II CST 5235 – Theology of Christ & the Church

(Note:  Fulfills CST 5223 Christian Theology in the M.Div.)

CHM 300 Spiritual and Personal Formation MIN 6210 – Spiritual Formation for Ministry
PRC 332 Expository Preaching MIN 5510 – The Biblical Communicator
THE 349 Alliance Ministries CST 5222 – Alliance Distinctives (Fulfills a CST Elective in the MDIV)
PST 342 Principles of Ministry Leadership MIN 5210 – Management & Administration of Christian Ministry

Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Leadership + Master of Divinity track

Students who are accepted into the accelerated Master of Divinity program will substitute the following Master of Divinity courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the BAPL requirements.

SAS Undergraduate Course Graduate Course
HIS 332 Church History CST 5224 History of the Church
BIB 434 Romans BBL 5225 – Paul and Romans
THE 332 Theology II CST 5235 – Theology of Christ & the Church

(Note:  Fulfills CST 5223 Christian Theology in the M.Div.)

BIB 430X Greek for Ministry BBL 6220 –  NT Greek Exegesis
CHM 300 Spiritual and Personal Formation MIN 6210 – Spiritual Formation for Ministry
DSC 357 Curriculum Design for Discipleship MIN 5230 – Teaching for Ministry
PRC 332 Expository Preaching MIN 5510 – The Biblical Communicator
CHM 420 Philosophy of Ministry MIN 5821 – Philosophy of Christian Ministry
THE 349 Alliance Ministries CST 5222 – Alliance Distinctives (Fulfills a CST Elective in the MDIV)
CHM 450X Counseling for Church Leaders MIN 5215 – Pastoral Counseling
PST 342 Principles of Ministry Leadership MIN 5210 – Management & Administration of Christian Ministry
CHM 325 Biblical Evangelism and Mission CST 5234 – Theology of Missions & Outreach

 

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