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Christian Ministry Studies

Program Description

Students who major in Christian ministry studies earn a Bachelor of Arts.  The program is designed for students who sense or desire to explore a call to Christian ministry to serve in the context of children’s ministry, youth ministry, pastoral ministry, camp/outdoor ministry, para-church or nonprofit ministry, worship leadership, chaplaincy, Christian education, Christian counseling, and local or international mission.  It is also beneficial for students who seek a thorough knowledge of scripture, theology, and practical ministry so as to prepare them for seminary, graduate study, or a Christ-centered direction in another career pursuit.

As part of a Christian ministry studies major, students may want to select a supplemental major or pick up applicable minors to augment their educational experience.  In this way, students tailor their academic studies so as to best prepare them for their calling after they graduate.  Talk with Dr. Timothy Gibson, Department Chair, as how to best accomplish this.


To know Christ and to make Him known


The mission of the Christian ministry studies degree program at Lindenwood University is to provide a learning environment where students who seek to take the Good News of Jesus Christ into various places and to differing peoples are prepared through quality instruction and practice to respond to God’s specific calling upon their lives so as to make a difference for the Lord’s Kingdom.

Our Instructors

The CMS faculty consists of Dr. Timothy Gibson and Rev. Timothy Butler. Both currently serve in ministry even as they work to train young men and women for this vital vocational calling. Additionally, the CMS Department relies upon outside experts, scholars, and ministers to enrich the program and best educate a denominationally diverse student populous. Learn more about our faculty.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry Studies
42 credit hours

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian ministry studies consists of the following core classes:

  1. CMS 12000 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)
  2. CMS 31500 Advanced Theology:  Developments in the Church (3)
  3. CMS 25100 Professional Discernment & Orientation (3)
  4. CMS 26000 Biblical Hermeneutics (3)
  5. REL 32600 Faith & Reason (3)
  1. CMS 10100 Introduction to Christian Spirituality (3)
  2. CMS 30000 Models of Youth and Children’s Ministry (3)
  3. CMS 30400 Oral Communication in Ministry (3)
  4. CMS 45000 Ministry Internship (3)
  5. CMS 46000 Ministry Leadership and Administration (3)


Students earning a degree in Christian ministry studies will also select 4 courses (12 credit hours) from the following offerings:

CMS 32800 Theology and Practice of Mission (3)
CMS 35000 Apologetics (3)
CMS 36500 Christian Traditions and Worship (3)
CMS 38000-38999 Selected Topics (3)
COM 32700 Media Literacy (3)
NPA 10000 Intro to Nonprofit Organizations and Community Service (3)
PHL 10200 Moral Life: A Study in Ethics (3)
PSY 20500 Human Development (3)
REC 10200 Intro to Recreation and Leisure Services (3)
REC 34200 Camp Management and Leadership (3)
REL 15000 World Religions (3)
REL 21000 Old Testament (3)
REL 21100 New Testament (3)
REL 38000-38099 Selected Topics (3)

Minor in Christian Ministry Studies
18 credit hours

Requirements for the minor include CMS 10100, CMS 12000, and four electives (12 credit hours) taken from the following:  CMS 25100, CMS 26000, CMS 30000, CMS 30400, CMS 31500, CMS 32800, CMS 35000, and CMS 36500.

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