Department of Theology
The BACM is a well-rounded degree that introduces students to basic ministry skills that will equip the student to be an effective Christian leader in the local church and beyond. The BABS introduces students to the Old and New Testaments, Christian theology, learning key books of the Bible, and apol
The student will be able to:
- Biblically state and identify the principal doctrines of evangelical Christianity.
- Identify the major themes of both the Old and New Testaments.
- Evaluate the challenges to a Christian worldview and formulate biblical rebuttals.
- Develop basic skills necessary for successful ministry in the local church.
The program has three cores of emphasis: biblical and theological, intercultural skills and knowledge, and a regional or ministry concentration.
- Those with a specific interest in an overseas intercultural setting can choose from the following: Africa, China, Middle East, Latin America, Food for the Hungry (GoED Program), or Linguistics as their area of concentration.
- Students who wish to follow a traditional broad-based missions track for overseas missions without a specific regional focus will be well-served by the Cross-Cultural Ministry (Missions) concentration.
- Students wishing to prepare for intercultural ministry in the United States can choose from University Ministry, Urban Ministry, or First Nations Ministry concentrations.
The Intercultural Studies major integrates classroom learning and theory with field experience. Students spend an extended period of time in the region or ministry context of their concentration learning language, studying the culture, art, government, history, and economics of the area as well as learning to communicate the Gospel in a diverse cultural setting. This program exceeds educational requirements for Assemblies of God ministry credentials.
Graduates with a degree in Intercultural Studies will be able to:
- Apply Scripture using proper hermeneutical principles in the ministry context.
- Assess distinct viewpoints on theological topics.
- Articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry.
- Demonstrate core inter-cultural competencies in an applied cross-cultural ministry setting.
- Articulate the biblical mandate given by Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations.
- Demonstrate integrative knowledge and skill in theology, history and methodologies of intercultural Christian mission.
- Assess cultural and contextual issues towards the development of cross-cultural Christian service.
The Pastoral Care program will prepare you for ministry as you grow in knowledge, faith and leadership. Through this ministry degree, you’ll build a strong foundation in biblical and theological studies as you prepare to serve in a pastoral role. You’ll also learn how to support people emotionally and spiritually, through difficult times and victories too. Now is the time to develop the skillset needed to become well-trained, well-grounded and well-equipped for your unique calling.
On completing the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry – Pastoral care program, you will be able to:
- Utilize marketable skills such as coaching, mentoring and communication in your ministry.
- Employ practical strategies for evangelism and missions.
- Respond confidently to common objections to the Christian faith.
“Go therefore, and teach all nations…” ~Matthew 28:19
Those who wish to develop and hone their skills in the practice of ministry in a local church context will enjoy the Practical Theology major or minor in the Department of Theology. Building on the core elements of biblical and theological knowledge, these programs emphasize the practice of ministry to embody this truth to a broken world. This degree is especially appropriate for those who want to serve the body of Christ in a teaching and preaching role as a minister in a church, a missionary, as someone in parachurch ministry, or in whatever setting God calls you.
The Practical Theology major is 38 credit hours long, with 17 hours of core classes, 12 hours of Practical Theology classes, 6 hours of electives, and 3 hours of language. The core courses for the major are New Testament Theology, Old Testament Theology, History of Christianity, Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, and the Senior Seminar. We also offer a wide variety of Practical Theology classes which allow you to tailor your studies to your interests, such as the Christian Vocation, Homiletics, Spiritual Formation, Christian Ethics, and Worship. You will also take the course, Biblical Languages for Ministry, which will introduce you to the basics of Greek and Hebrew.
This program will give you a solid foundation in the Bible and prepare you for a variety of ministries. It will also prepare you for graduate studies such as in our Master of Arts in Theology or a Master of Divinity.