Ministry Majors & Minors

Standard Requirements

Christian Discipleship (PCM100) and Principles of Evangelism (PCM222) provide direction in the common goals of all ministry students: personal spiritual growth and the ability to evangelize and disciple others.  Other requirements for ministry majors are listed below.

  • Service and Leadership Training Courses (8 credits):  Serving in Community (SALT101), Biblical Leadership (SALT102), Leadership Ministries (SALT201-208), SALT Elective (SALT211-219), Vocational Preparation (SALT300), Field Experience (SALT301) and Personal Assessment (SALT375).  These courses expose students to a variety of principles and practical experiences that are preparatory to full-time ministry.  Leadership Ministries (SALT201-208) exposes students to service opportunities in their areas of ministry study through interaction with practitioners, knowledge of pioneers in the field, awareness of personal gifts, and planning their course of study. 
  • Program Ministry Courses (21 credits):  Seven courses are detailed for each ministry major.  These required courses start with a “Foundations” course (usually taken during the second semester of the second year) and specific ministry courses in theory, methods, administration, and leadership.
  • Designated Courses (9 credits):  Three courses within the Biblical and general studies requirements are considered part of the major requirements.  Students who change ministry majors are required to take the appropriate designated courses for their new major, even if they had already completed an equivalent general studies course in their original major.

Both the Leadership Ministries and the proper Program Foundations course must be passed in order to continue pursuing a ministry major.  Students who do not pass those courses may be redirected into a different degree or major.

Many of the ministry majors in this section can be taken as a ministry minor with 15 credits of study.  In addition to the Bible major and the ministry major, BS and BA students may add one ministry minor.

Ministry Majors

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree receive a double major in Bible and one of the ministry majors listed in this section. The Bachelor of Arts degree also requires students to complete at least 15 credits of Biblical languages, giving an opportunity to study Scripture in the original texts.  Most Bachelor of Arts students take either four Greek courses and one Hebrew course or three Greek courses and two Hebrew courses.  Biblical Research students take four Greek courses and three Hebrew courses.

Ministry Minors

Students wishing to prepare for church leadership positions that require multiple areas of responsibility may use a ministry minor to supplement the training of their degree program.  Minors also allow students to receive credit from extended internships at churches or organizations that meet established criteria.

Ministry minors are subject to the following policies.

  1. One minor may be added to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with the requirement of 15 additional credits.
  2. One minor may be added to a Bachelor of Religious Studies degree with the requirement of at least 6 additional credits.
  3. A minor may be added after the student has reached 60 credits of progress towards a bachelor’s degree.
  4. A student must maintain a 2.0 Cumulative GPA in order to continue participating in a ministry minor.

Standard Minors

Standard minors require 15 additional credits beyond the requirements of a bachelor’s degree.  Students are not required to take an additional Field Education Experience beyond what is included in their ministry major.  The student’s course of study will be set up with the academic advisor in light of other degree requirements and the semester in which the minor is started.

The following ministry minors are available as abbreviated versions of our ministry majors.  Degree Goals are found with the corresponding program.

Other Minors

In addition to standard minors, students may also utilize minors developed through extended studies beyond the classroom for which they receive independent study credit.  The minor provides recognition of training that is delivered by outside organizations as the basis for ministry in areas which Central’s Ministry Programs do not apply.

Communication Minor

In conjunction with American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (www.abcte.org), students may prepare for teacher licensure in the area of English/Communication Arts.  Additional courses in the areas of communication and language, along with credit for the independent study completed through American Board, provide the 15 credits for the Communication Minor.

Any classes that are required in the student’s Degree Program cannot be counted towards the Communication Minor and will be replaced with another course in the list.  The student’s course of study will be set up with the academic advisor in light of other degree requirements and the semester in which the minor is started.  An additional fee applies for application to this program and for the independent study courses as they are taken.

History Minor

Students may also prepare for teacher licensure as a secondary school instructor of History.  Additional courses in history and social science, along with credit for the independent study completed through American Board, provide the 15 credits for the History Minor.

Any classes that are required in the student’s Degree Program cannot be counted towards the History Minor and will be replaced with another course in the list.  The student’s course of study will be set up with the academic advisor in light of other degree requirements and the semester in which the minor is started.  An additional fee applies for application to this program and for the independent study courses as they are taken.

Specialized Minors (Yearlong Internships)

Many churches and organizations conduct creative ministries beyond the scope of a college curriculum.  To recognize the valuable training available from these ministry experts, Central gives credit for extended learning experiences in that context and awards a specialized ministry minor.  This happens when students experience a yearlong internship under the following conditions:

  1. The internship must have a minimum of 1500 hours of work and ten months.
  2. The student must have at least three supervisors, one with a master’s degree.
  3. The student must read a minimum of 1500 pages and complete PCM390.
  4. The internship must be approved by the Director of Ministry Development.

During the yearlong internship, students are able to earn up to 27 credits and maintain full-time enrollment.  This experience can be used to meet certain requirements of the degree program as well as the specialized minor.

The title of the specialized minor will be decided by the site supervisor and Director of Ministry Development.  Sample minors include Strategic Ministry, Urban Ministry, Campus Ministry, Media Ministry, Benevolent Ministry, etc.  A specialized minor will contain specific competencies and goals for the student’s learning experience.  The student will develop a list of projects and estimated hours of preparation and implementation in order to document the learning that has contributed towards the specialized minor.

Students deciding to use a yearlong internship to achieve a specialized minor may also take up to three online courses during the year that are required for their degree.  They also receive one hour of SALT credit as part of the experience.  The online and SALT courses apply to the student’s bachelor’s degree.

The yearlong internship can also fulfill either the Christian Leadership Apprenticeship in the BRS – Christian Leadership degree or the Field Education Experience in a BS or BA degree with approval of the student’s academic advisor.  In that case, the specialized minor is completed by taking an additional ministry elective that is relevant to the minor.

The student’s course of study will be set up with the academic advisor in light of other degree requirements and the semester in which the minor is started.

Note:  Receiving a CCCB ministry degree does not constitute endorsement by CCCB for any paid ministry in the local church.   Any man or woman receiving a ministry degree from CCCB is responsible to pursue local church or denominational approval, ordination, or licensure that will qualify him or her to serve as a paid minister in a local church, subject to the church's conditions and expectations.