Do you enjoy working with particular age groups – children, or adolescents, or maybe senior adults? Do you love interacting with people to help them know Jesus and grow deeper in Him? Would you prefer to learn from Christ-centered professors who have both solid academic training and real-world ministry experience?
The Christian Ministries program at Asbury University may be just the thing for you. This program focuses on developing leaders for the ministry of discipleship and formation – understanding the Biblical, educational, and organizational principles behind this ministry, and developing the tools for being effective in it. Study in this area is inter-disciplinary:
you will study the Bible and theology to understand the Christian faith,
you will gain insight into processes of teaching and learning,
you will explore the human developmental journey and how it intersects with discipleship, and
you will examine leadership/management principles within congregations and other Christian organizations.
In addition, experiential learning is woven through the program in a variety of ways, including a practicum and an internship – “You can’t learn ministry just in a classroom,” we’re fond of saying.
What Can I Do With This Major?
Students studying in Christian Ministries usually plan to serve in a church, Christian camp, or another ministry with primary emphasis on children’s ministry, youth ministry, or other educational/discipleship ministry. However, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, graduates can be found in a wide variety of careers:
(*) Additional academic work may be needed to work in this field.
Both a major and a minor are available in Christian Ministries. Minors that fit well with a major in Christian Ministries include Bible & Theology, Biblical Languages, Missions, Worship Arts, Communications, Psychology, and Recreation/Outdoor Leadership.
Asbury has been offering courses in this field of study since the early 1920s. As the Church engages with a changing culture, the forms and approaches to this area of ministry continue to shift. Today, there is a greater emphasis on age-level specialization and the terminology is shifting to Christian formation and discipleship more than in the past. Historically, however, this area of study and service has been called Christian education, or educational ministries, or religious education.
Seth Fallon (Pastor of Discipleship) says,
“I’m thankful for where God has brought me, though I do miss being challenged by you and the experience of Asbury. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for my education at Asbury and the time you personally invested in my call. I’m positive that I could not do what I do now without the training I received at Asbury.”
Nearly 100 percent of Christian ministries graduates who seek ministry placement secure a position within a few months of graduation; some are hired prior to graduation.
Approximately 50 percent of graduates in Christian Ministries eventually enter graduate school.
To graduate must complete all major requirements, foundational requirements, and additional electives needed for the 124-hour minimum degree requirement.
OT 100, NT 100, and TH 250 are Foundations requirements for all students and do not apply below.
Major Requirements (51)
__ 3 CM 100 Ministry & Mission
__ 3 CM 201 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth
__ 3 CM 211 Instructional Bible Study
__ 1 CM 235 CM Practicum
__ 3 CM 380 Org Strategies/Ministry
__ 3 CM 435 Internship
__ 3 CM 475 Senior Seminar
__ 3 EM 220 Teaching in the Church
__ 3 EM 280 Foundations Educational Ministry
__ 3 EM 340 Children’s Ministry
__ 3 EM 360 Adult Ministry
__ 3 ICS 201 Christianity & World Religions
__ 3 YM 350 Youth Ministry
Choose 5 hours of CM or EM:
__ 3 CM / EM ___ _______________
__ 2 CM / EM ___ _______________
Choose 6 hours of NT or OT:
__ 3 NT / OT ___ _______________ (not 100)
__ 3 NT / OT ___ _______________ (not 100)
Choose 3 hours of BTH or TH: (not BTH 475; not TH 250)
__ 3 BTH / TH ___ _______________
Plus Foundational Requirements (50)
Plus electives needed for the 124-hour degree requirements (23)
Complete and submit your application through Common App or our online application form.
Send in your additional materials (transcripts and test scores).
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Sending Test Scores
We require ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning Test (CLT) test scores or an additional essay and interview as part of our Test-Optional admission process before your application can be reviewed.
ACT code: 1486
SAT code: 1019
CLT: Select Asbury University as a score recipient
Our Test-Optional admission process does not require ACT, SAT or CLT scores but does require an additional essay and interview before your application for admission can be reviewed. To choose Test-Optional, contact your counselor. (Common App applicants can select it as their Test Plan on the application.) Please note that test scores are still required for some Asbury scholarships.
Official transcripts are required from your high school before your application can be reviewed. Transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to the Asbury University Admissions Office.
Homeschool students: Your transcript must include courses taken, grades earned, class rank (if available), and your cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average), among other items.
International students: Please review the international admissions process.
GED students: Submit official copies of your GED (General Education Development Test) scores in place of a high school transcript.
You are considered a freshman for the application and financial aid processes if you have not taken any college/university classes more recently than the summer after your high school graduation.
If you have taken dual credit/dual enrollment classes, you can transfer them to Asbury to count toward your degree by sending transcripts from the sponsoring college/university upon your acceptance to Asbury.
Asbury accepts transfer credit from AP, CLEP, IB, and AICE tests. To receive credit, submit test results to the Asbury University Admissions Office after you have been admitted.
High School Preparation
To be successful in college, we recommend that you take the following classes in high school:
English – four years including one year of Composition
Mathematics – three to four years including Algebra
Social Studies – two years including one year of History
Laboratory Science – two to three years
Foreign Language – two years of the same language