Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries
The Church Ministries program offers evening classes for working adults who are interested in serving in a leadership position in a church as a pastor, staff member or lay leader. Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries will have a thorough understanding of ministry in a church setting and will have completed the necessary course work to apply for credentials as a minister with the Assemblies of God.
This is an accelerated program that provides a balanced mix of courses in four areas: Bible and theology; Christian worldview; contextualization of biblical concepts, church ministry values and skills; and church leadership and administration. Our church ministry studies program is focused on quality adult learning in Springfield. Our classes meet one night a week and are designed to be flexible for learners who hold full-time jobs. Students can expect 15 hours per week of reading, studying, research and writing. You can also take Christian studies classes in our online church ministry degree program, designed for working adults.
Each of Evangel's academic programs is made up of a set of core curriculum, program requirements and electives. The courses listed below are just a small sample of courses that might be taken as a part of this specific program.
|Introduction to Church Ministries||This course will allow students to identify their strengths and giftings in application to church ministries. Students will apply critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the Church Ministries program.|
|Spiritual Formation and Discipleship||A study of the theory and practice of spiritual formation and Christian discipleship. Attention will be given to the reflective discipline of one’s own individual journey with God in personal spiritual development.|
|Church Administration and Financial Management||A study of church administration including: incorporation, parliamentary procedure, clergy tax, building maintenance, and risk management. Examines issues related to administering church staff, board, and relationships with fellowship.|
|Comparative Religions and Apologetics||A study of the living religions of the world. Compares their backgrounds, philosophies, teachings, and influences, and examines their relations to the Christian faith.|
|Effective Leadership in the Church||An introduction to the biblical characteristics of the leader through examination of biblical examples of leadership from a biblical-theological approach. Attention given to leadership development, integrity, ethics, vision, Spirit-empowerment, servanthood, and mentoring.|
Evangel University's world-class faculty is made up of caring, Christian professionals who are distinguished in their fields and dedicated to the development of tomorrow's Christian leaders.
Dr. Michael Jaffe provides leadership for Evangel’s School of Theology and Church Ministries as chair of the Church Ministries Department. Along with teaching Preaching and Church Leadership courses, Jaffe is a faculty representative on Evangel’s Board of Administration. Jaffe graduated from Central Bible College in 1976 with a degree in Biblical Studies. He pastored for 22 […] read more
Dr. Mark Wootton joined the Central Bible College (now Evangel University) faculty to teach church ministries courses in 2000. Prior to teaching, Wootton served as a church planter in Ohio and as a lead pastor in Arizona and Missouri. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and raised in Cambridge, Ohio, Dr. Wootton attended Central Bible College and […] read more
- Church Staff
- Para-Church Ministries
- Institutional Chaplains
Applicants who have met the following criteria will be considered for admission to the Adult Studies program:
- As a boldly Christian university, all of our students have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
- Graduation from high school or the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Education Development (GED) examination.
- A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in previous college courses. However, in some cases, a student with a weak academic record may be considered. To remain at Evangel, however, you must meet scholastic requirements.
Note: You do not need an associate of arts degree to apply to Evangel.