College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christian Ministry Major (BA Traditional)

This program is designed to prepare students for service in a ministry setting (with an option for certification as a Director of Christian Education or Outreach for LCMS students). Students will gain an understanding of Christian and Lutheran doctrine, beliefs, teachings, history, practices, ethics, church organization and strategy, vocation, and outreach. Upon completion of this program, students will recognize their personal identity in Christ, the broader ministry of the Gospel, and their philosophy of ministry.

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

Co-requisites from General Education (do not count toward major credit total)
Introduction to Psychology (4)
New Testament (3)
Lutheran Doctrine I (3)
Required (22 credits)
CHM 268Introduction to Christian Ministry2
CHM 269Engaging God's Mission for the 21st Century2
CHM 321Foundations for Teaching and Learning3
CHM 325Strategic Ministry3
CHM 422Leadership Development for the Church3
CHM 440Speaking the Gospel3
THL 353Christianity and World Religions4
CHM 490Theory to Action: Capstone in Christian Ministry2
Electives (16 credits)
Required for DCE certification
CHM 426Youth Ministry2
CHM 427Family Ministry2
CHM 431Children's Ministry2
CHM 432Confirmation Ministry2
CHM 436Adult Ministry2
Required for DCO certification
THL 371Mission of God4
CHM 331Mission in Context2
Other electives
CHM 270Using Social Media in Ministry2
CHM 271Best Practices for Mission and Ministry3
CHM 273Outdoor Ministry2
CHM 274Sports Ministry2
THL 377Faith and Justice in the City4
MAN 120Business Fundamentals and Entrepreneurship2

Practicums and Internship required for LCMS Certification

Additional Requirements for DCE/DCO Certifcation (16 credits):

CHM 381Practicum in Christian Ministries 11
CHM 382Practicum in Christian Ministries 21
CHM 481Practicum in Christian Ministries 31
CHM 482Practicum in Christian Ministries 41
CHM 498Commissioned Ministry Internship I6
CHM 499Commissioned Ministry Internship II6
Total Credits16