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Christian Ministry Leadership (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry Leadership program, offered through the School of Human Services, is designed to prepare students for effective church ministry, provide hands-on experiences in a church setting, develop practical skills and knowledge for Christian leadership.

A primary objective of the ministry leadership major is the meaningful integration of biblical knowledge, theoretical perspective and practical application of leadership skills. This integration of skills and knowledge better prepares students to serve their local and global communities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CML program is to prepare graduates to be effective leaders in Christ’s body – the church. Through Christ-centered learning experiences, a solid foundation for leadership in ministry coupled with strong biblical knowledge is anticipated. Development of skills and principles for ministry, plus practical ministry experience are emphasized as they are critical to be effective in tomorrow’s contemporary society.

Career Opportunities

The ministry leadership major prepares those who desire to work in church ministry, and provides an educational foundation for those currently employed in church ministry. Students majoring in ministry leadership will also be prepared for further studies in seminary.

Program Strengths and Emphases

Meaningful integration of biblical knowledge, theoretical perspective and practical application of leadership skills is a primary objective of the major. The integration of skills and knowledge is designed to prepare students to serve local and global communities.

Courses and Program Requirements

The 40-44-hour ministry leadership major requires that students develop specific professional skills by taking courses in:

  • Christian History
  • Spiritual and Value Formation
  • Leadership Formation
  • Church Development
  • Historical Biblical Perspectives

View the program requirements and layout, course descriptions, and to learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry Leadership program at Spring Arbor University in the course catalog.

Locations and Start Dates

The bachelor’s in Christian ministry leadership is offered at some extension sites across Michigan. Click on the location nearest you to see when the next cohort is scheduled to begin. Apply now.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry Leadership (BA) program requires prior completion of 58 semester hours. Credit hours can be earned through testing and approved courses taken at other accredited institutions. We also offer an Associate of Science in Business program that is designed to help you earn enough credits to enter our accelerated bachelor’s degree programs.

The following are additional admissions requirements for the CML program:

  • Fill out the online or written application
  • Submit an autobiographical outline
  • Submit a writing sample
  • Send us your transcripts from each college you’ve attended (must be official transcripts issued by the institution).

If you have questions or want to meet with a program representative, call 800.968.0011 or contact us.

Tuition and Fees

2016-17 rates

  • Tuition per credit: $410
  • Registration fee (per semester): $40
  • Technology fee (per semester): $105 (full-time), $53 (part-time)

Tuition rates and fees are subject to change.

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