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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries

Many Christians are called to serve God in full-time vocational ministry. The Christian Ministries major at Trinity International University prepares students to do just that. The degree is focused on preparing students both theoretically and theologically in the areas of personal maturity, relational competence and ministry skill in order to engage contemporary culture through Christ.

In TIU's online completion program, you can finish your degree online while experiencing our amazing faculty, individual attention, and Christ-centered community.

Please let us know if you would like to receive more information about our online Christian Ministries degree completion program. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with one of our admissions counselors by calling (877) 236-1072, or emailing us at online@tiu.edu.

Required Courses

Course IDCourse TitleCredit Hours
Required Courses
CM 224 Integrated Field Experience: Spiritual Formation 3 hrs
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hrs
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hrs
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hrs
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hr
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hrs
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hrs
BRS 338 Theological & Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hrs
BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hrs
TOTAL 25 hrs

Specializations

Students completing their Christian Ministries degree online at Trinity have the option of specializing in a particular area of interest. Each specialization offered includes courses that provide focused instruction relating to different areas of ministry.

Broad Field • Family Ministry • Pre-Seminary

Broad Field

The broad field courses are intended to give students exposure to a variety of ministry fields through specific ministry strategy courses and integrated field experience. Students who feel called to any full-time or part-time ministry role or who are interested in gaining an overall perspective of Christian ministry would benefit from the broad field specialization.

Course IDCourse TitleCredit Hours
Foundations
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hrs
Integrated Field Experience
CM 225 IFE: Small Groups 3 hrs
CM 324 IFE: Discipleship 3 hrs
CM 325 IFE: Ministry Methods 3 hrs
Specific Ministry Strategies
Choose Three:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hrs
CM 215 Foundations of Children's Ministry 3 hrs
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hrs
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hrs
Finishing Courses
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hrs
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hrs
CM 420 Ministry Leadership–or–
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hrs
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hr
Upper Biblical Studies Required Course Work
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hrs
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hrs
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hrs
BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hrs

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Family Ministry

Courses in the family ministry specialization focus on instruction in children's ministry, marriage and counseling, as well as various counseling and discipleship courses. The family ministry specialization is ideally suited for students who wish to pursue an associate pastor position or who are called to youth ministry.

Course IDCourse TitleCredit Hours
Foundations
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hrs
Integrated Field Experience
CM 225 IFE: Small Groups 3 hrs
CM 324 IFE: Discipleship 3 hrs
CM 325 IFE: Ministry Methods 3 hrs
Family Ministry Courses
CM 280 Psychological & Sociological Foundations of Family 3 hrs
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hrs
SOC 221 Marriage and the Family 3 hrs
Specific Ministry Strategies
Choose One:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hrs
CM 215 Foundations of Children's Ministry 3 hrs
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hrs
Finishing Courses
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hrs
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hrs
CM 420 Ministry Leadership–or–
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hrs
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hr
Upper Biblical Studies Required Course Work
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hrs
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hrs
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hrs
BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hrs

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Pre-Seminary

The pre-seminary specialization is designed to prepare students who wish to pursue a seminary degree once they have completed their undergraduate studies. Courses focus on pre-requisites necessary for seminary acceptance, including preaching studies and elementary Greek. 

Students who wish to go on to earn their seminary degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) should consult with their advisor regarding elective course selection for a seamless transition to seminary at TEDS. These courses will qualify students for the TEDS Advanced Placement Master of Divinity degree.

Course IDCourse TitleCredit Hours
Foundations
CM 201 Survey of Christian Education 3 hrs
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries3 hours
GR 121-122 Elementary Greek 8 hrs
Integrated Field Experience
Choose One:
CM 225 IFE: Small Groups 3 hrs
CM 324 IFE: Discipleship 3 hrs
CM 325 IFE: Ministry Methods 3 hrs
Pastoral Relationships
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hrs
CM 372X Nonprofit Management–or–
PSY 305 Organizational Psychology 3 hrs
CM 381 Introduction to Preaching 3 hrs
Specific Ministry Strategies
Choose One:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hrs
CM 215 Foundations of Children's Ministry 3 hrs
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hrs
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hrs
Finishing Courses
CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hrs
CM 420 Ministry Leadership–or–
CM 475 Senior Seminar 2 hrs
CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hr
Upper Biblical Studies Required Course Work
BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hrs
BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hrs
BRS 338 Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism 3 hrs
BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hrs

Request more information about the Pre-Seminary Specialization