Bachelor of Science inMinistry Leadership
Across churches, nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses alike, servant leadership is essential. Leaders need to recognize that, as Jesus demonstrated throughout His ministry, to lead others is to serve them. Leaders are accountable to God, and they should reflect His love in their interactions and decisions.
The online Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership degree at Grace College is designed to prepare you to serve God in ministry. This program provides you with a biblical framework for a career as a pastor, children’s ministry director or missionary and for other leadership positions in ministry or the community.
Wherever you are called to serve the body of Christ, you will obtain at Grace College the foundational knowledge and real-world application needed to make an impact. It all takes place in a convenient, online-learning environment.
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Ministry Leadership Courses
The Bible is the Story of God’s redemption of fallen humanity through the Person and work of Jesus Christ. This online course provides a survey of the Old Testament books with special reference to their context, content, and theology.
This course introduces the New Testament with special reference to background, historical setting, literary composition, theology and message. After successfully completing this course, the student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of background issues which introduce one to the study of various concepts of the New Testament, the historical milieu of each New Testament book studied, the purpose and general content of each New Testament book studied, the relationship between the New and Old Testaments, and the use of the New Testament in modern ministry.
In this course, students engage divergent outlooks from around the world, grappling with cultural differences and presuppositions. Defining literary works, films and guest speakers from different continents set the stage for literary and cultural discussions. This course will also provide a framework for understanding God’s heart for the nations.
Orientation to Grace College and online learning. Considerable emphasis on learning and using the Turabian writing style for Biblical Studies.
This course allows the student to analyze the nature of religion, explore the major religions of the world, and understand how to relate the adherents of the various religions of the world.
This course is designed to equip students to discover their primary leadership style and preferred leadership behaviors and values in order to prepare them as leaders in a variety of contexts. Research-based theories and models of leadership and leadership principles will be discussed and integrated within a framework of biblical, theological, and cultural perspectives in order to enable students to further their plan for personal leadership formation, to be built upon as they complete their program and for future use.
This course is designed to equip students to serve effectively as ministry leaders in a variety of faith-based, nonprofit contexts. The course provides an introductory and holistic overview of principles inherent to the practice of Christian ministry leadership. Research-based theories and models, organizational design, and leadership principles will be discussed and integrated within a framework of biblical, theological, organizational, and cultural perspectives.
This course is a study of administrative principles and practices for the local church. Emphasis will be given to church administration, including organization, programming, aspects of leadership, staff, finances and public relations in churches while integrating material from both religious and secular sources. The course will also touch on branding and social media for the church.
This course is designed to guide the student into embracing a Christ-centered approach to leadership by means of serving others, focusing on these three dynamics in the life and ministry of the servant leader: conviction, character and competence. Included in the course are opportunities to learn through reading, participating in discussions, interviewing a seasoned servant leader and hands-on experience in serving in a current ministry.
This course will introduce learners to the role of resource management found within nonprofit environments. Learners will interact with philanthropy, earned-income strategies, governmental support, and financial management of such resources.
This course focuses on evangelism, missions, social involvement, pastoral care, and community. This course assists the student with helping others, planning, and resources.
This course will look into the importance of communication in leadership within Christian ministry. Communication will be studied within the context of today’s technological, strategic and ministerial developments. The course will deal with principles in organizational communication and “communicating in teams and networks.” Focuses will be on the analysis of an organization of the student’s choice and on the understanding and completion of communication needs within an organization.
This course will introduce students to the field of conflict resolution. We will explore the fascinating nature of conflict, the sources of conflict, reactions to conflict and the role of communication and problem-solving skills in managing and resolving conflicts. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding and resolving interpersonal and group conflicts in the workplace and exploring the role of negotiation and third-party neutrals for intervention in resolving conflicts within the workplace.
This course deals with the big picture of youth ministry in the 21st century. Students will examine biblical principles of mentoring youth and developing leaders. They will learn about the current and emerging youth generations and determine strategies for ministering to youth in 21st century.
This course is designed to guide students toward a growing understanding God’s pattern of caring for His people and demonstrating His glory by calling and empowering ordinary people for leadership. In this course, students will study the lives and ministries of eight Old Testament leaders, evaluating each leader’s relationship with God, growth in character, and development as God’s leader. Each student will be expected not only to reflect on the life and ministry of these Old Testament leaders, but also on his or her own life and ministry in light of the lessons learned.
This course is designed to engage the student in the essential doctrines of the Christian faith and to help them begin to set a solid foundation for a well-rounded and well-informed theological position in their personal faith. The purpose of this class is to examine eight areas of theology in such a manner as to allow the learner to search the Scriptures and engage multiple theological authors so they can begin to articulate and defend what they believe about the Christian faith. Attention will be given to helping the student critically analyze the historical doctrinal commitments of Grace College and Seminary by engaging students in the evaluation of the presuppositions and conclusions of different doctrinal groups.
This course provides learners with the opportunity to further develop the capacity to properly and effectively use concepts from the Ministry Leadership program in realistic problem solving settings. Students will demonstrate mastery of material through a research-based project.
Students will explore the value of women as disclosed in special revelation, beginning with Genesis and the “imago dei.” They will research the backdrop of the ancient world in order to understand the various roles women played in the Old Testament in revealing the heart of God and His plan for redemptive history. They will investigate ways that Jesus elevated the status of women and how New Testament passages describe the function of women within the Christian community. Using modern theories on the role of women— complementarian and egalitarian—students will seek to define a biblical approach to contemporary questions about the role of women. In addition, students will analyze current culture and make recommendations for how God’s Word speaks into the lives of women today.
This course will study the development of the church from the first century through the twentieth century. The basic purpose is to give an overview of the movement of church history and put into that context noted personalities and doctrinal developments. The course will trace the development of select doctrines and will set those doctrines into their historical and biblical contexts.
This course is intended to provide students with an awareness of the elements of cultural value and belief systems, intercultural communication, and cultural adaptation and how they affect biblical ministry as well as practical tasks in intercultural and multicultural contexts. It is designed to help pastors, youth ministers, Christian counselors, and other Christian ministry personnel become more effective in various intercultural situations as their understanding permits them to shape their ministry to penetrate those of other cultures more deeply. Knowing how culture functions, the extent to which it shapes people, and how we are affected by our own, keeps us from the traps of reading our own cultural values into other contexts and into God’s Word itself. It also guards us from the danger of imposing our cultural values on others unknowingly as we go about God’s work in evangelism, teaching, counseling, and serving.
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