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Grace College Online Education

Bachelor of Ministry 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.

This online bachelor’s degree in ministry leadership at Grace College 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.

Credit Requirements

Prior to graduation from this 60 credit hour program, students need 60 credit hours accumulated through other college credit, which can include up to 24 credit hours of Experiential Learning credit. College credits must be 100 level or higher with a C- or higher from an accredited (or approved unaccredited) college.

You can receive Grace College Experiential Learning credit for documented life experiences after high school such as workplace learning and personal activities such as music lessons, athletic involvement, and computer courses. Our team will help you discover your credit-worthy experiences and document those experiences for credit. Grace awards one credit hour per 20 hours of documented experience at no cost to you!

Students currently below 39 credit hours should complete the Associate of Science in Liberal Arts prior to this bachelor’s degree.

At A Glance

  • Next Start Date March 9, 2020
  • Course Delivery 100% Online
  • Credit Hours 60
  • Degree Bachelor of Science
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  • BBL 2010 Understanding the Old Testament

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • BBL 2020 Understanding the New Testament

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • HUM 2000 Global Perspectives

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 1400 Ministry Leadership Fundamentals

    Credit Hours: 3

    Orientation to Grace College and online learning. Considerable emphasis on learning and using the Turabian writing style for Biblical Studies.

  • BBL 3130 Understanding World Religions

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • LDR 1000 You the Leader

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 1000 Principles of Ministry Leadership

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 2400 Principles of Church Administration

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 2700 Servant Leadership

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 3000 Nonprofit Financial Management

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 3300 Ministry: Outreach & Care

    Credit Hours: 3

    This course focuses on evangelism, missions, social involvement, pastoral care, and community. This course assists the student with helping others, planning, and resources.

  • MLD 3400 Communication in Christian Ministry

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 3500 Christian Ministry for Reconciliation

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 3900 Developing a Theological Model for 21st Century Youth Ministry

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 4100 Old Testament Leadership

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • BIB 3300 Essential Doctrinal Themes

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • MLD 4000 Integrative Application Project

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • BBL 4310 Women & Scripture

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • BIB 2310 History of Christianity

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

  • ICS 3650 Intercultural Ministry

    Credit Hours: 3

    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.

Tuition & Fees

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How Much Will I Pay for my Degree?
2020-21 BS Ministry Leadership Program Tuition (per credit hour) $417
2020-21 Online Course Fee (per online class) $150

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How to Apply

In order to be considered for enrollment in a Bachelor’s program at Grace, you must fulfill certain admission requirements. Below is a list of the requirements for the program.

  • 60 prior college credit hours (some life and career experiences may be substituted for credit hours)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the application process

We recommend that you apply for admission at least one month before the next entry term. Students applying after the deadline are considered on a space available basis. It is best to apply early!

Step 1: Online Application

After all parts of your application have been completed and received in our enrollment office, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Step 2: Transcript Request

Request official transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions that you have attended. The transcripts must come directly from the school. Transcripts should be sent to

Step 3: Acceptance Process

When all of the steps have been completed, you will be advised of the Admissions Committee’s decision. The Admissions Committee may request that you submit additional materials and/or that you interview with a representative of the College.

Step 4: Enrollment Deposit

Upon acceptance, submit your $100 Enrollment Deposit to accept your offer of admission. Your $100 deposit will be credited to your student account. Welcome to the Grace College community!


Unlocked Opportunities

New careers are within your grasp.

Children's Pastor

Average Salary (2018) $34,969

Associate Pastor

Average Salary (2018) $45,636

Religious Education Director

Average Salary (2018) $36,208


Average Salary (2018) $48,430

Missions Coordinator

Average Salary (2018) $40,464

Outreach Coordinator

Average Salary (2018) $40,489

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Unlocking paths to pursue your goals

Furthering Your Career in Ministry Studies

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for consideration into the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies degree.  Courses are designed to allow you to do the work when it fits your schedule. Also, our students who have taken online courses at Grace not only enjoy the course content, they form a community of learners. The M.A. in Ministry Studies offers three concentrations: Camp Administration, Women’s Leadership Studies, and Counseling.

“I was really excited when Grace offered the degree completion program, and working with a lot of other people who were doing the same thing as me.”

Dee Anna Muraski - Associate Director of Internships