DESCRIPTION: This degree prepares students for preaching & congregational ministry areas of vocational leadership within the church. As a part of Cincinnati Christian University’s Teaching Church program, students within these majors learn through traditional academic study, complemented by progressive field-based co-curricular experiences, culminating in a substantial year-long internship with one of CCU’s select Teaching Churches. Students in this program develop ministry preparations and competency through both learning within the university classroom and practice within the local church.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES: – Explore personal giftedness and calling for ministry through use of assessment tools and spiritual reflection – Develop spiritual disciplines necessary for healthy formation in Christian life and leadership – Apply biblical and theological understanding as an essential foundation for all vocational ministry – Demonstrate understanding of common general practices in vocational ministry (e.g. preaching and teaching, pastoral care and counseling, church leadership and administration, weddings and funerals, evangelism and discipleship, baptism and ordination, etc.) – Exhibit a perspective for vocational leadership that is enriched by the liberal arts and sciences – Articulate an understanding of the Christian faith that is rooted in a distinct biblical worldview – Demonstrate effective ability to communicate and apply Scripture to life through preaching
COURSE PATH Arts & Sciences Core (39 hrs) – College English 1 (3 hrs) – College English 2 (3 hrs) – Survey of Multicultural Literature (3 hrs) – Ancient History Elective (3 hrs) – Philosophy Elective (3 hrs) – History of Christianity (3 hrs) – History of the Restoration Movement (3 hrs) – Mathematics Elective (3 hrs) – Natural Science Electives (6 hrs) – Introductory Psychology (3 hrs) – Behavioral Science Elective (3 hrs) – Public Speaking (3 hrs)
Biblical & Theological Core (42-48 hrs) – Origins of the People of God I: Israel (3 hrs) – Pentateuch: Teachings & Perspectives (3 hrs) – Prophets: Teachings & Perspectives (3 hrs) – Wisdom: Teachings & Perspectives (3 hrs) – Origins of the People of God II: Jesus & Church (3 hrs) – Jesus & the Gospels (3 hrs) – Paul and His Letters (3 hrs) – Christian Belief & Practice 1 (3 hrs) – Christian Belief & Practice 2 (3 hrs) – Biblical Exegesis & Hermeneutics (3 hrs) – Seminar on the Bible & Culture (3 hrs) – Christian Apologetics (3 hrs) – Biblical or Theological Studies Elective (3 hrs)– +New Testament Greek 1&2 OR Biblical Hebrew 1&2 (6 hrs) – +Greek or Hebrew Exegesis Elective (3 hrs)
[*for BS degree only; +for BA degree only]
Ministry Core (27 hrs) – Intro to Ministry I: Calling & Spiritual Formation (3 hrs) – Intro to Ministry II: Practices of Ministry (3 hrs) – Organizational Leadership (3 hrs) – Case Studies & Problem Solving (3 hrs) – Advanced Spiritual Formation (3 hrs) – Ministry Internship I (4.5 hrs) – Ministry Internship II (4.5 hrs) – Ministry Elective (3 hrs)
Preaching & Congregational Ministry Core (12 hrs) – Biblical Preaching & Teaching OR Principles & Practices of Teaching – Adults (3 hrs) – Preaching Electives (6 hrs) – Basic Counseling Skills (3 hrs)