Ministry Leadership and Theology

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The Department of Ministry Leadership and Theology offers various degree programs to students who have a heart to serve, a thirst for biblical knowledge, and a passion to share the Gospel. This department also offers a theological studies major for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the Bible and theology, and who may be called to para-church ministries or graduate studies. The majors in the department are designed to prepare students to fulfill the mission of God through a wide range of careers both in the church and in para-church ministries.

Bachelor’s Degrees

The major in Children and Family Studies is designed to prepare students with foundational knowledge of administration, Bible, Christian education, church music and worship, church polity, missions, preaching, theology, and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

The major in Youth & Family Studies track is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge in Bible, church ministry, youth culture, outreach and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

The Family Studies Program is designed to prepare students for a variety of professional roles, both inside and outside the church, focusing on attending to the needs of families. Family Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the well-being and healthy development of individuals and families over their lifespan. This includes dynamic relations within the family as well as the family’s interactions with broader social institutions. The program incorporates coursework and supervised field experience giving the student the tools needed for successful service to families.

The major in Ministry Leadership is designed to provide the student with a foundational knowledge of education, Bible, church ministry, and the variety of ministry leadership opportunities within the local church, outside the church, and in parachurch organizations. It is flexible enough to allow the student to choose an area of particular interest but also expose the student to a broad perspective of the church as a whole and the various ministries it provides.

The major in Ministry Leadership – Online is designed to provide the student with a foundational knowledge of education, Bible, church ministry, and the variety of ministry leadership opportunities within the local church, outside the church, and in parachurch organizations. It is flexible enough to allow the student to choose an area of particular interest but also expose the student to a broad perspective of the church as a whole and the various ministries it provides.

The major in Pastoral Leadership is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge in administration, Bible, Christian education, church music and worship, church polity, missions, preaching, theology, and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies is designed to prepare the student with broad exposure to arts and sciences, foundational knowledge in philosophy, Church history, biblical languages, practical theology, teaching and preaching, and advanced study in Scripture and theology as evidenced by a Senior Research project.

Minors

CMS 233 Educational Technology 3 cr

CRE 153 Introduction to Children’s Ministry 3 cr

CRE 393 Children’s Presentations 3 cr

CRE/PST Elective 3 cr

PST 363 Pastoring Children and Families 3 cr

PSY 414 Marriage and Family Therapy 3 cr

CRE 153 Introduction to Children’s Ministry 3 cr

PSY 321 Perspectives on Parenting 3 cr

PSY 353 Community Psychology 3 cr

PSY 414 Marriage and Family Therapy 3 cr

SOC 223 Youth Culture 3 cr

SWK 123 Introduction to Social Work 3 cr

PRE 213 Foundations of Biblical Preaching 3 cr

PSY 333 Pastoral Counseling 3 cr

SOC 223 Youth Culture 3 cr

YTH 173 Introduction to Youth Ministry 3 cr

YTH 313 The Minister of Youth 3 cr

YTH 413 Youth Ministry Leadership 3 cr

Associate Degrees

The Associate of Arts in Christian Ministries is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge of church ministry, Bible, youth culture, outreach, and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

The Associate of Arts in Children’s Studies is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge of administration, Bible, Christian education, church music and worship, church policy, missions, preaching, theology, and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

The Associate of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed to teach the student the foundational knowledge of biblical studies and Christian life. The program prepares the student to pursue further training in church ministry or to continue education in another career.

The Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies is designed to teach the student the foundational knowledge of biblical studies and Christian life. The program will also prepare the student to pursue further training in church ministry or to continue education in another career.

The Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies is designed to teach the student the foundational knowledge of biblical studies and Christian life. The program will also prepare the student to pursue further training in church ministry or to continue education in another career.

The Associate of Arts in Youth Studies is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge of church ministry, Bible, youth culture, outreach, and other essentials designed to develop skill in ministry and related areas.

Master’s Degrees

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is designed to expand the student’s theological and biblical understanding and skill sets in leadership. Skills acquired through this educational pursuit equip one to better understand and work with people, with the result of moving others on to meaningful change through biblical, theological, sociological, and psychological study. The program explores the health of the leader, development of models for leadership and the need to accurately analyze various cultures and leadership models. The program serves those desiring to pursue a Master of Arts degree or additional degrees, and those actively involved in academia, church ministries, Christian organizations, and parachurch groups.

The Master of Arts in Theology is designed to expand the depth of Christian thought from an in-depth biblical and theological position. The focus is to equip students to more effectively wrestle with contemporary and human condition issues in a scholarly fashion. Multiple cultures are taken into account. Students are exposed to the most recent scholarship in the various disciplines of theology. To accomplish this, the program confronts the issues through a biblical, theological, philosophical, and sociological grid. This provides a platform for skills in scholarly research and insight into world issues. The program serves those desiring to pursue a Master of Arts degree or additional degrees, and those actively involved in academia, church ministries, Christian organizations, and parachurch groups.

Ministry Leadership Certificate

The Certificate of Ministry Leadership is designed to prepare the student with foundational knowledge of the Bible and other essentials designed to develop skill in vocational ministry. This online program assists students to fulfill the educational requirements for ordination with the Assemblies of God.

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Lead pastor
  • Associate pastor
  • Youth pastor

  • Church administrator
  • Chaplain
  • Professor

If you desire to grow in ministry leadership and fulfill the call of God on your life, a degree from the Ministry Leadership and Theology department is right for you!

 

For more information, contact Department Chair
Dr. David Dippold, D.Min.

dmdippold@valleyforge.edu
610.917.1446