Bethel University Christian Ministries

Christian Ministries Program

Bachelor of Arts

With a Christian Ministries degree, you’ll experience personal transformation while gaining the relevant skills to serve wherever you’re called.

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Discover learning that fits your life. In Bethel's online B.A. in Christian Ministries program, you’ll build a strong foundation of biblical studies and theology—and experience life transformation in the process. You’ll investigate your own faith development and explore how it applies to leadership in your current and future ministry, so you’re prepared to lead and serve wherever God calls you.

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Bethel’s B.A. in Christian Ministries degree prepares you for a lifetime of effective Christian service wherever God leads you, whether that’s church ministry or another career. You'll be taking the next step towards transformation in leadership and biblical understanding. You can also study Christian ministries as a minor combined with another program.

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Program Highlights

Experiential learning

You’ll apply your skills in a Christian ministry practicum, where you’ll do hands-on work supervised by an experienced mentor.

Prepare for seminary

The Christian Ministries program will equip you with a solid foundation for seminary or graduate education, including at Bethel Seminary.

Experienced Christian faculty

You’ll be mentored and supported by mature Christian professors who believe in formation, not indoctrination.

Character development

As a ministry student, you’ll learn how to sustain a vibrant, transformative relationship with God.

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Learning that fits your life.

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At Bethel, you’ll experience personal and spiritual transformation that will equip you for a lifetime of meaningful, effective service. Our B.A. in Christian Ministries is an online education program that teaches you to lead from the inside out, developing your personal, internal walk with God first as an integral part of your external actions and service to Him.


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Coming to Bethel has been a blessing and a great learning experience for me. The Christian ministry program at Bethel is having a tremendous impact on my life and ministry setting. I feel more equipped, empowered and ready to serve.

Coming to Bethel has been a blessing and a great learning experience for me. The Christian ministry program at Bethel is having a tremendous impact on my life and ministry setting. I feel more equipped, empowered and ready to serve.

Jerry Daidii '15
Current job: Pastor

Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a Christian Ministries degree?

The B.A. in Christian Ministries program will provide you with a solid foundation in biblical studies and biblical theology, while inspiring life transformation in the process. You’ll be prepared for seminary, graduate school, or a variety of ministry leadership roles.


Whether bi-vocationally or serving full time, our graduates pursue:

  • Pastoral ministry in urban, suburban, or rural settings
  • Youth or children’s ministry
  • Worship leadership
  • Lay counseling
  • Prayer ministry
  • Christian education in church settings
  • Community ministry
  • Missions work
  • Chaplaincy
  • Faith-based nonprofits and other parachurch ministries
  • Christian leadership

(Some of these careers require additional master’s level graduate or seminary degrees.)

Graduate Fields

Our graduates go on to study:

  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Ministry Practice
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Thought
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership
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