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The Christian Ministries concentration is designed for those interested and/or involved in ministry leadership. You’ll be prepared with an introduction to understanding the Bible, defense of the Christian faith, and spiritual formation.

To earn an undergraduate degree from Bethel, you will need a total of 122 credits. The listed number of required credits is based on a minimum of 60 transfer credits from previous professional, military, or educational experiences.

If you are applying with fewer credits, your enrollment counselor can help explore options for obtaining additional credits.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

20-26 months


  • Biblical Interpretation for Ministry (BIBL360)

    Introduction to biblical hermeneutics and exegesis including interpretive issues of genre and literary context, historical context, communicative intention, presuppositions, and metanarrative. Exploration of biblical inspiration, canonicity, and authority in light of Scripture as communication. Development of skills necessary for understanding the Bible in its original contexts and contextualizing its messages today.

    3 credits

  • Foundations of Business Management (BUSN301)

    Analysis of key managerial functions, management and leadership in a business environment. Identification of the global, political, legal, sociocultural and demographic environments of business. Explanation of how mental, emotional, and spiritual characteristics result in purposeful leadership and management. Application of theories of organizational behavior to management and leadership in a business environment. Application of management decision making models in a business environment.

    3 credits

  • Professional Project Management (BUSN320)

    Introduction to the principles of project management including the role of the project manager, types of projects, stages of a project, project variables, and project processes. Examination of the organization, planning, and controlling of projects. Understanding of how to manage project scope, schedule and resources.

    3 credits

  • Foundations for Christian Ministry (CHMN300)

    Exploration of the Christian gospel and how it is applied through a wide range of ministry expressions today. Comparison of the ministry of Jesus with contemporary ministry practices. Reflection on personal strengths and how they apply in ministry settings, and identification of steps to continue to discern vocation and calling.

    3 credits

  • Personal Spiritual Formation (CHMN320)

    Introduction to the process of spiritual and personal formation. Exploration of models and themes for formation and faith development, with attention to cultural and gender dimensions of formation models and traditions. Examination of both individual and communal spiritual journeys, practices, and connections to God.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Adult Development (ORGL310)

    Assessment of personal strengths and how those strengths apply in personal, professional and learning communities. Analysis of various theories of adult development including psychological, moral and spiritual development. Reflection on personal strengths, development and purpose.

    3 credits

  • Theories of Organizations and Leadership (ORGL330)

    Evaluation of leadership theories. Exploration of organizational behavior and leadership models and their distinguishing attitudes, values and cultural dimensions. Analysis of individual/organizational factors that stimulate behavior. Analysis of common characteristics contributing to building and sustaining organizational culture. Identification of how faith and worldviews affect leadership theory and practice.

    3 credits

  • Scholarly Research and Writing for Organizational Leadership (ORGL340R)

    Instruction and practice in scholarly writing as preparation for the program’s writing assignments. A practical approach to expository essay structure, and reading and writing research studies. Bibliographic instruction, writing portions of a literature review, and an introduction to principles of survey research are included.

    3 credits

  • Organizational Behavior (ORGL345)

    Exploration of how organizational behaviors and cultures are shaped and formed while considering emerging social trends. Examination of the roles of both leadership and followership as individuals, groups, and organizations as a whole. Reflection on personal competencies, foundational beliefs, and assumptions of leadership and their influence on organizational culture, conflict, and change.

    3 credits

  • Leadership Communication (ORGL350)

    Good communication as a foundation for effective leadership. A leader’s communication as a reflection of the ability to successfully influence and impact others with integrity. Practices, skills, and tools necessary to focus on the leader as the communication champion.

    3 credits

  • Leading in the Digital Age (ORGL370)

    Introduction to major technology developments and their impact on people and organizations. Evaluation of technology, benefits and consequences of technology, and technology change in the organizational context. Analysis of personal and organizational issues related to technology in light of ethical and/or moral reasoning and relevant organizational and/or personal characteristics.

    3 credits

  • Principles of Leading and Managing (ORGL400)

    Introduction to management principles and the leadership practices that support them. Evaluation of basic leadership models and individual management practices within an organization, and assessment of deep personal commitments that can impact leadership practices. Integration of research, best practice, and developmental self-awareness into a personal leadership and management plan.

    3 credits

  • Self-Leadership and Organizational Health (ORGL430)

    Analysis of components that contribute to healthy organizations, effective leaders and engaged followers. Apply self-leadership in real-world contexts. Recognition of appreciation in organizational environments. Assessment of personal understanding of cultural awareness and focused strategies. Exploration of how faith, worldviews and self-leadership inform organizational health.

    3 credits

  • Global Leadership Summit (ORGL450)

    Introduction to global perspectives on leading and following through lens of the Global Leadership Summit sponsored by Willow Creek Association. Designed as a self-directed study within parameters of a semester. Analysis of leadership concepts and application to personal, professional, organizational and faith contexts. Intentional design for continued personal and/or professional leadership growth and development.

    3 credits

  • Integrated Principles of Leadership (ORGL462)

    Focus on an integrated paradigm that brings together the broad field of leadership. Examination of how to frame (or diagnose) perceived versus real issues, in real time. Discussion and practice, with a repeatable process, to resolve identified issues. Evaluation of generational differences that may be a source of misalignment within work teams, and how to resolve those differences.

    3 credits

  • Applied Leadership Ethics (ORGL465H)

    Application of ethical principles to issues of moral perplexity within a business/organizational management context. Analysis of ethical pluralism, cultural diversity, allocation of resources, equal opportunity requirements and sexual harassment policies. Consideration of the relationship between organizational imperatives and faith.

    3 credits

  • Leading and Change (ORGL490)

    Consideration of the various components of change and transformation in relation to leading, managing, and following. Examination of the role of the leader in promoting an environment that allows for the wellbeing of the individual as well as the organization. Designed as a senior seminar in which students integrate and synthesize their learning experiences in the program.

    3 credits

  • Apologetics (THEO442)

    Investigation of the rational foundation of the Christian faith. Critical examination of historical and philosophical arguments for the faith as well as analysis of its relation to modern and non-Christian philosophies, movements, and worldviews will form the substance of the course.

    3 credits

  • CORE Courses

    A distinctive feature of Bethel's programs is our commitment to the development of the whole person. In addition to courses within a program, students explore personal values and faith formation in a hospitable environment that respects learning from one another's perspectives. Rather than teaching students what to think about Christianity, we teach students how to think about the Bible, Christian history, and personal faith.

    • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives (CORE300)

      An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.

      3 credits

    • Examining Crucial Questions (CORE330)

      Summary of the Christian biblical narrative. Identification of the roles of scripture, history, experience, and reason as they form convictions related to social and ethical issues. Examination of selected theological concepts using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, as well as the application of those concepts to real life situations.

      3 credits