Online Christian Ministry Leadership

Prepare for professional or leadership positions in Christian Ministry with an accredited 4-year program.

What will I learn with a degree in Christian Ministry Leadership?

The Online major in Christian Ministry Leadership is designed for the student who is called to local church ministry and leadership. A student who has completed the program will demonstrate the basic qualifications for serving as a pastor or leader in a local church and gain the foundation for a lifetime of developing ministerial skills.

Program outcomes include:

1. Understand their personal call into ministry and explain the biblical purpose of the local
church and the role of the pastor within the local church.
2. Use lessons from church history and current methods of Leadership in Ministry to
develop a sound philosophy of local church ministry.
3. Develop an understanding of how one discerns God’s vision for the future of a local
congregation, how that vision is communicated, and how to mobilize the congregation
for implementing activities by which the vision may be realized.
4. Accurately interpret scripture, using sound methodology and a familiarity with New
Testament Greek.
5. Craft and deliver sermons that help listeners apply biblical principles to the problems
and possibilities they face in the twenty-first century.
6. Conduct specialized worship ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, dedications,
baptisms, and communion.

Why should I come to Barclay College for a degree in Christian Ministry Leadership?

With an online degree in Christian Ministry Leadership you will not only gain the knowledge and skills for better leadership, you will have a biblical foundation for living out leadership in your occupation. In fact, you’ll receive a BS in Biblical Studies along with a BS in Christian Ministry Leadership.

Barclay College Online offers asynchronous classes, meaning you can do weekly assignments on your own time, anywhere you want, even if you work full-time.

Barclay’s flexible open enrollment lets you jump in at the beginning of any session during any semester! Classes open up every six weeks, so if the start date is too soon, the next session is right around the corner!

What can I do with a degree in Christian Ministry Leadership?

A degree in Christian Ministry Leadership is proving a popular choice among students who want to prepare for professional ministry or serve in a leadership capacity in a church or ministry organization. Here are ministry positions for which you would be qualified after earning this degree:

  • Lead Pastor
  • Associate/Assistant Pastor
  • Administrative/Executive Pastor
  • Discipleship Pastor/Leader
  • Outreach Pastor/Leader
  • Small Group Pastor/Leader
  • Worship Pastor/Leader
  • Youth Pastor/Leader


Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science: Christian Ministry Leadership

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General Studies Requirements

27 hours

OEN101 College Writing


OEN202 Research and Writing


Humanities Elective


Math Elective


Science Elective


OSP202 Fundamentals of Speech


Social Science Elective


Biblical & Theological Studies Requirements

30 hours

Biblical Studies Electives


Theological Studies Electives


OTH221 Teachings of Friends


OTH302 Doctrine of Holiness


Professional Studies Requirements

36 hours

OBL311 Life Assessment/Self Management


OBM315 Personal Financial Management


OCM307 Ministry Leadership and Administration


OCM314 Communication


OCM323 Advanced Spiritual Formation


OCM335 Leadership Theory


OCM346 Church History


OMI322 World Christian Perspective


ONT322 Church Planting


ONT344 Pastoral Principles


OOT343 OT Models of Leadership


OPY312 Techniques of Counseling


Unrestricted Elective Requirement

35 hours

Career Outlook

* According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2022


Annual Mean Wages for Director, Religious Activity, and Education


Annual Mean Wagers for Clergy

Job Titles

  • Lead Pastor
  • Associate/Assistant Pastor
  • Administrative/Executive Pastor
  • Discipleship Pastor/Leader
  • Outreach Pastor/Leader
  • Small Group Pastor/Leader
  • Worship Pastor/Leader
  • Youth Pastor/Leader

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I am a changed man because of all of the wonderful Barclay instructors and classmates who have helped to further form me spiritually. My plans are to continue God’s calling to me as a pastor.”

Richard Downing

2020, Christian Ministry Leadership
Pastor, Goshen Friends Church, Zanesfield OH

Have questions about our Christian Ministry Leadership degree?

Matt Close, M.A.

Chair of Christian Ministry Leadership

PhD Candidate, Missions and Ministry, University of the Cumberlands
MA, Theology, Barclay College
BS, Religion, Liberty University
Assistant Pastor, East Richland Friends Church