Bachelor of Arts: Missions

Many have said of missions that it expresses the heart of God, and surely there is no greater task than to bring the message of hope in Jesus Christ to the world. The Missions major is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of the biblical principles and cultural, social, and personal issues related to being an effective witness for Christ in the twenty-first century. Students who complete the program will demonstrate the basic qualifications to serve as a Christian missionary, either on a home or foreign field.


Students who complete the Missions program will meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry, as well as the following objectives specific to this major.

Division Objectives: students will

1. Understand the need for, meaning, and practice of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible and essential Christian doctrine, the ability to accurately interpret Scripture, and an increasingly coherent Christian worldview that enables them to apply biblical principles to questions of ethics, compassion, and all other life situations.

3. Exhibit a lifestyle that is characterized by simplicity, integrity, responsibility, and order which reflects concern for the social implications of the gospel and lends credibility to a Christian testimony.

4. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and ability required to minister to others in their own cultural group and across cultural boundaries, utilizing appropriate technology and relevant forms of both written and verbal communication.

5. Demonstrate perseverance and commitment, and the ability to work productively both independently and in teams.

6. Develop the skills and understanding necessary for personal Bible-study, prayer, and devotional life which can sustain and empower one’s personal life and ministry to others.

7. Demonstrate the ability to find, process, and apply information that is relevant to one’s Christian life and ministry through the exercise of both critical and creative thinking.

Specific Program Objectives: students will

1. Articulate the Biblical basis of world missions and the role of the Church in missions, and exhibit a broad knowledge of history, geography, peoples, and governments.

2. Prove their ability to research and report on the historical, ethnic, religious, social, cultural, and political background of the areas in which they may serve through assigned research projects and area studies.

3. Display a broad knowledge of the history of the development of missions and the state of the Church and missionary status in foreign countries.

4. Demonstrate their personal commitment to missions by discerning and testifying to what they believe to be God’s specific will for them.

5. Communicate Biblical truths in a cross‑cultural setting and distinguish between Christian faith and human culture.

6. Reveal a competency in and understanding of missionary principles and practices as a result of course requirements in the missions curriculum and manifest the ability to adapt to a different culture through a practicum program.

7. Demonstrate their ability to relate effectively and intelligently to supporting churches.

8. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies.

MISSIONS Required Courses

I. Division of Bible and Ministry [83 hours]

Division Core

Part I. Bible Concentration:

17 hours


Bible Study Methods

3 hours


New Testament Survey

3 hours


Old Testament Survey

3 hours


Doctrine of Holiness

2 hours


Teachings of Friends

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

NT211 Transformational Life & Leadership of Christ (3 hours)

NT241 Synoptic Gospels (3 hours)

NT362 Acts (3 hours)

NT346 Writings of John (3 hours)

Part II. Foundations for Ministry:

10 hours


Personal Evangelism Seminar

1 hour


Survey of Church Ministry

3 hours


Intercultural Ministry

3 hours


Spiritual Formation I

3 hours

Additional Bible/Theology:

18 hours



3 hours


New Testament Greek III

3 hours


New Testament Greek IV

3 hours


Basic Beliefs

2 hours



2 hours


Theology of Missions

2 hours

3 hours chosen from NT or OT electives

3 hours

Professional Ministry Courses

38 hours


Biblical and Historical Models of Ministry

3 hours


Ministry Leadership

3 hours


Ministry Management

3 hours


Missionary Principles and Practices

3 hours


World Religions and Ideologies

3 hours


Church Planting and Evangelism

3 hours


Area Studies (Urban/Rural Studies)

3 hours



2 hours


Contextualization of Theology

3 hours


Homiletics I

3 hours


Counseling for Christian Leaders

3 hours


Interpersonal Relationships

3 hours


Spiritual Formation II

3 hours

II. Division of General Studies [45 hours]

Division Core


12 hours


Introduction to Computer Applications

3 hours


College Writing

3 hours


Research and Writing

3 hours


Fundamentals of Speech

3 hours


6 hours


Introduction to Philosophy

3 hours

LI201/202 Introduction to Literature

3 hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

7 hours


Personal Effectiveness

1 hour


General Psychology

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

SS201Western Civilization I (3 hours)

SS223 American History I (3 hours)

SO211 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

Science and Mathematics:

6 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MA103 Mathematical Concepts (3 hours)

MA108 College Algebra (3 hours)

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

Any Science Elective

Additional General Studies Requirements:

14 hours


Using NT Greek I

2 hours


Using NT Greek II

2 hours


Cultural Anthropology

3 hours


Marriage and Family

3 hours

3 hours chosen from literature (LI) courses

3 hours

1 hour chosen from any General Education elective

1 hour

128 hours total