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School of Bible and Ministry

Bible & Ministry

Biblical Studies  |  Leadership & Ministry

The School of Bible & Ministry

Preparing you for your calling by equipping you for your career

Experience an education with Scripture as the foundation

Develop rich, godly friendships that will last a lifetime

Feel confident and prepared for your ministry career

Be equipped to serve God, your community and beyond

Bible

EDUCATION WITH SCRIPTURE AT THE CENTER

At Grace, we know that the Bible is essential to a Christian education. We want to help you to stand on God’s Word as you begin your career.

Ministry

PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY

Our School of Bible and Ministry offers a variety of classes to prepare you for wherever the Lord will take you in life and ministry.

Bible

INSTRUCTORS WHO CARE

You’re more than just a name. Our professors and staff believe in the importance of investing in each student at Grace.

At Grace, You are More Than Just a Student

You are a person with unlimited potential made in the image of a loving God. We understand that your calling and career path will be as unique as you are. At Grace, we will help you align your calling with the skills needed for your future careers so you can confidently impact the world, well beyond your time with us.

Choose Your Unique Career Path

The School of Bible and Ministry prepares students for service in church and parachurch ministries, the mission field, and graduate studies. Students will prepare for vocational Christian ministry by developing a foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology, ministry principles and practices, and by nurturing the personal character necessary for a life of service to Jesus Christ.

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We’re here to help you!

As a graduate of Grace (1998), I know personally what a transformational experience your four-year education here will provide. Whether you hope to be in a nonprofit leadership role, full-time pastoral or youth ministry, or have your sights set on world-class graduate education, Grace will prepare you academically and come alongside you spiritually to help guide you to wherever it is the Lord has called you on your journey. I’m grateful to work alongside a Bible and Ministry faculty who care about students and make a personal investment into their success and future; we remain friends and partners in ministry with our students long after graduation. I hope you’ll come and see all that Grace has to offer on your journey toward a lifetime of service and ministry. 

Grace and Peace, 

Matthew H. Loverin, PhD
Professor/Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry

Majors

Every major at Grace Christian is focused on intertwining spiritual and academic growth. The school aims to develop passionate servants of Jesus that emphasize the integration of character transformation, ministry experience, and biblical truth.

BIBLICAL STUDIES

Students who graduate with a biblical studies degree from Grace Christian University will be able to interpret the biblical text in its original languages and historical, cultural, and narrative context, using established principles and tools of exegesis and hermeneutics.

Concentrations

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament

Major Requirements – 33 credits, at least 15 credits in residence

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

THE 316

Foundations of Dispensational Theology

3

MIN 351

Preaching and Teaching

3

MIN 427

Ministry and Postmodern Culture

3

MIN 467

Ministry Coaching and Counseling Skills

3

ELECTIVES

Bible or Theology Electives

9

LEA 438

Internship

3

Select two (2) of the following:

THE 351

Theology I

3

THE 352

Theology II

3

THE 372

Church History

3

Select one (1) of the following:

LEA 171

Introduction to Leadership

3

LEA 273

Issues in Christian Leadership

3

LEA/BUS 372

Organizational Leadership

3

The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies is comprised of:

  • Arts and Sciences Core 30 credits
  • Bible and Theology Core 30 credits
  • Major 33 credits
  • Undesignated Electives/Concentration/Minor 27 credits
  • Total Required for Degree 120 credits

For all the details, look up your Major in the Program Information section of the Catalog.

LEADERSHIP & MINISTRY

The Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Ministry degree is for students involved in or preparing for ministry as a vocation. Students are challenged to think biblically about all aspects of life, develop spirituality in themselves and others, enhance their ministry skills and engage with the world. The curriculum mixes practical and theoretical knowledge through classroom work, research, and real world experience.

Major Requirements – 42 credits, at least 18 credits in residence

Course

Course Name

Credit Hours

LEA 171

Introduction to Leadership

3

LEA 273

Issues in Christian Leadership

3

LEA/BUS 372

Organizational Leadership

3

LEA 438

Internship

3

MIN 301

Introduction to Ministry

3

MIN 351

Preaching and Teaching

3

MIN 401

Ministry of the Local Church

3

MIN 427

Ministry and Postmodern Culture

3

MIN 467

Ministry Coaching and Counseling Skills

3

THE 316

Foundations of Dispensational Theology

3

Select two of the following:

THE 351

Theology I

3

THE 352

Theology II

3

THE 371

History of Christianity

3

Select two of the following:

COM 330

Culture and Conflict Management

3

PSY 349

Foundations of Counseling

3

SOC 356

Marriage and Family

3

    The Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Ministry is comprised of:

    • Arts and Sciences Core 30 credits
    • Bible and Theology Core 30 credits*
    • Major 42 credits
    • Undesignated Electives/Minor 18 credits
    • Total Required for Degree 120 credits

    * 18 credits for Degree Completion Transfer Students

    For all the details, look up your Major in the Program Information section of the Catalog.

    Concentrations

    A concentration is a specialized field of study within the major you have chosen. These concentrations are available to Biblical Studies Majors and they are 12 credits. Choosing a concentration bolsters a student’s knowledge of the languages scripture was written in and helps students have a deeper understanding of the historical context of these languages.

    OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES

    Students who choose to add a concentration in the Old Testament Studies will study Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. Students will engage deeply in foundational languages in scripture.

    Concentration in Old Testament Studies – 12 credits

    Course

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    LAN 331

    Elementary Biblical Greek I

    3

    LAN 332

    Elementary Biblical Greek II

    3

    LAN 451

    Elementary Biblical Hebrew I

    3

    LAN 452

    Elementary Biblical Hebrew II

    3

    NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES

    Students who choose to add a concentration in New Testament Studies will engage deeply in the interpretation of scripture and the Greek language.

    Concentration in New Testament Studies – 12 credits

    Course

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    LAN 331

    Elementary Biblical Greek I

    3

    LAN 332

    Elementary Biblical Greek II

    3

    LAN 421

    Readings in New Testament

    3

    LAN 422

    Method of Greek Exegesis

    3

    Minors

    The School of Bible and Ministry offers a range of ministry minors designed to support students’ desire to  engage in an area they are passionate about beyond their major. Adding a minor helps students enhance their ministry and vocational preparations.  

    BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

    Students who choose to add a minor in Biblical languages will engage in the Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. The courses in this minor will introduce the student to elementary Biblical Greek and Hebrew. There will be readings in the Greek New Testament and discussion of methods of Greek Exegesis (explanation and interpretation of scripture).

    Course

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    LAN 331

    Elementary Biblical Greek I

    3

    LAN 332

    Elementary Biblical Greek II

    3

    LAN 421

    Readings in the Greek New Testament

    3

    LAN 422

    Methods of Greek Exegesis

    3

    LAN 451

    Elementary Biblical Hebrew I

    3

    LEADERSHIP STUDIES

    Students who choose to add a minor in leadership will get the opportunity to study a wide variety of leadership courses relating to issues in Christian leadership, organizational leadership, crisis and conflict management, group communication, cultural intelligence, psychology of leadership, and cultural diversity.

    Course

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    LEA 171

    Introduction to Leadership

    3

    LEA 273

    Issues in Christian Leadership

    3

    LEA 372

    Organizational Leadership

    3

    COM 330

    Culture and Conflict Management

    3

    Select one of the following

    COM 350

    Leadership and Group Communication

    3

    LEA 545

    Leading with Cultural Intelligence

    3

    PSY 215

    Psychology of Leadership

    3

    SOC 243

    Introduction to Cultural Diversity

    3

    PASTORAL MINISTRY

    Students who choose this minor will engage courses on ministry and theology. The courses in this minor will introduce the student to preaching, teaching, ministry in postmodern culture, ministry coaching, counseling skills, and the foundations of dispensational theology.

    Course

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    MIN 301

    Introduction to Ministry

    3

    MIN 351

    Preaching and Teaching

    3

    MIN 427

    Ministry and Postmodern Culture

    3

    MIN 467

    Ministry Coaching and Counseling Skills

    3

    THE 316

    Foundations of Dispensational Theology

    3

    WORSHIP MINISTRY

    Students who choose this minor will engage a wide variety of courses on worship and ministry. The courses in this minor will introduce the student to foundation of worship ministry, planning and leading worship, and audio visual technology for ministry leaders. Students will also have the opportunity to serve in a worship ministry and tech team.

    Course

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    WAM 211

    Foundations of Worship Ministry

    3

    WAM 320

    Planning and Leading Worship

    3

    WAM 329

    AV Tech for Ministry Leaders

    3

    WAM 184

    Worship/Ministry Team 

    1

    WAM 186

    Tech Team

    1

    Select two of the following
    (may be repeated):

    WAM 184

    Worship/Ministry Team 

    1

    WAM 186

    Tech Team

    1

    Select two of the following
    (may be repeated):

    WAM 384

    Worship/Ministry Team Leader

    1

    WAM 386

    Tech Team Leader

    1

    YOUTH MINISTRY

    Students who choose the minor will engage in a variety of topics designed to equip a student to work in youth ministry. The courses in this minor will introduce the student to philosophy of youth ministry, youth ministry management, issues and culture of today's youth, middle school youth ministry, and postmodern culture. 

    Course

    Course Name

    Credit Hours

    YTH 121

    Introduction to Youth Ministry

    3

    YTH 223

    Philosophy of Youth Ministry

    3

    YTH 347

    Issues and Culture of Today’s Youth

    3

    YTH 353

    Youth Ministry Management

    3

    Select one of the following:

    YTH 233

    Middle School Youth Ministry

    3

    MIN 427

    Ministry and Postmodern Culture

    3

    YTH ___

    YMN Elective

    3

    The Bible is Central

    Grace Christian University is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). ABHE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education and has designated Grace Christian University as an institute of higher education in which the Bible is central and the development of Christian life and ministry is essential.

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    Scholarships & Cost

    At Grace, we understand that one of the biggest challenges relates to the cost of your career. We want to alleviate your anxiety so this doesn’t hinder your ability to pursue God’s calling on your life.

    Scholarship

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    100% of freshmen receive Institutional Aid.

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    Financial Aid

    FINANCIAL AID

    Grace Students graduate with 20% less debt than the national average.

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    In 2004 Chris Smith attended a Christian camp where a coach helped to change his life. This experience deepened his faith and after the encounter, he felt called to serve at this same camp as a counselor. Once again, a life-changing experience brought him closer to Christ and solidified his desire to enter youth ministry. “I met a kid at camp who really didn’t want to be there. By the time it ended he cried because he didn’t want to leave. Pouring into him and allowing him to share his story made a big impact”, Smith shared.

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