Christian Formation

At Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, our Bachelor of Arts in Christian Formation explores how people grow into the image of Christ. You'll learn how to direct a discipleship program in the church, recruit and train volunteers, and design a curriculum to help people grow to be more like Jesus.

Christian Formation students are prepared to:


  • serve as a discipleship, small groups, or family minister.
  • direct a discipleship program in the church.
  • mentor others in becoming more like Christ.


Courses in this Degree

Foundations for Christian Formation & Spirituality

Strategies for Formation in Community

Spiritual Direction & Mentoring

Practical Issues in Ministry

Pastoral Counseling

Curricular Planning

Christian Formation Internship

Faculty Contact

Professor Doug Welch

"For a culture awash in confusion about identity, what can the church provide? At Ozark Christian College, we train you to speak the Word of Christ in the Spirit of Christ, and lead others into a relationship with God that provides all we need to truly know who we are."

Email Professor Doug Welch

Possible Job Opportunities

Small Groups Minister

Discipleship Minister

College Age or Young Adult Minister

Family Minister

Campus Minister

Campus Pastor of a Multi-Site Church

Involvement Minister

Men's or Women's Minister

Christian Education Minister

Seniors' Minister

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