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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.

  • 4 years


  • 125


  • 30+


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  • History of Ancient Israel

    A study of the Old Testament historical books Genesis through Joshua focusing on chronological history. The course includes summaries and introductions to the various books, questions over the text, and information about the redemptive plan of God to save the world. Students will learn the facts of the text through lecture, discussions, assigned reading, and projects.

  • Life of Christ

    Semester one covers the beginnings of the gospel up through the first year of ministry. It concentrates on the birth narratives, early Judean ministry, and early Galilean ministry. Major sermons: Jesus’ deity and credentials (John 5) and the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Students will concentrate on learning Jesus’ primary identity and proclamation of the kingdom.

  • Romans

    An exegetical study of Paul’s letter to the Romans based on grammatical, socio-cultural, literary, theological, and pastoral insights from both the Greek and English texts with special emphasis on the nature of the gospel of salvation in Christ and its impact on the shape of Christian communities in the first-century and today. Students will learn the purposes and arguments of Romans as well as the details of key texts and their theological and pastoral implications.

  • Principles of Interpretation

    A study of the universal principles of interpretation as applied to interpreting language. Students will learn how to accurately interpret and apply the Bible.

  • Essentials of Christian Mission and Culture

    Studies fundamental areas of missions. Surveying world needs, tracing missions throughout Scripture, and studying the overview of the many roles of mission work around the world. Students develop both a broad and biblical perspective on missions. Lecture, media, reading, and discussion.

  • Principles of Discipleship and Evangelism

    This course is a critical examination of evangelism and discipleship as one continuous development of the spiritual life. Students will be given models, strategies, and biblical examples that both individuals and churches can use to help people grow to become fully devoted followers of Jesus. The class will include lecture, discussion, case studies, and course assignments.

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Christian Formation Program Descriptions and Outcomes

  • Program Descriptions

    This program is designed to prepare students for various types of ministries to adults (discipleship, small groups, campus, family, men’s, women’s, college age, or senior adult ministries) in various church or parachurch organizations. Students in this program will participate in courses focused on personal and community formation toward facilitating a culture of discipleship.

  • Program Outcomes

    Students completing the BA in Christian Formation will be able to:

    1. Disciple adults in various types of ministry settings.

    2. Articulate God’s desire for authentic community.

    3. Facilitate a culture of discipleship.

    4. Describe the process of spiritual formation.

Meet Your Faculty Contact

  • “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.”
    Doug Welch 2023 square
    Doug Welch New Testament, Doctrine and Hermeneutics Professor/Program Coordinator for Christian Formation major

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