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Looking for a broad approach to ministry preparation? The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, prepares you to serve in a wide variety of ministries within a church or parachurch organization. The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry is a great option for students who want the flexibility of being trained in multiple ministry fields. A large number of ministry elective hours in this program lets students pursue different areas of interest.

  • 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 Ministry Program Descriptions and Outcomes

  • Program Descriptions

    Rather than offering field specific preparation, this program takes a broader approach to ministry preparation. Vocationally, a graduate in this program may serve in various ministries within a church or parachurch organization. Christian Ministry would be an attractive option to a student who desires the flexibility of getting some training in multiple fields of ministry. A larger number of ministry elective hours are offered in this program for students to pursue different areas of interest.

  • Program Outcomes

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

    1. Integrate a Christian service philosophy, biblical theology, cultural context, and call to ministry (vocation).

    2. Demonstrate the ability to engage the culture in which Christian service takes place.

    3. Execute the principles of biblical discipleship within their Christian service context.

    4. Demonstrate professional competencies in Christian service contexts.

Meet Your Faculty Contact

  • “When you add Ozark's Bible and ministry training to your bachelor's or associate's degree, you'll be prepared for Christian service in a wide variety of contexts.”
    Chad Ragsdale 2023 square
    Chad Ragsdale Executive Vice President of Academics | New Testament and Hermeneutics Professor

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