Bachelor of Science in Church Leadership

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The degree is offered online with some face-to-face opportunities for learning, networking, and hands-on experience. All of Jakes Divinity School students will have face-to-face residency opportunities twice a year. The first is during the International Leadership Summit each spring of a given degree program. Students will arrive on site of the summit the Sunday evening prior and remain for a week until the end of the summit. The second residency will likely take place in Dallas, TX, at Jakes Divinity School in the fall of each year.

Students who complete the Church Leadership degree will be prepared to be ministry leaders in a local church and other related settings. The following elements will aid graduates of the Church Leadership major in carrying out their leadership role in a local congregation. They will:

  • Understand historic and contemporary theology
  • Study the Bible and effectively practice and communicate its truths in today’s world
  • Understand the operation, administration and organization of the local church, including the unique role of the lead pastor
  • Know and practice the mission of the Church
  • Be aware of the legal aspects of pastoral ministry
  • Practice personal spiritual formation in regards to character and responsibility

 

Graduates will have gained pastoral skills including:

  • Preaching and teaching
  • People skills and interpersonal relationships
  • Project and goal management for a ministry or organization
  • A sincere desire and the ability to help and minister to all people of any age, socioeconomic background, cultural or ethnic group, etc.
  • Evangelism and discipleship
  • Pastoral care and counseling
  • Special services and their biblical background including communion, baptism, funerals, weddings, baby dedications, installation of officers
  • Maintaining a meaningful devotional life
  • Maintaining a healthy personal and family life
  • Serving as a model of consistent Christian character and lifestyle
  • Possessing financial and other management skills

General Education and Christian Studies Core – 47 Credit Hours

Christian Studies – 18 Credit Hours

  • Old Testament History and Literature – BIBL 126 (3 credits)
  • New Testament History and Literature – BIBL 127 (3)
  • Reading and Interpreting Scripture – BIBL 220 (3)
  • God and the Gospel – THEO 210 (3)
  • God and Religion – WTHE 220 (3) or God and Humanity – WTHE 230 (3)
  • Select any BIBL, THEO, or WTHE elective (3)

English – 6 Credit Hours

  • Rhetoric and Research – ENG 124 (3)
  • Select any ENG elective – ENG *** (3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (Select any 2 courses) – 6 Credit Hours

  • General Psychology – PSYC 125 (3)
  • Introduction to Sociology – PSYC 126 (3)
  • Select any PSYC elective – PSCY ***

Mathematics and Science – 6 Credit Hours

*Select 1 Math course and 1 Science course:

  • Applied Math and Personal Finance – MATH 110 (3)
  • Liberal Arts Math – MATH 115 (3)
  • College Algebra I – MATH 125 (3)
  • Statistics – MATH 260 (3)
  • Biology – SCI 114 (4)
  • Science, Technology, and Society – SCI 280 (3)
  • Select any MATH or SCI elective – MATH *** / SCI ***

History (Select any 1 course) – 3 Credit Hours

  • History of Global Christianity – HIST 212 (3)
  • World History – HIST 240 (3)
  • Select any HIST elective – HIST ***

Global Awareness (Select any 1 course) – 3 Credit Hours

  • Global Perspectives – ICS 111 (3)
  • Cultural Anthropology – ICS 112 (3)
  • Select any ICS elective – ICS ***

Critical Thought (Select any 1 course) – 3 Credit Hours

  • Visions of the Good: Ethics and Worldview – CT 213 (3)
  • Select any CT elective – CT ***

Fine Arts (Select any 1 course) – 2 Credit Hours

  • Music Appreciation – FA 112 (3)
  • Film Appreciation – FA 131 (3)
  • Select any FA elective – FA ***

Church Leadership Core – 40 Credit Hours

  • Pentecostal Distinctives – THEO 240 (3)
  • Church Administration – PMIN 340 (3) or Non-Profit Administration – BUS 281 (3)
  • The Spirit and the Church – THEO 360 (3)
  • Any OT Bible course – BIBL *** (3)
  • Any NT Bible course – BIBL *** (3)
  • Personal Formation and the Spiritual Leader – PMIN 231 (3)
  • Homiletics I – PMIN 252 (3)
  • Pastoral Theology – PMIN 378 (3)
  • Church Leadership Mentoring – PMIN 205 (4) [1 credit course taken each of first 4 semesters]
  • Bible Lands Seminar (3) or Elective (BIBL, PMIN, THEO)
  • Internship I – PMIN 491 (3)
  • Internship II – PMIN 492 (3)
  • Senior Project – PMIN 495 (3)

Church Leadership Electives – 21 Credit Hours

*Select from the options below. (At least 15 credits must be at an upper-level, 300+)

  • Biblical Principles of Evangelism – PMIN 222 (3)
  • Youth and Children’s Studies – PMIN 250 (3)
  • Conflict Resolution and Negotiation – PMIN 330 (3)
  • Homiletics II – PMIN 352 (3)
  • Discipleship and Mentoring – PMIN 348 (3)
  • Topics in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Issues – PMIN 430 (3)
  • Pastoral Care of Families – PMIN 432 (3)
  • Contemporary Pastoral Techniques – PMIN 443 (3)
  • Children and Youth in Crisis – ICS 385 (3)
  • Any PMIN elective – PMIN ***

General Electives – 16 Credit Hours

*Select from any courses offered.

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 124 

NOTE: Degree requirements subject to change.

Tuition and Fees:

  • $500 per credit hour
  • Technology and Program Fee: $400 per semester