Christian Ministry

Bachelor of Arts

Biblical and theological grounding with the skills necessary for success in ministry and the marketplace.

The BA Christian Ministry provides a strong liberal arts foundation, biblical and theological grounding, and the skills necessary for success in ministry settings and the marketplace. It is specifically designed to equip students for effective service and leadership in professional or lay settings by allowing them to tailor their program to include courses in several concentrations of study: adolescent studies, childhood studies, family studies, mission studies, pastoral studies, and worship arts. Additionally, theIMG_9742_312x208.jpg program provides a firm foundation for further study at the graduate level. This program ultimately seeks to transform students for effective ministry in the church and the world through quality classroom instruction and experiential education in a broadly-defined academic and ministry training program.

Past graduates entered many types of careers including pastoral and associate pastoral ministry (youth, children, women, family, etc.), lay and ministry-related teaching, missions, camp leadership, church administration and various other ministry and lay positions.

Graduation Requirements

The BA Christian Ministry requires 45 credit hours of Christian Ministry and Christian Ministry-related course work (including 24 credit hours at the 300+ level). There are two layers of requirements in this program. First, students must complete the 18 credit hour ministry core requirements.  Second, students must choose both a primary (18 credit hours) and secondary concentration (9 credit hours) from two of the following options: Adolescent Studies, Childhood Studies, Family Studies, Mission Studies, Pastoral Studies and Worship Arts. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Christian Ministry requires 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 126 credit hour degree.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

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Degree Requirements

(126 credit hours: minimum 39 at 300+ level)

BA Core Curriculum

(66 credit hours)

Required Courses

(18 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry 3
THEO 370 Theology of Mission 3
CM 401 The Church and its Mission 3
CM 439 Christian Ministry Internship 3
CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership 3
One of:
COMM 104 Public Speaking

COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics
YM 355 Teaching and Preaching to Youth 
3

Primary Concentration 

(18 credit hours: minimum 12 at 300+ level)

  • Choose from one of the 6 ministry options listed at the bottom.


Secondary Concentration 

(9 credit hours: minimum 6 at 300+ level)

  • Choose from one of the 6 ministry options listed at the bottom.

Electives

(15-45 credit hours)

Free Electives 15-45
PRT 400 Senior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

Ministry Concentrations

Adolescent Studies

Required Course:

YM 100 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3

Electives:

Any Youth Ministry course  
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration 3
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education 3
KIN 320 Camp Management and Leadership 3
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies 3
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II 3
PAST 455 Pastoral Counselling 3
PHI 300 Philosophy of Education 3
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents 3
SOC 392 Sociology of Youth in North America 3
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition 3

Childhood Studies

Required Courses:

CM 121 Foundations of Children's Ministry 3
CM 232 Children Ministry Skills (required in primary concentration only) 3

Electives:

Any Children's Ministry course  
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration 3
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education 3
EDUC/PSY 322 Exceptional Children 3
EDUC/PSY 471 Educational Psychology 3
FMST 316 Families in Crisis 3
FMST/SOC 317 Sociology of the Family 3
KIN 320 Camp Management and Leadership 3
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies 3
PHI 300 Philosophy of Education 3
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children 3
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition 3
YM 220 Camp and Youth Ministries 3

Family Studies

Required Course:

FMST/SOC 317 Sociology of the Family 3

Electives:

Any Family Studies course  
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration 3
CM 121 Foundations of Children's Ministry 3
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education 3
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies 3
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II 3
PAST 455 Pastoral Counselling 3
PSY 351 Psychology of Counselling 3
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children 3
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents 3
PSY 441 Contemporary Counselling Issues 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology II 3
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition 3
YM 100 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3
YM 220 Camp and Youth Ministry 3

Media Arts

Required Courses:
Can only be used as a secondary concentration; no 300+ requirements 

COMM 120 Video Production I 3
COMM 121 Video Production II 3
COMM/MUS 203 Recording Arts I 3
COMM/MUS 303 Recording Arts II 3
COMM 320 Media Practicum 3
FILM 200 Introduction to Film 3
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
MUS 160 Live Sound and Production 3
MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music 3
MUS 363 Advanced Electronic Music 3
YM 415 Film, Media and Adolescent Culture 3

Mission Studies

Required Courses:

CM 105 Perspectives in Mission 3
CM 405 Current Issues in Mission (required in primary concentration only) 3

Electives:

ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration 3
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology 3
CM 405 Current Issues in Mission (for secondary concentrations) 3
COMM/GLST 200 Intercultural Communication  3 
ECON 101 Macroeconomics 3
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education 3
GLST 301 Globalization 3
HIS 339 World Christianity From the Colonial Period to the Present  3 
HIS 351 Islamic History and Society in the Classical Era  3
HIS 352 Islamic History and Society in the Medieval and Modern Eras 3
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations 3
LING 105 Introduction to TESOL 3
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies 3
RLST 311 World Religions 3
SOC 396 Urban Sociology 3
THEO 370 Theology of Mission (If not used as a Major Required course) 3

Pastoral Studies

Required Courses:

PAST 355 Homiletics (cannot be used to fulfill Communications requirement in the Major) 3
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I 3
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II 3
PAST 453 Variety in Preaching (required in primary concentrations only) 3

Electives:

Any Pastoral Studies course  
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration 3
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education 3
FMST/SOC 317 Sociology of the Family 3
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada 3
HIS 433 History of Christianity in the USA 3
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies 3
PSY 280 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective 3
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Traditioin 3
THEO 337 Comparative Studies on the Church 3
YM 220 Camp and Youth Ministries 3

Worship Arts

Required Courses:

THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition 3
WA 420 Worship Leadership 3

Electives:

ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration 3
COMM 120 Video Production I 3
COMM 121 Video Production II 3
COMM/MUS 203 Recording Arts I 3
COMM/MUS 303 Recording Arts II 3
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education 3
Ensemble (2) + Private Lessons (1) 3
FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I 3
MUS 115 Musicianship I 3
MUS 160 Live Sound Production 3
MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music 3
MUS 310 Songwriting 3
MUS 323 Conducting I 3
MUS 324 Conducting II 3
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I 3
MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation 3
MUS 363 Advanced Electronic Music 3
MUS 401 Vocal Pedagogy 3
MUS 402 Piano Pedagogy 3
MUS 403 Instrumental Pedagogy 3
MUS 424 Conducting III 3
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II 3
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II 3
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams 3

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David and his wife Michelle have two children, Alee, and Jeremy. He has taught at Briercrest College and Seminary for the last 10 years, and before that, he pastored for 10 years in three different churches.

Both he and Michelle are dual citizens of the U.S. and Canada, but they have lived in Canada for 24 of the last 25 years. Until recently, they enjoyed motorcycling, but lately they've switched to convertibles so more of the family can drive. They have spent most of their time lately following their children around and attending their sporting and musical pursuits.