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BA in CM

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries


Walk confidently in your calling as a child of God and a servant of His kingdom.

Become empowered theologically and theoretically in the areas of personal maturity, relational competence, and ministry skill in order to engage contemporary culture through Christ.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries

Where can this degree take me?

Students pursuing a degree in Christian Ministries find themselves prepared and equipped for service in missions, churches, and parachurch organizations, whether on a part-time, full-time or volunteer basis. Our students will walk confidently in their calling, with the skills necessary for their future ministry. We offer a well-rounded approach through the following five program goals:

Personal Maturity. The Christian Ministries graduate will demonstrate a healthy sense of self in Christ, commitment to a lifestyle of ministry and progress toward godly character.

People-Skills. The Christian Ministries graduate will interact in a relationship-based ministry which empowers service, initiates discipleship and sustains appropriate biblical spiritual formation.

Penetration of Culture. The Christian Ministries graduate will teach, write, speak, create media, counsel or in other ways communicate Christ in culturally relevant ways with excellence.

Programming. The Christian Ministries graduate will develop a strategic organizational plan which accounts for effective leadership and efficient administration.

Philosophy. The Christian Ministries graduate will articulate a philosophical base which is cognizant of current theory, founded on the Scriptures and theologically sound.

How long will it take to earn my degree?

In addition to 48-51 credits required for a major, students at Trinity College also complete 47-62 credit hours of general education requirements. These courses relate to communication skills, arts and humanities, and qualitative and analytical reasoning. Some students can substitute completed coursework that resulted in an A.A., A.S. or A.F.A. degree for those requirements, but all Trinity students must complete a series of courses focused on the foundations of Christian thinking and living. In all, a bachelor’s degree from Trinity requires at least 124 credit hours. For more information on degree requirements, see the Trinity College Catalog.

Students who have already completed some coursework at the college or university level have the option of completing their degree online at Trinity. For these students, a degree can be completed in as little as 2-3 years.

What will I study?

Classes included in the Christian Ministries core are developed and taught with a commitment to the five goals of the program:

  • Core Courses - 25 hours

    CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
    CM 224 IFE: Spiritual Formation 3 hours
    CM 320 Principles of Ministry Programming 3 hours
    CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
    CM 480 Christian Ministries Integrative Seminar 1 hour
    BI 275 Teaching the Bible 3 hours
    BRS 231 Christian Doctrine 3 hours
    BRS 338 Theol. & Sociological Found. Of Evangelism 3 hours
    BRS 340X History of Christianity 3 hours

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In addition to taking integrative and core courses, students completing their Christian Ministries degree online at Trinity choose from one of three specializations to fulfill their degree requirements. Each specialization offered includes courses that provide focused instruction relating to different areas of ministry.

What are the requirements for admission to this program?

All applicants must have a high school diploma or successful completion of the GED. Applicants are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (using a 4.0 scale) for all prior college work or high school work if no prior college credits. Applicants for the Christian ministries major must provide one letter of recommendation from their pastor; the letter should address the applicant’s professional abilities, character, and capacity for studies and ministry. After submitting your application, please submit all official transcripts from your past institutions to:

Trinity International University
Attn: Admissions Operations
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

We also accept electronic transcripts from secure, certified transcript delivery services. If your college or university uses such a service, please direct transcripts to [email protected]. Finally, after reviewing your past credits, a counselor will provide you with an estimate of transferable credits and an estimated timeline to graduate.