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, camp ministry, childhood studies, family studies, media arts, mission studies, pastoral studies, sport 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 120 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 (120 credit hours)


BA Core Curriculum (54 credit hours)


Ministry Core Requirements (18 credit hours):

CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission
CM 439 Christian Ministry Internship
CM 461 Issues in Ministry Leadership
PAST 438 Practical Theology

One of:
COMM 104 Public Speaking
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics

Ministry Concentration Requirements:

Primary Concentration: 18 credit hours including at least 12 credit hours from 300+ level from one of 6 ministry options listed below.

Secondary Concentration: 9 credit hours including at least 3 credit hours from 300+ level from one of the 6 ministry options listed below.

Note: For students pursuing a minor, courses from either their Core or from free electives may be used, but not courses from ministry concentrations

Ministry Concentrations

Adolescent Studies
Required Course:
YM 100 Foundations of Youth Ministry

Electives to be selected from:
Any Youth Ministry (YM) course
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education
KIN 320 Camp Management and Leadership
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
PAST 455 Pastoral Counselling
PHI 300 Philosophy of Education
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents
SOC 392 Sociology of Youth in North America
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition
YM 355 Teaching and Preaching to Youth

Camp Ministry
Required Course:
YM 220 Camp and Youth Ministry

Electives to be selected from:
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
COMM 104 Public Speaking
CM 121 Foundations of Children's Ministry
CM 321 Spiritual Formation of Children
CM 324 Child, Church, and Mission
BU 100 Introduction to Business Management
FE 130 Kaléo Practicum
KIN 310 Recreation Leadership
KIN 320 Camp Management and Leadership
PAST 355 Homiletics
PAST 438 Practical Theology
PAST 445 Pastoral Counselling
PSY 351 Psychology of Counselling
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents
PSY 443 Psychology and Contemporary Society
YM 355 Teaching and Preaching to Youth
YM 397 Youth Ministry Skills Development

Childhood Studies
Required Courses:
CM 121 Foundations of Children's Ministry
CM 322 Children Ministry Skills (required in primary concentration only)

Electives to be selected from:
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
CM 321 Spiritual Formation of Children
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education
EDUC/PSY 322 Exceptional Children
EDUC/PSY 471 Educational Psychology
FMST 316 Families in Crisis
FMST/SOC 317 Sociology of the Family
KIN 320 Camp Management and Leadership
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II
PHI 300 Philosophy of Education
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition
YM 220 Camp and Youth Ministries

Family Studies
Required Course:
FMST/SOC 317 Sociology of the Family

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

Media Arts
Can only be used as a secondary concentration
Electives to be selected from:
COMM 120 Video Production I
COMM 121 Video Production II
COMM/MUS 203 Recording Arts I
COMM/MUS 303 Recording Arts II
COMM 320 Media Practicum
FILM 200 Introduction to Film
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
MUS 160 Live Sound and Production
MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music
MUS 362 Advanced Electronic Music
YM 415 Film, Media and Adolescent Culture

Mission Studies
Required Courses:
HIS 339 World Christianity for the Colonial Period to the Present (required in primary concentration only)
One of:
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission
THEO 370 Theology of Mission

Electives to be selected from:
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 310 Ethnography
BU 100 Introduction to Business Management
COMM/GLST 200 Intercultural Communication
CM 405 The Church and Its Mission
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
Any History (HIS) 300+ course, with the exception of North American History courses
LING 105 Introduction to TESOL
LING 300 Language Acquisition Theory and Practice
Any Native Studies (NTST) course
RLST 311 World Religions
SOC 396 Urban Sociology

Pastoral Studies
Required Courses:
PAST 355 Homiletics
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology
PAST 453 Variety in Preaching (required in primary concentration only)

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

Sport Studies
Required Courses:
KIN 161 Foundations of Sport and Kinesiology
Two further courses with a KIN prefix (primary concentration)
One further course with a KIN prefix (secondary concentration)

Electives to be selected from:
Any course with a KIN prefix
ADM 200 Organizational Behaviour
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function
BU 100 Introduction to Business Management
BU 302 Strategic Management
BU 310 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
PAST 438 Practical Theology

Worship Arts
Required Courses:
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition
WA 420 Worship Leadership

Electives to be selected from:
ADM 367 Principles of Leadership and Administration
COMM 120 Video Production I
COMM 121 Video Production II
COMM/MUS 203 Recording Arts I
COMM/MUS 303 Recording Arts II
EDUC 200 Introduction to Education
Ensemble (2) + Private Lessons (1)
FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I
MUS 115 Musicianship I
MUS 160 Live Sound and Production
MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music
MUS 310 Song Writing
MUS 323 Conducting I
MUS 324 Conducting II
MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I
MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation
MUS 362 Advanced Electronic Music
MUS 401 Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 402 Piano Pedagogy
MUS 403 Instrumental Pedagogy
MUS 424 Conducting III
MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II
PAST 438 Pastoral Theology II
WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams

Non-Credit Requirements:

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning


Blayne Banting, DMin, PhD
Instructor in Christian Ministry and Pastoral Studies
bbanting@briercrest.ca
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David Ernst, DMin
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
dernst@briercrest.ca
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Keith Molberg, MMus
Instructor in Worship Arts
kmolberg@briercrest.ca
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Ken Moser, MA
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry
kmoser@briercrest.ca
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Michael Pawelke
President, Professor of Leadership and Pastoral Studies
mpawelke@briercrest.ca
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