BA Christian Ministry

Purpose

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry (BACM) is designed for mature learners who have a minimum of two years full-time ministry experience or five years of active lay-ministry experience. The BACM is designed to develop the individual’s biblical and theological knowledge, encourage spiritual and character growth, and deepen the person’s convictions and ministry skills.

 

Target Group

The BACM is appropriate for adults with proven ministry experience who serve in contexts where a Bachelor’s degree would enhance their ministry. A minimum of two years full-time or five years of active lay-ministry is required prior to admission.  Graduates from the BACM program serve as pastors, cross-cultural missionaries, church staff members, and as Christian educators.

 

Program Explanation

The BACM can be completed in two years by students in the 92 credit-hour program if they complete the required Foundation Subjects prior to matriculation. Foundation Subjects allow mature learners to reflect and document what they have learned through prior nonformal or personal study as well as their ministry experience. Students accepted into either the 92 credit-hour program or the 110 credit-hour program may complete up to a maximum of 30 credit-hours of Foundational Subjects.

 

EAST Aleph

(Summer)

LF500 Research & Writing for Christian Leadership

2

 

IS401 Evangelism & Follow Up Seminar

NC

 

 

1st Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

BS510 Bible Study Methods & Hermeneutics

3

OT510 Old Testament Narratives

3

LF510 Leadership Foundations

3

TS532 Spiritual Transformation and Warfare

3

IS501 Building Spiritual Movements

  3

Foundational Subject #3

3

Foundational Subject #1

3

Foundational Subject #4

3

Foundational Subject #2

3

Foundational Subject #5

3

LF570 Mentoring Group 1

1

LF571 Mentoring Group 2

1

TOTAL

16

TOTAL

16

Summer

Foundational Subject #6

3

2nd Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

TS560 Worldview & Biblical Decision Making

OR

IS520 Contextualization

2

LF560 Christian Marriage & Family in Asia

3

NT510 NT Narratives

3

IS510 World Missions

2

LF530 Biblical Communication –Teaching for Life Change

OR

LF555 Biblical Communication – Expository Preaching 1

2

 

LF580 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 1

1

Foundational Subject #7

3

Foundational Subject #9

3

Foundational Subject #8

3

Foundational Subject #10

3

LF592 Field Practicum 1

1

LF593 Field Practicum 2

1

LF572 Mentoring Group 3

1

LF573 Mentoring Group 4

1

TOTAL

15

TOTAL

14

Summer

LF581 Cross-Cultural Team Internship 2

2

 

3rd Year

1st Semester

2nd Semester

TS510 Theology 1

3

TS511 Theology 2

3

OT511 Old Testament Poetry, Wisdom & Prophets

3

NT511 NT Epistles

3

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

Emphasis course

3

TOTAL

12

TOTAL

12

 

Foundational Subjects: BACM students can select up to a maximum of ten (10) Foundational Subjects. To complete a subject, the student will be required to reflect on and document previous ministry experience in a Foundation Paper. It is recommended that the student select the first two Foundation Subjects from subjects with an asterisk (*).

BS410            Biblical Foundations (3 credits)
TS411            Doctrine Survey (3 credits)
TS430            Spiritual Life and Growth * (3 credits)
TS431            Prayer and Christian Disciplines * (3 credits)
IS402             Evangelism * (3 credits)
IS403             Discipleship * (3 credits)
IS430             Cross-Cultural Ministry (3 credits)
LF405             Personal Development * (3 credits)
LF406             Christian Service*
LF407             Specialized Ministries
LF408             Fund Raising
LF410             Ministry Development and Leadership
LF430             Leading and Teaching Groups (3 credits)

 

Emphasis Courses: Based on the student’s area of interest, emphasis electives may be selected from courses offered in biblical studies (BS, OT, NT), theological studies (TS), intercultural studies (IS), as well as leadership and formation (LF).

 

Time Limit for Degree Completion

A student has a maximum of seven (7) years to complete a BACM from the date of matriculation at EAST.

 

Graduation Requirements

The following are requirements in order to graduate with a BACM:

  • Completion work of all coursework (92 or 110 credits) with a grade of C- or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher
  • Demonstrate character and ministry skills appropriate for an EAST graduate
  • Approval by the faculty
  • Payment all fees

 


[1] APPLICANTS WITH POST-SECONDARY STUDIES: Mature adult applicants with ministry experience who have completed A level or O-level with a post-secondary school diploma (such as one earned at a Polytechnic) are eligible for the 92-credit program. This degree program is generally offered at the resident school in Singapore. Equally important as educational background is the requirement for students to have a minimum of either two years full-time ministry experience or five years of lay-ministry experience and demonstrate active involvement in evangelism, discipleship and church involvement.

 

[2] APPLICANTS WITHOUT POST-SECONDARY STUDIES: Mature adult applicants with ministry experience who have not completed post-secondary studies and wish to enter the BACM are required to complete an additional 18 semester credits for a total of 110 credits. These 18 credits include fourteen (14) credits of additional emphasis electives, two additional Field Practicum credits, and two additional Mentoring Group credits. The students complete a total of 110 Credits (80 credits of coursework plus 30 credits of Foundational Subjects). This degree program is generally offered at extension locations. Equally important as educational background is the requirement for applicants to have either a minimum of two years full-time ministry experience or five years of lay-ministry experience and demonstrate active involvement in evangelism, discipleship and church involvement.