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Nazarene Bible College


Christian Educational Ministries





The B.A. Min. degree with a Christian Educational Ministries major is the primary degree offered to persons who wish to prepare for service as minister of Christian Education in a local church congregation. Completion of the Christian Educational Ministries major fulfills educational requirements for ordination as a deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.

Christian Educational Ministries


The mission of the Christian Educational Ministries major is to equip students to be effective leaders of those educational ministries of a local church, denomination, or parachurch organization that will result in people accepting Jesus as their personal Savior, experiencing entire sanctification, growing continually in Christlikeness, and developing their own gifts to participate in the ministry of God's kingdom. To accomplish this mission, the program seeks to achieve the following specific outcomes.

In completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Commit to fulfilling the essential role of Christian educational ministries in the mission of the Church.
  • Apply sound biblical, educational, historical, and administrative principles and practices that result in persons accepting the Christian faith, developing a Christlike lifestyle, and participating in Christ's mission in a variety of ministry environments.
  • Identify and implement programs that will meet the educational needs and goals of a local church, denomination, or parachurch organization.
  • Develop a biblically-based, comprehensive philosophy of Christian educational ministries that reflects sound educational theory and practice.
  • Develop an educational ministries team that effectively and efficiently meets its ministry objectives.

Program Requirements (Traditional Structure)

General Education Core Requirements

Course Course DescriptionHours
45 hours
ENG-1013 English Composition I3
ENG-1023 English Composition II3
ENG-1043 Classical Literature3
GEN-1003 Lifelong Learning Skills3
HIS-2013 Western World/Ancient & Medieval Times3
HIS-2023 Western World/Emerging Modern Society3
MTH-1003 General Mathematics3
PAS-1013 Introduction to Christian Service3
PAS-1023 Spiritual Formation3
PHI-3013 Philosophy and Christian Ethics3
PSY-1013 Introduction to Psychology3
SCI-2013 General Physical Science3
SOC-1003 Introduction to Sociology3
SPE-1003 Principles of Public Speaking3
THE-3013 Introduction to Christian Thought3

Bible and Theology Core Requirements

Course Course DescriptionHours
30 hours
BIB-1013 Introduction to the Old Testament3
BIB-1023 Introduction to the New Testament3
BIB-2003 Biblical Interpretation3
BIB-2013 Pentateuch3
BIB-2033 New Testament Gospels3
BIB-3013 Hebrew Prophets or3
BIB-3023 Poetic and Wisdom Literature or
BIB-3123 O.T. Historical Books
BIB-3053 Pauline Epistles or BIB 3063 Book of Acts3
THE-3023 Systematic Theology I3
THE-3033 Systematic Theology II3
THE-4043 Doctrine of Holiness3

Courses Specific to the Christian Educational Ministries Major

Course Course DescriptionHours
38 hours
Electives or Minor Courses15 hours
CEM-2003 Intro. to Christian Educational Ministries3
CEM-2113 Found. for Christian Educational Ministries3
CEM-2123 Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design3
CEM-3113 Children's Ministries3
CEM-3123 Youth Ministries3
CEM-3133 Adult Ministries3
CEM-4113 Multiple Staff and Team Ministries3
CEM-4133 Leadership of Christian Educational Ministries3
CEM-4092 Senior Ministry Integration-CE Ministries2
MUS-1143 Music Ministries I-Introduction3
OTR-2013 Global Evangelism3
PAS-2023 History and Polity of the Church of the Nazarene3
PAS-4023 Church Administration and Finance3

128 hours total required for graduation