Biblical Learning Area
Although all Christians are called to ministry, some are set apart for leadership roles in the church. The Bible major is designed to help prepare men and women to serve as leaders in a wide variety of settings, including local congregations, local and international missions, and various educational institutions. The core of the major consists of courses in scripture, church history and ministry. Students then choose a specific track within the Bible major, rounding out their coursework with classes that address the concerns and issues related to that particular field of ministry.
The core of the major consists of courses in Bible, church history, and Christian ministry. Each student then builds upon that core with their specific ministry track (children’s, general, missions, pastoral, or youth).
The children's ministry, pastoral ministry, and youth ministry tracks are designed to equip men and women to serve the church in its primary purpose of making disciples. In addition to taking courses tailored to the specific concerns of these ministries, students participate in a summer internship where they gain hands-on experience.
The worship leadership major is designed to prepare men and women who desire to serve the church in the specific area of worship. This interdisciplinary major combines the heart of the Bible major with additional studies in music and drama. Students learn to design and lead meaningful and theologically sound worship experiences for a variety of settings. Students also gain important experience through a summer internship tailored to their specific interests and aspirations.
The missions program is designed for those students who desire to devote themselves to God's mission in the world. Missions majors complete a Bible major and a modified sociology minor. Missions majors are also expected to complete a cross-cultural internship as part of their program.
The general studies track is designed for those who desire a more concentrated focus in Bible, church history, or theology, often with a view toward a ministry of teaching. The culminating experience for this track is an advanced academic research project supervised by a faculty mentor.
A sampling of Bible courses includes Jesus in the Gospels, Old Testament Images of God, Biblical Archeology, Prophets, Prison Epistles, Christian Thought in the Greco-Roman World, Johannine Literature, Apocalyptic Literature, The Pentateuch, Jesus in the Arts, The Old Testament in the Church, and Spirituality in Everyday Life. Ministry courses include Foundations for Youth and Children’s Ministry, Christian Education, Effective Christian Evangelism, Christian Missions, Introduction to Ministry, Homiletics, Materials and Methods of Children’s Ministries, Materials and Methods of Youth Ministries, Christian Worship, Narrative and Storytelling, Servanthood in the Third Millennium, Transforming Church Leadership, and Current Issues in World Mission. History courses include History of Biblical Interpretation, History of Christian Missions, Church History, The Historical Jesus, and Reformation of the Nineteenth Century, to name only a few. See www.milligan.edu/academics.
Serious study of scripture should always be connected with service or ministry, and so each track in our Bible major is focused toward teaching, ministering, or serving others in some way. Students are required to complete a ministry internship and many have part-time ministries at local churches.
Milligan has 11 Bible and ministry professors. They hold Ph.D.’s from Duke, Emory, Indiana University, Notre Dame, and the University of Denver, and M.Div.’s or M.A.’s from Abilene Christian University, Emmanuel School of Religion, and the University of Chicago. They are recognized and published scholars and all have years of ministerial experience in a variety of areas. Most importantly, they are excellent teachers and caring mentors.
Besides the many who are serving in local churches or as independent missionaries, our graduates are working for organizations such as Christian Missionary Fellowship, English Language Institute of China, Pioneer Bible Translators, and TEAM Expansion. Many others have pursued graduate studies at institutions such as Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Lincoln Christian Seminary, Princeton Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and many others.
Internships & Scholarships
Not only are our classes challenging and beneficial, but our students are also encouraged to get involved in some kind of ministry or service while in school, thereby actually putting their learning into practice. And every student majoring in Bible/Ministry is required to do an internship as part of the graduation requirements. We believe the Lord wants us all to be involved in His service — now as well as in the future.
In addition to several specific ministry-focused scholarships available for both incoming and continuing students, Milligan offers a very generous program of assistance based on academic ability and past performance. Approximately 92 percent of Milligan students receive financial aid of some kind, including both academic scholarships and need-based grants. Numerous work-study positions, sometimes in your area of study, are available on campus. Students may apply for scholarships during the time they apply for admission to the college.