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The Student Ministry major prepares people to lead in ministering to and with young people in the local church and various parachurch ministries such as campus ministry, camps, youth organizations, evangelism efforts, and much more. Students are prepared to:

  • Stay abreast of current changes in youth culture and communicate effectively through all those changes
  • Serve in a leadership role of ministry in the church
  • Function as part of a team/staff relationship
  • Interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • Identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • Understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • Reflect theologically on contemporary culture and discern the challenges and opportunities for the church to embody a faithful presence within that culture
  • Approach student ministry in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, and practical understandings of ministry
  • Teach effectively
  • Develop the personal and spiritual maturity necessary for student ministry
  • Be well-equipped to pursue seminary or graduate education

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COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Student Ministry major – B.A.

Bible (12 hrs)

  • BIBL 201 Jesus in the Gospels (3 hrs)
  • BIBL 211 Old Testament Images of God (3 hrs)
  • 3 hrs of Old Testament from BIBL 252, 301, 304, 343, 351, 352, 355, 405, or 432
  • 3 hrs of New Testament from BIBL 202, 313, 321, 322, 324, 325, 328, 411, 412, or 452
  • BIBL 295 (Seminar), 489 (Directed Readings), and 495 (Seminar) may be suitable Old or New Testament electives, depending on course content.  Approved seminary courses in Old or New Testament may also serve as electives.

Church History/Theology (12 hrs)

  • HIST 341 and 342 Church History (6 hrs)
  • HIST 431 The Stone-Campbell Movement in the North American Context (3 hrs)
  • 3 hrs of electives chosen from BIBL 473, CMIN 365, HIST/BIBL 323, HIST/BIBL 343, HIST 250, 352, 432, and other approved church history or theology electives.

Ministry Leadership (25 hrs)

  • CMIN 260 Ministry Leadership Seminar (Taken three times, 2 hrs each) (6 hrs)CMIN 273 Foundations of Christian Ministry (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 278 Fundamentals of Teaching (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 318 Fundamentals of Student Ministry (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 350 Ministry in a Changing Culture (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 480 Theological Integration (1 hr)
  • CMIN 491C Semester in Ministry Internship (6 hrs); or, CMIN 491A Summer Ministry Internship (3 hrs) plus one additional approved CMIN elective (3 hrs).

Total number of required hours: 49

In addition to courses in the major, students must complete the General Education Requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described in the 2018-19 catalog.

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level. The Bible faculty strongly recommends this language be Greek or Hebrew as an aid in the study of the Bible.

Senior Portfolio

Students majoring in Student Ministry must compile a portfolio of their work demonstrating their competencies regarding the outcomes listed above.  The final form of this portfolio is compiled, reviewed, and assessed by the Bible Area faculty as part of the required Theological Integration course taken during the final year. Students pursuing double majors must complete the required portfolio for the Student Ministry major. 

Student Ministry minor

The minor in Student Ministry equips students to prepare for a lifetime of service to Christ regardless of their primary field of study.  Because Milligan believes that “every Christian is a minister,” this minor seeks to prepare students to serve effectively as bi-vocational servant-leaders or as voluntary leaders in their local churches.

 

  • BIBL 201 Jesus in the Gospels (3 hrs)
  • BIBL 211 Old Testament Images of God (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 273 Foundations of Christian Ministry (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 278 Fundamentals of Teaching (3 hrs) or CMIN 350 Ministry in a Changing Culture (3 hrs)
  • CMIN 318 Fundamentals of Student Ministry (3 hrs)
  • HIST 341 and 342 Church History (6 hrs)

Total number of required hours: 21


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

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Faculty

Dr. Paul Blowers

Paul Blowers

Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1505
Email: pmblowers@milligan.edu
Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Curtis Booher

Curtis Booher

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8778
Email: CBooher@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 118

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Dr. Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins

Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Professor of Sociology and Missions; Area Chair of Social Learning

Phone: 423.461.8739
Email: SGHiggins@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116

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Dr. Jack Holland

Jack Holland

Professor of Christian Ministries; Professor of Christian Care and Counseling - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1526
Email: JBHolland@milligan.edu
Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Liesl Huhn

Liesl Huhn

MBA Program Coordinator; Secretary to Counseling Program; Adjunct Instructor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8676
Email: LHuhn@milligan.edu
Office: Price Business Complex

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Dr. Ron Kastens

Ron Kastens

Director of Ministry Leadership Program

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Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

Associate Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry; The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries; Professor of Theology and Philosophy; Area Chair of Biblical Learning

Phone: 423.461.8797
Email: PKenneson@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112

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Mr. David Kiger

David Kiger

Theological Librarian & Assistant Director of Library Services

Phone: 423.461.1541
Email: dwkiger@milligan.edu
Office: Seminary Library

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Dr. E. LeRoy Lawson

E. LeRoy Lawson

Distinguished Professor of Christian Ministries - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Email: ellawson@milligan.edu
Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
Email: JDMiller@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 120

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