Purpose and Objectives
The Church Ministry major provides students with specialized knowledge and skills to serve effectively as staff members in a local church.
In addition to the mission statement, general objectives, and requirements of the bachelor’s degree, the objectives of the Church Ministry program are to enable students to:
- Communicate the Bible in both formal and informal settings.
- Plan and administer local church programs.
- Lead people by addressing their personal, spiritual needs and equipping them for ministry.
Because they complete twelve hours of Bible and Theology as part of the Church Ministry major, students also earn a Bible major.
See Undergraduate Core for graduation requirements.
SSM Undergraduate Internships
Undergraduate students who are pursuing the Church Ministry major or the Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture major complete an internship as the capstone exercise for their studies. They must complete at least 90 semester hours before beginning their internships, and in preparation for their internships, they must complete MIN 4110 Foundations of Internship at least one semester before the term in which they engage in their supervised ministry activities. In addition to demonstrating progress in the practice of ministry, interns are also evaluated on their character and spiritual maturity. After completing all internship requirements, the student will meet with his/her academic advisor to discuss the information gathered during the internship. Should the advisor deem it necessary, the appropriate Student Life dean may be invited to the meeting. The student may also request a specific faculty member be included, if he/she desires.