The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program is designed to prepare leaders with little or no prior theological training to provide pastoral leadership for a congregation. It prepares students for diaconal or other non-ordained ministries within the church and can be used as a route to ordained ministry, pre-seminary training, or graduate theological studies. This 126-credit program provides a general overview of theology and skills for congregational and other ministry contexts.

Bachelor of Arts in

Ministry | B.A.

The Program

Required Courses 

General Studies – 36 Credits

Communications – 6 Credits

  • TRV 101: Academic Research & Writing

  • TRV 102: Introduction to Communications

Humanities/Fine Arts – 18 Credits

At least two courses from:

  • TRV 111-2: Latin I, II

  • TRV 121-2: Classical Greek I, II

  • BT 201-3: Biblical Greek I, II, III

  • BT 211-2: Biblical Hebrew I, II

  • HUM 201: Intro to Logic

At least three courses from:

  • QRV 201-2: World Literature I, II

  • QRV 211-2: History of Western Civilization I, II

  • HUM 210-11: Intro to Western Philosophy I, II

  • HUM 221: Intro to Eastern Philosophy

  • HUM 231: Intro to World Religions

Natural Science/Mathematics – 6 Credits (one elective)

  • TRV 131: Foundations of Mathematics (Required)

  • QRV 221: Intro to Natural Science

  • QRV 222: Intro to Physics

  • QRV 231: College Geometry

Social/Behavioral Sciences – 6 Credits QRV

  • QRV 251: Cultural Anthropology

  • QRV 261: Intro to Psychology

  • QRV 271: Intro to Sociology

  • QRV 281: Intro to Political Science/Civics

Bible/Theology General Requirements (30)

Biblical Theology (BT) – 21 Credits

  • BT 221: Principles of Biblical Interpretation

  • BT 311: Introduction to the Old Testament Theology and History

  • BT 321: Introduction to New Testament Theology and History

  • BT 351: Life and Theology of Moses

  • BT 352: Life and Theology of David

  • BT 353: Life and Theology of Jesus

  • BT 354: Life and Theology of Paul

Historical and Systematic Theology (HST) – 9 Credits

  • HST 201: Systematic Theology

  • HST 321: Luther and His Catechisms

  • HST 331: Lutheran Reformers and the Book of Concord

Ministry Skills – 18 Credits: One Concentration Plus 3 Electives


  • PT 301: Congregational Leadership/Administration

  • PT 311: Outreach and Mission

  • PT 312: Music in Worship

  • PT 402: Pastoral Care II

  • PT 422: Proclaiming God’s Word II

Concentration in Pastoral Ministry:

  • PT 401: Pastoral Theology and Care

  • PT 411: Lutheran Worship

  • PT 421: Proclaiming God’s Word

Concentration in Youth and Family Ministry:

  • PT 451: Youth and Family Ministry

  • PT 452: Education for Children and Youth

  • PT 453: Evangelism for Home, Work, and Community

Content Concentration - 42 Credits



BT 201-2: Biblical Greek I, II

BT 211: Biblical Hebrew I

9 Credits Electives


PTE 241: Christian Apologetics

9 Credits Elective


HST 301: History of the Early Christian Church

HST 302: History of the Medieval and Reformation Christian Church

HST 303: History of the Post Reformation Christian Church

3 Credits Elective


9 Credits Elective


PTE 241: Christian Apologetics

6 Credits Elective


HST 301: History of the Early Christian Church

HST 302: History of the Medieval and Reformation Christian Church

HST 303: History of the Post Reformation Christian Church

6 Credits Elective

Ministry Skills: (9 PT Credits Elective)

Internship: 1040 hours of supervised internship


PTE 241: Christian Apologetics

HUM 201: Intro to Logic

HUM 210-11: Intro to Western Philosophy I, II

PTE 302:Christian Sexual Ethics

PTE 401: Introduction to Philosophical Theology

3 Credits Electives


HST 301: History of the Early Christian Church

HST 302: History of the Medieval and Reformation Christian Church

HST 303: History of the Post Reformation Christian Church

HST 401: Religious Movements in North America

HST 411: Systematic Theology II

6 Credits Elective

Total: 126 Credits


Students who intend to serve in a congregational ministry context are required to complete 1,040 hours (six months fulltime) of supervised internship. This internship is specifically designed to help students who plan to enter a specific ministry context. Students who are going to continue to the Master of Divinity, other academic graduate work, or who are not preparing for a specific ministry context are not required to complete the internship.

Senior Project (Optional):

A senior project is a 30-page (7,500 word) academic paper.

Senior Project Research course (BT, PTE, or HST 498)

This is a readings course on the student’s proposed senior project topic. The student and his or her primary faculty advisor agree on a reading program before the start of the semester. The student reads independently, meeting with his or her advisor regularly for consultation.

Senior Project Proposal

The student, in consultation with a primary faculty advisor, develops a senior project proposal (1,000 words). At least 60 days prior to the first day of classes in the semester when the student will enroll in BT, PTE, HST 499 (described below), the student submits the proposal to a senior project committee. The committee consists of 2 faculty members, one of whom is the primary advisor and another of whom should be a member of ILT’s undergraduate permanent faculty.

Senior Project course (BT, PTE, or HST 499)

If the senior project committee approves the proposal, the student enrolls in PTE 499 as an independent study. This course can be continued through the following semester if needed. The student completes the research and writing of the senior project during this time, in consultation with the primary faculty advisor. The senior project should use the Chicago Style (guidelines are available from the Librarian.) The senior project must include the following:

  • Title page

  • Copyright page

  • Signatory page

  • Librarian Certification page

  • Table of Contents

  • Text of senior project

  • Bibliography

Senior Project Presentation

When the senior project is completed and approved by the primary faculty advisor, the student schedules a formal presentation of the academic paper. The presentation occurs before the last day of classes within the semester. The student should supply the members of the committee with a copy of the senior project sufficiently in advance to allow them to read and comment on it. The committee determines the final grade for the senior project, which is the grade for BT, HST, or PTE 499. The student provides a bound copy of the completed senior project to the ILT Library. (Consult the Librarian for guidelines on printing and binding the senior project.)

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