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

  • EPR 101 Intro to Logic
     

At least three courses from:

  • QRV 201-2 World Literature I, II

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

  • EPR 201-2 Intro to Western Philosophy I, II

  • EPR 221 Intro to Eastern Philosophy

  • EPR 231 Intro to World Religions

Natural Science/Mathematics – 6 Credits (one elective)

  • TRV 131 Foundations of Mathematics (Required)

  • QRV 221 Into 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 Into to Sociology

  • QRV 281 Into 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 3211 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

Concentration in Pastoral Ministry:

  • PT 301 Pastoral Theology and Care

  • PT 311 Lutheran Worship

  • PT 321 Proclaiming God’s Word

 

Concentration in Youth and Family Ministry:

  • PT 351 Youth and Family Ministry

  • PT 352 Education for Children and Youth

  • PT 353 Evangelism for Home, Work, and Community

 

Electives:

  • PT 302 Pastoral Care II

  • PT 312 Music in Worship

  • PT 313 The Liturgical Tradition

  • PT 322 Proclaiming God’s Word II

  • PT 401 Congregational Leadership/Administration

  • PT 411 Outreach and Mission


Content Concentration - 42 Credits

Bible

 

BT

BT 201-2 Biblical Greek I, II

 

BT 211 Biblical Hebrew I

 

9 Credits Electives

 

EPR

EPR 241 Christian Apologetics

 

9 Credits Elective

 

HST

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

BT

9 Credits Elective
 

EPR

EPR 241 Christian Apologetics

 

6 Credits Elective

 

HST

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

EPR

EPR 241 Christian Apologetics

 

EPR 101 Intro to Logic

 

EPR 201-2 Intro to Western Philosophy I, II

 

EPR 301 Christian Ethics

 

EPR 302 Christian Sexual Ethics

 

EPR 401 Philosophy’s Relationship to Theology

 

3 Credits Electives

 

HST

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

Internship:

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, EPR, 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, EPR, 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, EPR, or HST 499)

If the senior project committee approves the proposal, the student enrolls in EPR 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 EPR 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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