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You desire growth in understanding of Christian orthodoxy and how to apply your theology. You plan to attend seminary or divinity school, or you want to serve in your local church. You need a solid foundation to pursue a full-time, vocational ministry. You would like to better articulate your Christian faith and apply it to your everyday life.

If this describes you, then the online Christian ministries degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's CAPS Christian Ministries Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a Christian minister.


Major Description

As a Christian ministries major at NGU, you will spend much of your time completing two ministry practica. These can be completed in the context of a local church, ministry, or nonprofit organization. You will learn about articulation, analysis, application, critical thinking, and practical ministry, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own career.

By your senior year, you will have completed a senior thesis, concentrating on an area of interest and applying it to your own ministry contexts.

Ultimately, the online Christian ministries degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of ministry-related pursuits. 



The curriculum within the CAPS Christian Ministries Department at NGU aims to provide a solid foundation of orthodox theology and practical application to daily life and ministry. Given the eight-week nature of each course, our program seeks to guide and teach you how to learn and continue growth even after your degree completion. Each course has been designed by accomplished scholars both in the academy and in ministry.

Students will gain both facility in defending and explaining the Christian worldview through completion of the core curriculum, as well as a variety of electives that enable them to focus on a specific area of ministry needs. These emphases are demonstrated in the theoretical nature of the course requirements, as well as the ministry practica requirement, where students serve a local church, ministry, or nonprofit.


CAPS Christian Ministries Department faculty members have doctorates in their respective fields. Additionally, many of the developers and professors have published books and articles, as well as having served with a local congregation.

The key component of the Christian ministries program is the faculty. Faculty members have been selected because of their ability to converse in the academy and to exhibit care for students and people in their ministries. They are seen not only as facilitators of discussion and learning, but also as those who help to shape lives through their experience and example.


  • Biblical studies concentration
  • Ministry concentration
  • Theology concentration
  • Youth ministry minor



  • Administration in the Pastorate
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Christianity and Postmodernism
  • Church History II
  • Church History IV
  • Church Planting and Revitalization
  • Current Issues in the Public Square
  • Denominations
  • Deuteronomy
  • Ethics and Politics
  • Ezra-Nehemiah
  • Family-Equipping and Discipleship
  • Galatians
  • General Epistles
  • Genesis
  • Hebrews
  • History of Israel
  • I-II Corinthians
  • I-II Samuel
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Isaiah
  • James
  • Johannine Corpus
  • John
  • Joshua-Judges
  • Luke-Acts
  • Models of Youth Ministry
  • Music in the Pastorate
  • New Testament Theology
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Pastoral Epistles
  • Pauline Epistles
  • Pentateuch
  • Preaching
  • Prophets
  • Proverbs
  • Psalms
  • Romans
  • Song of Solomon
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • The Baptists
  • The World of the Ancient Near East
  • The Worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome
  • The Writings
  • Women in Ministry
  • World Christianity
  • Youth Culture
  • Youth Ministry Administration and Programming
  • Youth Ministry: Methods and Philosophy
  • Zechariah



  • Church planter
  • Deacon
  • Missionary
  • Nonprofit lead
  • Pastor/Elder


Learning Experience


Local Church Focus

Given the nature of the College of Adult Professional Studies (CAPS) program, you do not have to travel to a different geography and demographic from where you currently live in order to enroll. In fact, the impetus for learning in the online environment is that you can continue learning in the community that knows and loves you. Involvement in the local church is paramount in the education of our students. As such, we encourage you not only to be members but also contributors to the ministries of your local congregation.

Ministry Practica

Two courses are required to satisfy the core requirements of the Christian ministries program of study. You may select serving in the context of your local congregation, overseas with a missions agency, or with a nonprofit organization. There is much freedom in where you would like to focus your passions for ministry.


Each course focuses on the application of learning. As such, courses have essential elements like building a Sunday school class time to explain doctrines learned in your Systematic Theology courses. Every student is required to take the Portfolio Development course, as well, which not only demonstrates past experience, but it also serves to help you evaluate your competencies and opportunities for future ministry, where you will construct a personal vision and mission statement and resume.


The courses listed below are required for this major. Courses do not need to be completed in the exact order shown. Once admitted, Academic Advising will assist in personalizing your degree plan. View the online Schedule for upcoming course offerings. 

General Education Courses

e-Learning (3 hours)
Academic Success (3 hours)
Biblical Foundations (3 hours)
Jesus in Matthew's Gospel (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
History course (3 hours)
Contemporary Mathematics or higher math course (3 hours)
Natural science course (3 hours)
Psychology or sociology course (3 hours)

Core Courses

Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Apologetics and Evangelism (3 hours)
World Missions (3 hours)
Hermeneutics (3 hours)
Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours)
Church History I (3 hours)
Church History III (3 hours)
Biblical Spirituality (3 hours)
Systematic Theology I (3 hours)
Systematic Theology II (3 hours)
Systematic Theology III (3 hours)
Portfolio Development (3 hours)
Ministry Practicum I (3 hours)
Ministry Practicum II (3 hours)
Senior Thesis (3 hours)
Christian studies electives (21 hours)

Elective or Minor Courses

Elective or minor* courses (18 hours)

*Please refer to the bulletin for detailed information on all available minors.

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)

(Note: You can review the entire sample course list for this major on the Year 1 tab. Please contact your admissions counselor to help you decide which courses best suit your needs.)


  • Articulate a foundational knowledge of the Christian faith.
  • Analyze and integrate primary and secondary sources of biblical, theological, historical, and ethical thought.
  • Apply Christian theology to everyday life.
  • Master proper academic standards in writing and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate competencies for variegated spheres of ministry, including biblical studies, children's ministry, church planting, international missions, non-vocational ministry, pastoral ministry, and youth ministry.
  • Apply content and skills to career and develop a professional identity.
  • Articulate and defend how you may become a difference-maker in your chosen vocation and realm of service or ministry.


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