B.A. in Christian Ministry

B.A. in Christian Ministry

Be equipped to embody the gospel faithfully and meaningfully in a complex world. Learn to lead both within the local church and beyond it.

Ministry requires the ability to be led by Christ and to lead others. Classes and conversations with Criswell faculty and students will prepare you for both. We will equip you to examine beliefs and practices across diverse cultural contexts. We will challenge you to examine and test your preconceived ideas about Christian evangelism, missions, and leadership. The result? You graduate able to communicate with confidence and humility, and to lead and collaborate with others.


COM 101    Rhetoric and Writing I

COM 102    Rhetoric and Writing II

COM 201    Intercultural Communication

CRIS 100    The Roots of a Christian Scholar

CRIS 201    Global Learning and Service

CRIS 202    Global Learning and Service Practicum (non-credit)

CRIS 203    Local Learning and Service

PHI 201      Introduction to Philosophy

100-200     Humanities/Fine Arts*

100-200     Social/Behavioral Science*

100-200     Social/Behavioral Science*

100-400     Mathematics*

100-400     Natural Science or Mathematics*

100-400     Open Elective

100-400     Open Elective



*Courses offered at Criswell College that will satisfy these requirements will be marked in the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

BIB 105         Hermeneutics

CRIS 300      Baptist Faith and Witness

HUM 404     Faith and Culture

NTS 101       New Testament Survey I

NTS 201       New Testament Survey II

OTS 101       Old Testament Survey I

OTS 201       Old Testament Survey II

THS 201       Church History

THS 203       Systematic Theology I

THS 204       Systematic Theology II

300               Bible/Theology Elective

MIN 203     Foundations of Global Christianity

MIN 204     Leadership in a Global Context

MIN 206     Encountering World Religions

MIN 300     Principles of Biblical Communication

MIN 302     Organizational Management of Christian Ministries

MIN 303     Educational Foundations of Christian Ministry

MIN 305     Church Planting and Revitalization

MIN 306    Missional Living and Witness

MIN 403    Ethical Issues in Ministry

PSY 102     Dynamics of Marriage and Family


Two semesters of a foreign language:

100     Foreign Language I

100     Foreign Language II


Two of the following:

MIN 405     Practicum in Christian Ministry**

MIN 426     Topics in Christian Ministry**


One of the following:

MIN 401    Teaching from the Bible

MIN 402    Preaching from the Bible


**Course may be repeated for credit when the topic differs.

Criswell College was instrumental in developing my love and knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, Theology, and the Humanities.



Students who graduate with a B.A. in Christian Ministry are ready to:

  • Serve on a church staff
  • Plant churches
  • Engage in bi-vocational ministry
  • Minister in an urban or other cross-cultural setting
  • Work for a parachurch organization
  • Lead a youth ministry
  • Lead a children’s ministry
  • Pursue a seminary degree

From 2018—2021, 83% of those who graduated with a B.A. in Christian Ministry are either employed or continuing their education.


Steven Sanders

Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek; Program Director of B.A. in Christian Ministry

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.