Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries degree program offered by Sterling College is offered through the college’s Theology and Ministry department. This degree program is offered to students who wish to learn more and develop academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. This program covers topics such as understanding who Jesus Christ is and what the mission He established for the Church.

This program is comprised of the intrinsic values that guide Sterling College. These values include: Faith, Calling, Learning, Integrity, Service, and Community.

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries prepares students to assume leadership roles in churches, Christian schools, camps, para-church ministries, missionary organizations, and Christian publishing companies. This program can also prepare a student for further educational pursuits. It focuses on topics such as the Bible and its origins, church history, and basic Christian doctrine from an evangelical and reformed perspective. These studies are intended to influence a student into growing in their faith and dedication to servanthood. Students will learn about the relationships between the church, the community, and the people you come into contact with every day.

With a degree in Christian Ministries, a student can pursue careers as a youth pastor, children’s pastor, missionary, evangelist, senior pastor, chaplain, teacher at a private or parochial school, or church administrator.

The courses offered by Sterling College that students are required to take include, but are not limited to: Foundations in Servant Leadership, Basic Christian Doctrine and the Holy Spirit, Philosophical Concepts and Christian Thought, Ethics, Worship: Theology and Trends, and Youth Ministry. Students enrolled in this program are also required to take a research methods and thesis course. These courses and more make up the 64 required credit hours needed to graduate from this program.

This degree program is offered to students either in-house or completely online. Sterling College emphasizes this alternative way of acquiring a degree for those who wish to gain an education, but do not have the time to pursue a full-time college schedule. Students can also take advantage of the Guaranteed Admission Advantage offered by the college, which means that some students can transfer into Sterling with credits already acquired from an associate degree from another accredited institution.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Students first studied liberal arts, education, and business at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas in the late nineteenth century. The college opened as Cooper Memorial College in 1887, named after a respected leader of the Presbyterian Church. In 1919, the school’s president, Dr. Turner, changed the name to Sterling College so he would not have to repeatedly inform people of its location. Though the name changed, the vision did not and the private, not-for-profit Sterling College continues to educate students while placing an emphasis on the Christian faith.

    Sterling is a Christian liberal arts college offering a variety of bachelor's degrees, many of which can be earned online. Students completing online courses take classes that mirror those of on-campus degrees.


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