Bachelor in Christian Ministry
The Bachelor’s in Christian Ministry (B.Min.) is made up of 126 semester units (90 transferred from the ministry program or its equivalent) and it has the following elements:
The candidate should
- Be a graduate of CHET’s Ministerial Program or its equilvalent (90 units)
- Be at least 22 years old
- Have completed High School or its equilvalent (GED)
- Have recommendation letters from their pastor, teacher, or employer
- Pass the standardized Bible, Theology, and Church History tests
- Pass the standardized Spanish and English grammar tests (intermediate level)
B. Modules (30 units)
The bachelors in Christian ministry at CHET (B.Min.) is orientated for leading practical ministry. It helps students strengthen their ministry capacity through the following modules:
- MODULE 1 – Spiritual Formation and Lifelong Learning (5 units)
Through the practice of the spiritual disciplines, students will build a more Christ centered life and greater discernment of his will. It challenges students to put all aspects of their lives under the Lordship of Christ and to teach others to do the same. It puts great value on the goal of continually working towards spiritual growth and it shows the connection between spiritual formation, evangelism, and discipleship. Students use prayer, discernment, silence, and other spiritual disciplines to achieve their goals.
- MODULE 2 – Bible, Theology, and Ethics (5 units)
Students cultivate the ability to outline the scriptures and reflect upon them with the goal of being able to train God’s people to accomplish his mission. Students exegete scripture in a responsible and creative way in order to to use them in evangelism, preaching, and pastoral care. Students grow in the ability to make ethical decisions based on the scriptures, the history of Christian experience, and contemporary situations. They learn to interpret their own religious inheritance and articulate the relationship with their ministerial future. They develop critical thinking skills and learn how to use bibliographies and electronic sources for enhancing Biblical and Theological study.
- MODULE 3 – Evangelism & Discipleship: The Foundation of the Church and Mission (5 units)
Students are challenged to model a conscience for missions and a passion for evangelism. They become involved in holisitic evangelism projects and discipleship in diverse contexts. The Biblical and theological foundations of evangelism are connected to the practices of witnesses of Jesus Christ. The students handle personal and community evangelization methods and use them to train others for evangelism and discipleship. The course discusses the relationship between mission and culture and it explains the content of the main world religions which are then compared to the teachings of Christianity.
- MODULE 4 – Preaching and Worship (5 units)
Students are challenged to lead a congregation in praise and worship as well as in communicating the word of God in an articulate, humble, and persuasive way. They must demonstrate their ability to prepare, give, and evaluate a sermon. Students will plan a worship service, taking into account the different styles and traditions using a variety of liturigical resourses. They will identify the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for preaching and worship students write their own personal theology for preaching and worship.
- MODULE 5 – Leadership, Administration, and Community Transformation (5 Units)
Students will learn to demonstrate their leadership through service. They will develop their leadership in accordance with a theology that emphasizes the life of the church as the body of Christ. They are trained in handling the congregational system of government and are challenged to use leadership principles in dealing with conflict. They will learn the principles of leadership and how to select and train other leaders who will train others for ministry. They will learn how to plan, design, execute, and evaluate community action projects in accordance with the faith community.
- MODULE 6 – Pastoral Care and Counseling (5 Units)
The students will cultivate the art of nurturing and caring for the church members in the congregation, putting into practice pastoral tools affirmed in the scriptures and through behavioral discipline. The students will know their own spiritual and psychological profile in order to continue caring for themselves and others. Students will learn when they need to seek help for themselves and when they need to refer others to a professional. Students learn how to give spiritual and emotional help in moments of crisis. They will also learn how to stimulate the congregation to take a position of community issues and how to promote biblical justice that goes beyond helping the church’s own members.
C. Written Project (6 Units)
A 20-40 page written project that reflects the integration of gifts, knowledge, competence, and character will be submitted to the Dean as a requirement for graduation.