Whether you feel called to pastoral ministry, want to work in children, youth, college, adult, or family ministry, or feel led to the mission field, the Bachelor of Christian Ministry will help prepare you to follow the Lord's calling in your life and equip you for a lifetime of leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment. The degree allows students to complete a broad variety of Christian Studies courses in biblical, historical, and theological areas while concentrating their studies in the area of ministry to which they feel called.
The College of Christian Studies prepares women and men to pursue faith and church leadership in a holistic way. Faculty challenge students to consider what they have previously been taught and to faithfully engage with both scripture and Christian tradition. Students will undoubtedly establish and grow a love for God, the church, and people through their study.
Why should I choose Christian Ministry?
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Christian Ministry have a number of exciting and rewarding career options ahead of them. You will learn to help people grow in their faith as you serve those around you, address social issues, and deepen your own understanding of the Word.
What are some courses I will take?
- Congregational Leadership
- Sermon Preparation
- Intercultural Perspectives
- Christian Ethics and Social Issues
- Global Readings of the Gospels and Acts
To the Ends of the Earth
Since graduating from UMHB in 2002, Elijah Brown has pastored a church and earned a doctorate of divinity from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. After helping to launch the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative to advocate for international religious freedoms, he was named the general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, making him the youngest person and the first Texan to ever hold that role. In that role, Elijah advocates for social justice and helps promote sound theological teaching among every member of the BWA. "Without question, UMHB was deeply formative in my theological convictions, academic preparation, and leadership molding. UMHB gave me leadership opportunities and a passion for the world that has really helped me to be faithful to the calling that the Lord has placed in my life.”
What are some career options?
With a degree in Christian Ministry, your future is open to many ministry opportunities:
- Teaching Pastor
- Cross-Cultural Missionary
- Worship Leader
- Children's Pastor
- Campus Minister
Who is hiring UMHB students?
UMHB Christian Ministry students have found success in many different areas:
- Local churches
- Non-profit organizations
- University Spiritual Life directors
- Baptist General Convention of Texas
- Baptist World Alliance
- Go Now Missions
Where can I go to grad school?
Many Christian Ministry students have continued their education at these schools:
- Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor
- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Dallas Theological Seminary
- Moody Bible Institute
- Fuller Theological Seminary
- Northern Seminary
Why study Christian Ministry at UMHB?
The Christian Ministry program offers unique opportunities to obtain practical skills in both ministry and academic settings. Internships and practicum hours give students hands-on experience in whatever field of ministry to which they feel called.
Students have the opportunity to go on many exciting study abroad trips, including trips to Israel that include excavation opportunities. The College of Christian Studies has taken students to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Rome, and Greece, and each trip allows students to earn college credit. Financial assistance is available for all UMHB students.