Develop your Ministry Leadership Skills Online

Earn your ministry leadership degree online! Full time and part-time options are available for students—like you—who want to serve Christ!

The Bluefield College Ministry Leadership program challenges students to think Biblically about all aspects of life, promotes spiritual growth, enhances ministry competencies, and encourages interaction with the world. The curriculum combines practical and theoretical expertise through coursework, research, and real world experience. This degree is relevant in any profession, yet provides one-of-a kind relevance to church and para-church ministries emphasizing leadership, preaching, teaching and general ministry skills. Additionally, the program provides a solid foundation for students interested in graduate work or seminary training.


  • Associate
  • Bachelor of Arts

Why Bluefield College?

  • Bluefield College has been training ministry leaders since 1922
  • Competitive tuition rate
  • Practicum/internship opportunities where you serve in a local church
  • Small classes taught by faculty who have experience serving as ministers, youth pastors, missionaries, and other ministry roles

Admissions Requirements

  • High school diploma or a GED with a GPA of 2.0.
  • Students who have completed college work must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Students who have not earned any college credit hours in the required Math or English general education requirements for Bluefield College must take these courses at Bluefield College, unless an SAT/ACT score excludes them.
  • Submit must submit an online application and official copies of transcripts from every institution attended.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Bluefield College Ministry Leadership program, students will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of ministry leadership.
  • Effective application of your knowledge to address real-life problems with individuals, families, and groups.
  • Knowledge and awareness of civic, social, environmental and economic issues. This includes issues related to diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness in ministry leadership.
  • Ability to articulate a Christ-centered worldview and express its personal, professional and spiritual impacts on society.

Core Courses

 Associate in Ministry Leadership Coursework

General Education Courses
27 SH
   Introduction to Writing
   Argumentative and Analytical Writing
   Personal Wellness & Lab
   World Civilization
   Math of Finance
   Music, Theater, or Art Appreciation
   Introduction to Psychology
Christian Studies Core
15 SH
   Biblical Perspectives
   Engaging the Bible
   Advanced Biblical Studies
Ministry Leadership Courses
9 SH
   Introduction to Ministry
   Introduction to Preaching
   Foundations of Management
12 SH
63 SH

 Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership Coursework

General Education Courses
52 SH
(Includes two semester of an intermediate language)
Christian Studies Core
27 SH
   Engaging the Bible
   Advanced Bible Class
   Introduction to Philosophy
   Introduction to Ministry
   Church History
   Spiritual Formation 
   Introduction to Theology 
   Senior Seminar
   World Religions 
Ministry Leadership Concentration
18 SH
   Introduction to Preaching
   Church Administration
   Pastoral Care 
   Foundations of Management 
   Introduction to Leadership 
Practicum Requirement
23 SH
TOTAL Requirements
120 SH

Career Opportunities

A Bluefield College degree in Christian Ministry MBA will open doors to new and varied opportunities to serve Christ. Several career options are listed below; however, the Christian Ministry credential can be utilized as a foundation for servant leaders who want to lead in their church communities.

  • Senior or Executive Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Youth Minister
  • Women’s Ministries
  • Missionary
  • Chaplain
  • Religious Educator
  • Campus Ministries
  • Non-profit Executive
Contact Information

Tracey Stout
Dean, College of Arts and Letters; Associate Professor and Chair, Christian Studies