Christian Ministry Certificate Program Overview

If your goal is to deepen your love of Christ, increase your Biblical knowledge, and lead others in faithful service, we invite you to learn more through this certificate program. The certificate program is a natural fit with any program of study as it offers students context for thinking about any field of study from a Christ-centered point of view.

A Pathway to Ministry

“Students who complete this program can begin a career of service to others,” said Dr. Tracey Stout, Christian Studies Department Chair.

The ministry certificate program requires 15-credit hours of academic coursework to provide a sound foundation for future servant leaders.

If you are ready to take the next step and schedule a visit with our faculty today.


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On-Campus: January 10, 2022

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Courses & Requirements:

Certificate
Certificate Requirements (12 Credits)

  • Biblical Perspectives
  • Engaging the Bible
  • Introduction to Ministry
  • Introduction to Theology
  • (Choose 1)
    • Ethics
    • Introduction to Preaching
    • Advanced Bible Course
Electives (3 Credits)
Total Credits: 15

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Church Administrator
Missionary
Religious Activities Director
Social/Community Service Manager
Social Media Ministry Director

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231