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BA, Christian Ministry + MACE

The Accelerate: Christian Education track allows students to earn their Bachelor of Arts, Christian Ministry and Master of Arts, Christian Education degrees in as little as four and a half years. As such, this program incorporates the purpose and learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts, Christian Ministry degree, providing college-level preparation for service in local churches and other Christian ministries through programs of practical education, spiritual and character development, and theological understanding.


Christian Ministry Outcomes

Students graduating with the Christian Ministry major will be able to do the following:

  1. Interpret Scripture using appropriate hermeneutical and historically informed principles
  2. Demonstrate skill in communicating biblical truth
  3. Demonstrate basic leadership skills in Christian ministry.


Program Completion and Duration

The Accelerate program allows students to complete the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Christian Education Degrees in 153 total hours, over 5 years of study.

Applicants to the Accelerate program must submit additional documentation in the admissions process and agree to take each year’s required number of courses. Students enrolled in Accelerate must maintain a 3.0 GPA at all levels and attend the mandatory amount of cohort meetings assigned by the Dean of Spurgeon College.

Students who cannot meet the requirements of Accelerate will be transferred to the standard Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts in Christian Education degree programs, depending on the extent of their progress thus far. Students successfully completing the first four years of the program will graduate with the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. Once the fifth year of Accelerate is completed, students are awarded the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Course List

General Education                                            45 hrs

BN170     Introduction to Business & Finance           3 hrs
CM110     Introduction to Public Speaking               3 hrs
GE101      English Composition I                            3 hrs
GE102      English Composition II                           3 hrs
GE135      Quantitative Reasoning                           3 hrs
GE185      Introduction to Physical Science               3 hrs
GE205      World Geography                                  3 hrs
GE240      Survey of World Literature                      3 hrs
GS101      Foundations for Kingdom Success            3 hrs
HM300     Introduction to Philosophy                     3 hrs
HM344     Christianity & the Arts                           3 hrs
HS210 or
HS211      American History I or II                         3 hrs
HT411      World Religions                                    3 hrs
MS201     Global Missions                                    3 hrs
PY100      Introduction to Psychology                      3 hrs

Christian Ministry Major + Undergrad electives 48 Hrs

BN465     Entrepreneurial Leadership                      3 hrs
BS204      Introduction to Hermeneutics                   3 hrs
CE408      Introduction to Student Ministry or
CE409      Introduction to Adult & Family Ministry    3 hrs
HT112      Church History I                                   3 hrs
HT113      Church History II                                  3 hrs
HT200      Introduction to Ethics                             3 hrs
HT350      Christian Doctrine I                               3 hrs
HT351      Christian Doctrine II                              3 hrs
HT460      Biblical Theology                                  3 hrs
MN255     Interpersonal Skills & Conflict Mgmt        3 hrs
MN410     Pastoral Care & Ministry[1]                       3 hrs
MS310     Intro to Church Planting & Church Growth 3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          3 hrs
XXXXX   Undergraduate Elective                          3 hrs

Graduate + Undergraduate Credit by Exam       30 Hrs

BS2210*   Old Testament Survey I                          3 hrs
BS2211*   Old Testament Survey II                         3 hrs
BS2310*   New Testament Survey I                         3 hrs
BS2311*   New Testament Survey II                        3 hrs
MN5060* Evangelism & Discipleship                     3 hrs

MA, Christian Education Courses                      30 hrs

CE8110** Principles of Teaching I                          3 hrs
CE8111** Principles of Teaching II                         3 hrs
CE8301** Church Administration                           3 hrs
HT3300** Introduction to Apologetics                     3 hrs


CE8306    Principles of Leadership                         3 hrs
CE8134    Issues in Christian Education                   3 hrs
CE8411    Age Group Ministry                               3 hrs
HT3110    Baptist History                                      3 hrs
MN5801   Volunteer Ministry Practicum                  3 hrs
MS7011    Missiology                                           3 hrs


*Taken on Graduate level with undergraduate credit given upon successful completion of a Credit-by-Exam. In lieu of the exam, students may also take the undergraduate course in addition to the Graduate level course.

**Taken on Graduate Level and will fulfill requirements towards a BA as stipulated by HLC 3+2 Program.

[1]Female students take Undergraduate elective course

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