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Accelerate Christian Education

Accelerate: Christian Education gives students an opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Arts, Christian Ministry and the Master of Arts, Christian Education 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 understandings. The BACM degree also prepares students for graduate-level study.

Christian Ministry Outcomes

Students completing 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: Christian Education program allows students to complete the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degrees in 153 total hours, over 5 years of study. Applicants to the Accelerate: Christian Education program must submit additional documentation in the admissions process. Students enrolled in Accelerate: Christian Education must maintain a 3.0 GPA while taking 30 credit hours per academic year to remain in the program. Students who cannot meet the requirements of Accelerate: Christian Education will be transferred to the standard Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts 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 Christian Ministry. Once the fifth year of Accelerate is completed, students are awarded the Masters of Arts, Christian Education degree through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Course List

General Education (45 Hours)

  • GE101 English Composition I
  • GE102 English Composition II
  • GE135 Quantitative Reasoning
  • PY100 Introduction to Psychology
  • CM110 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • GE240 Survey of World Literature
  • GE185 Introduction to Physical Science
  • BN170 Introduction to Business and Finance
  • HM300 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HM344 Christianity and the Arts
  • HT411 World Religions
  • MS201 Global Missions
  • GE205 World Geography
  • HS210 or HS211 American History I or II
  • GS181 Integrative I, Leadership (1 hr)
  • GS382 Integrative II, Assessment (1 hr)
  • GS1803 Integrative III, Capstone (1 hr)

Christian Ministry Major + Undergrad Electives (48 Hours)

  • HT200 Introduction to Ethics
  • HT112 Church History I
  • HT113 Church History II
  • BS204 Introduction to Hermeneutics
  • HT350 Christian Doctrine I
  • HT351 Christian Doctrine II
  • HT460 Biblical Theology
  • BN465 Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • MN410 Pastoral Care & Ministry***
  • CE408 Intro to Student Ministry or CE409 Intro to Adult & Family Ministry
  • MN255 Interpersonal Counseling & Conflict Management
  • MS310 Introduction to Church Planting and Church Growth
  • Undergraduate Electives (12 hrs)

Graduate + UG CBE Classes (30 Hours)

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

MACE Courses (30 Hours)

  • HT3110 Baptist History
  • HT3300 Introduction to Apologetics**
  • CE8110 Principles of Teaching I**
  • CE8111 Principles of Teaching II**
  • CE8301 Church Administration**
  • MN5801 Volunteer Ministry Practicum
  • CE8134 Issues in Christian Education
  • CE8306 Principles of Leadership
  • CE8411 Age Group Ministry
  • MS7011 Missiology

*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.

***Female students take an Elective.

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