Christian Ministries


Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Science with a major in Christian Ministries degree will prepare you to serve as a pastor or staff minister in a variety of church settings. The program combines classical religion studies such as theology and church history with practical ministry courses such as leadership, counseling, worship, and Christian education.

The IWU Christian Ministries program may be taken as either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts. (Additional courses in ancient languages are required for the Bachelor of Arts.) This degree meets the ordination requirements for some denominations (including The Wesleyan Church) and provides a solid practical foundation for those who go on to seminary.

The students in the Christian Ministries program are highly active in campus ministries as well asĀ in local churches every week where they lead worship, run exciting youth ministries, and serve in other areas.


A minor in Christian Ministries consists of 24 credit hours of courses specifically relating to professional preparation for pastoral or para-church ministry.

Students may also choose to earn an Associate of Science degree for quick entry into the workforce and a foundation for further education.

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One of the best ways to discover a degree program is to check out the course listings. By simply clicking on the course titles below, you can get a preview of the classes you will attend as a student at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Students will also take 3 credit hours in each of the following:

  • Advanced Bible electives
  • Advanced Old Testament electives
  • Advanced New Testament electives
  • Theology, Church History, or Philosophy electives

In addition to the courses listed above, Wesleyan students are required to take REL-431 (Wesleyan Church History/Discipline).

Non-Wesleyan students may study their own denominational heritage through independent learning or select an elective in Theology, Church History, or Philosophy.

Christian Ministries - A.B. - Courses

In addition to the required courses for the B.S. degree listed above, students will also take six credit hours of ancient languages (Greek, Hebrew, or Latin).

Christian Ministries Minor*


* Students will also take 4 credit hours of offerings within the School of Theology and Ministry (not including PHL-180).


By becoming a Christian Ministries major in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University, you will gain real-life experience working in a local church or para-church organization. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn from several well-known professors, including Bud Bence, Keith Drury, and David Vardaman. We strive to make the Christian Ministries major the best at training students for practical, everyday, life-changing, theologically-grounded ministry.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that individual.

Christopher Bounds; MDiv, PhD Prof; Religion View Profile
Amanda Drury; MDiv, PhD Asst Prof; Youth Ministry View Profile
Keith Springer; MDiv, DMin Assoc Prof; Religion | Interim Assoc Dean; Theology & Ministry View Profile
Rev Norman G Wilson; MDiv, STM, PhD Prof. Intercultural Studies | Coordinator; Intercultural Studies View Profile
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