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Online Bachelor - Christian Ministry Leadership


Overview of the Christian Ministry Leadership Online Bachelor Program

Aspiring ministers and lay leaders in the church face significant obstacles to maximizing their potential. They need engaging and relevant education and solid biblical and theological training to prepare them for local church leadership. Churches need talent and discipleship resources to launch new ministries, engage communities, and develop effective disciple-makers. The Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry Leadership at IWU equips you to rise to the challenge, follow your call and begin working in local church and non-profit settings.

  • Highly affordable online ministry education
  • Apply your studies to your current ministry context
  • Courses are rooted in effective leadership theory and practice
  • Fulfills many requirements for ordination and a district license in The Wesleyan Church
  • Two tracks:
    • 120 credit hour program
    • 48 credit hour bachelor completion program

Learn To

  • Lead people with strategic vision and concrete goals
  • Multiply disciples and equip other church leaders
  • Grow in spiritual maturity and shepherd others in their growth
  • Articulate theology in ways that result in transformation of lives

Featured Courses

  • Foundations of Personal Leadership
  • New Models of Ministry
  • Strategic Ministry Leadership
  • Cultural Contexts of Ministry

Career Data

Average salary in US 2018: $47,082 (Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.)

Over 330,000 people are employed in church leadership positions across the United States (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018)

Experiential Learning Lab

Students entering the 120 credit hour bachelor’s program have the option of including the Experiential Learning Lab. This lab substitutes 24 classroom credit hours with 24 credit hours of hands-on learning in a local church setting.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees*

Status Credit Hours Tuition
Non-Pastor 120 Total $392 / credit hour
Pastor1 120 Total 25% Discount Per Credit Hour
Wesleyan Pastor2 120 Total 45% Discount Per Credit Hour
Bridge Initiative 120 Total $7000 / year

* Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
1 A "pastor" must hold an official pastoral title from their church or para-church organization. They shall be directly accountable to either a local administrative board, District Superintendent, Bishop, or Pastor.
2 A "Wesleyan pastor" is an individual who is under appointment through The Wesleyan Church.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, materials, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.



Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.


Bachelor's Degree

Foundational Course - 3 credit hours required


General Education - 24 credit hours required

  • Written Communication - 6 credit hours
  • Oral Communication - 3 credit hours
  • Mathematics - 3 credit hours
  • Natural Science - 3 credit hours
  • General Psychology (PSY 150) - 3 credit hours
  • Arts and Humanities - 3 credit hours
  • New Testament Introduction (BIL 112) - 3 credit hours

Core Courses 



Bachelor Completion

Prerequisite Courses (Must be completed prior to starting the required courses listed below)


Core Courses 



Below are the lists of requirements for the BS in Christian Ministry Leadership program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements 


Bachelor's Degree

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.


Bachelor Completion

  • Completion of the Associate of Science with a degree in Christian Ministry.

  • Completion of required prerequisites including; MIN-240 Cultural Contexts of Ministry, REL-241 Survey of Church History, REL-285 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Leadership, and MIN-285 Foundations of Group and Team Leadership

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 120 semester hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of General Education Requirements as specified in the IWU Catalog. 
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry Leadership program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.