Leadership and Ministry

The Leadership and Ministry major is for the student who has felt a calling into ministry. This program provides the necessary information for students to effectively lead a church, a ministry within a church, or even a non-profit organization. 

Program Objectives

Students who complete the Leadership and Ministry major should be able to:

  1. Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.

  2. Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.

  3. Articulate a doctrinal position and its relevance to ministry.

  4. Lead a local ministry.

  5. Demonstrate skills in communicating the gospel in a variety of contexts and to various audiences.

  6. Apply practical ministry skills to meet the pastoral needs of a local congregation.

Students within the following categories can obtain a form from their OCU Academic Advisor to apply for the “Internship by PLA” process: a) five or more years in a paid full time pastoral role with a local church or b) ten or more years in staff/associate positions and currently serving in a paid pastoral position with a local church. This form must be submitted prior to the completion of the student’s first scheduled class.

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 39 General Electives
  • 45 Program Requirements

RS3000 Research and Professional Development Skills 3 hours 5 weeks

This course focuses on competency in digital research and writing skills that support academic and professional success. Students will also be introduced to online tools for practical, academic, and professional development.

CM3000 Christian Excellence 3 hours 5 weeks

This course focuses on the attitude of the individual and how it impacts the ability and willingness to strive towards Christian excellence.  Students will also be introduced to reflecting on personal value systems, analyze techniques to exemplify Christian modeling, and exploring the transition from success to excellence.

PH3000 Transformed Worldview 3 hours 5 weeks

The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as he/she explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world. 

CM3100 Concepts of Leadership 3 hours 5 weeks

The course is a study involving strategies from the business-for-profit, the non-profit sector, and the moral and spiritual arena. Application of the concepts will influence personal and career goals.

CM3200 Spiritual Formation in the Evangelical Church 3 hours 5 weeks

This course integrates foundational Christian doctrine with personal experience in the journey toward wholeness in Christ.  The courase will be emphasizing scrpture, discipline, and community as essential patterns of devotion.

NT4020 General Epistles 3 hours 5 weeks

This module is a study of Hebrews; James; I and II Peter; I, II and III John; Jude; and Revelation with a special emphasis given to correct hermeneutical principles and procedures. Personal application of Scripture will be stressed.

CM3030 Evangelism and Discipleship II 3 hours 5 weeks

A study of the nature, purpose, and process of biblical evangelism and its application to various ministries; a study of New Testament discipleship principles and their application, with a special emphasis upon building discipling relationships and small group ministry.

TH4000 Introduction to Theology 3 hours 5 weeks

This course will be a systematic study of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation and other related topics. These themes will be examined through various passages of scripture within the context of scripture.

CM3025 Foundations of Teaching and Preaching 3 hours 5 weeks

This course introduces the principles and skills necessary to effectively communicate Scripture through teaching and preaching delivery. Practical application assignments will be made, and reports/presentations will be given.

MI3000 Theology of Missions 3 hours 5 weeks

A study of the Word of God as set forth through God’s promise to Abraham to bless the nations through Jesus Christ and the Church; an application of the Word of God as it relates to the purposes, nature, and personal challenges of cross-cultural missions. 

PS3040 Pastoral Care and Counseling 3 hours 5 weeks

This course is written for pastors who serve in traditional settings.  Basic techniques of counseling, ethical care, transference, grief process, and referral are among the topics to be covered.

ET3010 Pastoral Ethics 3 hours 5 weeks

This course introduces to those called to ministry in traditional settings ethical codes that inform the critical thinking of care givers.  The parameters that will be discussed through the use of case studies are designed to challenge ministers to a higher level of both thinking and acting as representatives of Jesus Christ.  Such practices protect both the pastor and those to whom he or she ministers.

OT4040 Old Testament Prophets 3 hours 5 weeks

A study of the prophetic books (Isaiah through Malachi) from a chronological study of the prophets. Special attention will be given to historic context and the religious, social, political, and apocalyptic messages of the prophets.

CM3015 Church Administration 3 hours 5 weeks

A study of the concepts, principles, and methods needed to organize the ministries of a local church. Special emphasis will be given to understanding and being able to apply the practices necessary to construct a strategic plan for a local congregation.

CM4200 Sacraments and Rituals in the Evangelical Church 3 hours 5 weeks

This course introduces the biblical and theological concepts of sacraments in the life of God’s people and enables students to design meaningful ways to celebrate both sacraments and other spiritual rituals in congregational worship and life.

CM4800 Ministry Capstone 3 hours 5 weeks

Offers an overall view of leadership in religious ministry by challenging students to integrate learning from all course work in solving complex leadership and ministry problems and clarifying their ministry philosophy.

CM3100 Concepts of Leadership
CM3015 Church Administration
PS3040 Pastoral Care and Counseling