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Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership

Maybe you are called to pastor an entire congregation — or you have a passion for children’s ministry, missions or another part of the body of Christ. Either way, Southeastern’s ministerial leadership degree is designed to prepare you to serve in leadership and support roles at churches and other faith-based organizations around the world. Study online through our MyFire course portal, or come to our beautiful Lakeland campus once per week for evening classes.Not only will you study foundational subjects such as theology and church history but you will also specialize in your particular calling. You’ll develop a solid foundation of biblical interpretation, counseling and preaching as well as satisfy the educational requirements for credentialing within the Assemblies of God. In addition, you will study alongside faculty who have decades of practical ministry experience and are committed to sharing their knowledge and passion for ministry with you and your classmates.

Satisfy the educational requirements for credentialing within the Assemblies of God.

Program Details

34 hours of ministerial leadership core
21 hours of biblical and theological studies
37 hours of general education
29 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 121

Sample Core Courses

  • Pastoral Theology I (PMIN 3533) — This course is an introduction to creative and effective communication techniques within children’s and youth ministries. It will examine basic principles of the teaching-learning process, the art of storytelling and a variety of other illustrative methods. This course requires careful study of and reflection on the appropriate biblical texts.
  • Organizational Leadership (PMIN 3833) — A theology of leadership is developed upon which current trends in church organization and leadership techniques are assessed. The history of organizational and management theory is developed, as well as organization, leadership and group process theories. Planning, programming, budgeting and evaluation are considered in relation to congregational programs. Other areas of management are presented on an introductory basis, such as planning and managing change in an organization, systems analysis, conflict management and review of leadership traits. This course requires careful study of and reflection on the appropriate biblical texts.
  • Church Business Administration (PMIN 4323) — A study of the various areas of pastoral responsibilities including board administrations and organizations, committee organization, leadership training, budgeting, financing, planning, auxiliary organizations and their relationship to total church program. This course requires careful study of and reflection on the appropriate biblical texts.
  • Multiple-Staff Ministry (PMIN 4423) — The meaning and forms of a multiple-staff ministry will be developed on biblical values, with the objectives of creating effective multiple-staff ministries and staff collegiality. The course assists the participant in the development of concepts and values that leads to commitments of shared ministry. Ways of dealing with concerns and issues that created conflict and interfere with staff collegiality are examined.

Ministerial Leadership Core Courses

Principles of Ethics

Christian Spirituality

Evangelism and Mission

Student Ministry Practicum I and II

Homiletics I

Pastoral Theology I

Organizational Leadership

Holistic Disciplemaking

Pastoral Counseling I

Church Business Administration

Multiple-Staff Ministry

Biblical and Theology Studies

Christ, Culture and the University

New Testament Survey

Old Testament Survey

Biblical Hermeneutics

I and II Corinthians

Theology and God and Humanity

Theology of Salvation, the Church and Eschatology

Pastoral Ministry Minor

Homiletics II

Practical Theology of the Laity

Pastoral Counseling II

Concentration in Children’s Ministry

Children’s Ministry

Evangelizing and Discipling Children

Family Ministry

Creative Communication in Ministry

Pastoral Care of Families

Spiritual Formation of Families

Concentration in Youth Ministry

Creative Communication in Ministry

Family Ministry

Youth Ministries

Pastoral Care of Families

Spiritual Formation of Families

Youth Ministry Evangelism and Discipleship

Sport Business Capstone

Youth pastor

Children’s pastor

Missions coordinator

Evangelism and outreach coordinator

Lead pastor

Associate pastor

Parachurch ministry director

Bible study leader