Why Study Christian Ministry?
Did you know that within ten years, seventy percent of college graduates will not be working in a career field related to their major? So what does this have to do with studying Christian ministry? Take a look at the requirements involved in obtaining a Christian Ministry degree at Bryan College from two different perspectives.
First, for those students who do have a definite call to vocational Christian ministry within the local church or parachurch organizations, such ministry in order to be effective must begin with a solid biblical and theological foundation. To ensure this foundation is laid, our majors are required to take a significant amount of credit hours in Biblical studies, Biblical languages, and Christian theology. However, effective ministry is not ensured with this foundation; additional support is needed for individuals to lead biblically and culturally relevant ministry. To provide this support, our majors also are required to take a significant number of credit hours in their chosen ministry option area. Compare the Christian Ministry undergraduate program at Bryan College to any other Christian college and university in America, and you will find that there is not a stronger program to educate and equip Christian ministry leaders for twenty-first century kingdom ministry within the local church or parachurch organization.
Second, for Christian students who have a definite call to a vocational career outside of the local church or parachurch organizations, the Christian Ministry degree is a valuable degree option for anyone interested in integrating their Christian faith and practice into the workplace. As mentioned earlier, the large majority of college graduates do not even work in a career field related to their major. Many employers are simply concerned that potential employees have a bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution; they are not always looking at the option of the degree. The Christian Ministry degree at Bryan College has a broad base of liberal arts core courses in addition to the courses mentioned earlier. Such a well-rounded degree option would be very beneficial for all Christian students who are serious about allowing their Christian faith to be integrated holistically into their lives, including their vocational career.