General Ministry Program
The purpose of the General Ministry program is to equip students for lasting service to the kingdom of God by offering an interdisciplinary selection of ministry and theological studies.
The General Ministry Program is designed for the learner who desires to draw closer in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through a study of Scripture. Students in this program gain a broad understanding of the Bible, its origin, its authority and hermeneutical principles. This program provides 1) a foundational education for leadership in the church and 2) a practical application of theology through ministry opportunities.
General Ministry Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the General Ministry program graduates will be able to:
- Develop a Spirit-filled theology to guide the fulfillment of ministry duties to make effective use of training, developed skills and spiritual gifts.
- Describe and practice key skills a leader must have for a lifetime of personal, spiritual and ministerial formation.
- Understand and apply biblically based and practical skills for use in various ministry and professional settings, including teaching, conflict management, organizational leadership, the use of modern media arts, evangelistic mission, and music ministry expression.
While the General Ministry program offers a complete stand-alone degree, learners may also select an concentration tract. Concentration courses provide instruction and training for preparation for a specialized ministry. The General Ministry concentration tracts are:
- Christian Music
- Christian Media and Communications
Christian Music Concentration
The CLC Music Ministry concentration trains students to play skillfully on their instrument, sing on pitch with persuasive interpretation, lead congregations in worship, teach vocal parts to vocal groups, work effectively with pastoral and other ministry staff in a local church.
The Christian Music Concentration is designed for the learner who desires to draw closer to Jesus Christ in a personal relationship through the ministry of music. This tract is designed for students who seek to define a theology for worship and music in the contemporary church and who desire to investigate various music ministry opportunities.
Christian Music Concentration Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Christian Music Concentration tract graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate the knowledge of the aural and written skills associated with the grammar of music, including notation, chord progressions, part-writing, and melody harmonization.
- Articulate a biblically-based theology of music and worship.
- Execute functional skills of at least one musical instrument as demonstrated through a developed technical skill, artistic interpretation, listening skills, good quality of tone, and the ability to perform jointly with other musical instruments.
- Perform with an appropriate level of musicianship as demonstrated through a developed technical skill, listening skills, artistic interpretation, satisfactory quality of tone, and the ability to perform jointly with other musical instruments.
- Demonstrate leadership ability to the music ministry by situational analysis and providing recommendations for the growth and development of individuals and groups, and to work with a church staff.
The Missiology concentration equips students for the practical expression of local and global missional service with instruction pertaining to the contextualization of the gospel for diverse cultures and settings and to identify the role of the church in the fulfillment of Christian mission.
The Missiology Concentration is designed for the learner who desires to draw closer to Jesus Christ in a personal relationship through the expression of missional service. This tract is designed for students who seek to define a theology for missions and evangelism in the contemporary church, who wish to identify and develop a passion for evangelism and outreach, who desire to acquire the skills for active ministry in the field of Missions, and who desires to investigate various evangelistic and mercy ministry opportunities.
Missiology Concentration Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Missiology Concentration tract graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to create strategic missiological tactics based upon ethnographic research.
- Articulate and defend a biblical rationale for the missional role of the church.
Christian Media and Communications Concentration
The Media and Communications concentration tract equips and trains students in the practical application of media production for professional and ministerial purposes, as well as to provide them with a foundation in the theoretical understanding of communication and mass media within a Christian worldview.
The Christian Media and Communications Concentration is designed for the learner who desires to draw closer to Jesus Christ in a personal relationship through the ministry of modern media expression. This tract is designed for students who seek to define a theology for media and communications in the contemporary church, who wish to identify and develop a passion for digital presentation through diverse forms of media, and who desires to investigate various media ministry opportunities.
Christian Media and Communications Concentration Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Christian Media and Communications Concentration tract graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Communication Theory and the history and theory of Mass Media.
- Articulate the importance of media literacy from a Biblical perspective.
- Identify the role that media and technology have in Christian Communications.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply pre-production, production, and post-production techniques to contemporary media formats.
Potential Careers and Job Opportunities
The purpose of the General Ministry program is to equip students for lasting service to the kingdom of God by offering an inter-disciplinary selection of ministry and theological studies. The types of ministries and careers our degrees lead to will vary upon individual choice. Below are some suggested career objectives for General Ministry degree:
- Pastor or Associate Pastor
- Church Administration
- Church Leadership
- Age Group Ministries (Children, Youth, Young Adult, etc.)
- Music Ministry
- Missions Work (Local and Global)
- Media Ministry
- Christian Education
Learners who successfully complete the General Ministry program will be prepared to continue their education at the graduate level in a corresponding field of study.