A degree in Christian ministry prepares students to work in the church or perform mission work. All of the schools featured here offer this type of major in a learning environment that is infused with Christian principles.
Two of the schools are affiliated with the Churches of Christ, while the other three represent various denominations. Compare denominations and other school details, like tuition, in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|Huntsville Bible College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Huntsville, AL||$4,560|
|Saint Louis Christian College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Christian Churches and Churches of Christ||Florissant, MO||$11,610|
|Summit Christian College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Gering, NE||$6,560|
|Ohio Christian University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Protestant||Circleville, OH||$20,240|
|Regent University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Virginia Beach, VA||$17,288|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Christian Ministry Colleges
Some of these schools, such as Huntsville Bible College, offer ministry degrees with areas of specialization. Students can choose from a small school with a student enrollment of 30 to one with approximately 9,500 students.
Huntsville Bible College
Huntsville Bible College offers several degrees in ministry, including Associate and Bachelor of Arts degrees in pastoral ministry. Huntsville also has a Master's of Ministry program with a concentration in either Biblical leadership or pastoral studies. The college's curriculum incorporates the tenet that God's followers should proclaim his word to people of all faiths. Students can join the college's Student Government Association in order to represent students' views and oversee campus activities. NCES shows a 2017 student enrollment of 141.
Saint Louis Christian College
Saint Louis Christian College had 82 students start in fall 2017, as listed on NCES. The college's core values include creating a Christian community and instilling Christian character in students. The college awards Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Science degrees in several ministry fields: behavioral, children's, Christian, preaching, and student ministry. The B.A. requires 12 foreign language credits, while the B.S. only requires six. Saint Louis offers small group opportunities, such as the chapel technical team or small group devotions. Students are required to attend chapel services on Thursdays. During the spring semester, seniors lead chapel services.
Summit Christian College
Summit Christian College awards a bachelor's degree in ministry studies, with specializations in areas like church leadership and family education. The program is geared toward preparing students for mission and ministry work, as well as a graduate degree program. As part of the curriculum, Summit offers a Mentored Ministry program that pairs students with a member from a local church. The college's mission is to prepare students to serve as Christian service leaders. Summit welcomed 30 students for the 2017-2018 academic year, as per NCES.
Ohio Christian University
Ohio Christian University's curriculum is designed to create students who display respect toward others and lead by serving others. NCES lists a 2017 student population of 4,483. Students can earn an associate's degree in Christian ministry and a bachelor's degree in leadership and ministry, with specializations in areas like Biblical studies and intercultural ministries. Ohio Christian also offers master's degrees in ministry with specializations in practical theology, pastoral care and counseling, and sports, recreation, and fitness ministries.
Regent University had 9,488 students at the start of the fall 2017 semester, as per NCES. The university offers a Christian ministry major as well as Christian ministry concentrations within its professional studies and leadership studies majors. There are also programs in disciplines like Christian leadership and management and Biblical and theological studies. Students can attend chapel services on Wednesdays and Thursdays or watch them live. Campus organizations include a Student Activities Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.