Ministry Leadership (BA/BS)

Adult students have great potential to lead churches and other Christian ministries for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. The Ministry Leadership major equips such students with sound training in Bible, theology, and the leadership of Christian ministries. 

image of hands in a circleStudents will benefit from Johnson University’s accreditation, affordable tuition, military-friendly flexibility, and an experienced and engaged faculty passionate about each student’s success.

The Ministry Leadership Internship requirement (3 credit hours) allows students to implement their coursework in a real-world setting. As part of this requirement, students will find a field mentor in their own community and serve with/under the mentor for 16 weeks (about 7-8 hours per week). Students accomplish various ministry tasks, observe ministry situations, and reflect on their experiences to further develop the skills they need for ministry. Contact an admissions representative  for more information on internship guidelines.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Model the spiritual maturity of a Christ-like servant-leader necessary for kingdom work.
  • Prepare churches and other ministries for kingdom mission through the teaching and preaching of the Scriptures with depth and sensitivity to people’s needs.
  • Lead churches and Christian ministries through pastoral care, ministry development, leadership amid change and conflict, and guidance in various programs of ministry.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Ministry Leadership Course Sampling
Spiritual Formation for Ministry
Conflict and Communication
Pastoral Counseling
Encountering Cultures
Advanced Biblical Teaching and Preaching
Pastoral Ministry

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective


The Ministry Leadership degree program is offered at these locations:

Indianapolis location logoIndian Creek Christian Church
6430 S. Franklin Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46259
through a partnership with The creek logo
Knoxville location logoThe Regas Building
318 N. Gay Street, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37917
through a partnership with Southeast Christian Church logo
Louisville location logoSoutheast Christian Church
920 Blankenbaker Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40243
through a partnership with Southeast Christian Church logo