Why Study Christian Education and Ministry?
A degree in Christian Education and Ministry prepares you to minister in whatever context you are called through course work in ministry, teaching, counseling, and discipleship. This liberal arts program emphasizes biblical, theological, historical, and social science foundations integrated with philosophies and practices of ministry and spiritual formation. Our mission is to facilitate the development of academically grounded, spiritually maturing, and practically skilled leaders who minister the Gospel and build up God's people in a constantly changing world.
What Will I Learn?
Students in the Christian Education and Ministry major are encouraged to foster an intimacy with Christ and develop patterns of personal integrity and reflection upon their experiences as ministers of the Gospel in whatever context they find themselves. Examples of courses may include Christian Spiritual Practices, Human Development and Ministry, Teaching the Bible, and Philosophy of Ministry.
An internship is also required for this major. Internship applicants must exhibit the presence of essential ministry skills and dispositions, as well as demonstrate a commitment to growth in Christian virtues.
The Christian Education and Ministry major meets the undergraduate requirements for seminary study suggested by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).
During your junior year, you can apply for the master’s degree program in Christian Formation and Ministry with concentration in Student Development. Accepted students begin graduate work during their senior year and complete the program in the year following graduation.
Any undergraduate student may pursue a certificate in one of these three areas:
- Discipleship Certificate: Equipping students with a deep and experiential education for those students participating in discipleship ministries.
- Leadership Certificate: Equipping emerging leaders to deepen transformation, cultivate character, develop practical leadership skills, and utilize those skills in leadership of self and others.
- Youth Ministry Certificate: Equipping and empowering students for leadership in disciple-making youth ministry.
Why Study Christian Education and Ministry at Wheaton?
You will be trained in biblical, theological, historical, and social science foundations, integrating them with traditional and contemporary philosophies in the practice of ministry and spiritual formation.
The program exceeds the recommended standards for a major in Christian spiritual formation, as identified by the Society for Professors in Christian Education.
Our faculty set the standards for programs in Christian formation through researching, writing, and serving on boards of national and international organizations for Christian education, children's spirituality, and Christian camping.
- Summer Leadership School (SLS): Experience personal formation and live in a transformative community as you prepare for leadership opportunities.
- School of Adventure Leadership Training (SALT): Gain a strong foundation in wilderness leadership, adventure ministry, and faith formation during this 3-month program.
- Discipleship Small Group Leadership: Gain practical skills in the ministry, discipleship, care, and counsel as you lead small groups on campus.
- Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR): Cultivate a commitment to justice, intercultural humility, compassion, hospitality, environmental health, and peacemaking through multi-disciplinary coursework, a 6-month international internship, and whole-person formation.
- Teaching assistantships: Gain valuable experience as you work alongside faculty
- Ministry Internships: grow in your understanding as you serve alongside ministry leaders
- Research teams: Partner with faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge research.
Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.