A.S. in Ministry

Are you looking to earn a degree in ministry, but looking for the flexibility to craft your degree program around the areas that most interest you? This program is designed to meet the educational goals and needs of working adults who are seeking ministry training in the following areas:

  • Pastors who are seeking on-going training
  • Professionals who desire to make a move into a ministry position.

The primary purpose for offering this program is to support and enhance the Christian ministries of bi-vocational pastors and volunteer lay workers in the local church. It is intended for Christian adults age 23 and older. The Associate of Science in Ministry is not considered full professional preparation for a full-time ministry. Those who definitely plan to be pastors are advised to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biblical and ministry studies.


63 hours, with a 2.0 g.p.a. in all segments of the degree noted below.

​BIB 1100 Introduction to Biblical Studies 2
BIB 1250 Evangelism & Discipleship 2
BIB 1011 OT Survey: Law and History 3
BIB 1031 NT Survey: Epistles & Revelation 3
BIB 2032 OT Survey: Poetry & Prophecy 2
BIB 2062 NT Survey: Gospel & Acts 2
BIB 2601 Biblical Interpretation 3
THE 3602 Bible Doctrines 3
MIN 2336 Church Growth: Theory & Practice 3
SSC 3101 Marriage & the Family 3
ICS 1102 Biblical Basis of Missions 2
MIN 1011 Local Church & World Missions 2
MIN 3011 Christian Ministry 3
MIN 3111 Homiletics 2
YFM 1003 Philosophy of Youth & Family Ministry 2


​ENG 1011 Basic English Grammar, Usage, & Intro to Composition I 3
​ENG 1022 Basic English Grammar, Usage, & Intro to Composition II 3
SPE 1000 Introduction to Speech 3
IDS 1001 Leadership and Calling: Personal Development 2
IDS 2001 Leadership and Calling: Leadership Principles 2
IDS 1902 Christianity, Culture and Worldview 2
​MAT 1101 College Algebra 3
​HIS 1011 History of Western Civilization 3
​MUS 1002 Introduction to Music and Appreciation 3
PHE 2100 Lifetime Fitness 2

Sample Core Courses

BIB 1100. INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL STUDIES – Provides a basic introduction to principles foundational for Biblical study. The course examines the doctrines of inspiration and canon and discusses principles of Biblical interpretation as well as transmission and translation of the Biblical text. It also provides necessary Biblical background information for the student including geography, chronology, history, culture, and doctrinal development.

BIB 1250. EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP – A Biblical study of the basics of the Christian life, designed to help students understand what it means to be Christ’s disciple, with primary attention given to such things as authenticity, cost, and the rewards of discipleship. Substantial time is spent discussing the methods, message, and means of personal evangelism, including the memorization of useful Biblical passages and attention to typical errors and difficulties faced by soul-winners. Other key topics include the disciple’s conversion, spirituality, worship, integrity, speech, thought life, stewardship, and witness.

MIN 2336. CHURCH GROWTH: THEORY AND PRACTICE – Emphasizes the history and theoretical foundations for church growth and the Church Growth Movement. Attention is given to the pastor’s role in church growth. A broad, flexible, and multifaceted plan for growth designed to fit a wide range of church settings is presented.

MIN 3111, 3122. HOMILETICS – Developing skill in the preparation and preaching of effective Biblical sermons. First semester is devoted to understanding and mastering the fundamental principles of sermon building. Second semester is a preaching laboratory where these principles are applied in the actual preparation and preaching of sermons.

We’re here to help.

William Slater
Dean of Adult Studies
Office: 615-675-5350
Cell: 615-289-3017

Alyssa Hill
Adult Studies Administrative Assistant
Phone: 615-675-5263
Fax: 615-296-0400
Email: alyssa.hill@welch.edu


Adult studies courses are designed for non-traditional students who are married, with dependents, active military, veterans, or over age 23.