Online B.S. Theological Studies, General Christian Ministry

This program of study is designed to prepare Christian leaders (both lay leaders and ministers) to perform various ministries within the local church context. In addition to the objective stated for the Theological Studies (and the Arts and Sciences core,) students will be able to:

  1. articulate a practical biblical theology and philosophy of life and ministry;
  2. demonstrate skills in a variety of local church ministries;
  3. provide leadership in a local church through teaching/preaching, planning, organizing, and overseeing programs of outreach, growth, and maturing of new believers.

The Bachelor of Science in Theological Studies, General Christian Ministries Track is designed to be earned entirely online.


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

BUS1150 Microcomputer Applications​
​ENG 1011 Basic English, Grammar, Usage &  Composition I 3
​ENG 1022 Basic English, Grammar, Usage & Composition II 3
ENG 2111 Masterpieces of World Literature I 3
ENG 2122 Masterpieces of World Literature II 3
HIS 1011 History of Western Civilization I 3
HIS 1022 History of Western Civilization II 3
MUS 1002 Intro to Music and Appreciation 3
PHE 2100 Lifetime Fitness 2
PHE XXX Activity Course 1
MAT 1101 College Algebra 3
SPE 1000 Fundamentals of Speech 3
SCI 2204/14 Physical Science Survey/Lab 4
PHL 3602 Christian Philosophy 3
SSC 3101 Marriage and the Family 3
IDS 1001 Leadership and Calling: Personal Development 2
IDS 2001 Leadership and Calling: Leadership Principles 2
SSC 1000 Online Orientation* Pre-Requisite Audit

*The online orientation course is a one-week pre-requisite course that MUST be taken in advance of enrollment in any other courses in the BS in General Christian Ministry degree.

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 3251 Systematic Theology I 2
THE 3301 Systematic Theology II 3
THE 3402 Systematic Theology III 3
THE 4032 Eschatology 2
Bible and Theology Electives
(4 hours at the 3000 level and 6 hours at the 4000 level
Ministry Studies
IDS 1902 Christianity, Culture, and Worldview Introduction 2
IDS 3101 Christianity, Culture, and Worldview Intermediate 2
IDS 4101 Christianity, Culture, and Worldview Capstone 2
LNG 2001 Greek Language Tools 3
LNG 2002 Hebrew Language Tools 3
MIN 1011 Local Church & World Missions 2
MIN 2326 Church Growth: Theory and Practice 2
MIN 3011 Christian Ministry 3
MIN 3111 Homiletics 2
MIN 3601 Christian Counseling 3
PMN 3105 Church Administration 2
PMN 4253 Christian Worship 2
YFM 2002 Education in the Local Church 2
YFM 2016 Spiritual Disciplines 2
​(All free electives transferred
from other institutions must meet
the requirements for transfer credits
set forth in the Welch College catalog)

Sample Core Courses

THE 3251. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I: CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY AND WORLDVIEW – This course serves as an introduction to the discipline of theology. The course will define and outline the goals and methods of theology. It will also cover the philosophical issues of truth and epistemology with a goal of defining and defending a Christian worldview in the context of a pluralistic society.

THE 4032. ESCHATOLOGY – A study of end events, with some attention given to postmillennialism, but more to millennialism and premillennialism as more commonly held today, focusing on the redemptive covenants and how they contribute to a person’s view of eschatology.

IDS 1902, 3101, 4101. Christianity, Culture and Worldview – These courses will focus on the critical tools and knowledge necessary to forge a basic Christian worldview for Christian leadership in the contemporary world. Each course will cover the same topics but at  basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, including such subjects as the relationship of the church and culture; cultural apologetics; apologetics for witness; modernity and postmodernity; Christian discernment in the arts, entertainment, and other cultural products, including popular culture; work, leisure, and sport; the benefits and limits of science and technology; contemporary bioethical issues; creation care; engagement in public and civic life; and economic thought.

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Dean of Adult and Online Studies
Office: 615-675-5350
Cell: 615-289-3017

Jena Simpson
Online Office Manager
Phone: 615-675-5257

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Director of Marketing
Phone: 615-431-9322

Angie Edgmon
Financial Aid Coordinator
Phone: 615-675-5278
Fax: 615-296-0400

NOTE: Online courses are designed for non-traditional, adult students. This means that applicants must be at least 23 years old.

Underage students may submit a written appeal for an exception to take online courses. Appeals are based on extenuating circumstances such as health-related problems (the student or a family member for whom the student is caretaker), physical disabilities that preclude traditional enrollment, or military service obligations that prevent traditional enrollment. Appeals that are granted for such reasons may result in the student being permitted to enroll in one or two courses and a periodic evaluation of progress. Written appeals should be submitted to Dr. Matthew McAffee, Provost at or by U.S. Mail to:
Welch College
1045 Bison Trail
Gallatin, TN 37066