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Christian Ministry Studies

A Bachelor of Arts in CMS is the perfect degree track for going on to seminary or to further studies in theology. It can also prepare you to serve the local church as pastor or youth minister, or perhaps as missionary or worship leader. The degree is also valuable for employment in faith-based nonprofit organizations including campus ministries, other para-church organizations, and corporate America.

Unique features of this program:

  • Intentional integration of theology and biblical studies
  • Discussion method of teaching that makes for a lively, interactive, and fun classroom environment
  • Theological education in a context that is a microcosm of the world’s people groups (over 90 different countries are represented on our campus)
  • Liberal arts education and theological studies combine to facilitate growth of one’s Christian worldview and spiritual growth and maturation
  • Supportive Christian Community characterized by harmony among many Christian traditions

Theological training is accomplished through the diversity of our instructors and a 3 credit-hour Internship tailored to the student’s tradition and emphasis.

Discipleship Institute

Non-degree seeking students are encouraged to work toward a certificate in one of five areas of emphasis through our Discipleship Institute.  If interested in attending next semester, please call Dr. Tim Gibson, 636-949-4676.

Our Instructors

Our instructors are or have been affiliated with the following denominations: Baptist (National Baptist and Southern Baptist), Presbyterian Church in America, Episcopalian, Mennonite, Anglican, Christian Church and United Methodist congregations.  Collective interests include Apologetics, Cultural engagement, Andragogy (art and science of helping adults learn), Social Justice, Social Ethics, Urban Missiology, Public Theology, Discipleship, Spiritual Formation (Christian Identity Formation), Christian Spirituality, Early Church History, Medieval Church History, Historical Theology and Sacramental Theology. Learn more about our faculty.


Every student will take the following courses:

  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Disciplines of the Christian Life
  • Hermeneutics
  • Professional (Vocational) Orientation
  • World Religions
  • Faith and Reason
  • Special courses have been offered in Christian ethics, apologetics, church and society, film and theology, and women in the Bible
  • Spring 2014

CMS Graduates

Graduates of this program are currently attending or have attended the following seminaries:

  • Covenant Theological Seminary (Presbyterian Church in America; St. Louis, MO)
  • Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Southern Baptist Convention; Cordova, TN)
  • Saint Paul School of Theology (United Methodist; Kansas City, MO)
  • Western Theological Seminary (Reformed Church in America; Holland, MI)

Employment Opportunities

There are a variety of employment opportunities available to CMS graduates including: 

  • Youth Director/Minister
  • Camp/Park Director
  • Campus Ministry Leader
  • Nonprofit Administrator
  • Worship Leader
  • Chaplaincy
  • Senior Pastor
  • Church Planter
  • Elementary and secondary school teachers

 CMS Minor – because we believe that one’s Christian faith should inform all that one does, earning a minor in CMS is feasible and encouraged by the department. The minor is 18 credit hours (6 courses) and includes all the CMS core classes.

Contact Dr. Tim Gibson
(636) 949-4676

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