Minister and congregation

Ministry and Vocation (BA)

Answer your calling.

The Ministry and Vocation bachelor’s degree gives you a solid theological foundation in the Old and New Testaments, as you gain an understanding of how biblical principles are applied to daily life and ministry.

We offer four distinct tracks of study within this major; choose the one that best fits your calling.

The Christian ministry concentration equips students for ministry in a church setting, either as a preacher, educator or administrator.

Worship ministry, designed in collaboration with the Department of Music, explores how music can spiritually form a congregation and how it’s been used historically to worship God.

The vocational missions concentration is ideal for those looking to support themselves for secular work, while living as part of a missions team.

The children and family ministry concentration contains coursework in the education and psychology of children.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 63-64 credit hours (Choice of 4 tracks)
+ Electives: 8-9 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks 4
Department Bible Missions and Ministry
School/College College of Biblical Studies


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
  • Preaching
  • Living the Mission
  • Story of Spiritual Formation
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  • Children and Family Ministry
  • Vocational Missions
  • Worship Ministry
  • Youth and Family Ministry

What can you do after graduation?

  • Missionary
  • Chaplain
  • Minister
  • Counselor
  • Evangelist
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Charity Officer
  • Church Planter
  • Church Camp Director
  • Bible Teacher
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Professor with students

Clubs and Activities

Ministry is a hands-on career, and during your time at ACU, you will gain practical experience through co-curriculars, clubs and events such as:

  • Internships
  • Service work
  • Spring Break campaigns
  • Student Action Leadership Team (SALT)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes

About the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry

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The Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry provides instruction and knowledge of the Bible and related studies to help students become intellectually and practically grounded in the Christian faith. It also provides an environment in which the student’s faith can be a personal experience to be lived and shared. Our vibrant missions community is led by four missions faculty and five missions coordinators representing five continents.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.