Christian Ministry Degree


The Christian Ministry Degree Program offers three distinct concentrations. These are Christian Counselling, Small Group Ministry, and Community Development.

Concentration in Christian Counseling

Do you see yourself using biblical principles to minister hope, healing and encouragement?

Then you may be interested in the Concentration in Christian Counseling.

The Christian Counseling Concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry at Bacone College is for those who wish to become more competent and confident in Christian counseling skills. Students who successfully complete the Christian Counseling Concentration will be prepared for basic pastoral counseling and will be certified.  This concentration lives out the program goal of experiential learning by combining excellent academic training, actual ministry experience, and theological reflection on that experience.  Students who complete this program will receive both a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry and certification in counseling from the National Christian Counselors Association.

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Christian Counseling Certification Program

Students who successfully complete this program will be certified by the National Christian Counselors Association of Sarasota, FL. After completing all of the requirements for Phase I, the candidate will (as­suming everything is in order) receive:

  • a Certified Temperament Counselor certificate
  • a Clinical Member (non-clergy) or Professional Clinical Member (clergy) certificate and membership card

Upon graduation and conferring of the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry, the student may apply to the NCCA to be further licensed as a Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor.

Students who complete this program will find opportunities for ministry in church-related counseling.  They may work through an existing church ministry or open a Christian counseling center of their own.  Students may apply to be hospital chaplains or chaplain's assistants in the military.

American Indian Ministry Program

The goal of the degree program in American Indian Ministry is to develop Christian leaders who will be prepared to evangelize, disciple, and develop leaders in the native church.

Specifically, the successful student will

  • Develop a philosophy of American Indian ministry utilizing the concepts of contextualization, redemptive analogy, and incarnational ministry
  • Display the unique characteristics of effective leadership that are exercised for effectiveness in the native church (traits of the West – action)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of biblical hermeneutics through the lens of native culture, life and tradition (traits of the North-the mind)
  • Demonstrate skills in preaching and teaching in the context of the native church (traits of the East-the spirit)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how, in Christian counseling, to apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the “soul wounding” of American Indians that has resulted in intergenerational trauma as acted out in alcoholism, family dysfunction, abuse, high suicide rates, and hopelessness (traits of the South-the emotional self)
  • Gain experience in working with native American churches and ministries which will allow them to apply their learnings in a real ministry situation (The Center-the total self)

Community Development Concentration

The Community Development Concentration within the Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry is designed to provide the student with the theological, theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to carry on community development as a ministry of the Church of Jesus Christ.  This concentration is built upon the scriptural foundation of Jeremiah 29:7: "Seek the shalom of the city where I have sent you, for in its shalom, you will find your shalom."  Affiliated with the Communities of Shalom, International, this program prepares the student to create economically and ecologically sustainable communities of peace, justice, hope, healing and wholeness in which all God's people experience shalom.  Specifically, students will learn to build community, weave unity, and transform the world one community at a time.  The successful graduate will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry and a national certification from Communities of Shalom, International.

Philosophy of the Program

The Community Developer Concentration will prepare the student to build communities marked by these five characteristics:

  1. Spiritual Growth
    Students will be prepared to serve as spiritual leaders who are spiritually committed and motivated by faith.  Specifically, the student will learn to "seek the welfare of the community" (Jer. 29:7) and work together for peace and wholeness, growing into God's shalom.
  2. Multicultural Harmony
    The concentration will train the student to serve many cultures and families of faith, including community residents, organizations, institutions and businesses.  Student will learn to help those who could be considered Babylonian oppressors (Jer. 29:1) come together to envision and build a better future for the community.
  3. Economic Prosperity
    This program will enable the student to recognize that collective economic stability is essential for community wholeness.  Students will learn to intentionally promote affordable housing, small business development and shared economic growth
  4. Health, Healing and Wholeness
    This program will prepare the student to work to improve community healthcare, facilitate the healing of persons, and seek wholeness for the community and the environment. Students will learn how the communities can create health clinics, coordinate with social services, and advocate for justice and systemic change.
  5. Environmental Awareness.
    Students will learn to be sensitive to saving and sustaining the environment, no less than working for social-economic well.  Students will be challenged to work for wholeness in oneself, the community and the whole creation. For in seeking the shalom of the city of God, " will find your shalom." (Jer. 29:7)

Objectives of the Program

The Community Developer Concentration seeks to:

  • Provide the student with the scriptural and practical foundations to form a personal  theology of community development
  • Provide the student with an understanding of the principles of community development specifically as it is practiced by the Communities of Shalom, International
  • Acquaint the student with some of the methods and praxis of community development as seen in various faith communities
  • Assist the student in developing a network of colleagues and peers in community development through a national community development conference
  • Enable the student to gain actual experience in community development through internships and academic/theological reflection on the experience