Through our Christ-centered curriculum, prepare to be a leader at churches and faith-based organizations with the online Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Leadership program from Southeastern University.
No matter which field of ministry you are called to, you can acquire the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a leadership or support role in ministry. The bachelor of ministry online program allows you to build, refine and expand your ministry skills while ensuring a broad, robust foundation in theology, the Bible, spiritual development, church ministry, leadership principles and ecclesiastical operations.
As you complete the online degree, you will cultivate a broad foundation in every aspect of ministry, including counseling, preaching and biblical interpretation. Learn from faculty who have real-world experience in the fields of ministry and missionary work with the convenience of being able to study on your own time. While focusing on academic excellence, uncompromising Christian faith and outstanding teaching, many of our faculty have been recognized among the leading Pentecostal faculty in the nation. SEU has strived to train ministers and missionaries who have personal authenticity and professional ability since our founding in 1935. Through our programs, you will actively participate in the field of ministry.
Our program allows you to build, refine and expand your ministry skills. Explore various areas, including:
- The Bible
- General life skills
- Spiritual development
- Church ministry
- Church organization
- Leadership principles
- Ecclesiastical operations
In addition, examine how evangelism has been used throughout the history of the church with an emphasis on its theological foundation and application. Cultivate your expertise in the significance of preaching and the use of Scripture and picturesque language to write effective sermons and discover the pastoral responsibilities required to maintain a church’s operation. Through two required practicum courses, you’ll become involved in ministry through supervised activities.
There are two optional concentration tracks available. The children’s ministry track provides you with the unique skills necessary for ministering to children and leading children’s ministries in the church. With the youth ministry track, you’ll become equipped with the skills to minister to teenagers and young adults and understand how to effectively communicate with them.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
The bachelor of ministry online program includes a total of 121 credits. Fifty-six credits are Foundational Core requirements. The ministerial leadership portion of the curriculum includes 37 credits. You will also choose 28 credits of general electives. You can choose to use 18 credits of the general elective requirement to earn a minor in Pastoral Leadership, Missions & Evangelism, Ministerial Leadership, Bible or Family Ministry Leadership.
Intellectual and Practical Skills (15 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits COMM 1433 Fundamentals of Speech This course is a study in both theory and practice in the principles of effective speech development and presentation. 3 ENGL 1133 English Composition I This course is the study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of expository prose, with an emphasis on fluency and style. 3 ENGL 1233 English Composition II This course includes study and practice in the critical reading and effective writing of argumentative and expository prose, with an emphasis on the documented paper. A research paper is required. 3
Mathematics (select two of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits MATH 1213 College Algebra This course is a study of the systematic development of fundamental algebraic operations. Included in this development are systems of linear equations and inequalities; linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions; absolute value equations; radicals; and conic sections. 3 MATH 1313 Topics in Mathematics This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and mastery of the basicoperational skills involved in the areas of informal geometry, logic, probability, andstatistics. 3 MATH 1323 Explorations in Mathematics This is a discrete mathematics course that demonstrates the beauty and utility of mathematics. Topics for this course are set theory, elementary number theory, history of mathematics, numbers and number systems, financial mathematics, and systems of linear equations and inequalities. 3 MATH 2023 Introduction to Probability and Statistics This course is an introduction to the concepts and methods of probability and statistics. The course is designed for students interested in the application of probability and statistics in business and other social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, random variables and probability distributions, sampling distributions, analysis of variance, and correlation and regression. 3 BBUS 2433 Data Management and Analysis In this course students will analyze, synthesize and evaluate actionable information to drive routine and ad hoc management decisions. The course provides an introduction to descriptive, inferential, predictive, and prescriptive data analytics using a spreadsheet. 3
Engaging Human Culture and the Natural World (19 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits ENGL 2133 WI: Introduction to Literature This course introduces an in-depth study of the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama of American, English, and world literature. 3
Historical Perspective (select one of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HIST 1033 World Civilization to 1600 A survey of world history from the beginning of civilization to 1600. Introduction to the origins and early development of individual civilizations. Stresses interdependency and interrelations among cultures, and compares social, political, and religious movements. 3 HIST 1043 World Civilization Since 1600 A survey of world history from 1600 to the present. Emphasis is placed on various nationalistic movements including the English, American, and French Revolutions; the rise of new nations; scientific expansion; changes in religious sects; world conflicts; and status of the world at the present. 3 HIST 2013 American History to 1877 This course is a survey of American history to 1877. Topics include the colonial period, the Revolutionary era, the Constitution, Jeffersonianism, economic and territorial expansion, sectional tensions, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. 3 HIST 2023 American History 1877 to Present This course is a study of American history from 1877 to the present. Topics include the New South, the New West, foreign affairs, industrialization, the Progressive Era, the World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and present issues. 3
Humanities (select one of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits HUMS 2033 Theatre Appreciation This course is an introductory overview of the elements of dramatic production and the history of theatre. 3 HUMS 2233 Introduction to Humanities This is an integrated course designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of the creative and expressive arts through the study of representative materials. 3
Behavioral Science (select one of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PSYC 1133 Introduction to Psychology An introduction to the field of psychology, with special emphasis on the more applied areas of psychology. Topics addressed include perception, intelligence, learning, personality, and social behavior. 3 PSYC 1233 Psychology of Adjustment This course is an introduction to human adjustments and the resulting forms of behavior. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles underlying normal behavior. This course helps students apply mental health principles to everyday living. 3
Social Science (select one of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits SSCI 2033 Humans in Society This course introduces the student to the multidisciplinary field of social science by exploring the social theories, phenomenons, institutions, and forces that shape society. Emphasis is placed on exploring the existence and perpetuation of social problems as a means of introducing the social sciences and applying critical thinking skills to these diverse issues. 3 SSCI 2233 Marriage and Family The study of the major issues related to courtship, marriage, and family formation. Special attention is given to the social conditions influencing courtship, marriage, divorce, and family life. Topics include dating rituals, gender differences, expectations, parenting, family dysfunction, family violence, and strategies for sound relating. The role of family counselors and therapists is also discussed. 3 BBUS 2203 Introduction to Economics This survey course introduces the basic concepts of economic reasoning including the essentials of microeconomics including supply and demand, elasticity, factors of production, price and output determination under various market structures, and market equilibrium. It also introduces macroeconomic measurements including GDP, unemployment, inflation and policy tools for business cycle stabilization. 3
Natural Science with Lab (select one of the following)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits NSCI 1034 Life Science Lecture/Lab This course includes the major biological principles and their application to the general health and well being of humankind. Problem solving and explanation of biological phenomena is expected to be the basic process development approach. 4 BIOL 1334 Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab This course includes the major biological principles and their application to the general health and well-being of humankind. Problem solving and an explanation of biological phenomena are expected to be the basic process development approaches. This course incorporates a hands-on laboratory that includes applied technology and field-oriented experiences using scientific inquiry for discovery and problem solving. 4
Spiritual Formation (13 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 1001 College and Christian Calling This course serves as an introduction to the mission of Southeastern University and the academic tradition of liberal arts education. The course prepares students for academic and social success by focusing on the areas of success factors for higher education, Christian higher education as calling, and personal and spiritual formation. 1 BIOT 1433 Old Testament and Its Interpretation The course serves as an introduction to Old Testament interpretation. It provides an elemental framework for interpreting the Old Testament by exploring its ancient Near Eastern contexts; discussing literary, thematic, and theological constructs; and demonstrating how it informs Christian thought and practice. 3 BINT 1533 New Testament and Its Interpretation This course serves as an introduction to the New Testament in the context of its first century environments. The course examines the teachings and interpretations of the New Testament as well as the role of the Scriptures in the Church. 3 THEO 2133 Theology of God and Humanity An introduction to theology (its meaning and purpose), and an overview of the following theological areas: Scripture (revelation, inspiration, and canon), God (His existence, attributes, works and the Trinity), Christ (His person, nature, and works), and the Holy Spirit (His personality, deity, and work). Special attention is given to the statement of fundamental truths of the General Council of the Assemblies of God. 3 PMIN 3533 Pastoral Theology I A study of the biblical materials as they relate to the pastoral ministry. The course includes an overview of the pastor's call, the church call, the pastor's personal life, spiritual formation, general administrative duties, church, community and district responsibilities. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3
Christian Responsibility (9 credits)
Course Number Course Title Description Credits CORE 2013 Human Diversity and Christian Community Students are introduced to current issues in human diversity and challenged to respond to them creatively and empathetically as 21st century Christians. Writing Intensive. 3 CORE 1503 Personal Stewardship This course explores personal stewardship from a Christian perspective. The course focuses on the ideas and practices of living responsibly with respect to one's own health & wellness, management of personal & family finances; engagement in civic responsibilities; and oversight of God's creation. Emphasis is given to the application of these practices with respect to the student's stage of life. 3 THEO 3123 Introduction to Ethics This course examines the philosophical and theological principles and issues related to ethics. It addresses meta-ethical questions about the relationship between moral language and concepts and various metaphysical and post-metaphysical views; normative ethical theories; theological structures and implications of ethics; and contemporary ethical issues. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits BIBL 2623 WI: Biblical Hermeneutics A course designed to familiarize the student with the science and interpretation as related to the biblical text. Emphasis is placed on the principles of exegesis, particularly the interpretation of Scripture in light of its historical, grammatical, and theological content. This course required careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate Biblical texts. 3 BINT 3833 I and II Corinthians An analysis and exposition of First and Second Corinthians stressing the historical background with special exegetical treatment of I Corinthians 12-14. 3 PMIN 1003 Foundations of Family Ministry Explore a church-wide family ministry model that elevates alignment, age characteristics, parents, small groups, and volunteerism. Methods for transitioning from separate youth, child, and adult departmental models to an essential family ministry model will be addressed. 3 PMIN 2223 Evangelism and Mission A study of the history and practice of evangelism in the church, with an emphasis on the theological foundation and praxis. An investigation of the major methods of evangelism used throughout the history of the church and a contemporary application will be presented. Skills will be developed to become an effective and relevant witness for Christ in this generation. 3 PMIN 2302 Student Ministry Practicum I The course is designed to stress involvement in the practical ministry of the local church through supervised ministry activities. The main emphases of this course are ministry leadership, observation, experience, and reflection. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 2 PMIN 2402 Student Ministry Practicum II The course is designed to stress involvement in the practical ministry of the local church through supervised ministry activities. The main emphases of this course are ministry leadership, observation, experience, and reflection. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 2 PMIN 3133 Homiletics I This course is designed to prepare students with sermon construction, engaging the significance of preaching, the use of Scripture, intention, sermon structure, logical movement of main ideas, illustrations, introductions, conclusion, picturesque language, variety, and types of sermons. The overall approach uses expository methods for narrative passages and topics. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3 PMIN 3833 Organizational Leadership This course develops theologies of leadership upon which current trends in church organization and leadership techniques are assessed. The history of organizational and management theory is developed, as well as organization, leadership, and group process theories. Planning, programming, budgeting, and evaluation are considered in relation to congregational programs. Other areas of management are presented on an introductory basis, such as planning and managing change in an organization, systems analysis, conflict management, and review of leadership traits. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3 PMIN 4043 Holistic Disciplemaking This course explores biblical and practical methods of helping persons grow to spiritual maturity and integrate into the life of the local church. Topics covered include assimilation, small group leadership, teaching methods, principles of teaching, lay ministry recruitment, training, supervision, and spiritual direction. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3 PMIN 4133 Pastoral Counseling I This course is a study of the biblical basis for pastoral counseling, the basic techniques of pastoral care, a general introduction to the major areas of pastoral concern, counseling the sick, the grief-stricken, teenagers, the aged, and persons in crisis. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3 PMIN 4323 Church Business Administration This course is a study of the various areas of pastoral responsibilities, including board administrations and organizations, committee organization, leadership training, budgeting, financing, planning, auxiliary organizations and their relationship to the total church program. This course requires careful study of and reflection upon the appropriate biblical texts. 3 PMIN 4423 Multiple-Staff Ministry The meaning and forms of a multiple staff ministry will be developed on biblical values with the objectives of creating effective multiple-staff ministries and staff collegiality. The course assists the participant in the development of concepts and values that leads to commitments of shared ministry. Ways of dealing with concerns and issues which created conflict and interfere with staff collegiality are examined. 3 THEO 3133 WI: Theology of Salvation, the Church, and Eschatology This course examines sin (origin, nature, and implications) and salvation, the church (nature and mission), and the fulfillment of the purposes of God (physical death, resurrection, second coming, final destiny). Special attention is given to the doctrinal statements of the Assemblies of God. 3
Choose 28 credits of undergraduate-level courses.
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$390 per credit hour||$47,190|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$800|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$1,200|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated two to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.Learn More
Our online ministry degree provides you with the necessary skills to pursue several career paths. Some of the potential career outcomes include:
- Youth Pastor
- Children's Pastor
- Missions Coordinator
- Evangelism and Outreach Coordinator
- Lead Pastor
- Parachurch Ministry Director
- Associate Pastor
- Bible Study Leader
Frequently Asked Questions
- Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grants through financial aid, which do not have to be repaid. However, not all undergraduate students will receive federal grants. We also offer payment plan options to spread the cost over a few months. Once you apply, you'll have access to a tuition planner, who will work with you to determine the best financial plan. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- As an online student, you're still part of a community. We have enrollment counselors, advisors and tuition planners who will work closely with you for the duration of your program. You’ll also have access to our tutoring services, career services and the online library.
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