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Discipleship Ministry Degree

Earn a degree in Christian ministry with an emphasis on discipleship ministry

If you have a heart for both ministry and teaching, SBU's Discipleship Ministry concentration with the Christian Ministry degree will equip you for a fulfilling career and service.

A unique combination of coursework and study in ministry, theology, education and psychology will equip you to effectively administrate a Christian education ministry for children, youth and adults.

The Discipleship Ministry program is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences


Major Map (PDF)

Degree Plan


(Exit surveys reveal that students are employed or accepted to graduate school by the time of their graduation.)

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The SBU Advantage

  • Completing an apprenticeship in church ministry will give you valuable, real-world experience prior to graduation.
  • Learn from highly qualified faculty, including Dr. Duke Jones who has more than 30 years of Christian education experience.

Faith Integration

The integration of Christian faith and academic discipline is inherent in the Discipleship Ministry degree program. Students receive superior academic training in Biblical studies through core classes such as Methods of Biblical Interpretation, Christian Heritage, Christian Doctrine, and Disciple-making and Evangelism. The courses required by each concentration provide excellent career and ministry preparation with the goal of nurturing your personal faith while also equipping you to nurture the faith of others.


After graduation, our Discipleship Ministry majors pursue a variety of ministry careers including:

  • Camp/Retreat Leader
  • Family Minister
  • Mission and Ministry Leader
  • Parachurch Leader

Graduate Schools

With SBU's Master of Arts in Christian Ministry 4+1 program, you can complete both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in just 5 years!

Other graduate schools and seminaries or Biblical Studies students later attend include:

  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • University of Aberdeen (Scotland)


Discipleship Ministry majors are eligible for the Church Related Vocation (CRV) scholarship, which is currently valued at $2,000 per year. To maintain this scholarship, you must be enrolled in a ministry-related degree program, submit the necessary application and references, participate in SBU's in-service training program and complete any other requirements.

Several privately funded scholarships are also available by application to students preparing for service in missions and evangelism.

Baptist Association of Christian Educators (BACE)

Join SBU's chapter of the Baptist Association of Christian Educators. By joining BACE, you will receive valuable professional development opportunities and be part of a greater network of others who are in or are pursuing leadership roles in Christian education in local churches.



Christian Ministry: Discipleship Ministry Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
MAT 1243 Algebraic Reasoning and Modeling 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology (or SOC 1003) 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

BIB 2093 Methods of Biblical Interpretation 3
CED 2003 Introduction to Christian Education 3
GRE 2014 Elementary Greek I or  
HEB 2014 Elementary Hebrew I 4
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
SPF 2032 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2
CED 2033 Principles of Teaching in the Church 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
GRE 2024 Elementary Greek II or  
HEB 2024 Elementary Hebrew II 4
CHR 3073 Disciple-making/Evangelism 3
THE 3113 Christian Doctrine 3
THE 3023 Baptist Denomination (if a Church Related
Vocation Scholarship recipient)
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

THE 3023 Christian Heritage 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
CED 3023 Church Administration 3
CED 3043 Children’s Ministry 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CHR 3003 Introduction to Disciple-making 3
CED 3013 Youth Ministry 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
ICS 2901/2911 Culture Service Project 1
PHS ___4 Introduction to Physical Science 4
  Elective 3
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

ICS 2901/2911 Culture Service Project 1
PSY ___3 Counseling Elective 3
CED 4003 Adult Ministry in the Church 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 2
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

CED 4983 Christian Ministry Apprenticeship 3
CED 4053 Youth Discipleship and Evangelism 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:

Discipleship Ministry Plan (PDF)