Christian Ministry & Formation
The Christian Ministry and Formation program equips students with the biblical and professional knowledge to work with children, youth and families in a variety of domestic, professional and international venues such as: churches, inner city ministries, camps, businesses, overseas missions and parachurch organizations.
Jason Lanker, associate professor
"The CMF program gives students a focused set of skills to get their first job, as well as a broad range of ministry skills to expand their influence in the years to come."
Choose Your Emphasis
Care & Counseling
Care & Counseling prepares students to enter immediately into pastoral counseling situations or to build a solid biblical foundation for a master’s in counseling.
Chaplaincy prepares students to provide pastoral support to clients in medical, corporate and state facilities.
Child & Family
A child and family emphasis is perfect for students desiring to work with church and para-church organizations that care for children and their families in the local community.
Christian schooling prepares student to enter into school settings, like Christian and international schools, where accreditation is not required.
The cross-cultural emphasis is for students with a desire to join the church-planting movement throughout the world.
Experiential Education focuses on students interested in entering the Christian camping ministry.
The leadership emphasis gives students the tools and knowledge to start their own ministry or to learn how to model Christian leadership in any field.
The worship arts emphasis equips students to serve as worship arts pastors by challenging students to become competent classical musicians, think philosophically and theologically about worship, and learn the tools and methods to minister with excellence.
Youth ministry students learn to foster the education, Christian formation and healthy development of adolescents today.
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries
Discipling others is what inspires Lanker. So he uses his experience in pastoring, counseling, missions and teaching to help students discover and use their gifts more effectively.
Ph.D., Talbot School of Theology
M.A., Talbot School of Theology
B.A., The Master’s College
Professor of Biblical Studies
As a historian and theologian, Maxie Burch is convinced that God is pretty big and therefore a great mystery that one lifetime will be insufficient to figure out.
Ph.D., Baylor University
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological
B.A., The Citadel
Assistant Professor of Worship Arts
Thinking with and creating alongside students is one of Jen Edwards’ greatest gifts. She has a passion for people, words, theology and music. She is a songwriter, worship leader, big picture thinker and a storehouse of ideas.
M.A., Denver Seminary
B.S., John Brown University
Ethan Penner ’16
Coach, Fayetteville High School
"The ministry program taught me more than just the tools and strategies I now use to connect teenagers to our Savior. The staff and fellow students helped me to know God at a much deeper level and understand what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ."