Major in Christian Ministry and Formation

Go into ministry • Develop a foundation • Impact your community

Christian Ministry and Formation promotes spiritual growth. JBU gives you the tools you need.

In the Christian Ministry and Formation major, you will develop your understanding of your spiritual and vocational calling and learn the most effective ways to minister to and disciple all people. At JBU, you will learn to explain and apply biblical passages in order to cultivate your leadership skills and find biblical and theoretical solutions to specific ministry problems.

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What makes JBU's Christian Ministry and Formation major unique?

Our world is becoming a complex, global, diverse, and digital society.  In order to proclaim the Gospel and accomplish the mission of Christ in the world, we need men and women who are willing to become compassionate, biblically-grounded intercultural leaders and ministry innovators. 

Are you being called for "such a time as this"?

To equip you, the Department of Bible and Ministry offers a Bachelor of Science major degree and a minor in Christian Ministry and Formation. 

Students enrolled in the program will be equipped to minister to people across the lifespan, within family systems, and across cultures and various ministry contexts.

Our vision is to develop graduates who are qualified to work with children, youth, adults, and families in a variety of domestic, professional, and international venues such as churches, inner-city ministries, camps, businesses, overseas missions, and parachurch organizations.

As part of the major, students can customize their degree by taking additional courses in a specialized area of ministry (elective emphasis), or a minor in another discipline, or another major.

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Care and Counseling

Care & Counseling increases knowledge of counseling theories and therapeutic counseling skills, and prepares students for master's level studies, which is necessary for counseling certification/licensure.


Chaplaincy equips students for pastoral care and support of diverse individuals and families in medical, corporate, and state facilities, and prepares students for further master's level studies, which is necessary for chaplaincy certification.

Children and Family Ministries

Children and Family Ministries prepares students for effective service to children and families through further study of developmental, educational, social, and legal factors which impact the family system. 

Christian Schooling

Christian Schooling provides students with foundational knowledge of learning theories, curriculum development and instruction, which can be utilized within various Christian education institutions, e.g. churches, home schooling programs, publishing companies, and private Christian schools (where accreditation is not required).  This emphasis does not lead to licensure.

Pastoral Church Leadership

Pastoral Church Leadership equips students for spiritual leadership and pastoral ministry within the local church.

Parachurch Ministry

Parachurch Ministry equips students for leadership and management of faith-based, non-profit, community ministries and organizations.


Worship Arts prepares students to cultivate, design, and lead corporate worship so that worship is theologically informed and theologically formative.


Youth Ministry equips students for pastoral care and discipleship of youth, through study of historical, cultural, social, and experiential factors which impact adolescents.

Consider pairing Christian Ministry and Formation with another major and be equipped to minister to others in your field of interest. 

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