Educational Ministry Minor

The Educational Ministry minor focuses on preparation for engagement in the Christian education program of the local church or parachurch organization. 

Required Courses

If the student has not completed the following course, they must be add it to this program: 

  • Foundations of Teaching/Preaching (CMIN 2003) - 3hrs*

The following courses are required:

  • Admin of Christian Education (CMIN 3523) - 3 hrs*
  • Admin of Youth Ministries (CMIN 3623) - 3 hrs*
  • Adult Learner in Christian Educ (CMIN 4123) - 3 hrs*
  • Children’s Education in the Church (CMIN 4113) - 3 hrs*
  • Discipler’s Formation (CMIN 1212) - 2 hrs*
  • Educational Ministry Readings (CMIN 4101) - 1 hr*
  • Educational Psychology (PSYC 3323) - 3 hrs*
  • Foundations of Education (EDUC 3113) - 3 hrs*
  • Intro to Christian Ministries (CMIN 2353) - 3 hrs*

Course Descriptions:


CMIN 1000, 1010, 2000, 2020 DISCIPLER'S FORMATION SERIES
0 hours 
This Series of courses is a requirement for all students seeking a BA in any ministry discipline (i.e., Christian Education, Church Music, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Youth Ministry). Through instruction and guidance by designated spiritual coaches, students are assisted in character and spiritual development. The series includes focus on spiritual disciplines, spiritual gifts, character, lifestyle, discernment, and other topics related to the formation of the Christian minister.

CMIN 2003 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING AND PREACHING 3 hours
This course is a study of principles of the teaching-learning process coupled with basics of homiletics so students will gain skills necessary for transformational communication of the Bible. Methods of teaching, lesson preparation, types of sermons, and sermon preparation will be studied, followed by practical application experiences.

CMIN 3523 ADMINISTRATION OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 3 hours
This course includes a general introduction to Christian Education with an emphasis on the administration of the various Christian Education ministries. Topics include history of Christian education, staffing, organization, program, curriculum, training, methods, facilities, and other subjects related to the leadership of an active and effective church ministry. This course is required for Christian Education minor in the local church ministry during Junior or Senior year.

CMIN 3623 ADMINISTRATION OF YOUTH MINISTRIES 3 hours
This course focuses on some of the "nuts-and-bolts" aspects of everyday youth ministry in the church setting. Topics examined range from organizing and administering a youth program to counseling teenagers, the dynamics of team ministry and working with volunteers. Finances and budgeting, church staff relationships, and promotional skills are also examined. Prerequisite: CMIN 2613.

CMIN 4101 EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY READING 1 hour
This is a directed independent reading course designed to acquaint the student with contemporary issues in educational ministry. Related written work is required. The course may be repeated once, with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

CMIN 4113 CHILDREN'S EDUCATION IN THE CHURCH 3 hours
This course is a study of objectives, methods, practices, activities, materials, and equipment used to meet the developing needs of preschool and elementary children as they relate to the total ministry of the church.

CMIN 4123 THE ADULT LEARNER IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 3 hours
This course is an overview of learning in adulthood. The focus will be on a reflective study of adult learning in theory and research as applied to adult education in the church. The characteristics of adult life, objectives, materials, activities, and adult ministry will be emphasized.

EDUC 3113 FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION 3 hours
This course is a basic introduction to the field of education. The student will study the history of the great movements and leaders in education. Particular attention will be given to modern institutions and means of education, including information on Christian colleges and day schools. Different models of teaching will also be examined. An in-depth look into a Biblical philosophy of Christian education enables the student to clearly articulate his or her own Biblical philosophy of education. This course is designed to meet the ACSI philosophy of Christian school education requirements.

PSYC 3323 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 3 hours
This course is a study of the application of psychological principles to learning and behavior. Results of research as applied to classroom learning and motivation are studied together with factors which help or hinder effective learning. Prerequisite: PSYC 1123.