Christian Leadership & Church Ministries Major (B.S.)
The major in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries provides an undergraduate degree program for students who desire Christian leadership development and ministry training in a broader context of the local church, para-church and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, partnership with other schools within Liberty University provides cognates for marketability, based on students’ future vocational goals (See cognates). This degree would help students gain the knowledge, values and skills needed for providing Christian leadership in a church and/or para-church vocation.
The purpose of the BS in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries is to equip students with professional skills in planning, organizing, and developing Christian ministries. In addition, students will develop the ability to evaluate models of leadership, programs, and various philosophies of Christian ministries.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Articulate/justify essential truths of Christianity.
- Demonstrate competence in the use of sound principles of biblical interpretation.
- Demonstrate professional skill in planning, organizing, and developing Christian ministries.
- Evaluate models of leadership & programs, as well as various philosophies of Christian ministries.
- Demonstrate competence in engaging their culture from a biblical worldview of leadership.
Delivery Format: Residential Only
- Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Biblical Studies - Resident
- Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Camp & Outdoor Adventure Leadership - Resident
- Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Global Studies - Resident
- Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Resident
- Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Technical Studies - Resident
- Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Theology & Apologetics - Resident
- Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Women's Leadership - Resident
- Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Worship - Resident
- Ministry Director
- Para-church Leadership
- Ministry roles in bi-vocational settings
- Camp Director
- Children’s Pastor/Director
- Christian Education Director
- Church Administration
- Ministry Associate
- Missionary Pastor
- Senior and Associate Pastor
- Women’s Ministry Director
- Youth Pastor
- Next Generation Pastor
- Media Ministry
This course will provide students a Biblically-based introduction to a wide range of initiative games, team building skills, the ability to transfer experience-based discovery learning to real life application, and the proper sequencing philosophies necessary to enjoy success in the camping and outdoor adventure leadership ministry professions. Students in this course will be able to combine a passion for creation and the outdoors, a love for servant-hearted camping and outdoor adventure ministry leadership, and the recreation and programming methods taught to lead a life of successful ministry either as an introduction to full time vocational ministry, or to life-long skills as a church lay leader, a para-church volunteer, a mission trip coordinator or volunteer, or even a non-profit organization volunteer.
This course will provide students the foundational knowledge necessary for effective leadership in camp and outdoor adventure leadership programs including the introduction to a variety of camps and outdoor ministries, their history, leadership, and how they are being effectively utilized today. Students will also learn how to effectively develop age-appropriate programs which are properly sequenced in camp and outdoor adventure ministries that apply Biblical principles to all aspects of relationship building. (Cross-listed with YOUT 360)
A practical study of Christian Ministry, both inside and outside the local church, with emphasis given to understanding the implications of the gospel for all aspects of life and leadership.
Prerequisite: (CLCM 210 or COAL 210)
With a managerial approach to legal issues, this course will examine the influences of current state and federal legislation, collective bargaining agreement, regulation agencies, employee-employer relations, contracts and educational enterprises in relation to sport management.
This course will provide students with the Biblical foundation and critical information that they need to properly evaluate the feasibility of developing raw land into a viable Christian camp or outdoor adventure ministry site. Understanding the environmental studies required, how to read and understand topographical maps, working with architects and engineers on site plan development, understanding the principles of development, drainage, natural resource conservation, utility installation, mineral rights, real estate contracts, pipeline and electrical easements, road construction, parking considerations, size and number of buildings needed for lodging, meeting space, dining services, and activity site planning are all included.
This course will take a comprehensive examination of critical areas for the individual who gives or is considering leadership in a Christian camp or outdoor ministry organization. An exposition of Biblical passages supporting the establishment and function of Christian camps and outdoor ministry organizations and their supportive relationship to the local church will be presented. After which, pragmatic applications to effectively direct/manage a Christian camp and outdoor ministry organization will be examined. (Cross-listed with YOUT 370)
Economic marketing and finance theories applied to sport organizations, with special emphasis on the impact of sport upon the proximate community, and general development of cities and sport facilities.
The relevant areas of marketing are applied to sport applications for spectator and participative sport originations are given. Special emphasis is placed on strategic planning, product analysis, and the development and presentation of marketing packages to secure sponsorship.
This course will be the comprehensive culmination of the Biblical foundation, and the philosophies, methods, management styles, marketing strategies, facility design, site planning ability, leadership styles, donor relations, donor reporting mechanisms, program design, program assessment, legal trends and issues, budgeting and finances, staffing and personnel needs, recruiting, retention, and benefits that were covered in the camp and outdoor adventure leadership program. Students will complete a brand new start-up camp or outdoor adventure ministry project from mission statement and property selection until opening day for business, including a comprehensive business plan, as an assessment tool to demonstrate mastery of each discipline required to be successful in the camp and outdoor adventure leadership profession.
This required course will be completed in the senior year of the student’s degree program and will be based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work. This course reflects on and utilizes the concepts learned throughout the program and gives the students the opportunity to showcase their understanding of key strategies and skills related to gospel-centered ministry endeavors.
CLCM 497 - Special Topics in CLCM (3 hours)
This internship will focus on both the programming and leadership aspects of camp and outdoor ministry. It will be a supervised field experience at an approved site. Applicants must apply the semester prior to starting internship.
Registration Restrictions: Junior Status and approval from program director