Christian Ministry BA Program (CMO)

General Information

Trevecca Nazarene University’s BA in Christian Ministry is a fully online program providing adult students the opportunity to complete a college degree in a schedule and format particularly designed to meet their unique needs.

The curriculum’s major emphasis is to prepare persons for various areas of Christian service by developing

  • A holistic mindset,
  • A missional vision,
  • Servant-leadership skills, and
  • Ministry competence.

Special attention is given to helping individuals adapt their study to their personal calling and how it fits into the world where ministry takes place. Faculty members are well-equipped and eager to help develop strong competencies for ministry success and for making positive contributions in their profession and to society.

Course content is focused on practical application to the everyday life and occupation of the student. The program assumes that adult students possess experience and skills which may earn academic credit.

Program Design

The format and schedule of the Christian Ministry Online program (CMO) are designed for working professionals or lifelong learners who may not have access to a local university or who desire to further their education via a Christian institution of higher education.

  • Thirty-six (36) semester hours are earned by completing the twelve (12) 6-week courses in the major
  • The CMO program can be completed in approximately 20 months
  • Offered entirely online, the program can be completed by anyone living anywhere who has internet access
  • Online classes are designed as collaborative learning experiences where students are engaged in asynchronous dialog throughout the week
  • Knowledge and experience build from the beginning class to the last, capstone course.
  • An emphasis upon effective interpersonal communication permeates the approach.
  • The CMO program is designed to play an integral role in ministerial preparation and training for those in, or pursuing, vocational ministry, as well as lay people (non-clergy).


Trevecca’s bachelor of arts degree in Christian Ministry prepares persons for Christian service by cultivating in them a holistic missional outlook fostering servant-leadership and ministry skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

All CMO graduates will be able to:

  1. Construct a personal philosophy for ministry that is consistent with Scripture and recognized leadership principles.
  2. Apply practical principles and strategies for effective ministry.
  3. Utilize pastoral care that effectively ministers to the body of Christ.
  4. Interpret the disciplines of the Christian faith for personal and ministerial growth.
  5. Value the meaning and significance of biblical authority for theological reflection and Christian practice.
  6. Examine the need for theological reflection and intellectual thought in ministry.

Additional Information

For more information, visit

Program of Study

Required Courses

CMN 3020Introduction to Christian Ministry


CMN 3000Biblical Literature and Interpretation


CMN 4250Personal and Spiritual Development


CMN 3010Introduction to Christian Theology


CMN 3850Theology of the Church


CMN 4120Christian Ethics


CMN 4600Worship


CMN 4300Congregational Discipleship


CMN 4560Compassionate Ministry


CMN 4510Shepherding the Congregation


CMN 4460Leadership in the Christian Organization


CMN 4950Christian Ministry Capstone


All regular classes are 3 hours credit, 6 weeks in length.

Christian Ministry Program – Salvation Army

Mission Statement

The Christian Ministry Program is a cooperative degree-completion program developed with The Salvation Army Southern Territory for the sake of officer and cadet continuing education and academic advancement. In this sense, the Christian Ministry Program seeks to partner with The Salvation Army’s mission, " encourage life-long learning by providing the Southern Territory with educational support for its officers, cadets, employees, and volunteers." In addition, the program desires to model a collaborative spirit between Trevecca Nazarene University and The Salvation Army in providing an academic strategy that serves officers and cadets by addressing their ongoing educational goals in dialog with their current professional setting.

Christian Ministry Program (CMP) Degree Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours must be earned with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 
  • 30 hours general education requirements
  • The 30 semester hours of the major must be taken through Trevecca with a minimum C- in each class. Five of the courses (15 hours) are required “core” classes and five (15 hours) elective CMP courses.
  • In addition to the 30 Christian Ministry Program hours and the 30 general education hours, 60 elective hours must be earned.

      30 hr Christian Ministry Major
      30 hr Gen Ed Component
      60 hr Electives  
      120 hours total
Currently 30 hrs must be taken and passed at TNU and SFOT in course work under the Christian Ministry Program; this constitutes the "major" and includes both the five required courses and five elective CMP courses.

90 credit hours can come from both transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and alternative credit. A student is limited to 59 hours “alternative” credit which includes (but is not limited to), credit for military training and experience, testing (CLEP, DSST, etc.), professional schools and training, and life learning papers.