About the Program

The Christian Ministries major and minors focus on practical, hands-on training for ministry. We offer concentrations in Missions, Worship Arts, and Youth & Family Ministries. The Missions concentration includes training in either international or domestic service. The Worship Arts concentration mixes coursework in theology and ministry with a strong competency in music, including the ability to lead a band or choir. The Youth & Family Ministries concentration prepares students to serve as a youth pastor, family pastor, or children’s pastor.

The Christian Ministries major and minors are designed for those who want to serve in ministry right after college. All of them include a strong background in the Bible and theology, spiritual formation, and the skills to be able to work effectively within a church or parachurch ministry. Check out our department’s curriculum or Sterling College’s Academic Catalog for more specifics.
 
The goal of the Theology & Ministry Department at Sterling College is to cultivate virtuous character, Christ-centered wisdom, and vocational excellence in our community of students. We host a number of other events, like a fall theology conference and fun get-togethers, that you can read more about on our department’s page.

Concentrations

  • Missions
  • Worship Arts
  • Youth & Family Ministries

Associated Minors

  • Missions
  • Youth & Family Ministries
  • Theology & Ministry (general minor)

What can I do with this major? 

  • Work for a church as a youth pastor, family pastor, or children’s pastor
  • Serve as a musical worship leader at a church or camp
  • Missions work, international or domestic
  • Serve in a Christian parachurch ministry or non-profit
  • Go to seminary or graduate school
  • With a double major, pursue any career as a ministry (e.g., Christian therapist)

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Faculty

Tom Bronleewe
Pro-Rata Assistant Professor of Theology and Ministry

Dr. Timothy A. Gabrielson
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Roy Millhouse
Department Chair for Theology & Ministry; Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Glenn Butner Jr.
Assistant Professor of Theology and Ministry