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The School of Christian Studies

Welcome to the School of Christian Studies.  It is the one school within Pillar College devoted exclusively to the study of the Bible, Christian ministry, and Christan thought. We designed our programs to equip students with the education and training needed to pursue careers as leaders in Christian churches, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, and ministerial vocations. As we aim to cultivate a distinctively Christian worldview, the spiritual formation of our students remains an extremely high priority and is reflected in every course. We want to inspire men and women to lead effectively and faithfully in a wide variety of environments (including but not limited to) the local church and parachurch organization settings. We also provide opportunities for field education and global learning for an enhanced educational experience.

Brian Rawls, D.Min, M.Div. MPA

Dean, School of Christian Studies and Chair, Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Email: [email protected]

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BA Biblical Studies

Bachelor of the Arts Degree

The Biblical Studies program prepares individuals for a career in a variety of ministries in the Christian church, Christian education, the mission field, social work and services, media and technology, and chaplaincy work. The Biblical Studies Department offers courses in Biblical Studies proper—including both Old Testament and New Testament, Christian Ministry, Church History, and Christian Theology. A seminary track is also available for those who desire preparation for graduate school in ministry which includes a study of the original languages of the Bible.

  • This degree is also offered through Pillar College’s LEAD (Life Enhancing Accelerated Degree) program. Through LEAD, the Biblical Studies degree can be completed in as little as 4 Semesters..
  • Our highly credentialed and experienced academic staff offer a rigorous program of study with practical application principles for life and service for our Lord Jesus Christ. .
  • Our small class size, allows us to engage with our students on a personal level, offering counsel and prayer as well as excellent teaching. We care about our students! .
  • With the new David E. Schroeder School of Biblical Studies Scholarship, students who enroll in the BA in Biblical Studies program, will have the chance to receive a high-quality degree at a cost that is completely affordable..

The Biblical Studies degree can lead to numerous careers including, however, not limited to:

Church Leadership, Christian Counseling, Urban Ministry, Mentoring and Discipleship, Christian Education, Priest or Pastor, Associate Pastor, Campus Minister, Denominational Administrator, Chaplain, Religious Education Teacher, Seminary Administrator, Campus Religious Coordinator, Counselor, Director of Religious Development, Missionary, Religious Staff Writer.

Concentration in Chaplaincy

You’ll find Chaplains in virtually all aspects of modern life. From multinational corporations to the military, from hospitals to law enforcement and more, Chaplain ministries play a crucial role in the lifeblood of the organizations in which they serve. 

The Pillar College BA in Biblical Studies offers a unique Concentration in Chaplaincy. It explores in-depth the foundations, history, practice, legal foundations, and Biblical basis of Chaplain ministries. This innovative Concentration includes both theoretical and hands-on learning opportunities, as students will hear from a wide range of guest speaker Chaplains, who will explain the nature of their role and duties in organizations such as: 

  • Military 
  • Healthcare/Hospice 
  • Corporate 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Fire Departments 
  • Corrections 

A major component of our Chaplaincy Concentration is our Clinical Pastoral Education program, where students actually get to practice as a chaplain-in-training at places including hospices, prisons, nursing homes and more. This hands-on experience proves invaluable in terms of evaluating and understanding their responsibilities as they prepare for future work in this field. 

Required Courses:

  1. Introduction to Chaplaincy
  2. Introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education
  3. Introduction to Hospital Chaplaincy
  4. Introduction to Pastoral Care
Concentration in Church Leadership

This concentration is an introduction to various aspects of church leadership, including church administration, leadership & integrity, preaching, pastoral care, counseling, and family ministry in a local church setting.

Required Courses:

  1. BSCM 224 Pastoral Ministry
  2. BSCM 253 Nehemiah
  3. BUSM 307 Leading Non-Profit Organizations
  4. MGMT 303 Principles of Leadership
Concentration in Christian Counseling

This concentration emphasizes the counseling aspects of ministry, including counseling methods, Christian peacemaking, multicultural counseling and emotional intelligence.

Required Courses:

  1. PSYC 102 Biblical Basis for Psychology and Counseling
  2. BSCM 425 Youth and Family Counseling
  3. PSYC 406 Conflict Theory/ Christian Peacemaking
  4. COUN 301 Counseling Methods
Concentration in Urban Ministry

A concentration in urban ministry focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of ministry in an urban setting, including racial and ethnic diversity, multicultural ministry, discipleship, and social consciousness.

Required Courses:

  1. BSCM 245 Urban Ministry
  2. CHHS 320 The Church in Global Context
  3. SOCI 220 Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  4. BSCM 253 Nehemiah

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MA Ministry Leadership

*This program is also available in Spanish, click here to learn more.

Take Your Leadership To The Next Level 

Become the Leader your Church and Organization needs with a Master’s in Ministry Leadership.  Complete in as little as 3 Semesters. The MA in Ministry Leadership Program (MAML Program) is a 48-credit, cohort-based program designed to produce academically, ethically, and spiritually competent professional ministry leaders who are inspirational, motivational, and theologically sound. People of faith expect the leaders of their local churches to deliver a variety of diverse services, including sound preaching and teaching, organizational leadership, community services, and marriage and family counseling. It is incumbent upon the church to assure that its leaders are properly educated and equipped with the content knowledge, dispositions, and research-based practices to serve with the highest level of quality, skill, and integrity. 

Pillar College’s M.A. degree in Ministry Leadership also offers: 

  1. The M.A. in Ministry Leadership Program (MAML Program) is a 48-credit program that offers spiritual, theological, and academic training in Organizational Leadership and Ecclesial Ministry.
  2. The MA in Ministry Leadership Program (MAML Program) delivery is in a cohort-based scheduled format, 8-weeks course rotation, and face-to-face course instruction.
  3. A distinctive of Pillar College’s approach includes the integration of the Judeo-Christian worldview and faith-based values into the professional curriculum.

Unique Benefits and Features:

  • A biblically-based personal foundation for practical ministry leadership, including a “consequential” relationship with Christ. .
  • An ability to assess and respond to the spiritual and practical needs of a community in collaboration with social services agencies. .
  • Competencies required for individual, team and group leadership. .
  • Diagnostic and prescriptive knowledge to engender holistic church health. .
  • An ability to apply leadership principles to Christian ministries designed to strengthen communities. .

Core Curriculum Courses

BSCM-505 Leadership for Church and Mission
BSCM-615 Pastoral Care and Counseling
BSCM-620 Community Development and Services
BSCM-630 Advanced Homiletics
BSCM-680 Field Experience 

The MA in Ministry Leadership Program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in a variety of settings including, however, not limited to: 

  • Churches (pastors, educational leaders, para-church professionals, missionaries, youth leaders, teachers, worship leaders, and chaplains) 
  • Chaplaincies in various communities and venues 
  • Non-profit organizations

Concentrations: General Leadership, Healthy Leaders and Ministries, Church and Community Transformation, Women in Ministry

Concentration in Healthy Leadership and Ministry

The concentration in Healthy Leadership and Ministry is geared towards shaping tomorrow’s church leaders. It gives students a rock-solid foundation in pastoral care and emotional health, to best prepare them to promote and perform ministry to their congregants as well as the community at-large. 

Required Courses:

  1. BSCM 601 Pastoral Self Care
  2. MINL 545 Principles of Church Stewardship
  3. MINL 625 Urban Church Experience
Concentration in Church and Community Transformation

The concentration in Church and Community Transformation equips students with the tools and knowledge to affect meaningful change throughout the church, as well as the greater community. It places an emphasis on church and community planning, as well as organization and development. Graduates will be empowered to assume their role in the next generation of Christian leadership. 

Required Courses:

  1. MINL 610 Effective Ministry Planning
  2. MINL 621 Church and Community Organizing
  3. ORGL 610 Leading Change
Concentration in Women in Ministry

The concentration in Women in Ministry empowers tomorrow’s Christian leaders, building a strong framework for women to thrive in the ministry. At the heart of the program is a robust focus on contemporary women’s issues, particularly those pertinent to pastoral leadership, pastoral care, ministry to women, and self-care. 

Required Courses:

  1. BSCM 601 Pastoral Self Care
  2. MINL 545 Principles of Church Stewardship
  3. WMNL 501 Biblical Perspectives and Women
  4. WMNL 505 Pastoral Leadership for Women
  5. WMNL 530 Ministering to Women
  6. WMNL 630 Contemporary Issues for Women