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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry to be Offered Online

January 13, 2010, 12:45 pm
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In response to requests from adult learners desiring a fully online Christian Ministry degree with a strong liberal arts foundation, Northwest Nazarene University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Samuel Dunn is pleased to announce the offering of an online Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry. This accelerated degree-completion program, set to launch August 2010, is geared to adult learners age 23 or older.  Students can expect to complete all course work online in 36 months with no residential requirements.

Students will participate in a dynamic online learning community (cohort) consisting of 12-15 students. Courses will be seven weeks in length and offered through NNU’s course-management software. It is expected that in each of nine consecutive semesters, students will take 15-17 credits that will require approximately 20-25 hours of course work per week.  The online Christian Ministries degree consists of 124 credits (55 in the Christian Ministry major, 54 general education courses and 15 religion electives). Students will take the elective general education courses through NNU’s online STEP program.  The new Christian Ministry community (cohort) will begin annually.

Among several objectives of this program, students will be expected to develop leadership skills for ministry in the local church; be prepared for entrance into seminary or graduate programs in religion; develop a Christian worldview in order to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world; and, develop a theology of the Church and gain skills in Christian Ministries. Also, according to Dr. Mark Maddix, Dean of the School of Theology & Christian Ministries, “the online Christian ministry degree is designed to prepare both laity and clergy for a wide range of ministries. The degree covers the Course of Study educational requirements for Ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.”

Northwest Nazarene University is a recognized leader among Christian liberal arts universities in online higher education and provides an online environment that encourages collaborative and community learning.  Competition is discouraged since all students are expected to be working toward the same goals in a learning community.

Make the shift to online education today!  For more information, call Jill Jones, online secretary, at 208.467.8368, Professor Jim Rotz at 208-467-8371; email him at jhrotz@nnu.edu; or visit http://www.nnu.edu/online-christian-ministry/


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