Welcome to Associate of Arts in Leadership and Ministry!

Kansas Christian College is proud to offer online degree programs to accommodate the educational needs of busy adults. With KCC Online, you can get all of the benefits of a Christian education with the flexibility and convenience you need to further your ministry, career and personal goals.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Leadership and Ministry program of study, students should be able to

  • Confidently express God’s calling on his/her life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of effective leadership in the local church.
  • Competently interpret and proclaim the Word of God.
  • Responsibly plan various services conducted in the local church.
  • Develop an introductory understanding of ministry that is consistent with scripture and proven leadership principles.

Course Requirements

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Bible and Theology Courses: 12 hours

Old Testament Survey (3 hours) 
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Bible Study Methods (3 hours) – Bible Elective 
Theology of Holiness (3 hours) – Theology Elective

General Studies Course Descriptions: 30 hours

Spiritual Formation (3 hours)
Technology and Information for College (3 hours) 
English Composition I (3 hours)
English Composition II (3 hours) 
Speech (3 hours)
General Psychology (3 hours)
Principles of Sociology (3 hours) – Behavioral Science Elective 
Exploring God’s World (3 hours) – Math/Science Elective World Civilizations to 1700 (3 hours) – Humanities Elective Cultural Diversity (3 hours) – Humanities Elective

Professional Studies Course Descriptions: 21 hours

Sharing and Defending the Christian Faith (3 hours) Discipling and Mentoring in the Christian Faith (3 hours)Introduction to Leadership (3 hours)Personal Finance (3 hours) Communication for Leaders (3 hours)Issues in Christian Leadership (3 hours)Leadership and Ministry Capstone (3 hours)

Program Total: 63 hours

Bible and Theology Courses: 12 hours

Old Testament Survey (3 hours)

This course is a survey of Old Testament literature in its historical setting. Attention is given to outstanding persons, events, and theological emphases. The aim of this course is to give direction for developing a biblical lifestyle based upon the revelation of God in the Old Testament. (3 hours)

New Testament Survey (3 hours)

This course is a survey of the background and content of the New Testament with an emphasis on learning to ask questions that will give the student a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. In this course the student will examine the historical, literary and theological significance of New Testament content with an emphasis upon the practical application of this information. (3 hours)

Bible Study Methods (3 hours) – Bible Elective

This course explores and practices the basic principles of general hermeneutics (principles of interpretation). Learners will focus on learning and performing the guiding principles that lead to correctly understanding the Bible.

Theology of Holiness (3 hours) – Theology Elective

The basics of the doctrine of entire sanctification as taught by the Wesleyan theologians. Scriptural and theological statements are integrated with experiential insights for the purpose of clarification.

General Studies Course Descriptions: 30 hours

Spiritual Formation (3 hours)

This course introduces the adult student to necessary concepts, skills, priorities, and relationships that enable professional, spiritual, and academic development. This course provides the foundation for the development of the student’s philosophy of life and ministry that enable successful adult education. (3 hours)

Technology and Information for College (3 hours)

This course introduces the adult student to necessary concepts, skills, priorities, and relationships that enable professional, spiritual, and academic development. this course provides the foundation for the development of the student’s philosophy of life and ministry that enable successful adult education.

English Composition I (3 hours)

A concentrated review of English grammar, with a focus on developing competence through expressive and explanatory writing of non-fiction prose, primarily within the context of the student’s experiences. Provides experience in a variety of writing tasks, and includes strategies for discovering ideas, gathering information, planning and organizing, drafting, revising and editing.

English Composition II (3 hours)

A focus on the development of competency in expository, evaluative, and persuasive essays, as well as in comprehending, evaluating and synthesizing information from various sources for research writing.

Speech (3 hours)

A study of the principles and types of speech designed to develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills through outlining and delivering speeches in class. (3 hours)

General Psychology (3 hours)

A study of biological aspects of behavior, the brain, learning and memory consciousness, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, health, stress, coping, mental health, personality, and social behavior. Attention will be given to the relationship between Psychology and Christianity with selected application for life and ministry. 3 hours

Principles of Sociology (3 hours) – Behavioral Science Elective

An introduction to the systematic study of society in terms of social organization, processes, institutions, and relationships among individuals and groups. This course examines methods of research in sociology, and describes the basic concepts and theories.

Exploring God’s World (3 hours) – Math/Science Elective

This course is designed to provide a general overview of environmental science, with an emphasis on sound science, stewardship, and sustainability. Topics include basic concepts of environmental science, relationships between living and nonliving things, human impact upon the environment, and care of earth’s resources to support future generations of living things. Critical thinking skills will be utilized throughout this course, as these skills underlie one’s ability to carefully consider scientific concepts and their effects upon human interactions. The study of environmental science is approached with an understanding of the grave responsibilities of human beings to practice wise stewardship of God’s creation.

World Civilizations to 1700 (3 hours) – Humanities Elective

This course will provide students with skills in historical research and analysis, a chronological understanding and factual knowledge spanning from the dawn of civilization to 1700. Emphasis is placed on the origins and achievements of the core civilizations of Asia, Africa, America, and Greco-Roman civilizations. In addition, Christian, Islamic and Byzantine cultures will be studied. The ultimate focus will be to provide students with a historical, factual, cultural, and geographical knowledge of ancient history and its relationship to the Bible. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments up to the early modern world civilizations within the interrelations of societies and cultures.

Cultural Diversity (3 hours) – Humanities Elective

This course is an exploration of cultural diversity and multiculturalism from a Christian faith perspective. This course provides a process to understand and practice cultural diversity competence. It is designed to initiate and provide ongoing preparation for effective interaction with everyone in our culturally diverse world. Growth in these skills equips individuals with the social graces needed to form bonds of mutual trust that will bridge the differences that ordinarily divide people.

Professional Studies Course Descriptions: 21 hours

Sharing and Defending the Christian Faith (3 hours)

This course will define faith in Christ (the gospel) and will explore ways to share the gospel. Students will consider the various hindrances to the effective communication of the gospel, as well as develop strategies for answering objections to the gospel in a way that points individuals to Jesus Christ.

Discipling and Mentoring in the Christian Faith (3 hours)

This course is a study in discipleship and mentoring focusing on effective discipleship models from the life of Christ and the First Century Church. Those principles will be applied into an effective design for Twenty-First Century disciple-making, with special attention given to the foundations of Christian discipleship and mentoring. This foundation includes modeling Christ-like character and leadership and building healthy relationships for personal accountability paradigms.

Introduction to Leadership (3 hours)

This course provides an overview of the basics of leadership with application in both a personal and organizational context. Creating and communicating the vision, empowering others and recognizing their contributions, challenging the status quo and leading change, and celebrating team and organizational success are all key ideas addressed in this course. Moreover, students will be asked to evaluate their own personal leadership practices according to these concepts. (3 hours)

Personal Finance (3 hours)

This course will provide a practical introduction to personal finance management and assist the student in being a good steward of God-given resources. It addresses realistic ways to manage personal assets effectively. Topics include the development of personal financial goals, planning and budgeting; avoiding fraud and swindles; buying, insuring and financing major assets; consumer credit; banking services; investments; insurance; retirement and estate planning; and income tax. (3 hours)

Communication for Leaders (3 hours)

This course provides a general overview of basic leadership communication skills and strategies. Attention is given to listening, audience evaluation, public speaking, small work groups and business writing. Opportunities to discuss and practice leadership communication are built into the course.

Issues in Christian Leadership (3 hours)

Issues in Christian Leadership addresses the seminal issues in Christian leadership in both the church and para-church settings, including the foundational issues of each of the five following areas: integrity, communication, leadership development, conflict management and self-care.

Leadership and Ministry Capstone (3 hours)

This capstone course is a culmination of various aspects involved in developing an effective leader within a ministry setting. There is a focus on identifying potential leaders and then providing practical methods for training, coaching, and equipping those leaders to reach their full potential. Areas of discussion include integrity, vision-casting, servant-leadership, modeling, as well as current leadership principles utilized in today’s local church. This course provides practical and proven guidelines for any individual involved in ministry who feels called to “equip the saints for ministry.”

Program Total: 63 hours