Welcome to Bachelor 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: 30 hours

Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours) 
Life of Christ (3 hours)
Redemption in Old Testament (3 hours)
Letters of Paul (3 hours)
Biblical Theology of Leadership (3 hours)
Knowing God (3 hours)
Theology of Holiness (3 hours)
Bible Study Methods (3 hours) – Bible Elective 
Christian Beliefs (3 hours) – Theology Elective

General Studies Course Descriptions: 30 hours

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

Professional Studies Course Descriptions: 30 Hours

Principles of the Christian Life (3 hours) 
Organizational Leadership (3 hours) 
Working with Teams (3 hours) 
Marketplace Ministry (3 hours) 
Personal and Social Ethics (3 hours)
Teaching and Preaching (3 hours)
The Mobilization of Volunteers (3 hours) 
Pastoral Care (3 hours)
Biblical Counseling (3 hours)

Senior Portfolio: Leadership and Ministry (3 hours)

General Electives: 30 Hours
Program Total: 120 Hours

Bible and Theology Courses: 30 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)

Life of Christ (3 hours)

This course is the beginning of a two-part survey of the New Testament that covers the life of Christ found in the Gospels. In this course the student will examine the historical, literary, and theological significance of each of the gospel accounts of the life of Christ, with an emphasis upon the practical application of this information. (3 hours)

Redemption in Old Testament (3 hours)

This course will provide the learner with an overview of the Old Testament teachings and application of the doctrine of redemption for both individuals and the community of Israel. An emphasis both on the contextual relationships and the preparation for an understanding of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will be included in this course to provide the learner with a foundational knowledge of the Christian view of redemption and give direction for developing a biblical lifestyle based upon the revelation of God in the Old Testament. (3 hours)

Letters of Paul (3 hours)

This course examines the background and ministry of Paul, as well as the origin and purpose of each of the Pauline epistles in the context of the development of his ministry. The study will include an analysis and synthesis of major Pauline themes, including the Pauline concept of the church and its mission.

Biblical Theology of Leadership (3 hours)

This course provides a biblical, Christ-centered perspective of leadership ideas. Historical trends in the development of leadership thinking—both from a secular and Christian perspective—are discussed and evaluated in light of biblical truth, and students will be challenged to apply this truth to their own lives and their understanding of organizational behavior.

Knowing God (3 hours)

This course provides an in-depth study of Theology Proper, the study of God the Father. Included with this will be understanding the Trinity doctrine, with an emphasis on biblical, historical and theological dimensions of knowing God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The course supports not only knowing

more about God, but actually knowing God better through the application of Christian doctrine to life, worship and mission.

Theology of Holiness (3 hours)

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.

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.

Christian Beliefs (3 hours) – Theology Elective

An elementary study of the principles underlying the Christian faith. Doctrines such as the inspiration of Scripture, sin, redemption, sanctification, and eschatology are treated with special attention. In addition, a study of Christian ethics is included.

General Studies Course Descriptions: 30 hours

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

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.

Personal and Social Ethics (3 hours) – Humanities Elective

This course lays the foundation for a Christian response to ethical issues arising in 21st Century Western culture. Attention is given to the biblical foundation of Christian personal and social ethics, the history of ethics, ethical decision-making, and personal character development. Application of these topics will be made to a range of contemporary issues.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professional Studies Course Descriptions: 30 Hours

Principles of the Christian Life (3 hours)

This course focuses on the meaning of the lifestyle of biblical Christianity. Attention will be given to the role of the spiritual disciplines in spiritual development. Students will gain knowledge, abilities and skills that will help them to understand themselves as Christians and to become more effective ministers who would teach and nurture others. (3 hours)

Organizational Leadership (3 hours)

This course will provide an understanding of organizational leadership from a biblical, theoretical and practical point of view. The topic of leadership will be discussed in four contexts that include intrapersonal, interpersonal relationships, organizational structure and processes, and organizational culture. The biblical approach of the covenant will be used as a unifying theme for leadership best practices within each of these contexts.

Working with Teams (3 hours)

This course emphasizes the importance of teamwork in organizational or professional settings. In addition to reviewing the components of effective teams, the dysfunctions of teams, accountability within teams, and values will also be discussed. Success in organizations is largely dependent on teamwork. Students will become more effective team members as well as equipping them to improve team relationships. Characteristics of dynamic and thriving teams will be explored, with a special emphasis on the common dysfunctions of teams and how to avoid them.

Marketplace Ministry (3 hours)

The purpose of this course is to learn and live the foundational tenets of biblical Christianity in the marketplace of life; at home, at work, and in the school; in short, in the public arena. Attention will be given to the lifestyle of the believer as a statement to the non-Christian, relationship building, lifestyle evangelism, spiritual conversation with the non-Christian, and the biblical elements of conversion.

Personal and Social Ethics (3 hours)

This course lays the foundation for a Christian response to ethical issues arising in 21st Century Western culture. Attention is given to the biblical foundation of Christian personal and social ethics, the history of ethics, ethical decision-making, and personal character development. Application of these topics will be made to a range of contemporary issues.

Teaching and Preaching (3 hours)

This course reviews the method and impact of gospel communicators, both from Scripture as well as those of historical note. It also stresses the fundamentals of gospel communication, including content, which involves study; delivery, which involves mechanics; and anointing, which involves dependence upon the Holy Spirit. This course will also stress a balance of both theory and practices in gospel communication.

The Mobilization of Volunteers (3 hours)

This course will investigate ways to mobilize and engage volunteers. It will defend the value of volunteers and their relationship within an organization. The topics examined will include: types of recruitment methods, importance of background checks, communicating organizational mission statements, goals and values, training, retention, volunteer tasks and expectations, motivation, reward systems and performance improvement for both volunteers and staff. Throughout the course, you will develop a practice scenario of organizing volunteers and staff for a specific event.

Pastoral Care (3 hours)

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of effective and ethically responsible pastoral care.

Biblical Counseling (3 hours)

This course will provide an overview of counseling from a biblical perspective. This course will discuss an overview of the change process, with brief exploration into personality structure and the origin of personal struggles, from a biblical perspective. This course will also provide a study of the modern-day integration perspectives of theology and psychology

Senior Portfolio: Leadership and Ministry (3 hours)

This course involves the experience to synthesize various components of the leadership and ministry program while emphasizing the principles and applications of ministry. Students will integrate learning from all course work in solving complex problems, engaging in dilemmas that incorporate biblical principles, and preparing for on-going learning practices.

General Electives: 30 Hours

In addition to the above degree requirements, students must complete 30 additional hours non- remedial academic coursework from KCC or another accredited institution. Students who complete the related associates degree program will have fulfilled the general electives requirements.

Program Total: 120 Hours