The College of Ministry and Biblical Studies offers its Christian Ministry Major completely online. This program helps men and women increase their understanding of Scripture, develop practical skills for various church leadership roles, prepare for professional Christian ministry, and/or pursue graduate studies in the field. Typically, about three-quarters of ministry students are already involved in volunteer or vocational ministry. They come to Hope International University to deepen their theological roots, strengthen their relationship with the Lord, and develop their ministry gifts.
The Christian Ministry Major is firmly grounded in God’s ongoing effort to draw all nations to Himself. This divine mission gives purpose and guidance to every ministry we perform. Since 21st century ministry settings are more multicultural than ever before, the program incorporates contemporary approaches for engaging diverse groups in creative and culturally relevant ways. The Christian Ministry Major equips students to think and act “globally”—that is, to plan and carry out their local ministries in the context of God’s global purpose.
For the Apostolic School of Theology (AST) version of the Christian Ministry program, see the Institutes section of this catalog (below).
ABHE and WSCUC Accreditation In February 2006, the university secured programmatic accreditation of its Christian Ministry Major from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). This additional professional accreditation supplements Hope’s regional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).