About the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (Teaching Ministry) Degree
Why Study Christian Education at Cedarville?
Cedarville’s degree in Biblical Studies – Teaching Ministry will prepare you to minister effectively in a wide variety of Christian education ministries. You will learn how to encourage spiritual growth through meaningful relationships, compelling biblical teaching, effective program development, and influential leadership in a constantly changing culture. By adding a required ministry concentration area and optional minor, you can customize your degree to fit your desired area of ministry (church, camp, college campus, parachurch organization, cross-cultural context, etc.). This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in ministry.
We also highly recommend that you consider completing this program as part of Cedarville's Accelerated B.A.+M.Div. option, which allows you to complete your B.A. in biblical studies and Master of Divinity in just five years, including the Teaching Ministry concentration.Request Info Visit
School of Biblical and Theological Studies
The School of Biblical and Theological Studies offers a strong set of Bible, theology, and ministry degree programs that prepare you to serve.
What Sets Cedarville Apart?
Biblical WorldviewThe Bible is the authority for research and study in every class you'll take.
Mentoring Christian FacultyYou'll be taught by highly-credentialed professors who want you to succeed.
Top Placement RatesOur graduates achieve top career and grad school placement rates — 10% above the national average.
2022-23 Visiting ProfessorIntroducing Trevin Wax, Vice President of Research and Resource Development at the North American Mission Board, as a visiting professor for the 2022-23 academic year.Read More will open in a new window
Customizable — By adding a required ministry concentration and optional minor, you can customize your degree to fit your ministry interests and goals.
Liberal Arts Approach — You will take core general education courses taught from a biblical worldview. This liberal arts approach will prepare you to have a broader impact for Christ and give you expertise in various fields that will enhance your platform for ministry.
Real-world Experience — A required internship is built into the program, giving you real-world, hands-on experience.
What Can I Do With a Biblical Studies (Teaching Ministry) Degree?
As a graduate of Cedarville’s Teaching Ministry Christian education program, you will be equipped for a variety of ministry roles:
- Bible teacher
- Camp director
- Christian education director
- Youth Pastor
Graduate schools, professional schools, and seminaries welcome our graduates.
We’re proud of our successful graduates! 96.6% of recent graduates from the School of Biblical and Theological Studies were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom
As you’re pursuing Teaching Ministry degree, your coursework will be complemented by the following opportunities.
Student Organizations — Cedarville offers many ministry and service organizations that help develop character and ministry skills. Many Bible faculty members serve as advisers for these organizations, and students are encouraged to take full advantage of them. The School of Biblical and Theological Studies sponsors:
- Chi Delta Nu — an organization that provides encouragement to students entering youth ministry through prayer, fellowship, and service.
- Alpha Sigma — an organization devoted to promoting critical thinking through philosophical and theological inquiry into issues central to the biblical worldview and contemporary culture.
Internships — When you are ready to move into full-time ministry, there is no substitute for hands-on experience. An internship is the best way to gain valuable experience and build relationships. Students from the School of Biblical and Theological Studies have completed internships with:
- Athletes in Action
- Echoing Hills Village
- Far Hills Community Church
- Kids Alive International - Dominican Republic
- Living Waters Bible Camp
- Phoenix Fellowship Baptist Church - Durban, South Africa
- Scioto Hills Camp and Retreat Center
- TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) - Antalya, Turkey
Global Outreach (GO) — Use one of your spring or summer breaks to go on a short-term missions trip, sharing the Gospel either in the U.S. or abroad. We encourage EVERY student to take at least one GO trip!
Discipleship Ministries — Discipleship Ministries offers small discipleship groups (called “d-groups”) that meet regularly for prayer, accountability, encouragement, and Bible study. Serve as small-group leader or be a member of the Discipleship Council (DC), which helps administer d-groups. Both are great ways to hone your leadership skills while encouraging spiritual growth on campus.
Local Ministries — Apply what you’re learning in chapel and in the classroom as you serve through local church ministries and community outreach teams. Your faith will grow as you help meet the physical and spiritual needs of those you serve.
Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take courses in Bible, theology, and practical ministry. The Teaching Ministry Christian education major requires courses that prepare you to teach the Word of God to a variety of settings and a broad array of ages. The curriculum includes study in ministry development and leadership.Sample courses:
- Adult Ministries
- Theological Foundations of Ministry
Program Format and Related Programs
Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.
Program Level and Format
From Our Students:
Trent Rogers, Ph.D.Dean, SBTS; Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek
- BTS 236
Theology Professor Encourages Student EngagementDr. Jonathan Arnold has always tried to pass on his love for learning to his students. No matter what the topic, he seeks to ignite a passion for learning more.
“The Good Shepherd Is My Healer”Life is like a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. Bethany Norris, a senior Christian education major at Cedarville University from Keedysville, Maryland, learned that truth firsthand as her health took a turn for the worse on Oct. 6, 2021.