Christian Ministries

KMBC’s Christian Ministries program has been developed to equip men and women to serve Christ in a multidisciplinary context. Many times, God will call us to more types of ministry than solely preaching, teaching, or worship. Many churches are in need of a pastor who can also lead worship, or a children’s worker who can lead the missions team. Through this program, students will be well equipped and able to serve Christ and their church families in a multi-faceted way.

This program affords the student the choice of designing a major by combining two professional program options. KMBC allows students to essentially make their own program! While the “umbrella” program is Christian Ministries, different emphases or cognates will be what are taught and learned. The ability to choose two programs to complete their major give students the freedom to pursue multiple routes of ministry and be more effective in their field.

An example of this program would be combining Communications Studies (as Emphasis I) with Cross-Cultural Missions (as Emphasis II). This will enable the student to go to the mission field with knowledge of how to build up a Christian radio program, start a church website for locals, and even perform skits and entertain the locals while providing a wholesome, Christ-like message!

There are more than ten different options available to choose from, opening the doors for a broad-ranged ministry.

  • “I have learned so much about the Bible, God, the church, community and myself through classes, chapels and living on campus.

    Katie Jack, Class of 2017
  • “I am thankful for KMBC because of the new family I gain while being apart of this beautiful place, I have people I can lean on and talk to. I have a second family that God has blessed me with.”

    Kristina Johnson, Class of 2019
  • “I am grateful for Kmbc because here I have been spiritually grounded in my faith.”

    Ashley Tomlian, Class of 2018
  • “I’m thankful for KMBC because of the professors who invest our lives, and take the time to tell us they care not only about our academic success, but our spiritual lives.”

    Ashlee Stewart, Class of 2018
  • God is promoted, taught, and experienced in the classroom.

    Joanna Schick, Student
  • KMBC is a place dedicated to prayer, dedicated to transforming lives, and dedicated to preparing people for ministry.

    Bubba Jennings, Class of 2016
  • Coming from a large university, I thought I would have less opportunities at KMBC. I was wrong. I have had more opportunities here than I ever would have at my previous college.

    Alyssa O’Donnell, Class of 2016
  • It was through KMBC that I learned to apply the Bible to everyday life.

    David Munson, Sr., Headmaster of Mt. Carmel School
  • At KMBC, I learned the importance of disciplined study and intellectual growth.

    Dr. Jon L. Earle
    Professor in Danville, Kentucky
  • It’s like coming home [KMBC], even though you’ve never been there before.

    Ashley McKnight
    Program Manager for the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana
  • We are always interested in getting students from KMBC.

    Tom Halford
    Former Vice President of Student Development at Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • As a post-graduate student in the one of the world’s leading universities, I equally say: The training and experience you will receive at KMBC, will be second to none!

    Dr. Jon L. Earle
    Professor in Danville, Kentucky
  • The academic discipline and training I received at KMBC has been absolutely vital to my academic success.

    Dr. Jon L. Earle
    Professor in Danville, Kentucky
  • The quality of the education KMBC students receive equips them to step into graduate level work and also to unite the piety of life with the training of the mind.

    Tom Halford
    Former Vice President of Student Development at Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • KMBC students have a heart to serve.

    Dr. Becky Luman
    Professor at Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • I have complete confidence that the training and education they[KMBC students] have received is unequaled.

    Gary Knox
    Work Team Leader
  • With confidence, one of the first places I have sought recruits is Kentucky Mountain Bible College.

    Hubert Harriman
    Former President of World Gospel Mission
  • The graduates we have worked with from KMBC have a strong biblical and doctrinal foundation which adds to their sense of direction and call.

    Todd Eckhart
    Vice-President of Homeland Ministries for World Gospel Mission
  • KMBC in the past has been a strong resource to WGM for missionaries.  We are seeing this continue at present and pray it will only increase.

    Todd Eckhart
    Vice-President of Homeland Ministries for World Gospel Mission
  • We come to KMBC under the pretense of working, we ACTUALLY come to get blessed!

    Gary Knox
    Work Team Leader
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What happens after graduation?

Some of our graduates choose to continue their education in pursuit of a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree (M.Div). Graduates choosing to do so, often remark at how well prepared they were for the academic challenges of seminary. Although our graduates have chosen to attend a variety of seminaries across the country, KMBC recommends Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

Credit Hours

130 Credit Hours

What classes will I study?

As a student in the Christian Ministries program, you will be focusing on classes to prepare you as a spiritual leader in your community. In addition to the general education core, you will be studying a variety of the biblical texts and theology. Depending on which two programs you choose, your classes could lean toward preaching, teaching, discipleship, and/or missions. For a complete list, skim through the list below.

General Education Core

  • Spiritual-Academic and Worldview Formation


    This course is designed to introduce the student to the spiritual and academic disciplines necessary to begin college life and to become a lifelong learner and Christian disciple. It provides an introduction to prominent contemporary worldviews and lays a foundation for developing a biblical worldview.

  • English Grammar


    A study of the fundamentals of English grammar with a view to proper construction. Emphasis is placed upon conciseness and correct diction.

  • English Composition


    Practice is given in various kinds of writing, including the formal research paper and the informal/formal essay to enable students to write clearly, concisely, logically and creatively.

  • Physical Education


    Promotes practices of good health and the development of Christian character through team play in competitive sports, both in class and through the program of intramural athletics. Students may be exempted from this course upon presentation of a doctor’s certificate requesting exemption from such activities.

  • Introduction to Communications or Introduction to Sociology

    Introduction to Communication

    The course introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human relationship and society, and examines various aspects of communication: information processing, interpersonal communication in dyadic relationships and small groups, organizational communication, and mass communication.

    Introduction to Sociology

    The course introduces the basic concepts of the discipline and major theories of social behavior. Factors underlying the formation and function of society, group life, social institution and processes are studied. Additionally, various current social problems are analyzed from a biblical world view.

  • Basic Public Speaking


    This course provides an introduction to the various types and components of public speeches. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop skills in preparing, refining and delivering public addresses.

  • History of Civilization I & II


    The courses survey the history of civilization from ancient times to the modern period and focus on the religious, political and legal aspects of the ancient, medieval and modern world as seen from the Christian perspective.

  • General Psychology


    Provides an introduction to psychology focusing on its major topics, methods, theories, and applications from a Christian perspective.

  • Music Appreciation


    A course which integrates basic music elements and appreciation for sacred and secular masterworks.

  • Church History


    A survey of the development of the Christian Church from apostolic times to the present with special attention being given to councils of the Church, medieval monasticism, the Protestant Reformation, Wesley and Pietism, and the North American church.

  • College Mathematics


    This course is designed to give the essentials of college algebra. Reasoning ability is developed by stressing application to physical problems. A grasp of algebraic principals and problem solving techniques will enable the student to think analytically, which has widespread application.

  • English Literature


    A critical study of certain chosen literary works from the Middle Ages to the present including some attention to the lives of the authors. Interpretations are sought in the light of historical and social backgrounds.

  • Marriage and Family


    This course considers the dynamics of marriage and family relationships. The emphasis will be upon the development of relationships from dating through courtship and marriage, with a special consideration for enrichment skills such as communication, conflict solving, budgeting, and role concepts.

  • Earth Science


    Taking information and operating principles from the study of various science disciplines, this course is a multi-disciplinary introduction to the earth’s processes and environment. The biblical account of creation is held to be accurate, and a six literal day creation period lays the foundation for this study of the earth.

  • Introduction to Philosophy


    Focuses on the terminology and methodology of philosophy including an emphasis on the classic concepts and thinkers of Western philosophical thought. Students are enabled to think critically and analytically about current philosophical trends from a Christian world view.

Bible Study Core

  • English Bible Survey


    This course is an introduction to the content, theology and history of the Bible with a special emphasis upon the major people, places and events. The various literary genres are studied in order to discover their basic teachings and place in divine revelation. The course is a prerequisite to all other courses in biblical studies.

  • Gospels


    A comprehensive study of the life and ministry of Jesus presented by the four gospel writers.

  • Pentateuch


    An historical and theological study of the first five books of the Old Testament which emphasizes the characters and the covenant. The Pentateuch is examined as the foundation for the remainder of the history of God’s revelation to humanity.

  • Acts


    The history of the origin, rise, and expansion of universal Christianity as presented in the Acts of the Apostles.

  • Prison Epistles

    The four Epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment. This class will consider the theological truths and practical applications contained in these letters.

  • General Epistles


    An inductive study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude with emphasis on important doctrines and principles relating to Christian living. Attention is given to learning the use of different resource materials and the inductive process.

  • Romans


    A study of the Epistles of Romans which focuses on the theological truths and their application to the Christian life.

  • Hebrews


    A study of the Book of Hebrews which views the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and informs Christology and Soteriology especially as they pertain to Entire Sanctification and Christian perseverance.

  • Isaiah-Jeremiah


    A study of the books with emphasis on the historical, social, moral and religious background of the prophet and their times. Major elements of the class include historical, eschatalogical, and New Covenant significance along with present-day application.

  • Biblical Studies Electives


    This is where you may customize part of your learning experience here at KMBC. What books are you interested in studying? Perhaps the Minor Prophets, Historical Books, Psalms and Wisdom Literature, the Apocalyptic Books, Galatians and Thessalonians, Romans, Corinthians, or a perhaps an advanced inductive study on a topic that interests you!

Theology Study Core

  • Foundations of Faith


    A foundational course in theology designed to give the student a basic understanding of the doctrines of God, man, and sin, and emphasizes the saving relationship into which God calls all human beings.

  • Doctrines of Holiness


    An intensive study of the doctrine of Christian perfection and entire sanctification as a second work of grace as it comes to expression within Scripture and Wesleyan theology which are integrated with experiential material for the purpose of instructing, clarifying, and establishing students in their personal experience of entire sanctification.

  • Theology Elective


    Choose from several excellent theology classes including the theology of prayer, systematic theology, the theology of John Wesley, cults, or take a survey of holiness literature.

Other Classes

  • Evangelism


    This course provides an introduction to the biblical principles and practices of evangelism and discipleship and their applications to contemporary life

  • Internship


    An internship offers the student an opportunity to participate in actual ministry under the close supervision of a faculty advisor and a practitioner in the field of their major. The internship will respect the guidelines established by the Office of Field Ministries and the contract established by the curriculum advisor.

  • Senior Seminar


    This course enables senior students to refine their Biblical worldview and to demonstrate integration of accumulated learning regarding contemporary issues.

  • Electives


    Choose from a number of electives that a tailored to your ministry interests.

Concentrations to Choose from:

Ministerial Concentration

  • Take your Pick:


    Introduction to Christian Education
    This course emphasizes the biblical foundation of Christian education.   Needs of the various age groups, current methods and approaches, curriculum and materials, organization and administration in the local church are practical aspects surveyed.
    or
    Principles and Methods of Teaching
    This course focuses on basic teaching principles and basic instructional methods with the aim of creating an effective lesson plan, and explores and incorporates the teaching methods of Jesus.  This course is a prerequisite for the Elementary Teacher Education program and must be completed before beginning the program.
    or
    Introduction to Apologetics
    An introduction to terminology, methods, and tools of apologetics.
    or
    Discipleship
    A survey of the principles, content, method, and materials for directing the spiritual growth of new converts and preparing them for leadership.  Emphasis is given to skill building and to program development within the local church.  This class is cross-referenced with MT 222.
  • Intro to Homeletics


    A general overview of the art and craft of preaching. Attention is given to the preacher, study helps, and sermon development.
  • Pastoral Ministries


    This course is a practical study of the spiritual, intellectual, social, and professional life of the Christian ministers in relation to their responsibilities and duties as pastor.  Emphasis is placed upon the shepherd as a model for pastoral ministries.
  • Advanced Homeletics


    An advanced course in the principles of construction and delivery of sermons.  Prerequisite: MT 291.
  • Homeletics Workshop


    The focus of the course is the preparation and delivery of sermons which are delivered in class in order to foster improvement through collegial evaluation.  Prerequisites:  MT 291 and 391.
  • Pastoral Counseling


    Focuses upon the basic concepts and techniques of Christian counseling.  The student will develop broader understanding and a working knowledge of counseling skills in order to help people who have spiritual and life adjustment problems.  This course is cross referenced with CE 452. Prerequisite:  PS 171.
  • Administration in the Local Church


    This course focuses upon the administration in the local church and includes organization, leadership, staff relationship, volunteers, governing boards, short and long
    term planning, and crisis and time management within the structure of the local church. This course is cross-referenced to MT 481.

Missions Concentration

  • Introduction to Missions


    This course provides a biblical, historical and practical survey of world missions. Included in the course is a focus on the importance and role of the sending church in global evangelization.
  • History of Missions


    An historical overview of the development and progress of Christian missions from its inception to the present. Emphasis is given to the personalities and methodologies which have guided the global advance of the Christian faith into the twenty-first century.
  • Principles and Practices of Missions


    The course deals issues from the call to missions, the candidate’s preparation, acceptance,and assignment. The student will gain insight into missionary life both on and off the field and some understanding of the principles which are foundational for success in cross-cultural ministry today.  Prerequisite: MI 141.
  • Cults


    This course will familiarize students with the beliefs and practices of the major cults and new religious movements. A special emphasis is placed on strategies for effectively sharing truth with the cultist.
  • Cultural Anthropology


    A study of the basic principles of anthropology from a Christian perspective.  The course provides a blend of anthropological and missiological concepts with the specific objective of equipping the student for effective communication of the Gospel cross-culturally. Prerequisite: HI 281.
  • Comparative Religions


    A study of the leading non-Christian religions with emphasis on their origin, history, doctrines and ethics. The uniqueness of the Christian message is emphasized along with the challenge of communicating that message both abroad and to the pluralistic society at home.
  • Advancing the Indigenous Church


    This course will introduce the potential cross-cultural worker to indigenous principles as they relate to church planting and growth on today’s mission field. Consideration is given to developments in theological education and to the development of a mission strategy in cross-cultural contexts.

Discipleship/Christian Education Concentration

  • Choose two:


    Youth Discipleship
    This course explores the developmental and spiritual needs of youths and the various theories and methods to help them grow and develop in the Christian faith.  Includes an emphasis on discipling youth in various settings.  Prerequisite: CE 141.
    and/or
    Adult Discipleship
    This course explores the developmental and spiritual needs of adults and the various theories and methods to help adults grow and develop in the Christian faith. Prerequisite: CE 141.
    and/or
    Children’s Discipleship
    An introduction to some of the basic principles of child psychology as it relates to their education and the means and methods of evangelizing and discipling children.
  • Sunday School and Summer Ministries


    Focuses on the development and implementation of educational ministries such as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, camping programs and other summer ministries as a part of the total program of Christian education.
  • Media Ministries


    This course examines the application of various media in ministry contexts in a web-centered world. Media examined include video, audio, desktop publishing, graphics, computer presentations, and websites. Emphasis is given to integrating these media with web technologies. The course assumes the student possesses a working knowledge of typing, word processing, internet navigation, and Windows.  This class is cross-referenced with CO 322 and ED 322.
  • Christian Counseling


    Focuses upon the basic concepts and techniques of Christian counseling.  The student will develop broader understanding and a working knowledge of counseling skills in order to help people who have spiritual and life adjustment problems.  This course is cross referenced with MT 452. Prerequisite:  PS 171.
  • History and Philosophy of Spiritual Formation


    A study of the history of philosophy of Christian education from pre-Christian times to the present.
  • Practice of Spiritual Disciplines


    This course is a practical application of disciplines learned for personal growth and discipleship.

Communications Concentration

  • Introduction to Communications


    The course introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human relationship and society, and examines various aspects of communication: information processing, interpersonal communication in dyadic relationships and small groups, organizational communication, and mass communication.
  • Dramatic Ministries


    This course enables the student to develop skills for communicative expression through the use of Christian drama.  Emphasis is placed upon developing acting skills. Prerequisite:  CO 102.
  • Broadcast Communications


    This course will equip the student to use various forms of communication to advance the Gospel. This includes working closely with the WMTC radio station for hands-on experience.
  • Journalistic Writing


    This course provides an introduction to journalistic writing including the fundamentals of news gathering, writing, and editing. Attention is given to news writing for ministry situations. Prerequisites: EN 101 and 102.
  • Media Ministries


    This course examines the application of various media in ministry contexts in a web-centered world. Media examined include video, audio, desktop publishing, graphics, computer presentations, and websites. Emphasis is given to integrating these media with web technologies. The course assumes the student possesses a working knowledge of typing, word processing, internet navigation, and Windows. This class is cross-referenced with CE 322 and ED 322.
  • Cross-Cultural Communication


    This course investigates the principles and processes of communicating from one culture to another with a focus on understanding other peoples and their cultures and on the relevance of the Incarnation as the model for intercultural communication of the gospel. This course will provide a blend of communication, anthropological, and missiological concepts.
  • Communication in Community


    This course will provide students with the practical knowledge necessary to communicate in various aspects of their community. Students will learn various aspects of work within their communities and how to effectively minister through those means.

Music Ministry Concentration

  • Music Theory I

    Extensive study of all scales, intervals, chords, harmonic progression, harmonization, and cadences. Application of learning is made through composition projects and sight singing.


  • Music Theory II


    Elements of harmony studies with emphasis placed upon score analysis of hymns and major works. Activities include advanced sight singing, analyzing projects, and composition projects.

  • Conducting


    An intensive study and drill of congregation and choral techniques. Emphasis on beat patterns and methods of indicating meter, tempo, volume, and style.

  • Worship


    This course examines the biblical roots, historical development, theological meanings, and contemporary applications of worship. Emphasis is placed on leadership of public worship and the sacraments.

  • Survey of Church Music


    An introduction to the historical study, classification and utilization of music intended for Christian worship. The course surveys worship music beginning with the biblical era to the present.

  • Philosophy and Practice of Music Ministry


    An introduction to the organization, administration and leadership of music ministry in the local church giving special attention to the responsibilities of the worship leader, including the philosophical foundations of Christian music.

  • Applied Music


    Applied Voice
    In private culture special attention is given to breath control, placement of tone, articulation and interpretation. Students participate in radio programs and special performances.
    Applied Piano
    Private piano instruction includes emphasis on a thorough technical foundation by the use of standard exercise and classic works. Hymns are also studied from the standpoint of rhythm, pedaling, and pianistic execution.
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Mr. Zane Darland

Meet the Christian Ministries Department advisor. Mr. Zane Darland will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the program. Otherwise, request more information to get in touch with our admissions team.

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