Church Leadership

Have you felt called to serve in a local church in a leadership capacity?

KMBC Church Leadership program equips and enables students to work in a church setting in a non-pastoral way. This program will prepare you for the roles of lay leadership in the church such as associate pastor, a peer counselor, small group leader, visitation pastor, and more. Students entering this program feel the call from God to leadership within the church, but not specifically to preaching.

While providing strong leadership in a church setting, our graduates are able to support the senior pastor and provide the skills necessary for the church’s leadership staff, such as a board, council, or team, to work together for the good of the church.

If you feel the call of God to work as a leader in a church, the Church Leadership program at KMBC will equip you with the knowledge and experience for a fulfilling and successful ministry!

Practical Preparation

Preparation for ministry goes far beyond the classroom. At KMBC, you’ll have a number of opportunities for practical outreach including prison ministry, nursing home ministry, ministries targeting area youth, dramatic ministry outreaches, as well as opportunities to preach and teach in area churches. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready and passionate for the ministry into which God has called you!

  • The education I got at KMBC is what I use the most.

    David Munson, Sr.
    Headmaster of Mt. Carmel Schools
  • The quality is unequaled, absolutely unequaled.

    Gary Knox
    Work Team Leader
  • KMBC would be my first choice, in terms of ministry training, to look for godly men and women for staffing needs.

    David Cooper
    Pastor in Deford, MI
  • KMBC students are among the best prepared students who come to WBS [Wesley Biblical Seminary].

    Tom Halford
    Former Vice President of Student Development at Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • One of the main reasons I look to KMBC for pastors is how well-suited their graduates are to appreciate and fit in with the culture and mindset of who we are.

    Dr. Marlin Hotle
    Former Tennessee District Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church
  • The quality of the students I have encountered from KMBC has been very high spiritually.

    Susie Howard
    Former Director of Recruitment at OMS International
  • KMBC students have a heart to serve.

    Dr. Becky Luman
    Professor at Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • KMBC has played a major role in my life, not only spiritually which is to be expected, but in the professional, social and overall makeup and fibers of who I have become.

    Jeff Snyder
    Graduate of KMBC (2000)
  • Who I am, and what I do today are traced to KMBC, as much or more than any educational institution which I attended.

    Darius Salter
    Coordinator of New Fields World Wide Ministry
  • I have never been around a finer student body.

    Dr. Marlin Hotle
    Former Tennessee District Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church
  • There is no better holiness education or biblical training anywhere in the world.

    Dr. Mark Barnes
    North Carolina District Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene
  • KMBC provides the ideal environment in which to study and learn about God and His Word.

    Graduate
    Class of 2007
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What happens after graduation?
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After you have completed KMBC’s four year Church Leadership program, you have several options. Many of our graduates choose to step right into ministry as a full-time, church worker or assistant pastor. Many take positions in the Church of the Nazarene, the Wesleyan Church, Free Methodist and other Methodist churches, as well numerous independent holiness churches and associations.

One of the great benefits in attending Kentucky Mountain Bible College is that district superintendents and church leaders often come to us first when looking for a quality pastor. We regularly have more pastorate requests to be filled than we have gradates to fill them!

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.

Program Overview

Credit Hours

130 Credit Hours

What classes will I study?

As a student in the Church Leadership program, you will be focusing on classes to prepare you as a leader, teacher, and Bible scholar. In addition to the general education core, you will be studying a variety of the biblical texts, theology, and homiletics. For a complete list, skim through the list below.

Professional Ministerial Studies Core

  • Church Administration


    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.

  • 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.

  • Introduction to Homiletics


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

  • Advanced Homiletics


    An advanced course in the principles of construction and delivery of sermons.

  • Homiletics 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.

  • Pastoral Epistles


    A study of the Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus with emphasis on application to present pastoral ministry.

  • 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.

  • Evangelism


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

  • Use of Technology in Bible Study


    In this course, students will learn valuable tools for using computer software in personal Bible study. Software currently utilized is the Logos Bible software.

  • Parliamentary Law


    The development of skills in the standard method of conducting and participating in business meetings is the focus of this course. Robert’s Rules of Order is the guidebook employed.

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.

Church Leadership Program

  • Systematic Theology


    A comprehensive and systematic study of the major doctrines of the Christian faith in their organic interrelatedness and contemporary relevance which are foundational to Christian thought and life. This course covers the sources and methods of theology, revelation, the inspiration of and canon of Scripture, the doctrine of God, the Trinity, anthropology, sin, Christ, the atonement, as well as Christian ethics, the Holy Spirit, the Church, the means of grace, and eschatology.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Expository Preaching or Persuasive Preaching

    Expository Preaching

    This course studies the craft of the research and development of expository messages and their delivery.

    Persuasive Preaching

    This course introduces the principles of persuasive speech and enables the learner to develop skills for preparing and presenting persuasive messages. The course focuses the application of persuasive speaking principles.

  • Take your Pick:

    Here you can choose your interest: Introduction to Christian Education, Principles and Methods of Teaching, Apologetics, or Discipleship. You may also select any 2-3 classes from our class list (or transfer in a few credits).

Have more questions?

Rev. David Street

Meet the Ministerial Department advisor. Rev. David Street 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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