Bachelor of Ministry Leadership

Do you sense God calling you to full-time work in vocational ministry? The Bachelor of Ministry Leadership (BML) degree at The King’s University is a great program for those who want to serve the local church or parachurch organization in a full-time setting. With four distinct concentrations (Pastoral Ministry, Ministry Administration, Christian Formation and Discipleship Ministry, and Next Generation Ministry), the program is designed to highlight different aspects of ministry while giving students experience, a well-rounded ministry education, and preparation for the Master of Divinity and Master of Practical Theology programs, along with other graduate degrees offered at TKU.


TKU’s Bachelor of Ministry Leadership program isn’t simply a one-size-fits-all ministry education. These four concentrations help prepare students for specific work in full-time ministry. If you’re not sure exactly where you fit in ministry, this program will help you discover exactly where you’re called to serve.

Pastoral Ministry

Ideally, for students who are called to be senior pastors, associate pastors, and chaplains, this path gives a biblical and theological foundation on which to preach and have influence in their churches and communities. Students will learn a variety of skills, including leadership to pastoral care, from people who have practiced full-time ministry for many years. Courses include Pastoral Ministry, Counseling in the Church, Sermon Preparation, History and Theology of Christian Worship, and Introduction to Missions.

Ministry Administration

The Church needs men and women prepared for executive and administrative roles. Students who feel called to the ministry and wish to develop skills in ministry administration, personnel and finance management, and non-profit leadership, will find that this concentration will help to build a strong foundation for ministry in these areas. Courses include Managing Non-Profits, Introduction to Non-Profit Finance, Personnel Management, and Leading Team Ministry.

Christian Formation and Discipleship Ministry

After people get to Jesus, the next step is to be like Him. This concentration focuses on those who feel called to disciple people. With a strong focus on training people who wish to lead spiritual formation and small group programs in their churches, students in this concentration will be prepared to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Courses include Health and Wellness/Life Coaching, Counseling in the Church, Pastoral Ministry, Developing Curriculum for Discipleship, and Spiritual Formation in the Local Church.

Next Generation Ministry

Becoming a senior pastor isn’t every church leader’s calling. For those who are called to reach the next generation, this concentration focuses on training students who will lead and develop programming for children, adolescents, and families. Courses include Sermon Preparation, Counseling Children and Adolescents, Human Development, Health and Wellness/Life Coaching, Models of Next Generation Ministry, and Contemporary Issues in Next Generation Ministry.

Global Outreach Ministries

Whether you’re called to lead locally or internationally, training to minister to people with diverse ethnic backgrounds is essential. This concentration will prepare you to lead in a number of culturally diverse capacities.

Program Objectives

  • Develop biblical and theological competence in the Charismatic tradition.
  • Develop healthy leaders for Spirit-empowered Christian ministry.
  • Nurture compassion for ministering to people in the Church and in the world.
  • Provide a solid understanding of the gospel and how to communicate it.
  • Give students ministry experience in healthy environments.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to earning Undergraduate Core Curriculum Requirements learning outcomes, students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Respond to contemporary challenges from a faithful biblical and theological perspective.
  • Effectively communicate the gospel and spiritually equipping messages in various formats.
  • Implement effective plans and practices for his/her spiritual growth.
  • Lead people in spiritual growth.
  • Provide organizational ministry leadership in his/her context.
  • Articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry that emerges from a Charismatic Theology.

Program Options
Total Hours 124
  • 18
  • 32
  • 45
  • 5
  • 6
  • 18
  • Christian Foundations 18 Hours
    • BIBM 1301 Spirit Formed Life 3
    • BIBH 1301 Pentecostal Charismatic Movements 3
    • BIBL 1300 Introduction To Bible 3
    • BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview 3
    • BIBT 2303 To the Jew First 3
    • BIBL 2302 Life of Jesus 3
  • General Education 32 Hours
    • UNIV 1101 Student Success Strategies 1
    • ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
    • ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
    • COMS 2303 Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication 3
    • History Elective 3
    • Math Elective 3
    • Behavioral Science Elective 3
    • Humanities Elective 3
    • Science Elective 4
    • PHIL 2301 Christian Ethics 3
    • PHIL 3305 Philosophy and Christian Thought 3
  • Major 45 Hours
    • BIBL 1305 Old Testament Survey 3
    • BIBL 1306 New Testament Survey 3
    • BIBM 1302 Spirit Formed Ministry 3
    • BIBM 3302 Leadership Development 3
    • BIBL 2301 Biblical Background and Interpretation 3
    • BIBT 2305 Systematic Theology I 3
    • BIBT 2306 Systematic Theology II 3
    • BIBT 2304 The Blessed Church 3
    • BIBM 3306 Teaching to Transform Lives 3
    • APOL 3304 Introduction to Apologetics 3
    • BIBM 3303 Ministry and Administrative Skills 3
    • BIBM 2305 Healthy Family Dynamics 3
    • BIBH Elective 3
    • BIBM 4302 Senior Capstone Project 3
    • BIBM 4303 Senior Internship 3
  • Experiential Learning 5 Hours
    • BIBM 2101 Practicum Prep 1
    • BIBM 3201 Junior Ministry Practicum 2
    • BIBM 3201 Junior Ministry Practicum 2
  • Electives 6 Hours
    • Biblical Studies (BIBL/BGRK/BHEB) Electives 6
  • Concentration Courses 18 Hours
    • See "Program Options" tab 18

No Concentration – General BML Program:

Courses with BIBM course ID not already required

Courses with BIBC/APOL/PHIL/BMIS course ID not already required

Pastoral Ministry Concentration:
BIBM 2304 Pastoral Ministry
BIBC 3304 Counseling in the Church
BIBM 2303 Sermon Preparation
BIBT 3310 History and Theology of Christian Worship
BMIS 1301 Introduction to Missions

Ministry Administration Concentration:
BIBM 3322 Managing Non-Profits
BIBM 3328 Introduction to Non-Profit Finance
BIBM 3329 Introduction to Personnel Management
BIBM 4304 Leading Team Ministry

Christian Formation and Discipleship Concentration:
BIBM 3314 Health and Wellness/Life Coaching
BIBC 3304 Counseling in the Church
BIBM 2303 Pastoral Ministry
BIBM 3326 Developing Curriculum for Discipleship
BIBM 3327 Spiritual Formation in the Local Church

Next Generation Concentration:
BIBM 2303 Sermon Preparation
BIBC 4310 Counseling Children and Adolescents
SOCI 3301 Human Development
BIBM 3314 Health and Wellness/Life Coaching
BIBM 3330 Models of Next Generation Ministry
BIBM 4306 Contemporary Issues in Next Generation Ministry