Terry L. Cross, Dean
Department of Christian Ministries
Thomas J. Doolittle, Chairperson
Department of Theology
Rickie D. Moore, Chairperson
The School of Religion offers programs of study to prepare men and women for ministry in the church and world. Two departments oversee the curriculum and faculty for these programs: the Department of Christian Ministries and the Department of Theology. The Department of Christian Ministries combines theoretical and practical information on a biblical basis in training students for ministry in the contemporary world. It offers the following degrees: the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry, Discipleship Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and Youth Ministry; and the B.A. in Intercultural Studies, with emphases in global missiology, urban missions, or vocational studies. Minors may be obtained through the Department of Christian Ministries in Discipleship Ministry, Christian Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry or Intercultural Studies. The Department of Theology offers the B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies with two emphases: a pre-graduate studies emphasis and a pastoral studies emphasis. Minors in philosophy, New Testament Greek, and Biblical Languages are available from the Department of Theology. The School of Religion oversees the work of the School of Religion programs in the Center for Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS). School of Religion degrees offered through CAPS are as follows: B.A./B.S. in Bible and Theology; B.A./B.S. in Christian Education; BA./B.S. in Christian Leadership (part of the degree completion program through CAPS); B.A./B.S in Christian Studies; B.A./B.S. in Pastoral Studies; and the Bachelor of Christian Ministry through the Charlotte Center. CAPS also offers a 24-hour Certificate Program (non-degree track) in several emphases. The curriculum, faculty, and programs are administered through CAPS but are overseen by the School of Religion. The School of Religion provides several graduate programs of study in the disciplines of Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Ministry Studies. In addition to these various degree programs, the School of Religion oversees the Religion Core Minor that undergraduate students at Lee University complete for graduation requirements. The Religion Core Minor is operated through the Department of Theology. It consists of 18 hours in the following schema: Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical and Theological Foundations of Benevolence, Introduction to Theology, Introduction to Christian Ethics, Christian Service and a Religion Capstone course within one’s major.
Terry L. Cross, Dean
The School of Religion offers three graduate degrees: the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies.
Graduate Studies in Biblical and Theological Studies
Rickie D. Moore, Department of Theology, Chairperson
Skip Jenkins, Director of Graduate Programs in Biblical and Theological Studies
The Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and the Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies provide post-baccalaureate study which prepares men and women for further graduate work or for other vocational interests. The programs are offered within a community of Christian scholars. The educational perspective is evangelical/Pentecostal. The focus of the degree programs is academic rather than professional. The goal of the programs is disciplinary competence through collegial engagement with peers and scholars in the discipline. The graduate degree programs in Biblical and Theological Studies offers advanced study in these disciplines. Similar to seminaries, we offer admittance to qualified students from all undergraduate disciplines, not only those with Biblical or Theological Studies degrees. The program offers an alternative path to these students and requires 48 credit hours to complete. Those with an undergraduate degree in Biblical or Theological Studies can complete the MA with 36 credit hours.
Graduate Studies in Christian Ministries
Thomas J. Doolittle, Department of Christian Ministries, Chairperson
Lisa M. Long, Director of Graduate Programs in Christian Ministries
The Master of Arts degree in Ministry Studies at Lee University provides a program of study that combines practical studies and practical ministry. For those whose undergraduate degree focused on religious studies, this graduate program offers the opportunity to further the student’s knowledge and expertise. For those whose undergraduate degree focused on disciplines other than religion, this graduate program can fill the missing pieces of the student’s education. The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies will equip the student to be the leader in ministry that God has called and gifted the person to be.
The courses in this program are specifically designed to help the student to understand the biblical and theological foundation of issues related to ministry in contemporary contexts, and then to move beyond theory to the implementation of practical skills for successful vocational ministry. The combination of superior education and ministry experience of the School of Religion faculty enable them to present a realistic approach to this union of theory and practice. The modular design of this program offers convenient once-a-month course scheduling.
The Master of Arts degree in Ministry Studies at Lee University offers three tracks: Leadership Studies, Worship Studies, and Youth and Family Studies. The degree includes 18 hours of common core courses and 18 hours of courses within each track. The student’s learning experience will culminate in either a track-specific final project or internship.