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For a Lifetime of Ministry

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership

Major

Ministry Leadership

Ministry leadership is built on the Bible and theology major and provides a strong set of skills and competencies.  It prepares students to successfully meet the demands of today’s expanding and changing ministry environments.

Throughout the program, classroom learning is combined with real-life ministry experience, including practicum experiences and an internship.

The program enables students to use their gifts to serve in the local church, youth ministry, global missions, intercultural settings, or parachurch organizations. Graduates from this program qualify to pursue seminary or graduate studies in M.Div., M.T.S., M.Min., and other masters-level ministry or theology-related programs.

Double Major
The ministry leadership program includes the benefit of a double major, ministry leadership and Bible and theology. You get both majors without adding any additional time or cost to your studies.

Accelerated Ministry Leadership Program Reduces Seminary Time
Kuyper College’s consortium with Calvin Theological Seminary (CTS) and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) shortens time at seminary. It allows ministry leadership students to complete a course of studies at both institutions in a reduced time frame—saving time and money. Students receive two degrees, a B.S. from Kuyper College and an M.Div. from CTS or GRTS.

100%

Of students will complete an internship, gaining real-world experience

11:1

Student to faculty ratio provides students with personal attention

100%

Of faculty have practical ministry experience

14

Average class size

Career Opportunities

The ministry leadership major prepares you to make disciples for Jesus in various settings, such as the church, mission organizations, or other parachurch organizations.

Bible Teacher

Pastor of Education

Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Youth Pastor

Worship Leader

Missionary or Church Planter

Internship Opportunities

Internships, aligned with your interests and ministry goals, are available. They include international opportunities in Ecuador, Kenya, Romania, and Uganda, to name a few.

Peace Reformed

Corinth Reformed

Church of the Servant

Calvary Church

Forest Hills Presbyterian

Ada Congregational

Spring Valley

Springhill

Tall Turn Ministries

Bethany Christian Services

Young Life

Youth for Christ

Youth Unlimited

Wedgwood Christian Services

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Begin your journey here

Program Outcomes

Ministry leadership graduates are spiritually healthy leaders whose passion for people and love for God and the church propels them to use their gifts and strengths to further Christ’s kingdom by intentionally serving others and faithfully communicating God’s Word.

Upon completion of the ministry leadership program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the nature and scope of God’s global mission and our faithful participation.
  •  Serve others in and through the church by using God’s given gifts and strengths.
  • Communicate Scripture and theological truths effectively in a variety of ministry settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills to equip, disciple, and care for others.

“The faculty at Kuyper created in me a heart for learning, education and ministry that I didn’t even know was possible to have.”

Isaac Riddle New Era, Michigan

Learn from professors with many years of real-world experience!

Kuyper ministry leadership faculty bring many years of practical experience as they teach and share from their extensive knowledge of the course work within the context of ministry.

Dr. Lisa Hoogeboom

Professor of Intercultural and Biblical Studies

Dr. Dan Kroeze

Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Richelle White

PROFESSOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY, DIRECTOR OF FIELD PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP

Program Curriculum

While there is a set curriculum for the ministry leadership program, you will receive individualized academic advising to personalize this program to your specific areas of interest. The core curriculum includes courses such as:

Relational Ministry

This course explores the intricacies of a bedrock approach to youth ministry–relational ministry. Topics include initiating relationships, developing mentors, guiding discipleship, facilitating small groups, and practicing pastoral care skills.

Leadership Administration

This course focuses on leadership theory and the process of administration of educational ministry in the local church: organization, planning, innovation, delegating, decision making, recruitment, retention, supervision, and evaluation of various contemporary leadership theories.

Old Testament Survey

This course provides a basic introduction to the Old Testament and emphasizes the historical background and content of each Old Testament book. Students will learn how these books laid the foundation for God’s story of salvation history, providing a basis for a biblical worldview. We will examine the impact of the Old Testament for today and the development of a biblically informed theology that equips us for everyday living. This course is a prerequisite for an Old Testament Bible elective course. 

New Testament Survey

This course provides a basic introduction to the New Testament and emphasizes the historical background and content of each New Testament book and how these books contribute to God’s continuing story of salvation history, providing a basis for a biblical worldview. We examine the impact of the New Testament for today and the development of a biblically informed theology that equips us for everyday living. This course is normally a prerequisite for any New Testament Bible elective course.

Islamics

This class helps students value the uniqueness of individuals and cultures, develop a God-like love for all people, and gain skills in interacting with people who follow the Islamic tradition. This course explores the history, beliefs, practices, and worldview of Muslims through readings (including the Qur’an), lectures, and face-to-face interaction with Muslims. A lab fee for travel expenses to relevant sites is required.

Foundations of Ministry and Theology

This course seeks to introduce the student to the unique aspects of faithfully engaging in the study of theology to serve Christ’s church and world. It focuses on the essential integration of character development, discipline, and spiritual health with the task of learning the skills and content of Christian theology. It aims to apply biblical principles and personal reflection to discern, identify, and apply gifts, strengths, and skills in applicable settings.

Majors & Programs

You will graduate with professional and biblical skills to think critically, communicate effectively as a Christ-centered leader.

KuyperWorks™

You will graduate with both an academic and a work transcript detailing your work experience for future employers.

Welcome

We invite you to explore Kuyper College to see if it could be where God wants to mold and shape you.

Plan A Visit

Our students, faculty, and staff are eager to meet you and help you discover how our community might also become yours.

Financial Aid

Tuition for first-year students will remain the same for four years and transfer students up to four years.

Scholarships

Kuyper College, community foundations, Federal and State Programs award thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants.

Residence Life

You will find comfortable and spacious suites at Schaal and Timmer Halls and Holts Apartments.

Spiritual Development

The Kuyper community will help you grow spiritually as you seek God’s direction for your life.