The Nuts and Bolts of Online Christianity Coursework
Even though the minimum requirements have officially dropped from doctorate to master’s level education, it is interesting to note that there is now bachelor level coursework that seeks to prepare online students for a career in the full time ministry.
Liberty University is one virtual campus that offers a Bachelor of Science in Religion for aspiring pastors. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and licensed by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), this religious college offers a solid distance learning opportunity for future pastors.
The Bachelor of Science in Religion is a springboard that may be considered sufficient for employment in some ministry positions, or it may lead to a conditioned education at the graduate level or in the seminary. The school suggests a minor of Christian counseling to go with this bachelor degree, and successful graduates may serve their local congregation or enter the mission field.
Students with secular careers, those who receive the call to the ministry while being part of a faith community that does not have the budget to support a pastor in training, and those with families all appreciate the relative ease with which these online classes may be incorporated into their overall schedules.
Students who already have a four year degree may want to consider Southeastern University and its Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership. Also accredited by SACS, this graduate degree builds on a basic understanding of Christian scriptures and prepares students for the practical aspects of everyday ministry decisions and scenarios.