Adult Education Online

Ministry Leadership

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership (BAML)

Associate & Minor Available



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3 - 3 ½ years for a full-time student with no transfer credits.

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Study Ministry Leadership at LBC

Are you a leader in your church, parachurch ministry or non-profit organization? Do you love to serve? Is ministry where God is calling you? If you answered yes but feel like you’re lacking a formal education that would strengthen your leadership and impact, then our 100% online Ministry Leadership degree is for you.

Designed to allow you to continue to serve exactly where you are, this unique online ministry degree is formatted to combine online learning with practical oversight and hands-on training from the ministry leaders you’re serving under right now. If you’re a volunteer youth leader, children’s ministry director, music leader, Sunday school teacher or outreach volunteer and want to earn your degree in ministry, consider this program.

Here’s how it works: take online classes about all kinds of ministry related topics – like Bible, leadership, counseling, evangelism and more – and we integrate those classes with your local church or ministry through an apprenticeship to give you a foundation of vocational service. You’ll be paired with a mentor at your ministry who will equip and empower you as a developing leader through hands on learning application – which will look different for every student in the program. In essence, we’ve created an online degree that keeps you active in your ministry, allows you to customize your education to your area of passion and helps you earn a degree that’s relevant and applicable to your life.

This online bachelor’s degree is part of LBC’s undergraduate Adult Education program, which is designed for busy people as they balance working full time, family responsibilities, serving in ministry and more. Each course is taught in an 8-week subterm. Refer to the catalog link below for the engaging courses that are part of this bachelor’s degree program. Students can customize the sequence of their classes based on which courses are being offered and their prerequisites. This way, with the help of their LBC Student Success Coach, students can chart a class schedule that fits their stage in life. To be considered a “full-time student,” students must take four 3-credit courses in a semester (16-week term).

Course Length

8 weeks

When Can I Start?

As soon as you are ready! LBC has 6 enrollment points per year, meaning that you are only ever a few weeks away from the next course starting.

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes! If you have completed courses in other regionally accredited colleges or in the military, you may be able to transfer in credits. Read our transfer policy.

Get Credit for Life Experience

You may be able to start our degree path at LBC | Capital with some college credits! Life experience credit is college credit a student can earn based on prior learning. Read more.

Other Program Selections

Associate of Science (AS) – 60 credits
Minor – 12 credits
See bottom of this page for more information

Would You Like More Information?

Reach out to request more information today, and one of our admissions counselors will connect with you soon to provide further details and answer your questions.

Program Plan for Bachelor's

Ministry Leadership (120 Credits)

Biblical Studies 30 Credits

General Education 37 Credits

Ministry Leadership Core 36 Credits

Electives 17 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and program details.

Schedule a Time to Chat

Want to learn more about this degree or the undergraduate adult education program? Consider scheduling an appointment to talk virtually or in person with an Admissions Counselor who will be glad to answer all your questions about earning an undergraduate degree.

Program Distinctives - What makes this program at LBC unique?
  • Fast & Flexible Schedule: The fast-paced schedule allows you to concentrate on one 8-week course at a time.
  • Life Experience Credit: Earn college credits from our evaluation of your life experiences.
  • Earn Your Degree Your Way: Study completely online or a combination of both!
  • Accredited: Earn your degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.
  • Double Major: You’ll graduate with majors in Ministry Leadership and Biblical Studies.
  • Hands-On Training: While this degree is completely online, the unique apprenticeship structure of the program allows a ministry leader to mentor and guide you through real-life training, right where you are.
Career Paths

The Ministry Leadership bachelor’s degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:

  • Pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Associate Pastor
  • Executive of Parachurch Organization
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Senior Pastor
Program Goals – In this program, students will experience…
  • Biblical Philosophy of Ministry – The student will formulate a philosophy of ministry that is biblically-grounded, spiritually formative and rooted in the global mission of God.
  • Spiritual Health and Leadership Integrity – The student will integrate healthy spiritual formation and leadership practices for the purpose of developing spiritual, emotional and physical health in both their personal and professional lives.
  • Leadership, Team and Influence – The student will inculcate an understanding and praxis of servant leadership, team dynamics and self-awareness.
  • Ministry Competency – The student will demonstrate effective communication and leadership skills that are biblically grounded, culturally sensitive and useful for holistic influence in various ministry contexts.
  • Ministry Mentoring and Professional Experience – The student will develop effective personal and professional relationships based on mutual support and accountability for the purpose of intentional ministry leadership development.
How Do I Determine Which Courses to Take?

Each student’s path to degree completion is unique, depending on the courses you transfer into the program. The curriculum plan gives a broad picture of the required credits. If your transfer credits come from mostly one of those areas, you will need to take credits in the other areas. The remaining courses you need for graduation can best be determined after reviewing your transcripts. With flexible electives, Biblical Studies requirements and General Education requirements, most students are able to transfer to LBC the maximum number of credits.

Credits for Prior Learning. Students can earn up to 30 Life Experience Credits, through the Credits for Prior Learning evaluation process, which will often reduce the time to complete a degree. The Life Experience Credit evaluation process is done after a student begins a program.

Our Admissions Counselor are here to help guide you in planning your course of study.

Other Ministry Leadership Programs Options

Associate Degree Program Plan
General Education 18
Biblical Studies 18
Ministry Leadership Core 18
Electives 6
Total 60

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and program details.

Minoring in the Program

Required Courses for a Minor in Ministry Leadership Studies (12 credits)

  • CML 102 Foundations of Ministry (3)
  • CML 210 Fundamentals of Leadership (3)
  • MIN 201 Strategic Ministry Leadership (3)
  • CML 324 Spiritual Formation of Ministry Leaders (3)

Location Options: Online

View the Academic Catalog for details.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Bachelor’s Degree?

LBC’s Financial Aid Office can help you navigate the process.