Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Ministry (BA/MAM)
We are preparing women for ministry leadership. If you feel a call to ministry, leadership, and discipleship, this is one program you’ll want to consider. Lancaster Bible College’s women in Christian ministry leadership major places a strong emphasis on equipping women with the tools they need to be skilled leaders who disciple and teach effectively – wherever God calls them.
Today, graduates of this program work in a variety of contexts: in the Middle East among sex trafficking victims, admissions counselors at colleges and universities, as missionaries and ministry leaders in churches and parachurch ministries.
As a student, you’ll be provided with multiple opportunities to discover your unique design by exploring personality, giftedness, passions and talents. Leadership styles will be discussed that will prepare you to serve with men and women in meaningful and effective workplace partnerships.
…but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Prov 31:30
Are you interested in eventually earning a Master’s degree? Why not get a head start with our 4+1 Degree option. Students majoring in women in ministry leadership may choose to begin work on a Masters of Arts in Ministry Degree while pursuing their undergraduate studies. This unique option allows you to graduate with both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Arts in Ministry degree in only five years.
Esther Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Associate Chair of Church and Ministry Leadership (Undergraduate Studies)
“My heart is that there would be many more leaders who share God’s heart for children and are equipped to reach and disciple them wherever they are found.” — Mrs. ZimmermanRead Bio
Ph.D., Lancaster Bible College|Capital Seminary & Graduate School, Leadership
M.Ed., Pennsylvania State University, Instructional Design
B.S. Cairn University, Education/Secondary English
Rick Rhoads, D.Min.
Professor, Chair of Church & Ministry Leadership Dept. and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
“Who we are and how we live together is what we teach.” — Dr. RhoadsRead Bio
D. Min., George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Global Leadership
M.A., Columbia International University, Leadership for Evangelism & Discipleship
B.S., Lancaster Bible College, Christian Education
A.S., Harrisburg Community College, Radiologic Technology
This course will serve as an introduction to the ministry of the local church. Emphasis will be placed on the holistic integration of discipleship and spiritual formation principles. Students will evaluate models of ministry and develop a comprehensive discipleship plan.
This course will introduce women to a variety of women’s ministries in the church, community and around the world.
Students will consider issues marginalizing women globally and develop Biblical responses. Basic women’s ministry
skills will be explored and practiced including mentoring, teaching and leading small groups. 3 credits
This course has been divided into two major sections. The first half will present the theory of effective teaching through an interactive seminar equipping venue, and will be facilitated by online elements, classroom lectures, student interaction, and readings. The second half of the course will focus on the practical application of the theory in actual student teaching both on and off campus, along with peer evaluations. 3 credits
Building on a foundation of personal character development, this course will overview theological and philosophical
essentials for effective leadership. Students will learn how God has uniquely created them for leadership and how to
utilize strategies for team building, conflict management and leading change. 3 credits
This advanced course will review issues and concerns unique to women. The content focuses on self-assessment,
understanding the impact of biblical community on personal growth and healing, and on developing the counselor’s
skills to respond biblically to these specific needs of women. Special attention will be given to role of counselor as
discipler. 3 credits
This course is a study of the tensions that exist in balancing responsibilities of ministry and personal life. It will address issues of life purpose, priorities, time management, spiritual rhythms and relationships. Specifically, the students will write a life purpose statement and examine their daily routines with the intent of creating a life of healthy stewardship. Principles of missional singleness and marriage will also be explored. 3 credits
This course presents a historical and biblical overview of the women who played key roles in the growth of Christianity
and the church. The ministry accomplishments of women will be studied in light of the biblical truth and cultural
perspectives. The course will also examine the attitudes of leaders within the culture including the perspective modeled by Jesus. 3 credits
This course will equip students for a leadership role in a church or community-based ministry. Students will learn
administrative and programming skills as well as strategies to vision, recruit and equip others for ministry. Special
attention will be given to understanding and responding with grace to the unique opportunities and challenges facing
women in a ministry leadership position. 3 credits
This course provides the opportunity for further ministry leadership experience under the guidance of a qualified
mentor. This experience will enable students to grow in their ability to lead a ministry, collaborate with ministry teams and further develop professional skills. In addition, students profit from the evaluations of experienced professionals concerning their skills, attitudes, and understanding. A minimum of 150 hours of field experience is required. 3 credits
This advanced course will review issues and concerns unique to women. The content focuses on self-assessment, understanding the impact of biblical community on personal growth and healing, and on developing the counselor’s skills to respond biblically to these specific needs of women. Special attention will be given to role of counselor as discipler.
This course will challenge women to identify the scope of women’s ministries in the church and in the world. Principles of women as leaders will be examined. This course will also investigate the issues facing marginalized women and discuss biblical solutions.
Rachel is the children’s ministry resource director for the Bible Fellowship Church denomination and has served in children’s ministry since 2006 at her home church, Ebenezer Bible Fellowship Church, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. But like most people in ministry will tell you, she notes that the work, though rewarding, can be challenging at times. “Children’s ministry, like any ministry, is hard!” she noted, but explained how her Christ-centered education at LBC helped to establish her work in ministry.