Evangel University's Professional Studies department is launching a new major in Church Ministries, an accelerated program geared toward working adults. Classes start with the fall 2012 semester.
Evangel's Professional Studies programs are designed to allow adult students to start or complete their college degree while maintaining full-time employment. Classes meet one night a week and are usually taken one at a time on a five-week rotation.
"The Church Ministries program has been developed for individuals interested in serving in a leadership position in a church as a pastor, staff member or lay leader," said Dr. Jeff Fulks, director for graduate and professional studies at Evangel, which is located in Springfield, Missouri.
"The major provides a balanced mix of courses including Administration, Church Law, Comparative Religions and Effective Leadership," Fulks said.
Students completing the major will have a thorough understanding of the requisites for ministry in a church setting and will have completed the necessary theology coursework to apply for credentials as a clergy person with the Assemblies of God.
"Besides the affordable cost of $200 per credit hour, attending class just one evening per week is an appealing benefit to working adults," said Jeff Burnett, admissions director for graduate and professional studies.
Students study in cohorts that progress through the core courses together. Cohorts frequently form work and study groups as members support one another during the college experience, according to Burnett.
"Students can expect 15 hours per week of reading, studying, research and writing," he said.
For additional information, contact Carolie Schultz at 417-865-2815, ext. 7229.