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Crown College 2022-2023 Catalog 
Crown College 2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pastoral Leadership Major (B.A.)



This major is offered through the School of Arts & Sciences. The mission of the Pastoral Leadership major is to equip students to lead and shepherd healthy, great-commission disciples and churches. The major builds on a foundational study of the humanities and sciences, the Bible, and theology. Students are allowed elective hours which may be used for a minor or concentration in a particular area of ministry. Students are encouraged to complete the Greek Language Emphasis that offers a study of the New Testament in its original language. This emphasis is valuable for biblical preaching and further theological study especially if a student is planning to go to seminary.

Program Requirements

Christian Studies Core

I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits

General Education Core

II. General Education - 30 Credits

  • Communication Elective 3 Credits (Choose from: COM 133 , COM 140  or COM 252 )
  • 3 Credits
  • History Elective 3 Credits
  • Math or Science Elective 3-4 Credits
  • Communication, Humanities, Math, Science or Social Science Electives 17-18 Credits2,3*

Major Core

IV. Electives - 35 Credits*

Pastoral Leadership majors are encouraged to complete the Greek Emphasis  as part of their elective requirements.

A minimum of 36 credits must be at the upper (300-400) level for a bachelor degree.

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Total - 125 Credits

1 Interdisciplinary courses in the major core that are cross listed as BIB or THE will fulfill this requirement. Choose Christian Ministry electives from CHM 300 , CHM 301  or CHM 326 .

2 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

3 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

Students have the option to declare a second major in Christian Studies which is earned by completing the Christian Studies Core plus six credits of upper level Bible/Theology electives (which are part of the major core).

Option: Accelerated Degree Programs

Qualified students in the B.A. in Pastoral Leadership (BAPL) program may apply for an accelerated degree program to earn their Christian Studies (M.A.)  (MACS) degree in one additional year instead of the typical two years. Students may also apply for an accelerated Master of Divinity (M.Div.)  program. Click here for more detailed information regarding the acceptance process for these options.

Course Requirements for MACS

Students who are accepted into the accelerated MACS program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree to fulfill the BAPL requirements.

Undergraduate Course Graduate Course                                                                   
CHM 301 - Spiritual and Leadership Development   MIN 6211 - Spiritual Formation for Leaders  
HIS 332 - Church History   CST 5224 - History of the Church  
PRC 332 - Expository Preaching   MIN 5510 - The Biblical Communicator  
PST 342 - Principles of Ministry Leadership   MIN 5210 - Management & Administration of Christian Ministry  
THE 332 - Theology II: Human Redemption and Destiny   CST 5235 - Theology of Christ and the Church  (fulfills CST 5223  in the M.Div.)
THE 349 - Alliance Ministries   CST 5222 - Alliance Distinctives  (fulfills a CST elective in the M.Div.)


Click for more information about the Christian Studies (M.A.)  program.

Four-Year Suggested Program for the Pastoral Leadership Major

Freshman Year

Fall Semester - 15-16 Credits

Spring Semester - 15 Credits

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester - 16 Credits

Departmental Acceptance

Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA with a GPA of 2.5 for courses in the major is required for departmental admission in the Pastoral Leadership major.

Junior Year

Senior Year