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Pursue your vocation in ministry with our Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership. In this program, you’ll be challenged to think biblically about Jesus and His Kingdom, develop spirituality in yourself and others, enhance your ministry skills and engage with the world. You will gain both practical and theoretical knowledge through classroom work, research and an integrated internship with a community church or para-church agency.


  • A challenging and supportive academic environment
  • Cohorts groups meet face-to-face for class one night per week
  • Cohort of 7-20 adults progress through the program together
  • Experienced faculty and assignments that apply to everyday life
  • Students come from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • Internships that provide hands-on experience
  • Mentoring available to help students identify their calling

Career opportunities

While this degree is relevant to many career fields, it is especially designed for those interested in church and para-church ministries with a focus on community leadership, preaching, teaching and missional engagement. Graduates who wish to continue their education are well prepared for graduate school and seminary training.

Program director

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Quentin P. Kinnison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry and Leadership

Admission requirements

  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units 
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  • Two years post-secondary experience
  • Application form
  • $40 fee (fee is waived for those attending an information meeting)
  • Official high school transcripts or diploma
  • Official college transcripts

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

All ADT degrees (AA-T & AS-T) to Christian Ministry & Leadership, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA major has no lower-division major or co-requisite courses that could be fulfilled by the ADT.
  • All BA major courses are upper-division and are completed at FPU.
  • This program is offered as evening accelerated

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

Required Courses (41 Units)

The following units must be earned at Fresno Pacific University

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community Credits3
BIB 436Biblical Perspectives Credits 3 -4
BLIT 306Law and Ephesians Credits *1
BLIT 307Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and James Credits *1
BLIT 308Isaiah and Matthew Credits *1
MIN 310Perspectives in CML Credits1
MIN 356Church and the Mission of God Credits2
MIN 376Current Practices in Evangelism and Discipleship Credits2
MIN 392Biblical Interpretation and Teaching Credits2
MIN 397Spiritual Formation: Perils, Pitfalls and Potential of Ministry Credits2
MIN 398Spiritual Formation: Cultivating a Prayerful Heart Credits2
MIN 399Spiritual Formation: Taking Care of the Inner Life Credits2
MIN 420Ministry Across Cultures Credits2
MIN 430Urban Ministry Credits2
PACS 440Conflict Transformation Credits3
MIN 450Leadership in Ministry Credits2
MIN 471Pastoral Ministries Credits2
MIN 483CML Internship Credits 3 (three semesters at 3 persemester)

*Two of three biblical integration courses are required for graduation. Which courses the student take are determined by when the student enters the CML cohort.


Elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Arts minimums. This requirement may be met through allowable college coursework, Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, and Military or ACE credit.