Contemporary Christian Ministries, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Female and male students in classroom

As a contemporary Christian ministries major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be equipped with the tools for ministry, Christian leadership, discipleship, evangelism, pastoral ministries and more so that your calling can become a reality. Whether you’re studying the impact of the Church in the urban world or learning the principles of preaching, you’ll be prepared to immerse yourself in diverse and comprehensive ministry. Through courses taught by faculty with experience in ministry, missions and non-profit organizations, you’ll develop your skills in four areas: theology, ministry skills, personal formation and proficiency through an internship.


  • Integrate study abroad into your electives
  • Take your learning outside the classroom with an experiential learning practicum during senior year
  • Internship opportunities throughout the valley allow you to participate in practical ministry that integrates theory and theology

Career opportunities

You’ll be prepared for a range of employment opportunities in either church or parachurch organizations. Our graduates have gone on to work in youth and children’s ministry, camp ministry, relief ministry, local and overseas missions, as both teachers and senior pastors, as well as with organizations like Youth for Christ and Young Life. This major will also equip you for future graduate study at seminary.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Come and experience the FPU community and finish your degree with us! Visit our Transfer page to learn more about transferring or connect with a Transfer Specialist to ensure your transition to FPU is as smooth as possible.

Transfer to FPU

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

Required Courses (22 Units)

BIB 428Biblical Theology3
MIN 200Perspectives on Contemporary Christian1
MIN 357Christian Leadership and Administration (Not allowed to overlap with focus series.)3
MIN 360The Church in an Urban World3
MIN 379Spiritual Formation2
MIN 383Introduction to Youth Ministries3
MIN 396Ministry Discernment
(to be taken spring semester of sophomore or junior year)
MIN 482Contemporary Ministries Practicum
Taken for 2 over the course of 3 consecutive semesters
1 - 3

Electives (18 Units)

Select a minimum of 18 units from the following

BLIT-310-BLIT499Biblical Literature3 - 4
COM 360Digital Video Production II3
COM 400Intercultural Communication3
COM 420Conflict Management and Resolution3
COM 430Group Dynamics and Leadership3
THTR 355Creative Drama3
MGT 355Organizational Behavior3
MGT 362Nonprofit Management3
MIN 340Theology, Culture and U22
MIN 358Creative Communication in Ministry2
MIN 375Discipleship and Evangelism2
MIN 378Introduction to Worship Ministries3
MIN 382Introduction to Children’s Ministries3
MIN 386Youth Ministries Methods3
MIN 390Introduction to Preaching2
MIN 470Pastoral Ministries3
MIN 475Urban Los Angeles Immersion1
MUS 400Music in the Church3
PSY 350Child Development3
PSY 355Adolescent Development3
PSY 440Counseling4
REL 418Culture, Religion and the Church3
REL 452World Christianity3
REL 460Religions of the World3
SOC 350Marriage and Family3
THEO 365Perspectives on Global Missions3
THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
THEO 430Contemporary Theologies3
THEO 445Issues and Theologies of Mission3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3

Other courses may be chosen in consultation with the program director.

Program director

Photo of Quentin P. Kinnison, Ph.D.

Quentin P. Kinnison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry and Leadership