BACHELORS OF ARTS IN LEADERSHIP
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership (BAL) is to provide an academic and practical process to help students understand leadership principles, history, and theory, while developing key transformational/servant competencies through Christological mimesis, spiritual formation, humility, service, and missional obedience. The BAL is designed for students who wish to prepare for leadership ministry. The program can be taken online or through a combination of online and resident courses. The program requires courses in the following areas: Orientation, General Education, Bible and Theology, Leadership, and electives which may be used to establish an emphasis (minimum 25 hours) in an area such as Business and Management, Worship, Missions and Evangelism, Church/Non‑profit Administration, Counseling, Christian Education, Sports Ministry, Youth or Children’s Ministry.
The program is for the following:
- Christian workers in positions where an undergraduate degree will allow entrance into a Christian vocation or lay ministry which would not otherwise be possible;
- Those who need general education and wish to gain knowledge in the areas of Bible, theology, and leadership; and
- Those who desire to apply for future admission to a graduate program in an area of leadership or ministry studies.
The degree calls for students who demonstrate a potential for ministry, a faithful commitment to the Word of God, a heart for Christian service, and the personal discipline necessary to complete degree requirements. The academic prerequisite for this degree program is a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must sign that they have read and are in agreement with the Doctrinal Statement and will uphold it, and that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Payment Policy, and all other academic and financial policies. Additional requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog on page 55.
- Acquire basic liberal arts knowledge through selected general education courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences;
- Acquire an understanding of core biblical and theological disciplines;
- Acquire an understanding of the relationship between academic studies and practical Christian leadership;
- Acquire an understanding of transformational/servant leadership, both personal and corporate, emanating from a Christian worldview and its implications in life; and
- Acquire core leadership competencies and an ability to interact effectively with church and civic leaders while addressing critical issues in an ever‑changing culture.