B.A. Degree in Children's Ministry


70 hours, plus 6 additional hours in foreign language    

This major is for those wishing to work primarily in the children’s ministry program of the church. It combines study of the biblical text with practical application courses in several disciplines. The purpose of the children’s ministry major at OC is to equip students to minister to children, parents, and families in the local church setting.

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Children’s Ministry will be able to:

  1. Plan and carry out a yearly program of activities that reinforce the core values of the Christian faith.
  2. Incorporate the written philosophy of ministry involving parents and volunteers in the children’s ministry program.
  3. Know when to refer children, parents, and families that have issues needing professional care.
  4. Teach the Bible effectively using age appropriate methods, great themes and elements that contribute to the stories.
  5. Be a leader and servant to families, the church, and the community.
  6. Work in unison with a multi-staff church.
  7. Assist parents in carrying out their God-given duty to spiritually form their children.
  8. Stay current on methods, laws, and curriculum that affects ministry to children, parents, and family.
  9. Use techniques of exegesis and hermeneutics to present practical and effective Bible lessons.
  10. Proficiently use the learning techniques of lesson planning, organization, illustration, stories, and multi-media in teaching the Bible.

Student must complete a minimum of 126 hours including the major, core, and minor if required. Elective hours may be needed to reach 126 hours. 

1. 20 hours foundation courses 

2. 9 hours Old Testament

3. 12 hours New Testament

4. 6 hours non textual Bible 

5. 3 hours Psychology 

Related Careers

  • Minister
  • Missionary
  • Children's Minister
  • Youth Minister