B.A. Degree in Preaching Ministry


The Preaching Ministry major is specifically designed for students who want to do public and pulpit preaching. The major will prepare a student very well for general ministry, but is intentional in specifically equipping and enhancing the student’s homiletic skills.

An OC graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Preaching Ministry

  1. Demonstrate above average knowledge of the Bible, its chronology and themes.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to exegete, organize and present biblical subjects in a contemporary, relevant manner.
  3. Demonstrate an above average knowledge of and ability in essential ministry skills, particularly in preparing and delivering sermons.
  4. Demonstrate skill in the non-preaching duties of a minister and an understanding of the culture in the church today.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the world beyond the church and an ability to relate to it in a meaningful manner.

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.

74 hours, plus 6 additional hours in biblical languages required, no minor required

1. 23 hours foundation courses

  • BIBL-2512 - Personal Evangelism
  • BIBL-2713 - Introduction to Ministry
  • BIBL-3013 - Hermeneutics
  • BIBL-3203 - Biblical Exegesis
  • BIBL-3823 - Counseling for Ministers
  • BIBL-3913 - Homiletics I: Preparation & Delivery of Religious Speeches
  • BIBL-4753 - Seminar in Christian Ministry
  • BIBL-4763 - Homiletics II: Advanced Homiletics

2. 3 hours required

  • BIBL-3253 - Teaching the Bible

3. 8 hours Old Testament textual courses

4. 9 hours New Testament textual courses

5. 3 hours elective Old or New Testament textual courses

6. 3 hours required

  • BIBL-4773 - Homiletics III: Preaching from a Bible Book

7. 11 hours required

  • BIBL-4232 - Life and Work of the Minister
  • BIBL-4523 - Senior Bible Seminar: Christ and His World
  • BIBL-4713 - Restoration Movement
  • MISS-3513 - World Religions

8. 8 hours chosen from

  • BIBL-2312 - Evidences of Christianity (Apologetics)
  • BIBL-3113 - The New Testament Church
  • BIBL-3153 - Church Growth
  • BIBL-3413 - Christian Family

9. 3 hours chosen from

  • BIBL-3173 - Church History to 1517
  • BIBL-3183 - Church History 1517 to Present

10. 3 hours practicum

  • BIBL-4803 - Ministry Practicum

11. 6 hours, biblical languages

A student must take 6 hours of Greek or 6 hours of Hebrew in addition to the above requirements for the B.A. in Religious Education.

  • GREK-1113 - Elementary Greek I
  • GREK-1213 - Elementary Greek II


  • HBRW-3113 - Elementary Hebrew I
  • HBRW-3213 - Elementary Hebrew II

Related Careers

  • Minister
  • Missionary
  • Teacher
  • University Professor

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