Bachelor of Arts in
Ministry and Leadership
The Oral Roberts University College of Theology is a diverse and multi-faceted home to many exciting majors focused on ministry. As a Ministry and Leadership major, you will gain extensive knowledge of the Bible, a sound understanding of theology and an excitement for ministry that will fuel your passion for the future.
In this degree plan, you get to choose from five concentrations: church administration, evangelism and outreach, local church pastor, missions or youth and family ministry.
What can I do with a degree from ORU in Ministry and Leadership?
- Youth pastor
- Children's pastor
What are some of the core experiences of this program?
- Sermon Preparation and Preaching
- Ministry Practicum
- And many more depending on the chosen area of concentration!
Church Administration Concentration
The church administration concentration will train and equip you for church administration. Foundational to this concentration is training in organization, programming, leadership aspects and the relationship of the church to the denomination and society. You will develop skills in the administration of nonprofit organizations, principles of management and organizational behavior. You will also get training and development in preaching and teaching the Bible. This major emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of pastoral ministry.
What are some of the core experiences of the Church Administration Concentration?
- Principles of Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Administration of Non-Profit Organizations
- Teaching the Bible
Evangelism and Outreach Concentration
The evangelism & outreach concentration prepares students for service in the professional capacity of itinerant evangelist or staff evangelist. It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and will provide well-balanced training in the theory and practice of evangelism.
What are some of the core experiences of the Evangelism and Outreach Concentration?
- Introduction to Evangelism
- Evangelism and the Local Church
- Church Growth and Planting
- Urban Outreach Ministries
Local Church Pastor Concentration
In the Local Church Pastor concentration, you will be trained and equipped to grow the kingdom of God through leading at the local church level. You will receive broad knowledge and a diversity of skills in pastoral care, preaching, teaching the Bible, evangelism, mission work and discipleship developing pastoral attitudes and abilities to help them train, supervise, lead and nurture a local congregation of believers. It emphasizes a strong biblical/theological foundation and provides well-balanced training in the theory and practice of pastoral ministry.
What are some of the core experiences of the Local Church Pastor Concentration?
- Church Growth and Planting
- Christian Leadership
- Pastoral Care
- Team Ministry
- Church Administration
“Go into all the world” is the great commission and in the Missions Concentration, you will certainly be prepared to do just that. You will be trained to deliver God’s love both domestically and on foreign ground and in both short term and long term arrangements. You will also gain skills to be church missions directors. The cross-cultural approach of the Missions Concentration is exciting and inspiring.
What are some of the core experiences of the Missions Concentration?
- History of Missions
- Missions and Culture
- Introduction to Christian Missions
- Theology of Missions
- Missions Internship
- Major Religions of the World
To learn more about our Missions Internships, please visit our Missions & GMMP Internship page.
Sports Ministry Concentration
Do you feel called to full-time ministry but also feel called to the sports industry? This concentration could be for you! In the United States and in many countries around the world, sports are a part of everyday life. This major responds to that demand as it unites a major industry with ministry. As a student of ORU’s Sports Ministry program, you will have opportunities to be involved in summer camps, church camps, sports camps, local sports leagues, and major sports leagues including the NFL, WNBA, MMA, NASCAR, and more. Within this concentration, you will see that the field is wide open for chaplaincies, camp directors and counselors, strength coaches, team coaches, and ministers to be involved in evangelism and discipleship ministries. As a student in the Sports Ministry major, you will receive training in legal aspects of sports as well as ways to minister the Gospel in the sports industry.
What are some of the core experiences of the Sports Ministry Concentration?
- Pastoral Ministry
- Global Perspective of Sport
- Psychology of Human Performance
- Ethics and Christian Approaches to Counseling
Youth and Family Ministry Concentration
Youth ministry is a super fun, yet super critical aspect of ministry. It is so important that youth ministers are properly trained and prepared for this line of work. Not only will you receive an extensive foundation of biblical knowledge, but you will also gain an incredible array of skills in pastoral care, teaching the Bible, evangelism, missions and discipleship. You will leave ORU ready and able to fulfill the call of God on your life to reach our youth.
What are some of the core experiences of the Youth and Family Ministry Concentration?
- Youth Culture
- Introduction to Youth Ministry
- Media and Technology in Ministry
- Pastoral Care of Families with Youth
- Teaching the Bible
What makes ORU’s Ministry and Leadership program stand out?
In the Ministry and Leadership program, you will have so many amazing opportunities to really hone in on the direction you want to go in ministry. You will be exposed to many facets and avenues in ministry and the experience is second to none. The Theology Department at ORU is committed to your growth and success and provides a support system to walk you through the program to reach you full, God-given potential.
What about accreditation?
As a university, we exceed the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S.
Are there scholarships available?
Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click here.