Bachelor of Arts in
Ministry and Leadership


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Program Overview

At Oral Roberts University we believe ministry is more than just a job or career; rather it is a calling from God. 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 prepare you for the future. 


Why major in ministry and leadership?

The Ministry and Leadership Program at ORU will train you to:

  • Apply biblical truth to your life & ministry
  • Grow and deepen your faith
  • Interpret and apply biblical text
  • Lead through a Spirit-Empowered education
  • Work in multiple areas of Ministry
  • Follow the calling God has for your life!

What are SOME of the core experiences of this program?

  • Sermon preparation and preaching
  • Ministry practicum
  • And many more depending on your chosen area of concentration!





The Oral Roberts University College of Theology helps students navigate and cultivate their specific calling. We equip Spirit-Empowered leaders to make real positive change in communities around the world. This looks different for everyone, and we offer different areas of concentration that will advance students in their leadership and ministry careers.

In this degree plan, you can choose from two different concentrations:

The Church Operations concentration is designed to thoroughly equip you for the responsibilities of church administration, and prepare you to support the functioning of a thriving church community. Foundational to this concentration is instruction on organization, programming, leadership dynamics, and the role of the church within its denomination and society. You will develop skills in the administration of nonprofit organizations, and learn important principles of effective management. Ministry and Leadership students will complete this program with extensive improvement and refinement in the art of biblical preaching and teaching, with a major emphasis on strong biblical/theological foundations. 

This is a great fit for the person who:

  • Seeks to cultivate leadership & administrative skills 
  • Understands the importance of Spirit-Empowered & servant leadership  
  • Desires to help foster healthy & thriving church communities
  • Has a passion for community engagement 

B.A. Ministry & Leadership- Church Operations Degree Plan


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.

This is a great fit for the person who:

  • Is Passionate about and called to Pastoral Ministry
  • Is interested in Church Growth and Planting
  • Seeks to serve their community with spiritual guidance

B.A. Ministry & Leadership- Local Church Pastor Degree Plan






What are the career opportunities for a ministry and leadership graduate?

A Ministry and Leadership degree from Oral Roberts University will prepare you to become a Spirit-Empowered:

  • Church Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Youth Pastor
  • Children’s Pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Evangelist
  • Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Church & Camps Director
  • Life Coach



What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of the top outside regulators in the U.S. 



Scholarships Are Available!

Many of our full-time, undergraduate virtual students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and ORU’s premier Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. To learn more about financial aid, click below!

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  • Taught by ORU on-campus faculty
  • Interact and engage with fellow students and professors in and out of the virtual classroom
  • Access to ORU Virtual resources 24/7
  • Fully accredited and Spirit-empowered degree program

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