Strategic Ministry (BA/BS)

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Effective ministry in contemporary cultures requires a heart for mission, a head filled with biblical wisdom, and hands equipped to lead Christ's church and expand His kingdom in His world. The Strategic Ministry degree at Johnson University involves a partnership between the University and the church that equips students for this kind of effective, strategic Christian leadership.

The degree includes a 9-month residency at either Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) in Peoria, Arizona, at one of several churches in Indianapolis, Indiana, or at Real Life Christian Church in Orlando, Florida. Students complete a leadership core and can choose a concentration from among: church administration, church planting, intercultural studies, pastoral ministry, youth ministry, children and family, special needs, sports management, or worship/production. Throughout the degree program, residents are mentored by Johnson University faculty and staff.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Model the spiritual maturity of a Christ-like servant-leader necessary for kingdom work.
  • Think, plan, and lead strategically to advance the kingdom in their communities and their world.
  • Lead ministries through effective teaching of Scripture and careful management of people and resources.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Biblical Teaching & Preaching
Conflict and Communication
Fundamentals of Strategic Leadership
Congregational Leadership
People and Resource Management
Ministry Mobilization

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective


The Strategic Ministry (BA/BS) program is offered at these locations:

Indianapolis location logoIndian Creek Christian Church
6430 S. Franklin Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46259
with possible residency placement at one of the following churches:
Greenwood Christian Church, 2045 Averitt Road, Greenwood, IN 46143
Indian Creek Christian Church, 6430 S. Franklin Road, Indianapolis, IN 46259
Park Chapel Christian Church, 1176 E. McKenzie Road, Greenfield, IN 46140
Plainfield Christian Church, 800 Dan Jones Road, Plainfield, IN 46168
White River Christian Church, 1685 N. 10th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060
Phoenix location logoChrist's Church of the Valley
7007 W. Happy Valley Rd
Peoria, AZ 85383
Orlando location logoReal Life Christian Church
1501 Steve's Road
Clermont, FL 34711