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Christian Ministry

Answer Your Call

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The distinctive Christian Ministry major at Kansas Wesleyan University prepares students for full-time ministry in an environment that encourages the interaction of faith and learning. It combines a practical, in-the-field internship experience under the guidance of mentors in full-time ministry. A unique aspect of the Christian Ministry major is that students will be given the chance to tailor their learning experience to focus on areas of counseling, church administration or Christian education. The Church is looking for those who can take their call and turn it into a journey of faith. At Kansas Wesleyan University, you will prepare for a ministry career in an environment intentionally designed to promote the interaction of faith and learning. You will be challenged, stretched and inspired in a context that supports your calling.

Coursework in Four Key Areas

  • Bible
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Ministry
  • Educational and Social Sciences

Campus Ministries at KWU

The university has a vibrant campus ministry program, including Tuesday Night Alive weekly worship, student-led Bible studies, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a new Upper Room Ministries young adult discipleship program, Journey to the Table, which give our Christian Ministry students opportunities to grow in their faith, learn leadership skills by assisting with the programs, and learn important skills in guiding others on their faith journeys.

Campus Ministries

Partnership with Saint Paul School of Theology  

In August 2015, Kansas Wesleyan University and Saint Paul School of Theology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), thought to be the first of its kind to be established between a United Methodist-based university and a United Methodist seminary. Kansas Wesleyan students can now condense the four-year degree requirements for the Christian Leadership major into the first three years, followed by the completion of the three-year Master of Divinity degree at Saint Paul School of Theology. The first year of the M.Div. courses at Saint Paul would count as electives to complete the bachelor's degree at KWU. Following the successful completion of that year, the students may participate in spring Kansas Wesleyan Commencement. They would then continue on for the final two years at Saint Paul to complete their master's degree. This MOU allows students to prepare for ordination and entry into the ministry in six years instead of the usual seven, while earning them both B.A. and M.Div. degrees. Learn more about the 3+3 program, or contact Dr. Philip Meckley, professor and chair of the Department of Religion & Philosophy, at 785-833-4364. Read the article published by the UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM)

Download an information sheet that includes a sample course schedule.

Major Requirements

For more information about the Christian Ministry major at Kansas Wesleyan University, please call (785) 833-4364 or email


Put Faith Into Action
Hands-On Learning

In our restless world, it is more important than ever for persons of faith to step into positions of leadership. Our close partnerships with area congregations and other local agencies provide every student with the opportunity to put their faith into action in real-world settings through field placement and meaningful local and regional internships.