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Christian Leadership

Answer Your Call

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Christian Leadership major at Kansas Wesleyan University prepares students for leadership roles in multiple ministry settings, all in an environment that encourages the interaction of faith and learning. The Christian Leadership major combines a practical, in-the-field internship experience under the guidance of mentors in full-time ministry. You will be challenged, stretched and inspired in a context that supports your calling. In addition, students will experience hands-on learning through community-based internships and campus ministry organizations, domestic or international.

Coursework in Four Key Areas

  • Counseling
  • Church Administration
  • Christian Education

Campus Leadership 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 Leadership 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 Leadership 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.