“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (NKJV) Proverbs 3:5-6.
MEET THE FACULTY
MAJOR AREAS OF STUDY
MINOR AREAS OF STUDY
- Christian Studies
- Biblical Languages
- Christian Apologetics and Philosophy
- Christian Leadership
- Christian Missions
- Christian Worship
Course list for all minors
The School of Christian Studies exists to train servant leaders for worldwide ministry through biblical scholarship, evangelism, spiritual growth, and Christian service in order to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
Our desire is to be on mission with God in order to bring all peoples of the world to saving faith in Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9; Acts 1:8).
Our purpose is to evangelize those who do not yet know Christ, to equip those who do know Christ to become effective leaders who can articulate and demonstrate the absolute importance of a biblical worldview, to edify believers by encouraging personal spiritual growth, and to expand the ministry horizons of believers to global proportions.
The School of Christian Studies plays a pivotal role in the life of Shorter University and seeks to reinforce the mission of the university through the accomplishment of five major goals:
- To equip students who desire to enter Christian ministry with a scholarly study of the various aspects of the Christian faith. The curriculum is biblically-based and courses are taught from a distinctively Christian perspective.
- To provide the necessary preparation for those students who will enter seminary or other graduate programs in Christian Studies/Religion. Such preparation should help students to qualify for advanced standing in many graduate degree programs in the seminaries.
- To offer students majoring or minoring in our area of study the academic training and practical experience essential for effective ministry in local churches, denominational institutions, and any other sphere of Christian service.
- To provide a thorough training for those who will directly enter the ministry upon graduation, thus ending their formal educational preparation. Students will be afforded a balanced program to train them for multi-faceted ministry.
- To give basic Christian instruction to all students in the university through the required survey courses. Careful attention will be given to the biblical perspective of God’s purposes in the world with relation to the nature and destiny of humanity.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A CHRISTIAN STUDIES MAJOR?
While many local churches, denominational organizations, and missionary agencies require a seminary degree beyond the bachelors program in Christian Studies or Youth Ministry for employment, others do not. Our Christian Studies and Youth Ministry programs are designed primarily to provide a foundation for ministry and a stepping stone to specialization at the seminary / graduate level.
Many of the areas of service listed below will necessitate ministerial training beyond the college experience, although some may be entered immediately upon graduation from our program. Moreover, having a double major could enhance a student’s knowledge and prepare him or her for a special field of service (for example, a double major in Christian Studies and Business Administration would be beneficial for those desiring to serve as a Church Administrator or wishing to work in the business office of a denominational agency). Students should contact particular agencies, institutions, and churches in order to obtain the specific prerequisites for employment within these organizations.
The following lists offer a sampling of possibilities in the area of Christian service, and certainly are not intended to be exhaustive in nature.
Communication: radio, television, etc.
Student Ministry (college campus setting)
Youth Ministry (local church setting)
American Bible Society
American Center for Law and Justice
American Family Association (AFA)
Campus Crusade for Christ
Christian Coalition of America
Concerned Women of America (CWA)
Denominational colleges and universities
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Focus on the Family
International Mission Board of the SBC
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
National Right to Life Committee
North American Mission Board of the SBC
Serving in Mission (SIM)
Wycliffe Bible Translators
If you have any questions regarding career choices or ministerial calling, please contact one of the members of our School of Christian Studies.
Mission Alaska 2013
Spring Break Missions
February 28 - March 8, 2013
Israel Study Abroad Trip - Spring 2012