Q: Who would benefit from this program?
A: The Leadership and Ministry program is for people who want to fulfill a call to ministry. It prepares graduates for vocational or lay leadership in churches or church-related organizations and in the marketplace. We believe anyone seeking a life of ministry should be serious enough to pursue an associate’s and a bachelor’s degree to prepare for that ministry.
Q: What careers could a graduate from this program pursue?
A: Graduates become youth pastors, pastors, worship leaders and teachers, or work at a variety of Christian non-profit organizations. We also prepare students for greater effectiveness as lay leaders and godly leadership in the marketplace and to continue their education in graduate school.
Q: Outside of advancing in my vocational career, what else could I do with this degree?
A: Students interested in serving their home church will become better equipped for roles as elders, Bible study teachers, ministry leaders and a host of other layperson roles necessary to the local body of Christ.
Q: Do I need to be in church leadership in order to pursue this program?
A: No. The program is intended to further prepare people for service to Christ. Those currently in leadership will get a better handle on what they already do. Those who are not will start the journey to become the Christian leader God intends them to be.
Q: Will I work closely with my professors? What is the average cohort size?
A: Yes, you will work closely with your professors. The average cohort (class) size is between 11 and 12 students, with cohorts ranging between 7 and 19. Students generally find access to their professors in and out of the classroom.
Q: How are mentors selected for each student?
A: Students choose a mentor from within their ministry internship so they can engage with someone they trust from the very beginning.
Q: How would my mentor help me determine my calling, passion and gifting in ministry?
A: Mentors help students think, reflect and engage in discernment while “practicing” ministry. For example, God shapes each person to enjoy certain tasks or experiences more than others. Mentors may assign students a variety of tasks so they experience various ministry roles and functions. Mentors and students then meet regularly to reflect on how the experiences shape students’ understanding of God’s call.
Q: What is the approach to Scripture?
A: Grace Bible College believes the Scriptures are God’s Inspired Word and are understood in their literal and plan grammatical sense. God’s revelation is progressive in nature and understood to have specific application to a people and time as well as general application for all, including today.
Q: Since Christians from many different denominations study in this program, how are theological differences addressed in the classroom?
A: Although Grace Bible College has a clear doctrinal statement as a college, professors are considerate of the variety of students and encourage interaction between each student and challenge each adult learner to share their personal beliefs on the Scriptures in a healthy considerate dialogue.
Q: How is theology integrated into practical application?
A: Students practice in the field what they learn in the classroom. We want students to think deeply about the Bible, engage in rigorous theological reflection, and draw conclusions through practical ministry.
Q: How qualified are the faculty?
A: Very! Faculty are chosen on the basis of their academic credentials and scholarly work, ministry experience, compatibility with Grace Bible College and their passion for teaching. Our faculty have earned doctorates (either the Ph.D. or the D.Min.) or master’s degrees in their areas of instruction. They are directly connected to the life of the church, either in pastoral roles or meaningful lay ministries. Many come to the classroom with years of experience, giving their teaching added relevance.
Q: How do I contact Adult & Online Studies at Grace Bible College?
A: You can contact the Adult & Online Studies at Grace Bible College toll free at:
(888) 79-GRACE (794-7223)