Ministry and Leadership Bachelor’s Degree in Religion




MISSION: The Department of Religion is a learning community committed to the church and to the academy, dedicated to the study of Scripture, theology, mission, leadership, and spirituality for the purpose of transforming individuals, relationships, and communities.

What Units Will Transfer?

Admission Requirements


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Why Choose Vanguard University?

The Ministry and Leadership Religion Degree, prepares students for a staff position in a church, equips laypeople for more effective ministry, and provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies.

Program Learning Outcomes:

PLO 1 – Bible: The student is able to communicate the meaning and relevance of a biblical text.
e. Student demonstrates accurate knowledge of social, cultural, political, historical background of a text and integrates that knowledge into the interpretation of a text.
f. Clear communication of the meaning of a text in the frame of the life of a community.

PLO 2 – Theology: The student will be able to explain the basic tenets of historic Christian orthodoxy and apply those tenets to contemporary contexts.
g. Explain the major categories of systematic theology
h. Apply selected tenets to a contemporary context.

PLO 3 – Worldview: Students will articulate biblically informed responses to those questions at the heart of a comprehensive worldview.
Identify the questions at the heart of a comprehensive worldview.
f. Describe the core beliefs of a biblically informed worldview.
g. Compare and contrast a biblically informed worldview with alternatives.

PLO 4 – Christian Ethics: Students will articulate an approach to making ethical decisions that is informed by both ethical theory and the teachings of scripture.
e. Identify principles and concepts of ethics across major traditional ethical approaches
f. Describe diversity and unity of ethical thinking in the Bible.
g. Apply a biblically grounded Christian ethic to ethical dilemmas

PLO 5 -The Church: Students will articulate an understanding of the nature and mission of the church.
c. Articulate the nature and mission of the church in terms of missio dei.
d. Articulate the nature of church as the community of the People of God.
e. Compare and contrast ministry as essentially charismatic with views that ministry is essentially hierarchical.
f. Articulate the nature of the church as missional

PLO 6 – Christian Leadership: Students will explain leadership as serving Christ and His Church for the sake of the World through theological reflection informed by scripture and insights from the field of Leadership Studies.
a. Articulate a sense of personal call in light of one’s place in the mission of the Church.
b. Explain how one’s spirituality and character inform the practice of leading others.
c. Describe a conceptual framework of leadership informed by relevant scriptural and theoretical insights

PLO 7 – Missions: Students will apply missiological and intercultural theories and principles and critical thinking skills to interact effectively with diverse contexts and people.
a. Describe missiological and intercultural theories and principles.
b. Identify models for a missiological and intercultural case study and analyze them for appropriateness.
c. Apply and support a model or models towards a solution to a case study.

PLO 8 – Spiritual Formation: Students will articulate a holistic spiritual formation toward Christlikeness for the sake of others.
d. Articulate a basic understanding of the soul and its health.
e. Identify how one’s spirituality impacts one’s care of others.
f. Explain how one’s spirituality and character inform the practice of leading others.