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Christian Education

  • Available as major (B.A. degree) and minor
    Pursue your passion for helping others learn more about God, their faith and how to tell others about Jesus. Become the Christian education leader God has created you to be.

  • Whether serving on a church staff or in a Christian school, you will need to prepare for a leadership role in Christian education. We are here to help you.

    As a Christian education leader, your job will be to provide opportunities for spiritual enrichment and fellowship for adults, youth and children. You will plan and implement spiritual, educational, recreational and service activities for them.

    Coordinating all of a church’s educational ministries is a multi-faceted job. Learn about the latest in Christian education materials for all ages and groups so you can provide leadership in choosing materials and planning programs. Practice taking the lead in planning and publicizing educational opportunities. Plan and lead intergenerational learning activities. Experience what it’s like to be the point person for ensuring children’s safety as they participate in your programs.

    Leading a force of volunteer teachers and workers, you will be responsible for recruiting, training and overseeing the work they do. Begin your preparation for this at Olivet.

    Communication is key to the success of your work. Grow in ways to help you communicate effectively with a wide variety of people — orally, in writing and electronically.

    Relating and working with your church’s governing board and staff also comes with the job. You will be conducting and participating in many meetings. Begin sharpening those skills now.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study theology, small group ministry, Biblical hermeneutics (interpretation), community ministry.
    • Learn the foundations and issues of Christian education from professors with actual ministry experience.
    • Volunteer with area churches. Gain your own practical experience. Find out if this is the area of ministry for you.
    • Hear directly from Christian education experts about new ways to reach and serve God’s family.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America as well as in the U.S.


    If you are: 

    • at ease working with volunteers
    • self-motivated
    • a strong leader
    • dependable
    • strong in speaking and writing skills
    • creative
    • good at planning and time management
    • attentive to details
    • comfortable with people of all ages
    • a good listener
    • enthusiastic about your faith

    then Christian education is a career choice for you.

    Possible careers include: Christian education pastor, director of Christian education, chief educational officer, children’s pastor, youth pastor, social ministries missionary

    Christian Education is within the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.