Christian Education

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or minor in Christian Education is utilized for those seeking to have a solid foundation of what discipleship means in the local church.

Covering courses in children's ministry, youth ministry, spiritual formation, as well as the core courses of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry (STCM), studying Christian education provides a basis in the studies of ministry. The combination of classes provides each student with the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what ministry in the local church or school setting can look like.


Degree Requirements

Community ministry experience is an exciting part of the degree requirement. It ensures students have practical experience along with academic education before graduation. For a complete list of requirements, click here.


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Recognized by, the Department of Education at Olivet Nazarene University is preparing students for success in their chosen careers. Alumni continue to report on the excellent preparation they have received during their studies at Olivet.

Possible Careers AFter graduation

  • Discipleship pastor
  • Christian school teacher
  • Camp director 

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Learn why Olivet’s dedication to faith and integrity have earned its rank as Illinois's number one Christian university.


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Christian Education Students

  • Study theology, small group ministry, Biblical hermeneutics (interpretation) and community ministry.
  • Learn the foundations and issues of Christian education from professors with ministry experience.
  • Volunteer with area churches and gain practical experience.
  • Hear directly from Christian education experts about new ways to reach and serve God’s family.
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