Empower Communities With Christian Global Ministries
Faith leaders educated in initiatives for Christian global ministries strive to bring the Word of God and the love of Christ to people around the world. You can nurture your faith while preparing for a career in global ministry at Grand Canyon University. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Global Ministry is a comprehensive survey of Christian doctrines, theological knowledge and cross-cultural ministry within national and international contexts.
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies at GCU
This degree is offered by the College of Theology to students who feel called to join the next generation of contemporary Christian leaders around the world. You will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of biblical truths and Christian history while exploring leadership styles and communication strategies. While pursuing an education in global ministry, you are expected to affirm the Doctrinal Statement and College of Theology Covenant.
At GCU, you can immerse yourself in a supportive, welcoming campus environment. Our private Christian university is an inclusive place that welcomes all who desire to know and love God.
Global Ministry Course Topics
Throughout your bachelor’s in Christian studies program, you will have the opportunity to develop a firm foundation of biblical and theological knowledge and to explore its practical, modern applications. You can develop your own Christ-like character as you consider impactful ways to minister to others. Cross-cultural studies are a major component of this degree. You will work through a breadth of curriculum that covers a range of Christian global ministries topics, including:
- The cultivation of a Christ-like character, including the biblical truths, spiritual disciplines, virtues and habits that contribute to discipleship
- Contemporary trends in global Christianity, examining recent mission movements and best practices for mission strategies
- Theory and methods of oral ministerial communication, including preaching, teaching and small group discussion
- Strategies for evangelizing while remaining respectful to others’ beliefs and practices
Explore Principles, History and Developments in Christianity
When you pursue an education in global ministry at GCU, you will be taught the principles of anthropology within the context of missiology. You will examine how to analyze and engage groups of people in different cultural contexts. There is a focus on contemporary issues in global ministry. Other core competencies of this degree include the following:
- The principles and methods for faithfully ministering to people of diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on North American cultural engagement
- The historical background, religious texts, beliefs and current practices of the major contemporary religions, including Abrahamic and Eastern religions
- The major developments in the history of Christianity that influenced Christian doctrine
- The basic principles of biblical hermeneutics and their application to contemporary ethical issues
Graduates can be prepared to thoughtfully and actively listen to people of diverse backgrounds and faiths and to tailor an effective gospel presentation in response.
Career Paths for Graduates With a Bachelor’s in Christian Studies
With a focus on cultural awareness and gospel ministry, GCU’s courses in global ministries online or on campus are designed to prepare you to become a servant leader at home and abroad. Graduates may choose to pursue work as foreign missionaries, where they may spread the love of Christ and the Word of God to in-need communities around the world.
Some graduates may elect to further their studies to enhance their career qualifications and position themselves to pursue potentially high-level leadership positions. Grand Canyon Theological Seminary offers a number of master’s and doctoral degree programs for interested Christian leaders.
Focus on Christian Global Ministries at an Institutionally Accredited University
As an institutionally accredited university by the Higher Learning Commission, GCU's mission is to meet high academic standards, empowering our students to thoroughly prepare for their chosen fields. The College of Theology shares the university’s commitment to upholding the principles and standards established by our accrediting bodies.
BA in Christian Studies: Global Ministry Emphasis FAQs
As you reflect upon your future career pathway, it can be helpful to research your intended field and your career options. GCU has compiled the following FAQs and answers to guide you in your decision-making process as you consider pursuing a career in Christian global ministries.
Nurture your love of God and prepare for a career rooted in faith. Fill out the form on this page to learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies: global ministry emphasis degree at GCU.
1 Skewes, L. (2020, Jan. 28). Types of missionary trips that make a lasting impact. WorldTrips. Retrieved Dec. 15, 2023.
2 Online Christian Colleges. (n.d.). What does a missionary do? Retrieved Dec. 15, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.