Study Christian Ministry at Azusa Pacific University
APU’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries program equips students for practical ministry. They become equipped for professional ministry tasks and relationships by learning about themselves, their theology, and ministry realities. Christian Ministries majors develop a theology of ministry for service in transformational Christian communities in local and global communities.
Program at a Glance
The School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University trains students for effective ministry in the church and around the world through practical programs in a supportive Christ-centered community.
Early Action (Freshmen Only)
- November 15
- March 1 priority application deadline
- June 1 final deadline
- August 1 final transfer deadline
- Azusa (Main Campus)
Gain Hands-on Experience
- Make a difference in the lives of people both locally and globally.
- Ensure your ministry practices align with your theological convictions.
- Cultivate a relationship with God that leads to a greater understanding of God’s purposes in our world and a desire to partner with them more intentionally.
By the Numbers
As Charlie Reynolds ’25 pursues a major in Christian Ministries, he is encouraged by studying alongside like minded peers and professors in subjects that interest him.
The Christian Ministries major provides students with a broad perspective on the fields of biblical studies, theology, and practical ministry. Graduates are prepared to make an impact on the world around them and participate in more-specialized graduate study. They will experience hands-on ministry through an internship in a church or other ministry setting as they interact with their peers, professors, and leaders in these organizations. Students will engage in multidisciplinary educational and ministry experiences in order to cultivate theological reflection, faith integration, practical ministry skills, and one’s own spiritual formation.
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General Undergraduate Admission Requirements
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Practical Theology Covenant
When students declare one of the majors in the Department of Practical Theology, they commit to participate in a community narrative that begins with the signing of a Community Covenant based on the biblical model of faithfulness and mercy. The covenant includes a commitment to integrity, appropriate conduct, local church ministry, academic and university requirements, a submission of references, and participation in required department activities. The covenant must be submitted to the Department of Practical Theology when the Christian ministries major is declared.
Although a private college education may seem out of reach for many, recent research from Kiplinger reveals that the actual value of some private universities may prove this assumption wrong. In 2010, Kiplinger selected Azusa Pacific University for its Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges rankings. Read more about APU’s ranking in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges.
APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.
Scholarships and Grants
Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.
Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.
Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.
Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.
On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.
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Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Career Outlooks and Outcomes
APU Receives $5 Million Lilly Endowment Grant in Partnership with LPU and LABI
APU received a $5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment in partnership with Life Pacific University and the Latin American Bible Institute that will strengthen pathways for theological education for Hispanic students.