Strategic Ministry

Effective ministry in contemporary cultures requires a heart enflamed with mission, a head filled with biblical wisdom, and hands equipped to lead Christ’s church and expand his kingdom in his world. The Strategic Ministry Major at Johnson University involves a partnership between the academy and the church that equips students for this kind of effective, strategic Christian leadership.

The program includes a 9-month ministry residency at churches in Peoria, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; or Orlando, Florida, as well as a study trip to Israel. As part of the residency, students complete a Leadership Core and can choose a concentration in a specialty area. Customized specialty areas in Indiana and Florida are sometimes developed in partnership with church professionals at those locations on an as-available basis. Throughout the program, residents are mentored by Johnson University instructors, some of whom serve on staff at the participating churches.


strategic ministry program imageStudents in the Strategic Ministry major benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and experienced and engaged faculty who are practitioners in their field and passionate about each student’s success. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and Arts & Sciences Core. Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics).


The Church Administration concentration trains students to utilize effective administration techniques to efficiently manage church and ministry programs.

The Church Planting concentration prepares students to extend a congregation’s ministry through the planting of additional sites or congregations.

The Intercultural Studies concentration trains students to develop strategies that enable a local church to make local and global kingdom impact.

The Pastoral Ministry concentration equips students with the skills necessary to provide pastoral leadership for churches and ministries.

The Youth Ministry concentration trains students to direct ministry for and with junior high and high school students and their families that develop them into disciples of Jesus. 

The Children & Family concentration trains students to direct ministry for and with children from birth through fifth grade and their families that develop them into disciples of Jesus.

The Special Needs concentration trains students to coordinate and execute meaningful ministry to and with people who have special needs. 

The Sports Ministry concentration equips students to use sports-related ministries to extend the Great Commission.

The Worship concentration equips students to lead others in a program of worship.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Model the spiritual maturity of a Christ-like servant-leader necessary for kingdom work.
  • Think, plan, and lead strategically to advance the kingdom in their communities and their world.
  • Lead ministries through effective teaching of Scripture and careful management of people and resources.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Biblical Teaching & Preaching
Conflict and Communication
Fundamentals of Strategic Leadership
Congregational Leadership
People and Resource Management
Ministry Mobilization

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective