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You are called. 

Christian Ministry

 Messenger College provides a residential learning platform that affirms and edifies those who have a calling to reach their world for Christ. The Christian Ministry degree prepares students to authoritatively and effectively respond to the need of the church and the world in which we live. 

Degree Programs 
A.A. in Christian Ministry 
B.A. in Christian Ministry

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Upon completion of the program,
students should be able to:


  1. Effectively teach and communicate the biblical message, orally, visually, and in written form, utilizing technology when appropriate.

  2. Learn to fulfill pastoral roles in ministry settings.

  3. Demonstrate leadership competencies and professionalism appropriate to their role and sphere of influence in a ministry capstone course.

  4. Function appropriately and effectively in professional fields of service, as evidenced by the satisfactory completion of a ministry internship.

Program Goals

  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application required when applying for federal, state, and institutional aid at Messenger College. For important information and tips on submitting the FAFSA, visit Filling Out the FAFSA and watch the video Applying for Financial Aid With the FAFSA Form.
  • What is Messenger College's FAFSA School Code?
    The Messenger College school ID code for the FAFSA is 030926. Enter this number when prompted.
  • How many credit hours must I take in order to be eligible for Financial Aid?
    To be considered a full-time, a student must be enrolled in at lest 12 credit hours per semester. Six (6) credit hours is considered half-time and aid is reduced by 50%. Six credit hours is the minimum enrollment to qualify for student loans.
  • How much does MC cost?
    Tuition Rate $415 per credit hour Academic Program Fee $400 per semester Student Life Fee $400 per semester Laundry Fee $30 per semester Parking Fee $30 per semester Double Occupancy Housing $2,300 per semester Single Occupancy Housing $3,300 per semester
  • Does MC offer a payment plan?
    Yes If the student has a balance due to Messenger College after financial aid is applied, a Payment Plan Agreement may be made with the Business Office. There is a one-time fee of $25 for initiating a payment plan in any given semester. Payments may be made in four equal installments during the semester as indicated by the Payment Plan Agreement.
  • What types of loans are available?
    Types of Financial Aid: Federal Pell Grant Federal SEO Grant Subsidized Loans Unsubsidized Loans Parent Plus Loans The US Department of Education Navigating through the Financial Aid Application process can be confusing, however by accessing the resources available to you, it can turn an unpleasant experience into something attainable. View US Dept of Ed video resources here.
  • What is the student's responsibility concerning Financial Aid?
    It is the responsibility of each student to carefully review and understand all documentation, including but not limited to, their Enrollment Agreement, Application, Award Letter, Master Promissory Note, school catalog, Guide to Financial Aid, and all loan disclosures, regarding their financial aid rights and responsibilities. Students are also required to know their current aggregate amounts borrowed under all loan programs and amounts received under the Pell Grant program. Changing programs, institutions, attendance level, along with failing or dropping courses, will directly impact SAP and financial aid eligibility and aggregate amounts.
  • What is student entrance counseling?
    The Department of Education requires all college students to complete Entrance Counseling. This is to make sure you understand all your rights and responsibilities of student loans. You can complete your entrance counseling at When financial aid is awared, the student will receive a personal letter detailing the amount and type(s) of aid awarded to them. The award letter will also contain additional instructions and links to completing Entrance Counseling and other documentation required to begin receiving Federal Financial Aid.
  • How do I access the Financial Aid Portal?
    Contact a member of our Financial Aid Team at or by phone at 817-591-4350 / fax 817-591-4344. Accepted / Admitted students will be able to register online via our Financial Aid Portal. You will need to access your School ID, which is also your Student ID, located under the My Profile section of your Populi (Student Portal) homepage. Your username (college email alias) and password were created for you when you were admitted as a student. Contact with questions. Learn more about how to access the portal here.
  • Veterans Education Act
    Contact the local Veterans Affairs office in your region or visit to learn about varying financial assistance for veterans, disabled veterans, and their dependents. The Veterans Education Act provides varying levels of assistance to eligible veterans, disabled veterans, and their dependents. If you are a veteran or the dependent of a veteran, contact the local Veterans Affairs office in your region, visit
  • Information Disclosed to Students Regarding the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
    Disclosure requirement: publicly disclosed and made available through appropriate publications, mailings, or electronic media. Information disclosed to students or parents of students who enter into an agreement regarding a Title IV, HEA loan that the loan will be submitted to NSLDS and accessible by authorized agencies, lenders, and institutions [HEOA 489 amended HEA Sec. 485B] Students and parents of students are advised that if they enter into a Title IV, HEA loan, the loan data will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and institutions determined to be authorized users of the data system. ​ The NSLDS Privacy Impact Assessment may be accessed at: Additional information regarding the National Student Loan Data System may be accessed at:
  • US Department of Education Financial Aid Resources
    Navigating through the Financial Aid Application process can be confusing, however by accessing the resources available to you, it can turn an unpleasant experience into something attainable. View US Dept of Ed video resources here.

Degree Concentrations 
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry allows students to include a specific concentration to their degree program. Each concentration includes specific outcomes deemed essential to that concentration. We believe every student comes to us with unique gifts, talents, and strengths that are God-given because of a specific life call. We know you desire to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be excellent in the area of ministry where you are most passionate. The current concentrations are reflected below: 

Pastoral Ministry – offers a thorough understanding of the biblical principles of pastoral ministry, which includes the role of a pastor, pastoral theology, leadership styles, ministerial ethics, legal, business, and financial responsibilities. Competencies include a biblical foundation and practical application of pastoral theological practices, effective communication, interpersonal skills, and pastoral care, which includes; ministerial ethics, administrative practices, and an understanding of stewardship principles.

Intercultural Ministry -- offers an understanding of the global Church with a concentration on various cultures and how they relate to the Gospel. This concentration focuses on developing competencies related to intercultural and missional strategies, theological concepts related to missions, word religions & cults, and missionary development. Students will experience the mission field in their first Intercultural concentration course, be educated and trained by active missionaries, and accelerate the timeline to become a missionary. After graduation and Global Missions' approval, students will advance straight into a partnership with an established missionary. 

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Church Administrator

 Non-Profit Leadership

Ministry Leadership

Higher Education 

Church Planting


Dr. Steven Bontrager

Christian Ministries Program Chair

"It is my goal to see students thrive in their degrees and pursue excellence and integrity in everything they do."

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