Program Requirements

All School of Adult Learning degrees require a total of 120 semester hours of credit, which can be fulfilled through a combination of North Park classes and transfer credits. Learn more about program requirements for all our majors.

Bachelor of Arts

Students seeking a bachelor of arts (BA) in church and ministry management will complete courses in several disciplines: business administration (BADM), management information systems (ISIT), church and ministry management (CMM), nonprofit management (NPM), and organizational leadership and management (ORG). This program prepares students to understand the unique demands of church and ministry administration, and to develop appropriate planning and management tools to assist with stewardship, leadership, human resources, growth, and management.

Church and Ministry Management Major Requirements

  • 8 semester hours (sh) of adult learning core courses
  • 44 sh of general education courses
  • 28 sh of elective courses
  • 40 sh of major courses:
    • Business and Information Management (8 sh) — BADM 3100 or ISIT 3030; and BADM 4400
    • Church and Ministry Management (12 sh) — CMM 3000, 3100, 3200, 3300
    • Nonprofit Management (4 sh) — NPM 4170, 4190
    • Organizational Leadership (16 sh) — ORG 3034, 4074, 4094, 4120


Click on the links below for course descriptions of all church and ministry management courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

CMM 3000 – Principles and Practices of Church and Ministry Management
This course will review basic management and leadership theories in relation to the church congregation and ministries. It is designed to help students understand different approaches to church and ministry administration using both secular and biblical sources and church administrative models to develop planning and administrative tools, and identify and assess their own behavior as leaders as well the needs of the congregation in order to create a strategic plan to identify and meet those needs. This course is an overall study of the administrative and management principles and practices for the local church and ministries and will examine staff, finances, buildings, human resources, stewardship, and management.

CMM 3100 – Managing Human Resources in a Church Ministry Setting
This course will examine current theory and practice of human resource management in a Church, ministry and nonprofit context. It will review human resources policies, compliance and procedures for local and large congregations and ministries and will provide applicable human resource tools such as; recruitment and hiring, managing personnel, evaluation and performance appraisals, discipline and compensation, volunteer management and coaching of employees. The course will also identify, analyze and present solutions for several human resource related issues in a congregational, nonprofit, and ministry settings.

CMM 3200 – Church Fundraising and Stewardship
This course helps students understand different approaches to church and ministry fundraising, capital campaigns and fundraising rules and regulations. Students will learn basic annual funds, major gifts, foundation grants, planned gift fundraising, restricted and designated gifts, and essential rules and regulations. The course will focus on discovering and researching good stewardship models from a management perspective as well as helping to lead the congregation and ministries in both a personal and public understanding of stewardship.

CMM 3300 – Strategies for Church and Ministry Growth, Change, and Revitalization
This course identifies key principles related to church and ministry growth, change, and revitalization. Clergy, ministry leaders, and nonprofit professionals will learn how strategic planning can clarify a congregation's direction, discernment, and opportunities for growth. It will also give practical tools that will help congregations and ministries evaluate their current health and recognize areas that need improvement, hinder growth and cause plateaus. This course will focus on how to deal with and implement change in a positive and productive way. Special attention will be given to theological and cultural principles which may affect the rate and patterns of church or ministry growth. Strategies will be designed to promote growth and revitalization.