Christian Ministry (Salvation Army)

The Christian Ministry Program is a cooperative degree-completion program conducted by Trevecca Nazarene University for and with The Salvation Army Southern Territory for the sake of officer and cadet continuing education and academic advancement. In this sense the Christian Ministry Program seeks to partner with The Salvation Army's mission: "To encourage life-long learning by providing the Southern Territory with educational support for its officers, soldiers, employees and volunteers." In addition the program desires to model a collaborative spirit between Trevecca Nazarene University and The Salvation Army in providing an academic strategy that serves the participants by addressing their ongoing educational goals in dialogue with their current professional setting.

The Christian Ministry Program offers continuing education and baccalaureate credit for Salvantionists planning to develop their mission, leadership, and ministry skills. The program also seeks to encourage life-long learning by providing the Southern Territory with educational support for its officers, soldiers, employees, and volunteers.

Program Goals

The Christian Ministry Program offers the continuing education and baccalaureate credit for officers of The Salvation Army planning to develop their mission, leadership, and ministry skills. A Salvation Army officer/participant of this program should be able to:

  1. Define the most significant issues arising from his/her ministry.
  2. Identify resources for faithful ministry practice to the church and the world at large as Salvation Army officers.
  3. Define and value the need for theological reflection as an aspect of ministry.
  4. Define and appropriate the disciplines of the Christian faith for personal, ministerial growth.
  5. Define the meaning and significance of Biblical authority for theological reflection and Christian practice.
  6. Identify and frame key elements of intellectual thought for ministry.

Degree Requirements

How the degree is composed?

  • 30 hr Christian Ministry Major (at TNU & SFOT)*
  • 30 hr Gen. Ed. Component**
  • 60 hr Electives

120 hours total

How can I get those hours?

  1. Currently 30 hrs must be taken and passed at TNU and SFOT in course work under the Christian Ministry Program; this constitutes the "Major" and includes both the five required courses* and the five elective courses.
  2. The 90 hrs can come from either transfer/transient classes from specific accredited colleges (this includes online courses), and alternative assessments.

Alternative assessments include:

  1. Prior Learning Credit (up to 30 hours which only apply as elective hours).
    • SFOT Portfolio
    • Field Experience
  2. Transcribed Testing (up to 45 hours) via CLEP or DANTES (which can either apply toward general education or electives.)
  3. Military Experience (DD 214)
  4. Professional Schools and Training (PST)3.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important for the student to remember that the combination of alternative assessments can be no more than 50% of the degree (60 hours). However, the assessments may apply to either general education requirements or to elective hours.

*The five required core classes for the Christian Ministry Major:

  1. Principles of Management and Supervision
  2. Personal and Spiritual Development
  3. Pastoral Care and Counseling
  4. Wesleyan Holiness Theology
  5. One Biblical Exegesis and Exposition class

**The 30 hour General Education component is a set of knowledge areas in which all students must complete classes. The broad areas are:

  • Communications & Humanities
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences





Attendance Policy

Regular class attendance is an important obligation and each student is responsible for all work conducted in class meetings. In emergency situations, a student may request to the faculty member, with approval by the Associate Director of the Christian Ministry Program, for missed sessions to be audio or video recorded (the student is responsible to provide for this). In addition to the student’s listening/watching the recording, the faculty member may require further work in order to make up for the missed sessions. The student must be in attendance for a minimum of 85% of the class sessions in order for this request to be considered. Appeal may be made to the dean of the School of Religion for further flexibility.

Academic Honesty

To protect the integrity of your university degree, academic honesty is expected of all students at Trevecca Nazarene University. TNU students are held to high standards of academic ethics, personal honesty, and moral integrity. Trevecca enforces these standards by dealing with academic dishonesty fairly and firmly. If plagiarism (using another’s statements or thoughts without giving the source appropriate credit) is confirmed, the assignment receives a grade of zero. The assignment is to be resubmitted properly (although the zero grade remains). Cheating on an exam, falsifying documentation, and dishonesty in reporting reading are just a few of the infractions that are grounds for course failure and/or program termination.

Disability Accommodations

Trevecca Nazarene University provides disability support services. Anyone who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability and who would like to receive accommodations must register with Disability Services, in the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service, room 212, 615-248-1346.

Late Work Policy

Papers need to be postmarked, or dated (emailed submissions) on or before the designated due dates. Each day (not counting Sundays) your assignment is late your grade on that assignment will be dropped by 10% (Degree Students).

Electronic Submissions

If an electronic submission is acceptable to the professor, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the professor received the assignment.

Required Paper Format and Product

Papers should conform to the MLA standards for citations and formatting.

A polished product (with proper grammar and spelling, structured writing, and mature thought) is expected. Ask yourself:

  • Is the paper clearly written and logically organized?
  • Does it have a coherent argument toward a stated conclusion?
  • Have I, the writer, articulated a definite position of my own?
  • When other texts or positions are engaged, are they adequately understood, fairly characterized, and cited appropriately?
  • Does the paper follow sound conventions of academic writing, and is it polished?

It is advised that students ask a trusted colleague or friend to proofread their work after the student himself has proofread his paper.

Writing help is available from Trevecca’s Academic Support Center. Please email your paper to along with the following information:

  • Class Name
  • Specific assignment requirements (or attach the class syllabus)
  • Date the paper is due

A writing tutor will read the document and respond with suggestions for improvement. Please allow at least four days for the process.


Please note that all digital communication content exchanged as part of this course, including e-mail, online discussions, and chat sessions, are the responsibility of and owned solely by the author. It is also understood that all digital exchanges are submitted freely by each student.

Cell Phones/Internet

As a courtesy to the professor and other students cell phones (calls & text) and internet connections (email & surfing) are not to be utilized during class. In rare situations taking a personal call or text message may be appropriate, but arrangements should be made in advance with the instructor.

Contact Us

For additional information, please contact:

The Christian Ministry Program, School of Religion
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210

Fax: 615-248-7417

The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) School for Continuing Education.