Scripture Press Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry
Price-LeBar Chair of Christian Education
Associate Professors , ,
Director of Wheaton Evangelism Initiative, Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, and Associate Professor
Director of HoneyRock, Assistant Professor
HoneyRock Adventure Ministry Program ManagerRick Masters
Disciple-making is central to the work of the Church in the world. This is the educational ministry of the Church ~ to help people as they are being formed toward the likeness of Christ. It is for this purpose that the Christian Formation and Ministry Department (CFM) of Wheaton College exists. Our mission is to facilitate the development of academically grounded, spiritually maturing, and practically skilled leaders who minister the Gospel and build up God's people in a constantly changing world. We seek to nurture wisdom and compassion in students who are becoming…
Academically grounded in that they:
Articulate a biblical, theological, historical, and philosophical perspective of formation and ministry.
Identify a theoretical framework for ministry context analysis.
Demonstrate an understanding of the educational, spiritual, and ministry practices by which people mature in Christ.
Spiritually maturing in that they:
Demonstrate a life of discipleship and spiritual growth as the foundation of effective ministry.
Identify one's gifts and calling, responding to areas of strength and challenge in preparation for serving the needs of the church and the world.
Respect every person, valuing the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and traditions within the church.
Practically skilled in that they:
Minister and teach effectively, integrating theory and scripture into creative practice with integrity, humility, and grace.
Serve collaboratively and compassionately, balancing the needs of others with adequate self-care.
Demonstrate the necessary skills of a ministry practitioner/scholar: critical analysis; oral communication; written communication; program evaluation.
Undergraduates in the CFM Department earn a major in Christian Education and Ministry. This is a liberal arts program that emphasizes biblical, theological, historical, and social science foundations integrated with traditional and contemporary philosophies and practices of ministry and spiritual formation. Students are encouraged to mature in their personal walk with Christ and to develop patterns of deep personal integrity and reflection upon their experiences to prepare them for ministry. An internship is required. Internship applicants must exhibit the presence of essential ministry skills and dispositions, as well as demonstrate a commitment to growth in Christian virtues.
The Christian Education and Ministry major meets the undergraduate requirements for seminary study suggested by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). Students contemplating graduate studies should consult with the institution in which they are interested to be informed of any particular undergraduate courses needed. Students interested in an accelerated curriculum leading to the completion of a master’s along with their bachelor’s degree in only five years should consult with their advisors regarding the prerequisites for the Wheaton graduate program.
Requirements for the major are 36 hours, including a core of 32 hours plus 4 hours of electives. The required core of 32 hours includes:
Foundations of Ministry (2)
Third World Issues (2)
Transforming Poverty in the Majority World (2)
Christian Formation Forum (0)
Christian Spiritual Practices (2)
Transformational Education (4)
Teaching the Bible (4)
Human Development and Ministry (4)
Spiritual Theology (4)
History and Philosophy of Christian Education (4)
Senior Seminar (2)
Internship Seminar (2)
Requirements for a Christian Education and Ministry minor are 20 hours, includingor or , , , , and or .
Students may earn a certificate (available for CE and non-CE majors) in Christian Spirituality. This program is offered in conjunction with the Biblical and Theological Studies Department and is intended to provide training which is both academically challenging and spiritually renewing. Christian spirituality is an academic field that requires an interdisciplinary approach as we examine the lived experience of the Christian faith. Students in this program will become acquainted with biblical and theological foundations, historical foundations and Christian spiritual practices.
Requirements for the Certificate in Christian Spirituality are 24 hours in CE and BITH courses. Students take the required course(s) so designated in each foundational area (14 hours) and then take an additional 10 hours from any of the listed courses.
Biblical and Theological Foundations
Spiritual Theology: Knowing & Experiencing God (required)
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Worship & Spirituality
Doctrine of Salvation
Classics of Christian Devotion: Hungering for God (required)
Ancient Art of Lectio Divina
Origins of Christian Worship
Christian Spiritual Practices
Christian Spiritual Practices (required)
Spiritual Guidance and Discernment
Bible and Ministry
Students who complete the certificate in Christian Spirituality may choose to complete a major in Christian Education and Ministry or any other undergraduate major. Students choosing to add the Christian Education and Ministry major to this certificate must complete the following 18 hours to fulfill the requirements for the major:or , , , , , , , and .
The purpose of the Youth Ministry Certificate is to equip and empower college students for leadership in disciple-making youth ministry. This certificate involves 24 hours of course work in the Christian Formation and Ministry Department.
Courses required for completion of this certificate include:
Interpersonal Communication (4)
Teaching the Bible (4)
Human Development and Ministry (4)
Foundations of Youth Ministry (4)
CE 337 Compassion and Crisis Ministry: Responding to Trauma and Suffering (2)
Leadership in Christian Ministry (2)
Internship Seminar (2)
Students who complete the certificate in youth ministry may choose to complete a major in Christian Education and Ministry or any other undergraduate major. Students choosing to add the Christian Education and Ministry major to this certificate must complete the following 18 hours to fulfill the requirements for the major: CE 219, , , , , and .,
The purpose of the Adventure Ministry Leadership Certificate is to equip and empower college students for leadership in adventure challenge ministry. This certificate involves 24 hours of course work in the Christian Formation and Ministry Department, 12 of which are taken during one summer semester at, Wheaton’s Northwoods campus.
Equipping and empowering for leadership must involve practice. As a result, students will have direct responsibility and interaction with campers in a variety of adventure challenge programs during the summer at HoneyRock.
Courses required for completion of this certificate include:
Foundations of Ministry (2)
Teaching the Bible (4)
Human Development and Ministry (4)
Camp Ministry (4)
Leadership Development for Ministry (4)
Adventure Challenge Ministry (4)
Students who complete the certificate in Adventure Ministry Leadership may choose to complete a major in Christian Education and Ministry or any other undergraduate major. Students choosing to add the Christian Education and Ministry major to this certificate must complete the following 18 hours to fulfill the requirements for the major: CE 219, , , , , and .,
Visit Adventure Ministry Leadership Certificate website at HoneyRock.
Wheaton Passage is designed to introduce incoming freshmen and transfer students to spiritual formation and to ignite the Wheaton College experience for them. Students will experience eight to eighteen days--depending on the chosen track--filled with adventure, challenge, and new friendships. They will also be part of a mentoring relationship with Wheaton College faculty from various academic departments while enjoying the beautiful setting of HoneyRock, Wheaton's Northwoods campus.
Students choose either the wilderness track (a 12-day wilderness trip), the urban track (7 days living and doing ministry in downtown Chicago) or the camp track (3 days at HoneyRock utilizing team building and challenge courses.) All tracks culminate with 5 days at HoneyRock during which time a faculty member will join each of the established small groups and lead them through a curriculum based on the themes of foundations of a worldview, community, spiritual formation, and service.
In addition to the program at HoneyRock, students will gather for two sessions over the fall semester with their faculty member. This time is designed to help students transfer their learning into the context of life at Wheaton. Faculty members will help students process through transitional issues that often arise during the first semester. Through this experience, students earn 2 hours of elective academic credit (CE 131).
The Authority, Action, Ethics: Global Learning Program (AAE) is a deep analysis of the fundamental stories (authority), practices (action), and systems of evaluation (ethics), implicit in leadership around the world, including 'ministry' leadership and service learning. This program consists of two courses which will provide an introduction to a specific international context which will be the focus of that particular year's study. The courses will explore the underlying themes of the narratives that shape individuals and cultures in that context, the practices found within the outworking of those narratives (be they religious, political, ethnic, economic, cultural, sociological, anthropological, theological, etc.) and supportive challenge in the exploration of how we evaluate global situations and experiences. These themes will then be further developed as students explore major differences between cultural systems while building attitudes and skills necessary for effective intercultural ministry. A program trip to the particular country in focus, in May, will offer contextualized experiences and debriefing for the theory explored in the classroom. Application and acceptance into this program is required, and there will be additional fees required for the second course.
This program will not result in a degree, major, minor, or certificate. It is solely an elective program. Two courses would be required for participation in the program.
CE 351 Intercultural Studies I: Authority, Action, Ethics - Theory (2)
CE 352 Intercultural Studies II: Authority, Action, Ethics - Praxis (2)
CE 111. Foundations of Ministry. This course provides a foundation for the work of ministry through an introduction to evangelism and discipleship. Through an overview of the ministry of Jesus, students will learn the basic principles involved in the kingdom work of presenting the Gospel and making disciples in an ever changing world. (2)
CE 131. Introduction to Spiritual Formation. Provides for the self-evaluation of personal faith and character and opportunities for expressing a greater commitment to life in Christ. Students choose one of three tracks-- wilderness expedition, urban track, or camp experience--which is combined with reading assignments, Scripture studies, and group discussions. Open to incoming students accepted to the Wheaton Passage wilderness, urban, or camp programs at held prior to fall semester. (2)
CE 219. Christian Formation Forum. Each semester, the CFM department will offer a forum on a topic related to the discipline. The focus of these forums will be to expose students to key issues in the field and to foster interdisciplinary discussion. Students majoring in CE will be required to attend 4 of these forums before graduation. Graded pass/fail (0)
CE 221. Christian Spiritual Practices. An introduction to Christian Spiritual Formation as the integration of theological understanding, faith, and spiritual practice. This laboratory course in spiritual formation explores the relational, spiritual and missional practices of the Christian spiritual life—Christian formation in community and service to the world (e.g., corporate worship, spiritual friendship, spiritual direction, small group accountability, hospitality, evangelism, compassion, social justice, creation-care). Students will study, practice, and theologically reflect on these as biblical, historical, and psychological perspectives are brought to bear on the experience of class members individually and in the context of congregational leadership. (2)
CE 222. Transformational Education. Considers historical educational theory and processes as well as current learning theory in light of the biblical genres. Includes various teaching methods and introductory curriculum development.
CE 231. Evangelism. Provides an overview of the Gospel, Great Commission, and Great Commandment. Emphasis is given to surveying the tools needed for the task of world evangelism with emphasis on personal preparation for one-to-one evangelism within a variety of contexts. (2)
CE 232. Spiritual Guidance and Discernment. This course is designed as a practicum experience in Christian spiritual guidance and discernment. Out-of-class attention will be given to a protestant interaction with the spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola and the experience of meeting with a spiritual guide or listener. In-class lectures will entail seminar format discussion and debriefing of class readings and practices as they pertain to guidance and discernment. (2)
CE 321. Teaching the Bible. Designed to acquaint students, through both theory and practice, with the principles of effective biblical instruction. Methods of interpretation and literary aspects of the Bible are emphasized. Prerequisite: CE 222
CE 322. Human Development and Ministry. Explores the application of human development and other social science theory and research to Christian Education. Spiritual development through the lifespan is highlighted, as well as the importance of understanding social context and organizational dynamics for effective ministry.
CE 333. Student Care in College Ministry. An introduction to the basic concepts and skills involved in the student care aspect of residence life ministry at Wheaton, including a brief overview of historic and biblical foundations for caring ministry, categories of student struggle most commonly experienced in college residence life ministry, rudimentary person-to-person helping skills, and small group supervision. This course is limited to residence assistants. (2)
CE 335. Foundations of Youth Ministry. Introduces students to biblical foundations, developmental and socio-cultural theories and research, historical and contemporary practice, and philosophy of youth ministry.
CE 336. Care and Counsel in Youth Ministry. An introduction to theory and practice integrating historic pastoral care and contemporary mental health care for the care and counsel of adolescents in youth ministry contexts. This course is designed to enable those in youth ministry to help adolescents and their parents understand and deal with contemporary issues--e.g., divorce, grief, suicide, conflict, etc. (2)
CE 337. Compassion and Crisis Ministry: Responding to Trauma and Suffering. Introduction to the basic concepts and skills involved in ministry responses to trauma and suffering. Course content will include an overview of the historic ministry of soul care, biblical foundations for crisis ministry, major categories of human suffering and trauma across cultures and contexts, and rudimentary compassion and crisis ministry skills. (2)
CE 341. Spiritual Theology: Knowing & Experiencing God. Spiritual theology is the practical, experiential exploration into the major themes of Christian theology. It is concerned with both how we think about God and how we live our lives with God and others. Therefore, this course seeks to integrate the principles and practices of doctrine and life. Special attention will be placed upon our experience of God and how we can reflect upon those experiences to deepen our knowledge and love of God and our neighbor.
CE 342. Classics of Christian Devotion: Hungering for God. This course traces some of the dominant themes of Christian spirituality. Through biblical, theological, and historical study we will examine how various individuals and movements have experienced and sought to nurture their relationship with the Triune God. Additionally we will explore the importance of who “writes” history and the resulting impact upon the development of our study of it. Particular attention is paid to developing the skills of discernment for reading primary sources.
CE 343. Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. This class will introduce an ancient form of biblical prayer, lectio divina, and will examine its historical roots and the theological presuppositions of this practice. (2)
CE 344 Origins of Christian Worship. This course examines the first six hundred years of Christian worship through an examination of the primary worship texts and significant leaders of both the Eastern and Western church. Special attention will be devoted to the implications of ancient worship for the contemporary church. (2 or 4)
CE 345. Worship and Spirituality. This course introduces students to the dynamic and formative power of worship. The central question “what happens when people worship God?” will be examined from a number of different angles. Further, we will explore how Christian formation through worship shapes our experience of God and how thoughtful and biblically planned worship can increase that experience.
CE 351. Intercultural Studies I: AAE-Theory. Theory is a deep analysis of the fundamental stories (authority), practices (action), and systems of evaluation (ethics), which are always implicit in any case of leadership around the world, including 'ministry' leadership and service learning. This course will provide an introduction to a specific international context and the underlying themes of the narratives that shape individuals and cultures, the practices found within the outworking of those narratives (be they religious, political, ethnic, economic, cultural, sociological, anthropological, theological, etc.) and supportive challenge in the exploration of how we evaluate global situations and experiences. Application and acceptance into this program is required. (2)
CE 352. Intercultural Studies II: AAE-Praxis. Praxis builds upon the corequisite work completed in Intercultural Studies I. The fundamental stories (authority), practices (action), and systems of evaluation (ethics) implicit in leadership around the world are further developed as students explore major differences between cultural systems while building attitudes and skills necessary for effective intercultural ministry. A program trip to the context in study, in May, offers contextualized experiences and debriefing for the theory explored in the classroom. Additional fees required. (2)
CE 412. Ministry Practicum. This is an experience-based course designed to provide students an opportunity to implement leadership concepts and theories and develop their own leadership qualities through direct experience and team development. Graded: pass/fail (2)
CE 421. History and Philosophy of Christian Education. Integrates various academic disciplines into a logical philosophy of ministry by studying major foundational concepts and issues of Christian Education.
CE 422. Curriculum and Instruction. Studies curriculum theory, development, and evaluation as they relate to one's philosophy of ministry. Attention is also given to instructional design based upon principles of human learning and development. Prerequisite: .
CE 452. Camp Ministry. Provides a study of and involvement in the use of a camping environment for the growth and development of people. Special attention is given to program philosophy and principles for designing, conducting, and evaluating an effective camp ministry for young people. Offered at . (2 or 4)
CE 453. Leadership Development for Ministry. Provides direct leadership experience to promote reflection and evaluation of one’s own leadership abilities with the goal of developing those qualities for future application. Biblical principles of leading others in a ministry context will be integrated with thinking and practice. Offered at . (2 or 4)
CE 459. Advanced Study in Christian Education. Provides small group study of special areas of interest in Christian Education. Topics will vary from term to term. Prerequisite: junior/senior standing or permission of instructor. (2 or 4)
CE 461. Leadership in Christian Ministry. Involves a study of organizational structures and administrative procedures which are useful in Christian Education programs. Emphasis will be given to the management of resources such as time, personnel, and information. (2)
CE 462. Ministry Research and Evaluation. Explores methods of research and evaluation in ministry contexts, including needs analysis, purpose statements and research goals, data collection/ongoing assessment, and analysis of results. Attention will be given to reading and writing research reports, as well as application of existing research to ministry contexts. (2)
CE 472. Adventure Challenge Ministry. Explores the theory of experiential education and its ministry applications through the medium of engaging adventure challenge experiences. Includes the role of facilitative leadership, group and individual problem solving, and disciplined reflection in promoting Christian maturity in others. Offered at
CE 494. Senior Seminar. Provides students an exploration of issues which help them to integrate the totality of their college experiences, thus providing a sense of cohesion to their Christian faith and closure to their undergraduate education. Considered a senior capstone course. Senior status required. (2)
CE 496. Internship. Provides practical experience under supervision in a setting appropriate to the student's major interests. Prerequisites: junior standing and a minimum of 16 hours completed in Christian Education including background courses appropriate to the internship setting. Graded pass/fail. (0)
CE 497. Internship Seminar. Provides student debriefing on their internship experiences from several perspectives while making preparations for post-graduation plans. ( is a prerequisite, but with approval from the Internship Coordinator, a concurrent enrollment is allowed.) Graded pass/fail. (2)
Revision Date: June 1, 2015
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