Students living on campus who are ministry majors may be able to receive 50% off tuition, including all federal, state, and SAGU scholarships and grants. For eligibility, students must 1) be seeking a ministry-related bachelor’s degree, 2) be enrolled full time and live on campus, and 3) complete a FAFSA at Click for More Info


Bachelor’s Degree in Church Leadership

As a church leadership major at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, you’ll have the opportunity to specialize in one of nine concentrations, including church planting, church revitalization, compassion leadership, pastoral leadership, spiritual formation, worship ministry, and youth and student ministry, children and family ministries, and media ministry. Prepare yourself for God’s calling in your life and ministry. Join the #1 ranked university in Texas for best theology and religious degrees.

Why Get a Church Leadership Degree at SAGU?

Real-World Experience and Resources

As a SAGU Lion, you’ll be part of a program that provides an in-depth exploration of Biblical, practical theology and best practices to equip you for leadership in various ministry settings. With nine specializations, our program allows you to tailor your studies to meet your ministry goals. You will learn to plan and lead in various ministry settings as part of your training. You’ll be given many opportunities to practically use your skills and even be able to choose multiple internships, which will provide you with numerous opportunities to learn from experienced pastors and ministry leaders. Start your journey towards effective church leadership by exploring our program today.

The SAGU Difference

Prepare for vocational ministry as part of the Spirit-filled community at SAGU. The Bible will be your core foundation both in your daily devotions and coursework. Have access to the resources you need to grow your faith and build your leadership skills, from chapel to mission trips to dorm pastors and mentors. Our Christian faculty will walk alongside you as they teach you how to apply God’s word in your life. In this environment, you’ll learn to thrive as a servant leader and chase after God’s calling on your life.

Affordability & Value

We believe excellent preparation for becoming a pastor or ministry leader should be accessible. SAGU strives to keep its tuition affordable. Did you know that SAGU was top-ranked in Texas for Best Value College for Specialized Ministry? As a SAGU Lion, you can access many financial aid options. If you are an on-campus, full-time student majoring in church leadership, you may be eligible to receive 50% off tuition. Learn more about this amazing ministry degree guarantee.

Exemplary Online Program

As an online student, you can take SAGU’s Bachelor’s Degree in Church Leadership and get the same rigorous, Biblically-based education in a flexible format that works for you. Our faculty are experts in online learning, and they’ll ensure you stay on track to graduate. Network with classmates from across the country as part of our online community and access helpful online resources from SAGU.

Our online program allows you to graduate faster. ranked SAGU as one of the fastest online bachelor’s degrees in the nation. We offer two seven-week sessions within a traditional semester. You can also take online courses in the summer to progress toward degree completion throughout the year.

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What You’ll Learn in the Church Leadership Degree Program

You’ll receive a solid foundation in Biblical studies and practical ministry in the church leadership curriculum.

General Education Studies

You’ll complete 55 hours of general education studies for a well-rounded college education. These courses will give you the speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills to communicate and solve problems in your future vocation.

You’ll also take 18 hours of Biblical Studies courses. Classes include:

  • Introduction to Theology and Apologetics
  • Authentic Christianity
  • Introduction to Biblical Literature
  • The Church in Ministry and Mission

Major Studies

Develop your educational and leadership skills with your coursework as a church leadership major. You’ll take:

  • Church Resource Management
  • Biblical Preaching
  • Leadership Internships
  • Pastoral Leadership

View the SAGU Catalog for course descriptions


Careers and Outcomes for Church Leadership Graduates

With a Church Leadership Degree, you will be ready for many ministry opportunities/careers that require leadership training. You can serve in the marketplace, churches, outreach ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

Your church leadership degree prepares you for career possibilities that include:

  • Children, family or youth pastor
  • Church planter
  • Community outreach leader
  • Evangelist
  • Foreign or domestic missionary
  • Program manager at a non-profit
  • Program director
  • Senior or lead pastor
  • Volunteer engagement director
  • Discipleship pastor
  • Media director
  • Worship minister

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Strengthen Your Faith and Biblical Knowledge through SAGU’s Bachelor’s Degree in Church Leadership

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