Center for Advanced Ministry Training

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Ministry (BMIN)

If you are interested in an intensive 128-hour degree program designed to equip mature men to teach, minister, work in missions and preach, please continue reading. We also have a program designed especially for women.

CAMT grants up to 12 full-tuition scholarships each year for students accepted into the Bachelor of Ministry Degree program. The program is designed to be accelerated - most students can complete the course work and training in 2 or 3 years.

Minimum Requirements for Admission into the CAMT program

Elements of the CAMT program:

  • 128-hour bachelor degree
  • In-residence only
  • Full-tuition scholarships available
  • Students are responsible for living expenses, university fees, and books
  • Up to 40 hours of transferable Bible credits from other institutions

Prospective students must:

  • be at least 24 years of age.
  • have demonstrated a heart for ministry
  • have solid religious and character references
  • be admitted to Harding University
  • be a faithful member of the church of Christ

Our Students

Bachelor of Ministry Students

 

 

Sigma II Class (Fall 2015)

 

 Xavier Alvarez is from Lubbock, Texas.  He came to our program to strengthen his relationship with God and to show love to those God brings along his path.  Desiring to work with juvenile delinquents, he plans to become a counselor after receiving his ministry degree.

 
Louis Bassay is from Cameroon.  He has preached full time for 15 years while also serving as a translator/interpreter in French and English.  Prior to coming to CAMT, he served as a national youth coordinator for 10 years.  Upon graduation, he plans to become qualified as a marriage counselor and do mission work in his country.
 Tim Conrad was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  Since he was young, he has always wanted to preach or teach in some capacity.  After graduating, his long-term goals include working with the church, continuing with his graduate work in ministry, and eventually teaching at the university level.
 Stephen Goode and his wife, Denise, are from Texas.  After a career in hospital management and a second career as a high school science teacher, Stephen desires to go into full-time ministry, focusing on seniors and benevolence ministry.
 Derek King, along with his wife Jennifer, has ministered for more than 20 years in Arizona, Arkansas, California, and British Columbia, Canada.  He has come to the CAMT for increased effectiveness in kingdom work.  After his training, he plans to return to British Columbia to train others and plant new churches.
 Jason Lankford is from Owensboro, Kentucky, but is currently preaching for a congregation in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  He hopes to graduate with a degree in Bible and ministry, using the knowledge and skills gained to more effectively serve the Lord through the church.
 Gepher Lopina is from the Philippines where he began Hope for Tomorrow Ministry with his wife, Andrea.  After finishing his Bachelor of Ministry degree, he has a vision to return to the Philippines, working to establish new church plants, expand HFT with the churches, and serve orphaned children of his country.
 Rebeca Martinez is from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.  She is training in her ministry degree to work with the children's and youth ministry in her home congregation and is also interested in foreign missions to work for the Lord's kingdom.
 

Daniel Stewart was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He is a United States Marine Corps veteran.  His eventual goals include becoming a family life minister/counselor for a church.

Rho II Class (Fall 2015)

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Susan Berry is from Florida.  She has been moved by God to gain knowledge to be more effective in ministry wherever he leads.

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John Bryant is from Arkansas, and his desire is to be more fully equipped to serve as a preacher and teacher wherever the Lord may lead.

 

John Gunter is from Arkansas and has a passion for preaching.  He plans to serve the Lord by becoming a full-time minister.

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Kendal Hemphill is from Texas and looks forward to serving as a full-time minister wherever God chooses to send him.

Keith Johnson 1.jpgKeith Johnson was born and baptized in South Africa. He spent the last 29 years working with youth (13 years full-time). He plans to return to his native country to work with youth and plant churches.
John Mimms 1.jpgJohn Mimms is from Clarksville, Tennessee. He is interested in doing foreign mission work or church planting in the U.S. after his time at Harding.
Patrick O'Neal 1.jpgPatrick O'Neal and his family came from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He desires to complete this degree and, then, serve God's kingdom with his family by preaching and teaching somewhere within the United States.
 Dave Schmitt came from Colorado. He plans to serve in an internship after the CAMT program, followed by foreign missions wherever God opens the door.
 Matthew Tracy 1.jpgMatthew Tracy, a native of Lubbock, Texas, hopes to plant churches as a foreign missionary.

Pi II Class (Fall 2015) 

Brittany Beckloff is excited to receive her Bachelor of Ministry degree.  She plans to continue her education in psychology and become a Christian counselor.

Ray Chen, a student from China, plans to continue his education by completing a master's degree and Ph.D. in the future.
Pedro Mauco is a native of Venezuela. Passionate about life, his dream is to change the world, helping people to connect with God.
Bruce Reeves is an Arkansas native. He is currently preaching in Conway, Arkansas, and desires to complete the Bachelor of Ministry Degree in order to enrich his knowledge.
 Malinda Wheeler plans on being a family counselor and working alongside her husband, Ray, in ministry.
Amy Zhang, from North China, wishes to do ministry with receptive people wherever the Lord leads her after graduation.

Omicron II Class (Fall 2015)

Omicron 2 Group

William Cassell is from Liberia.  He desires to care for the body and soul by being involved in health ministry and finding an opportunity to speak God's word.

Jimmy Cooper

Jimmy Cooper, an Arkansas native, has a passion for ministry among the poor in the United States and wants to be trained to more effectively continue to serve in that area.

Mike Permenter

Mike Permenter wants to continue preaching and teaching while becoming more equipped for service in God's kingdom.

Application Procedure

Application to the BMIN program requires application to Harding University and application to CAMT. The BMIN administration will review the BMIN application only after the applicant has been admitted to Harding University. Returning Harding students will apply for university re-admission through the office of Student Life at 501-279-4332.

Apply online

 USA Applicants or International Applicants please follow the application instructions for either below.

USA Applicants

(International Applicants should follow the instructions on the INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT'S form.)

Application Forms

The steps of the BMIN screening process are below, along with the a list of forms required for application and admission to the BMIN program. 

Step 1:  Complete the online BMIN Application

Step 2:  Download and complete the following forms:

Each of the 4 reference forms should be sent to your references, and they should be sent directly to our office by those providing your references. Also, send the completed Health Record to our office.

Step 3: Review the following:

Please be aware of the following:

  • You are required to send a current photo by email or by mail to our office.
  • You are required to send a $40 check, which will serve as your consent to a security background check. Please mail to the CAMT office.
  • SAT/ACT scores may be requested by Harding Admissions.

If chosen as a potential candidate for the program, you will be screened further with the following:

  • Grammar and Composition exam
  • Taylor/Johnson Temperament Analysis. A Consent Form must be signed permitting your scores to be released to the BMIN administrator.

Step 4:  Formal Interview

Step 5:  Decision on Acceptance by the CAMT Administration

 

Send your current photo, essay and health record by mail to the address or email below.
Have your references send your 4 reference forms by mail to the address or email below.
Also, send the $40 check for the background security check to the address below.

Mailing address:
Harding University
CAMT/Bachelor of Ministry Program
Box 12236
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

bmin@harding.edu

International Applicants

(Applicants from the US should follow the instructions of the US APPLICANT'S form)

Application Forms

The steps of the BMIN screening process are below, along with a list of forms required for application and admission to the BMIN program.

Step 1. Complete the online BMIN Application

Step 2. Download and complete the following forms

Each of the 4 reference forms should be sent to your references, and they should be sent directly to our office by those providing your references. Also, send the completed Health Record to our office.

Step 3:  Review the following:

Please be aware of the following:

You are required to send a current photo by email or by mail to our office.

If chosen as a potential candidate for the program, you will be screened further with the following:

  • Grammar and Composition exam
  • Taylor/Johnson Temperament Analysis. A Consent Form must be signed permitting your scores to be released to the BMIN administrator.

Step 4. Formal Interview

Step 5. Decision on Acceptance by the CAMT Administration

Send your current photo, essay and health record by mail to the address or email below.
Have your references send your 4 reference forms by mail to the address or email below.

Mailing address:
Harding University
CAMT/Bachelor of Ministry Program
Box 12236
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

bmin@harding.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

How many credit hours will a student complete to receive a Bachelor of Ministry Degree?

The BMIN degree is granted to those who successfully complete 128 hours of course work: 92-95 hours in Bible (Old Testament and New Testament), related ministry courses, Greek language, Bible history, and Bible research; and 33-36 hours of general education.

Am I able to transfer credits from other universities?

Up to 40 hours of Bible credits may be transferred from other institutions. A transfer student with an associate's or bachelor's degree may not need to take liberal arts courses, subject to approval by the Harding Registrar.

Is Harding University accredited?

Yes. Harding University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Do I have to live in Searcy, AR to be in the Bachelor of Ministry program?

This is an in-residence program. Some students may be allowed to commute within reasonable distance, but drive time cuts into study time.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship satisfies tuition costs for up to 128 hours, less the credit hours transferred to your transcript. Courses failed or repeated are not covered by the scholarship. The scholarship does not cover living expenses.

Can I work and go to school at the same time?

The Bachelor of Ministry program is intense, accelerated, and rigorous, so we limit students to 10 hours of work per week (not counting service to local churches by preaching or teaching). In rare cases, exceptions are made to this guideline. Therefore, it is imperative that students have secured financial support for living expenses before enrolling.

What academic standards must be maintained?

To remain in full status, a student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in the Bible courses, and a 2.0 in the liberal arts courses.

What is required for acceptance into the BMIN program?

First, one must apply to and be accepted to Harding University. Then, a formal BMIN application must be submitted, which includes a $40 application fee, transcripts of all prior college work, two character references, two religious references, a written essay, and completed health record. Next, a second level of testing is required, including a Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis, and a grammar test. Finally, a formal interview will take place, and a decision made regarding acceptance into the BMIN program.

See the Application Process section above to apply.

What is a provisional student?

All students are accepted on a provisional basis until they demonstrate they can manage the academic requirements, and contribute in a positive manner to our community of faith and learning. During the first semester, each new student will engage in a progress interview with the CAMT administration. Among the issues discussed are the student’s GPA, aptitude for ministry, and financial stability. After successful completion of 30 credit hours in BMIN, students may be moved to full acceptance status.

What if I have little or no college credit?

Preference is given to applicants having at least 30 hours of credit before applying. This demonstrates whether one can manage college-level work, and eliminates the need to take many of the general education (liberal arts) courses. Exceptions occur, and this will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Am I required to go on an international campaign?

No. Although, several international trips may be organized for students as part of a course.

How do I raise funds for living expenses?

Most of our students raise funds from family, friends, and churches who are willing to invest in the student and in potential the student exhibits for the cause of Christ.

If I’m not accepted, can I reapply later?

Yes.

If I’m accepted into CAMT, but no scholarships are available, may I pay my way while waiting to be granted a scholarship?

We have had students pay their own tuition in anticipation of receiving a scholarship. However, there is no guarantee that one accepted will be granted the scholarship in that scenario. Scholarships are granted on a semester-by-semester basis.

Why does a scholarship recipient have to be a member of the churches of Christ?

The donors who provide the gifts that enable Harding to offer these full-tuition scholarships do so with the intent that the recipients be faithful and active members of the churches of Christ. We honor the wishes of the donors in this matter.

Contact Us

Bachelor of Ministry is part of the College of Bible & Ministry

501-279-4290

bmin@harding.edu