Center for Advanced Ministry Training

Undergraduate Program (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

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Rho II Class (Fall 2014)

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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.

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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 grew up in Tennessee. He looks forward to using the knowledge he gains in the CAMT program to do campus ministry and foreign missions.
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.
Clint Peyton 1.jpgClint Peyton says, "I am truly blessed to be a part of this program. I am encouraged daily to love more and serve more. I am excited to see how God will use me in the future. However, I do realize that God is revealing so many beautiful things to me now. God is so good!"
 Dave Schmitt 1.jpgDave Schmitt came from Colorado. He plans to pursue a master's degree while serving in an internship after the CAMT program followed by foreign missions wherever God opens the door.
 Matthew Tracy 1.jpgMatthew Tracy, from Texas, has a passion for foreign missions. He hopes to use his education working outside of the United States.

Pi II Class (Fall 2013)

 

Brittany Beckloff is from Oklahoma. She plans to be a Christian counselor.

Ray Chen, a student from China, plans to return and minister there.
Pedro Mauco is a native of Venezuela. His passion is preaching, and he dreams of God using him in building up the kingdom.
Roger Pearson, an Arkansan, looks forward to being obedient and teaching the love of Christ.
Bruce Reeves is an Arkansas native. He is currently preaching in Conway and desires to complete the Bachelor of Ministry Degree in order to enrich his knowledge.
Malinda Wheeler 1.jpgMalinda Wheeler plans on being a family counselor and working alongside her husband, Ray, in ministry.
Amy Zhang, a native of China, hopes that if it is the Lord's will after graduation, she will go to a foreign mission field and spread the gospel.

Omicron II Class (Fall 2012)

Omicron 2 Group

William Cassell,from Liberia, wants to set up a mobile medical ministry, partnered with gospel teaching, both of which are greatly needed in his country.

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, an Arkansan, is focusing his preparation and training for work in full-time ministry as a preacher and teacher.

Ray Wheeler

Ray Wheeler came from Minnesota. He has experience as a missionary and is being equipped for service in the Lord's kingdom.

Gadfly Zhong

Gadfly Zhong, from China, dreams of returning to her native country trained as a teacher, translator, interpreter, or in whatever capacity the Lord wants her to serve.

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 and is a member of the North Central Association.

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.