Behavioral Ministry

Program Description:

The Behavioral Ministry degree is designed to equip students for relational, psychological, and social service areas of ministry and public practice. This degree provides graduates with the education and experience needed to pursue a graduate degree in counseling, psychology, or social work in preparation towards professional licensure and practice. The course material in this field of study trains students to enhance Christian ministry in the local church and in parachurch organizations in the areas of outreach, pastoral ministry, mental health and social services, and more.

Career Opportunities:

  • Juvenile Justice and Adult Corrections
  • Residential Treatment (or other) Facilities
  • Mental Health Hospitals
  • Social Services
  • Church-related lay counseling
  • Non-profit careers focused on mental health, substance abuse, anger management, etc.

What you study:

  • Relational Psychology
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Personality Theories
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods/Psych Stats

Objectives for Graduates:

Students will become equipped “people helpers” using biblical and psychology principles in order to:

  • Develop a therapeutic understanding enabling interpretation and dialogue with ministry leaders and other professionals about psychological terms, descriptions, and resources for treatment.
  • Assist others through religious organizations, parachurch organizations, and/or public agencies in an understanding of self, relationships with others, and healthy aspects of their community.


At St. Louis Christian College we are proactive about helping our students meet church leaders, business leaders and alumni who serve the Lord Jesus in various capacities. Through our Connect initiative, we introduce our students to leaders in a third of their courses by providing face-to-face encounters that will enable students to make connections that may last a lifetime!

We all know that finding a job can sometimes boil down to who you know. Connect kick-starts the process by helping students accelerate the networking process. By building connections in college, students are given the opportunity to meet future people resources, and perhaps even co-workers and future employers. It also assists students when considering future mentors and internship locations. Ultimately, Connect helps a student position him/herself for the next phase of life after college.