Associate of Arts in Ministry Studies

Program Description

The Associate of Arts in Ministry Studies (AAMS) degree is designed to lay a biblical and academic foundation in preparation for further study at St. Louis Christian College. The AAMS consists of the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry program but may be taken independently. Typically the AAMS student has taken little or no previous college work and is interested in a program that offers an attractive balance between courses in General Education, Biblical Studies, and Practical Ministry preparation. Prospective students are encouraged to consult the online SLCC Catalog for detailed information regarding academic programs, institutional mission and profile, financial information, and other matters related to student success.

Program Objectives

  • Given instruction in general studies, the student will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, think critically, and appreciate the independent value of knowledge.
  • Given an overview of Biblical teaching, the student will be able to explain basic doctrines of the Christian faith.
  • Given instruction in principles of Biblical hermeneutics, the student will demonstrate the ability to interpret the Bible.
  • Given the Biblical mandate of the Church’s ministry of discipling, the student will demonstrate the ability to share the gospel message with others.
  • Given the necessity of deriving life-management principles from Biblical study, the student will be able to apply Scripture to life and ministry.

General Information

Students who desire to maximize their progress should take courses in the recommended sequence. However, the precise order in which they take courses may be determined to some extent by previous college work transferred to SLCC or other factors. Most courses are available at most enrollment periods. Students must be advised by the Director of Online Programs, Kent Sanders, before registering for any enrollment period. You may contact Professor Sanders by email at, or by phone at 314-837-6777 x 1516.

Sessions start in January and July. Students may initiate their online coursework at the beginning of any of six enrollment periods (Modules) per year.

*Students are required to participate in PFE 104 Ministry Formation (Compass) throughout the entirety of their studies at SLCC. This is non-credit course that is Pass/Fail. They must also have good academic standing in Compass in order to graduate.

ACE – General Education courses listed as ACE have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service. The ACE Transcript Service offers a lifelong record for students who have successfully completed these courses. The service enables students to present a nationally recognized transcript to the college or university of their choice for the potential award of academic credit. A $50 fee is applied to ACE course costs.

Embedded Materials – Some courses include all required texts and other course materials with the online syllabus. A $50 fee is applied to courses, but there are no additional costs for textbooks.