HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER.
Bachelor’s in Christian Thought and Practice
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Thought and Practice is a formational journey of faithful citizenship in the Kingdom embodied in vocational excellence for the life of the world. In this program, students will be matched with a mentor team who will guide the student through their studies.
Like graduate-level Kairos programs, the BA enables students the flexibility to customize their program based on their context and vocational goals. Students may complete their program through a variety of ways (online courses, on-site courses, directed studies) and do so while continuing to be engaged in their ministry/vocational context.
While Kairos emphasizes the integration of all aspects of life, the bachelor’s program is distinctive in that:
- half of the program is focused on developing patterns of thinking (biblical/theological/historical/contextual/etc.), embodying ways of being in the world (formation, discipleship, kingdom citizenship, etc.), and demonstrating basic skills for analyzing (critical thinking, information literacy, etc.) and communicating with the world (writing, speaking, social media, etc.).
- half of the program is focused on developing vocational excellence and theological reflection on that vocation
Completing the program, students will:
1) Recognize existing strengths, skills, and personality traits and how, holistically, these should be utilized while exploring opportunities in various academic and professional pursuits.
2) Learn the underlying skills that will enable them to become more familiar with the process of conducting research, analyzing the source and uses of information, communicating effectively, and practicing theology.
3) Declare a context for vocational preparation and theological study after working with academic advisors, peer mentors, and faculty members, as well as exploring various courses and opportunities.
4) Learn the importance of self-advocacy regarding academic plans of study, communication, vocation, and financial planning.
5) Develop and refine their vocational skills through various pathways, including field education, coursework, and enhanced self-awareness.
6) Develop skill for autonomous learning, critical thinking and reading, goal setting, problem solving and time management.
7) Demonstrate emotional intelligence in organizational settings, the ability to work with diverse groups of people in a cooperative fashion, and an awareness and understanding of cultures other than their own.
8) Discern, develop, and complete projects for professional applications used in real world environments that are relevant to their declared vocation.
9) Discern and apply ethical and theological responsibilities associated with developing effective, working relationships in scholarly or professional environments.
10) Exhibit learning-based initiative with course assignments and project management, individually and in groups.
11) Interpret complex, nuanced texts and respond to them reflectively and critically.
12) Think for themselves, and appreciate the value of having a perspective that goes beyond the sciences and career pursuits.