Educational Ministries: Camp Ministries Track

Bible & Ministry Department


The Emmaus Camping Ministries program is designed to prepare graduates to effectively serve in a Christian camping and retreat-based ministry setting through temporary community, experiential learning and outdoor-based ministry. The Camp Ministries program works in partnership with the Leadership, Training, and Development (LTD) program at Forest Springs Camp and Conference Center (CFS) in Westboro, WI. In addition to studying at Emmaus, students spend their senior year immersed in a professional Christian Camping environment while earning academic credit to fulfill their degree requirements.

Bachelor of Science
Time to Complete
4 Years
Program Director
Jeffrey Riley
Program Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting the Bible & Theology outcomes the student will acquire proficiency in the following:

  1. MODEL: Consistent modeling of Gospel transformation through personal devotion, obedience and life-style reflecting Kingdom living.
  2. EQUIP: Equip students for ministry in various contexts to different demographics and culture groups.
  3. CONTEXTUALIZE: The integration of a sound understanding of Bible and Theology in ministry to effectively reach a target audience within their specific context.
  4. NURTURE: Exercising care in nurturing faith ownership and service through evangelism and discipleship by intentional relationships and informed pastoral counseling.
  5. CONSTRUCT: Creating ministry (Christian Education) opportunities, programs and activities that promote faith development and spiritual formation in others.
  6. LEAD: Influencing and empowering others through servant leadership to encourage Christ-likeness and mobilization for ministry.
Program Admission
  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  2. Declare intent to pursue a major in Educational Ministries: Camp Ministries Track.
  3. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Camp Ministries program. The application procedure includes completion of a formal application and various references.
  4. Attend CFS LTD program orientation weekend during the fall semester of the sophomore or junior year.
  5. Satisfactorily complete the Christian Camping summer Practicum before beginning the LTD program.
  6. During the fall semester of the junior year, make application for acceptance into the Forest Springs Camp and Conference Center LTD program.
  7. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.
Program Requirements
  1. 1. Complete a minimum of 132.5 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 60 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
Bible/Theology (39.5 credits)
  • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
  • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
  • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
  • Biblical Discipleship (BT 115)
  • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
  • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
  • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
  • God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
  • Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
  • Church and Final Things (BT 331)
  • Theology Seminar (BT 462)
  • Biblical and Practical Theology of Transformation (BT 352)
  • Praxis of Interpretation (BT 320)
  • Servant Leader Training Seminar (CCS 115)
  • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Chapel (CCS 110)
Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
  • Missions and Evangelism (ICS 104)
Educational Ministries (19 credits)
  • Educational Ministries 1 (EM 106)
  • Educational Ministries 2 (EM 206)
  • Educational Ministries Freshman Field Studies (EM 140)
  • Technology in Ministry (EM 231)
  • Educational Ministries Sophomore Field Studies (EM 240)
  • Small Group Ministry (EM 320)
  • Teaching Bible* (EM 321)
  • Teaching Bible Experiential Learning Lab (EM 324)
  • Educational Ministries Junior Field Studies (EM 340)
  • Ministry Leadership (EM 350)
  • Educational Programming in Ministry (EM 410)
Camp Ministries (33 credits)
  • Introduction to Camp Ministries (CMP 101)
  • Camp Ministries Field Studies (CMP 201)
  • Camp Management (CMP 300)*
  • Camp Maintenance (CMP 310)*
  • Promotion and Public Relations (CMP 320)*
  • Food Service Management (CMP 330)*
  • Camp Counseling (CMP 340)*
  • Camp Organization (CMP 341)*
  • Camp Administration (CMP 342)*
  • Camp Programming (CMP 350)*
  • Camp Teaching (CMP 360)*
  • Camp Safety/Risk Management (CMP 370)*
  • Camp Ministries Seminar (CMP 490)

*LTD courses at Forest Springs Camp and Conference Center

General Studies (38 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
  • Counseling Foundations (COU 121)
  • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
  • English Composition (ENG 101)
  • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
  • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
  • Senior Seminar (FND 410)
  • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 or 2 (HIS 235/236)
  • Christian Life and Worldview* (HUM 111)
  • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
  • Apologetics (PHI 350) or Christian Evidences (PHI 267)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
  • Introduction to Human Biology and Lab (SCI 241/242) or Introduction to Earth Science and Lab (SCI 230/231)
  • Marriage and Family Life (SOC 109)
I will forever treasure my time in the Educational Ministries Department. Classes were filled with practical discussions and encouragement from professors and classmates alike, as we drew closer to our creator and discovered what he had for each of us. Through my internship as a Camp Ministry major, I gained yet another powerful community while engaging in hands on training that has prepared me for the ministry God has called me into, inside and outside of the church. I am beyond thankful for the Emmaus community and the education I received there and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Sarah Jenkins
Sarah Jenkins, Emmaus Camp Ministries graduate

Program Planner

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