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 Camp Forest Springs (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.

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Majors: Educational Ministries: Camp Ministries Track, Bible/Theology
Program Director: Jeffrey D. 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 Camp Forest Springs 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. Complete a minimum of 133 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 (42 credits)
    • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
    • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
    • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
    • Christian Life and Worldview (BT 111)
    • Biblical Discipleship (BT 116)
    • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
    • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
    • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
    • Theology: God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
    • Theology: Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
    • Theology: The Church and Final Things (BT 331)
    • Theology Seminar (BT 462)
    • Biblical Theology Elective
    • Bible Book Study Elective
    • Chapel (CCS 110)
  • 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)
  • Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
    • Missions and Evangelism 1* (ICS 104)
  • 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)
  • General Studies (36 credits)
    • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
    • 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 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
    • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
    • Apologetics (PHI 350)
    • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 111)
    • Introduction to Human Biology and Lab (SCI 241/242)
    • Marriage and Family Life (SOC 109)

*meets Bible-Related requirement
LTD courses at Camp Forest Springs

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