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Division of Women's Studies



Women’s Division Philosophy
A Division of Women’s Studies is rare in Bible Colleges and Seminaries. When this is available, it usually consists of the currently offered B.A. and M.A. degree programs and a few electives courses for women in the curriculum. To view the Associate of Arts in Religious Studies for Women, Click Here.

The Atlantic Coast Division of Women’s Studies Model
Our belief is that a Division of Women’s Studies should be exactly what it is meant to be; an offering of Diploma and degree programs developed for women who are either currently involved in Christian Counseling, or in Pastoral Ministry, or desire to become academically prepared to enter these vital areas of ministry.

Acknowledging the complexity of busy family or professional schedules, and the myriad of other responsibilities confronting women in the 21st Century, Atlantic Coast designed degree programs that can be completed in an accelerated, affordable, online learning format in either the home or office. Studies are completed at the student’s own time and place. There are no deadlines for program completion.

Whatever your dreams and aspirations are in these areas of Christian ministry, the Atlantic Coast Division of Women’s Studies Diploma, B.A., and M.A. degrees displayed on this page are designed to fulfill your life’s ambition to be academically prepared.

Diploma thru M.A. Major Concentrations
Counseling Programs Senior Faculty

Bethann Holleran

MBA, Purdue University;
Ph.D. (c) in Biblical Counseling, Trinity Theological Seminary

Diploma in Biblically-Based Counseling
This Diploma is designed for women who want an accelerated, affordable program that will enable them to quickly develop skills in the vital areas of Christian Counseling and Biblical Knowledge.

The Diploma may be considered as the only academic credential and training for local church Counseling and Ministry. Or, it can be used as the prerequisite to begin the B.A. degree program. Contact the Admissions Counselor for details.

This Diploma is the ideal choice for women who desire a Women’s Counseling and Biblical Studies cross-training study program. It can deliver both knowledge and skill building with only a few months of study in the privacy of your home or office.

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BBC101 Biblically Based Women’s Counseling

BS101 Beatitudes

BBC102 Counseling the Depressed

BS102 Introduction to Biblical Studies

BBC103 Issues in Abortion Counseling

SF101 Spiritual Formation

BBC104 Experiencing Divine Power in Counseling

WBS101 Learning God’s Word


Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling
Major in Counseling Women   Fast Track Combined B.A. / M.A. Degrees
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WC401 Counseling with God’s Power
WC402 Counseling Women
WC403 Bible Based Women’s Counseling
WC404 Counseling for Depression
WC405 Family Counseling
WC406 Marriage Counseling
WC407 Abortion Counseling
WC408 Building a Counseling Relationship


Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
for Women in Ministry
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PM401 Introduction to Ministry
WM402 Gifted Leadership
WM403 New Doors in Ministry
PM404 Godly Based Ministry
PM405 Christ Focused Ministry
WM406 Experiencing God’s Power
WM407 Challenges in Ministry
PM408 Ministry of Prayer
Audio Lectures
Expository Preaching
Pastoral Mentoring
Performing Ministry Responsibilities


Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
Major in Counseling Women   Fast Track Combined M.A. / Ph.D. Degrees
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WC501 Empowered Women’s Counseling
WC502 Practical Women’s Counseling
WC503 Biblical Women’s Counseling
WC504 Counseling Women in Pain
WC505 Counseling in Conflict
WC506 Addiction Counseling in Women
WC507 Counseling Abused Women
WC508 Counseling Women with Guilt and Anxiety


Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
for Women in Minstry
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PM501 Introduction to Ministry
WM502 Gifted Leadership
WM503 New Doors in Ministry
PM504 Godly Based Ministry
PM505 Christ Focused Ministry

WM506 Experiencing God’s Power

WM507 Challenges in Ministry 
PM508 Ministry of Prayer
Audio Lectures
Performing Ministry Reponsibilities
Pastoral Mentoring
Expository Preaching

Optional Electives

You have the option of replacing courses in the degree programs displayed on this page with Elective Courses which are applicable to these B.A. and M.A. Concentrations in the Women’s Study Division. Diploma courses cannot be replaced with electives.

You decide to replace one, two, or three courses to personalize the degree program to your ministry. It is not necessary to advise the Academic Department of the replacement courses. Replacements are made in your Online Resource Room.

For the B.A., You Select One Textbook for Each Course. For the M.A., You Select Two Textbooks.

You May Replace One, Two, or Three Courses in Your Degree Concentration with these Elective Courses. For Example, You Can Replace Pastoral Ministry Courses with Counseling Courses. Or, Counseling Courses with Pastoral Ministry Courses, and Create the Ideal Curriculum for You and Your Ministry.

Courses and Textbooks
BCE020 African American Health

Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care
Emile Maureen Townes

Our Help in Ages Past: The Black Church’s Ministry Among the Elderly
Bobby Joe Saucer and Jean Alicia Elster
BCE001 Marriage and Family Counseling

Counseling African American Marriages and Families (Counseling and Pastoral Theology)
Edward P. Wimberly

Biblical Counseling with African Americans: Taking a Ride in the Ethiopian’s Chariot
Clarence Earl Walker

Angry Men and the Women Who Love Them: Breaking the Cycle of Physical and Emotional Abuse
Paul Hegsstrom

Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce for Abuse, Adultery and Desertion
Barbara Roberts
PME001 Shepherding God’s Children

Living Stones in the household of God
Linda Elaine Thomas

Leading Women Who Wound: Strategies for Effective Ministry
Sue Edwards and Kelly Mathews

In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church
Anne Streaty Wimberly and Evelyn Parker

Connecting Women: A Relational Guide for Leaders in Women’s Ministry
Linda Lesniewski
PME002 Women in Pastoral Ministry

If it Wasn’t for the Women…: Black Women’s Experience and Womanist Culture in Church and Community
Cheryl Gilkes

Woman to Woman: Preparing Yourself to Mentor
Edna Ellison and Tricia Scribner

This is My Story: Testimonies and Sermons of Black Women in Ministry
Cleophus J. LaRue and James LaRue

A Time for Honor: A Portrait of African American Clergywomen
Delores Causion Carpenter
PME003 African American Urban Ministry

Africentric Approaches to Christian Ministry: Strengthening Urban Congregations in African American Communities
Ronald Edward Peters and Marsha Snulligan Haney

Christian Education in the African American Church: A Guide for Teaching the Truth
Lora-Ellen McKinney
BPE020 Biblical Preaching

Prophesying Daughters: Black Women Preachers and the Word
Chanta M. Haywood

Birthing the Sermon-Women Preachers on the Creative Process
Jana Childer

A Study of the Response to the Biblical Role of the Holy Spirit in the African American Church
Laura Mathews
BPE030 Contemporary African American Preaching

Those Preaching Women: More Sermons by Black Women Preachers (Volume 2)
Ella Pearson Mitchell

Contemporary African American Preaching: Diversity in Theory and Style
L. Susan Bond

Can a Sistah Get A Little Help?: Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry
Teresa L. Fry Brown
BPE040 Historical Preaching

Weary Throats and New Songs: Black Women Proclaiming God’s Word
Teresa L. Fry Brown

Women Preachers and Prophets through Two Millennia of Christianity
Mayne Kienzle and Pamela J. Walker

Daughters of Thunder: Black women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850 – 1979
Bettye Collier-Thomas

From Preachers to Suffragists: Woman’s Rights and Religious Conviction in the Lives of Three Nineteenth-Century Clergywomen
Beverly Ann Zink-Sawyer

Why Women Pastors Make More
by Kevin Miller

Our research team here at Christianity Today International just finished surveying more than 2,000 churches, and next month, we'll be releasing the most comprehensive, up-to-date church salary survey we've ever done. While The 2008 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff is at the printer, here is a sneak peek at some surprising results:

1. If you want to earn more, change denominations.
Briefly, if you want to earn more as a senior pastor, become a Presbyterian. If you want to earn more as a youth pastor, become a Baptist.

Presbyterian senior pastors earned the most in our survey - their average salary plus housing/parsonage was $78,000 - while Baptist senior pastors earned next to last--$67,000. But virtually the opposite was true for youth pastors. Baptist youth pastors earned near the top; $44,000 in salary plus housing - while Presbyterian youth pastors earned near the bottom--$36,000. Why?

2. Female solo pastors earn more than male solo pastors.
Okay, so there aren't many female solo pastors; in American churches responding to our survey, only 6 percent of solo pastors are women. Still, it's intriguing that female solo pastors reported 10.4 percent higher total compensation. Their average salary was 8.6 percent higher than men's; and better housing and retirement benefits made up the rest. Why the difference? Why do female solo pastors earn, for total compensation, $62,472, when their male counterparts earn $56,558?

My first hypothesis went like this: "Since there are precious few women hired as senior pastors - only 2.5 percent, in our research - women stay in solo pastorates longer, and their longevity leads to higher pay." But that hypothesis doesn't hold up: for solo pastors, the number of years served makes next to no difference in pay.

The more-likely explanation is regional. We know that solo pastors receive the highest pay in the New England and Pacific states (not surprisingly, given the higher cost of living in these regions). And these regions probably have the greatest cultural acceptance of women serving as solo pastors. Thus, women solo pastors tend to find work in regions with a high cost of living, and consequently, get a higher salary.

And before we assume that the church runs counter to the still-prevalent cultural practice of paying women less than men for comparable work, women were paid less than men in every other church position surveyed (except for secretary). On average, females earned approximately 80 percent of the compensation of males. Or, in other words, males earned about 30 percent more than females.

3. That additional degree is probably worth it.
Wondering whether to finish your master's or doctorate? Even in pastoral ministry, from a financial standpoint, the answer is yes.

Roughly stated, moving from a bachelor's degree to a master's degree boosts your income from 10 to 20 percent and getting your doctorate gets you 15 percent more on top of that. Or here's another way of looking at it: that additional degree will earn you from $7,000 to $15,000 more per year. So if you're going to serve with that degree for five or more years, you'll probably end up ahead.

How to find out more
All data above is taken from The 2008 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, which presents data on 13 church positions, based on research among nearly 2,100 American churches, who were surveyed between January 2007 and May 2007. To pre-order for October shipment, go to Compensation Handbook or call 1-800-222-1840.

Kevin Miller is an executive vice president at Christianity Today International.

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