Bachelor of Arts in Christian Thought and Practice

A transformational journey of discipleship focused on helping you develop vocational excellence in your current or desired context – all on your time and from wherever you are.


Focus on your formational journey of faithful citizenship in God’s kingdom and engage in theological reflection on your vocation.


With an emphasis on helping you discern your vocational goals and/or develop vocational excellence, this program is designed for maximum flexibility. The program will prepare you to flourish in your chosen vocation and to engage in further study at the master’s level.

Through our unique blended degree track, you can complete a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Divinity in only five years or a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in as little as four years. Or through our degree completion track, you can utilize previous coursework and prior learning to complete your Bachelor of Arts in as little as one year as you prepare for master’s-level study.



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Why pursue a Bachelor of Arts with Kairos?

By inviting Kairos to walk on this journey with you, you’re seizing a unique opportunity to deepen your faith while simultaneously developing the content, character, and craft to flourish in your vocation. You’ll develop a mentor team that walks with you throughout the entire program. And then, we will invite you to integrate discipleship, vocational excellence, and proficiency learning.


Program Breakdown

The Bachelor of Arts is 120 credit hours and consists of the following courses:


General Education Core

Starting Well (3)

Continuing Well (3)

Life Skills: Personal Finance (3)

Life Skills: Critical Thinking (3)

Research and Communication I:
Research Skills (3)

Research and Communication II:
Written Communication (3)

Understanding and Working with Others I:
Exploring Psychology (3)

Understanding and Working with Others II:
Exploring Sociology (3)

Context and Culture I: Exploring Culture  (3)

Context and Culture II: Exploring Context (3)


Personal Development Core

Contextual Project I (3)*

Contextual Project II (3)*

Vocational Project I (3)

Vocational Project II (3)

Personal Initiative I (3)

Personal Initiative II (3)

Context for Vocation I (3)

Context for Vocation II (3)

Context and Interpretation I (3)

Context and Interpretation II (3)

Reflection in Community: BA I (3)*

Reflection in Community: BA II (3)*

Knowing Yourself I (3)

Knowing Yourself II (3)


Christian Thought and Practice Major

Vocation I (3)

Vocation II (3)

Learning and Thinking Skills I (3)

Learning and Thinking Skills II (3)

Christian Spirituality I (3)

Christian Spirituality II (3)

Interpreting Biblical Texts I (3)

Interpreting Biblical Texts II (3)

Biblical Literacy I (3)*

Biblical Literacy II (3)*

Coherent Theology I (3)*

Coherent Theology II (3)*

Christian Tradition I (3)*

Christian Tradition II (3)*

Christian Ethics I (3)

Christian Ethics II (3)


*Master’s-Level Integration
The BA can integrate with the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts program. The first 30 hours at the master’s level count for the corresponding BA courses.

A 60-credit Associate of Arts consists of 8 General Education courses (24 cr.), 6 Personal Development courses (18 cr.), and 6 major courses (18 cr.). Course of study available by request.

The Mentor Team

Mentors commit themselves to the student’s full educational process. Beyond evaluators and supporters, mentors commit themselves to being co-learners with students. Such effort takes a considerable investment of time and energy and they make this commitment in order to steward your journey of discipleship and to help you flourish in your vocation.

Faculty Mentor

Faculty mentors are approved members of the Kairos faculty. Obviously, all faculty mentors are acquainted with academic standards and scholarly research. More importantly, they are skilled integrationists who have a desire to help students deepen their faith and flourish in their chosen vocations. Kairos assigns a faculty mentor to serve on each team.

Vocational Mentor

Vocational mentors are aware of and often active in the student’s current context and/or role. In most cases, this means that vocational mentors are supervisors, leaders, experienced colleagues, or others familiar with or connected to the context and its requirements. Students are empowered to identify and invite the vocational mentor who will serve on their team.

Personal Mentor

Personal mentors are confidants or individuals from whom students wish to learn. They must have, or be willing to develop, a close relationship with the student. The personal mentor is able to provide spiritual companionship because he or she is rooted in faith and understands the Christian life. Students are empowered to identify and invite the personal mentor who will serve on their team.

Program Overview

While engaged in this program, you will walk with a mentor team through the following:

Contextual Projects

Throughout the program, you have the opportunity to work with your mentor team to design learning experiences that are entirely shaped by what you are doing (or will do) in your current or desired vocational context. Are you planting a church? Building a youth ministry program? Leading worship? Then use that in your program! Are you aspiring to integrate your faith into your current or desired vocation? Then use that in your program! If an experience or project is connected to what it means to flourish in your vocation, then use it to make progress in your program!

Customized Learning Experiences

Learning experiences in Kairos are built around an invitation for you to explore some aspect of your vocation, Christian thought and practice, or the human experience. You have the opportunity to progress through these learning experiences in the way that is most helpful to you in your context and vocation. You also have the opportunity to work with faculty members to create entirely new or customized learning experiences that help you develop vocational excellence and expertise. Learn more about customized learning here.

Unique Area of Focus

If you are interested in focusing on a particular area of study to meet your specific vocational or developmental needs, you can work with your mentor team or a Kairos partner to customize or concentrate in any area of interest. This means you can dive deep into missional theology, pastoral care, biblical languages, spiritual formation and direction, chaplaincy, and much more. The choice is yours!

Core Modules

With a focus on formation, biblical study, vocational discernment, and theological reflection, these modules help you connect everything to the work God is doing in the world. Each core module is facilitated by a member of the Network Faculty and features a weekly live session with fellow students.

Reflection in Community Sessions

Many students count the small group Reflection in Community Sessions as a highlight of their time in Kairos. As a key part of the Kairos journey, these sessions are required for several programs. They include peer-to-peer dialogue around real-life situations. 

Course of Study

Maximize your journey through the program as you engage in courses and learning experiences that will help you discern your goals and develop vocational excellence. Here’s a sample course of study showing how you can progress through the various tiers within the program.

Get Started

We’d love to help you discern if this is the next best step for you. Start a conversation with us today or check out our “Discerning Your Calling” step-by-step guide.

Ready to move forward? Here are a few things you’ll need to get started (more details in the catalog).

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (and high school diploma for bachelor’s students) for all bachelor’s, graduate certificate in theological studies, master’s, and doctoral students.
  • On a case-by-case basis, certificate of completion for Training in Spiritual Direction students may be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or 3.0 for PhD, ThD, DPC, DMin, MACO, & MAMFT applicants).
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials.