School of Ministry & Leadership

School of Ministry & Leadership

The Crossroads School of Ministry & Leadership

We believe that God has called us as a church to help bring transformation to rural communities for the cause of Christ. We love to invest in the lives of others and we believe that God is calling us to train and equip the next generation of ministry leaders who will continue to carry out our mission.

The partnership between our School of Ministry and Leadership and Northwest University, will provide students with the very best of both the academic and practical ministry environments. Northwest University faculty and Crossroads staff and leaders will speak into our student’s lives on a daily basis, instilling in them the education and skills they need to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.

Northwest University offers the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Ministry Leadership
  • Certificate in Ministry Leadership

Program Design

Classes are all offered online through Northwest University, and Crossroads will have dedicated study spaces at our Freeport Campus and personal support through the courses. Students will be enrolled as Northwest University students, either full-time or part-time. This opens up many federal financial aid options, depending on students’ eligibility.

At the same time, students participate in a Crossroads ministry practicum. Through targeted ministry tracks, students will gain practical hands on experience at our 7 campuses, where they can apply their education to real-world needs within our communities. Class theory is immediately applied to real-life ministry situations under the direction of skilled and qualified local professionals. Students can even earn additional college credits for their ministry training at no tuition cost!

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Accreditation & Transferable Credits

Northwest has the highest level of accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Credits are transferable to other major colleges and universities.

Degrees Offered
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Ministry Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Financial Aid

All tuition costs are eligible for federal financial aid (loans and grants).

Apply for Financial Aid www.fafsa.gov

Classes & Course Load

Students will receive credit for online classes as well as practicum credits from Northwest University through ministry experience provided at Crossroads Community Church. All of our students will have the opportunity to participate in pre-organized study halls with other students as well as receiving academic coaching from our program coordinator.
Students are able to take a full course load of up to 30 hours per year. This will ensure students can earn their Associates Degree in 2 years or a Bachelors in 4 years.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Session A Session B Session A Session B
Class 1

(3 Credits)

Class 1

(3 Credits)

Class 1

(3 Credits)

Class 1

(3 Credits)

Class 2

(3 Credits)

Class 2

(3 Credits)

Class 2

(3 Credits)

Class 2

(3 Credits)

Practicum

Credit

(3 Credits) Practicum

Credit

(3 Credits)
Total Yearly Credits (30)

* We will also have a part time track available to students who are 25 years and older who may only be able to pursue their degree on a part-time basis.

Cost of Attendance
Full Time Tuition (24 credits @ $316 per credit) $7,584
NPP Program Fee ($1,300/semester for 2 semesters) $2,600
Crossroads Program Fee** $800
Ministry Practicum Tuition (6 credits) FREE
Total Annual Cost $10,984

*Not including books

**Not eligible to be paid with federal student aid

What will the ministry practicum involve?

Our practicum will prepare you to be a successful leader in real-life ministry! You can expect to receive training from our staff and ministry champions and serve in a variety of areas at one of our 7 campuses.

Our Practicum Tracks

  • Children’s Ministry/Kidzlink
  • Youth Ministry/Crave
  • Worship/Tech
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Administration/Media
What are my next steps?

Apply to Northwest
Apply to Crossroads School of Ministry
Apply for Financial Aid www.fafsa.gov

Our school experience is going to bring together the best of what Crossroads has to offer – real life ministry experience – and the best that Northwest University has to offer – fully accredited Christian academics. Pair those with a highly relational environment and our students are going to be the next generation of world changing leaders!

Ready to get started?

The next step for prospective students is to start the application process:

  • First, use the button below to Apply for Admission to Northwest University. During the process, you will be asked to choose a Campus and Academic Program.  Please select Northwest Partnership Program for both.  Then you’ll be asked to select your NPP Partner, and you’ll choose Crossroads.
  • After your Northwest University Application has been received, you’ll be given further instructions on how apply to the Crossroads School of Ministry & Leadership.

If you have any questions about the School of Ministry & Leadership or about our partnership with Northwest University, please don’t hesitate to ask!

After you have been accepted to Northwest University, then you will be asked to complete the Crossroads School of Ministry & Leadership Application. 

About The Partnership

The Northwest Partnership Program is uniquely designed with a balance of academic rigor, student support, and real-life application. The ministry opportunities available through the local church blend with Northwest’s academic resources. Northwest will coordinate their efforts with the local church as students develop personally, socially, spiritually, and professionally to fulfill their God-planned design.

The Northwest University Partnership Program is birthed out of NU’s deep respect for the local church’s influence and effectiveness to generate change on a local, regional, national, and worldwide stage. Both the church and university are more effective when coordinating their efforts as a team.