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Associate of Arts in Bible and Christian Service


This program is designed to prepare men and women for active ministry either as lay-leaders in the local church or as a support personnel in a Christian school.

The Associate of Arts degree is a 63-credit-hour program and requires the following minimums: Degree Emphasis, 15 hours; Bible and Theology, 21 hours; General Education, 24 hours; and Ministry Preparation, 3 hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

Through the Associate of Arts in Bible and Christian Service program, IBCS seeks to prepare Christ-like servants who will apply their love for God and for mankind through a lifelong commitment to learn, minister, disciple, and lead others in the field of their calling.

Department Head

Mrs. Rebecca Stertzbach
Mrs. Rebecca Stertzbach
Mrs. Stertzbach completed a Master of Christian Education in 2019. Currently she serves as the Executive Assistant at IBCS, where she teaches in the English and education departments.
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Program Requirements

At least 15 hours of Degree Emphasis Requirement courses must be completed in a particular field of Christian service. The student should consult his or her advisor regarding the choice of specific courses.

TOTAL HOURS: 15

Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 102 or TH 103
Hermeneutics or Dispensationalism 2
BI 103 Dispensationalism 2
BI 202 Foundations of New Testament Themes 2
BI 203 Foundations of Old Testament Themes 3
TH 102 The Theology of Sin and Salvation 2
TH 111 The Theology of the Bible, God, and Man 3
TH 202 The Theology of Angels, the Church, and Last Things 2
TH 211 The Theology of Jesus and the Holy Spirit 2
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
Approved Bible/Theolgy Elective 2

TOTAL HOURS: 21

Course # Name of Course Hours
EN 101 or EN 103 Introduction to College English or English Grammar and Composition 3
EN 102 or EN 104 College Composition or English Composition 3
HI 101 or HI 102 History of Civilization 1 or 2 3
HI 211 or HI 212 Baptist History 1 or Baptist History 2 2
OR 101 College Success 1
MA 202 Personal Finance 3
PH 201 or PH 231 Introduction to Philosophy or World Religions 3
SC 201 Fundamentals of Nutrition 4
SP 101  Fundamentals of Speech
3

TOTAL HOURS: 24

Course # Name of Course Hours
ED 103
Fundamentals of Church Education
1
ED 152
Foundations of Teaching and Learning
1
MI 104
A History of Global Missions
1
PR 114 Personal Evangelism and Discipleship 1
PR 153 Personal Media and the Christian 1
PR 154
Mentoring
1

TOTAL HOURS: 3

Associate of Arts students will choose 3 out of the 6 courses listed above. The remaining 3 credits may be applied to the Degree Emphasis Requirements category.

Student Spotlight


Jeremy Sheldon

Jeremy Sheldon

“Since graduating from IBCS in 2016, I have been involved in my church in many different ways. I also love camp ministry and am looking forward to this next summer when I will be the Assistant Director of Treasure Mountain Bible Camp in Marble, Colorado. I am able to use the tools that I learned at IBCS in almost everything I do. In fact, my personal devotions, preparing for a message or a speaking event, singing a special, organizing my time, using critical thinking, running the Junior Department at camp, and discipling those around me all require the valuable training that I received at IBCS.”

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