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.

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.


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


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


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


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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