Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service
The Christian Service Major is designed for students who desire to complete a four-year, 122-credit-hour program of study that prepares them for ministry, both vocational and non-vocational, in a variety of church-related roles. This program also serves as preparation for seminary or graduate school studies.
Program Learning Outcomes
Through the Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service program, IBCS seeks to:
- Instill knowledge, discernment, and wisdom so that the IBCS student may be able to critically read, write, and reason within a culturally and philosophically diverse society.
- Cultivate a genuine love for God and mankind through a dependent relationship with the Holy Spirit that demonstrates itself by living and ministering like Christ daily.
- Prepare disciples to be theologically committed and culturally conversant while engaging, evangelizing, and educating others.
- Mentor God-fearing leaders by developing them mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually to minister in the West and around the world.
In order to graduate, the Bible and Christian Service student must fulfill the following obligations:
- Successfully complete the minimum credits in the prescribed and elective courses.
- Earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for this degree at International Baptist College and Seminary.
- Successfully complete at least 30 credits in residency at IBCS.
- Earn at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
- Successfully complete the capstone project (as applicable).
- Pay all financial obligations to IBCS.
- Successfully complete all mentoring and ministry requirements.
- Demonstrate proper Christian character.
- Receive administrative approval for graduation.
- Participate in commencement exercises.
In order to receive a degree, male Bible and Christian Service students with a Pastoral or Missions emphasis must complete an oral comprehensive examination. Bible and Christian Service students with an Organizational Leadership emphasis must complete a capstone project. Students are to consult the Academic Dean or their advisors for further details. Failure to complete this examination or capstone satisfactorily may delay graduation.
According to the New Testament, pastoral leadership is the responsibility of men. Female applicants may be admitted into the Christian Service major but not to the Pastoral Emphasis. Admittance to the other degree emphases is with the understanding that females will be required to select four credits of general electives in place of PR 321 Homiletics 1 and PR 322 Homiletics 2, if applicable.