Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service – Church Music

The Christian Service Major is designed for students who desire to complete a four-year, 122-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 a preparation for seminary or graduate school studies.

The Church Music program exists to equip leaders who glorify God through their service in music ministry. For all students, the program offers opportunity to develop a Biblical view of music and to foster their aesthetic sensibilities through enriching musical and cultural experiences.

Proficiencies include: Voice, Piano, Orchestral Instrument, or Composition

Program Learning Outcomes

Through the Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service – Church Music program, IBCS seeks to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Prepare disciples to be theologically committed and culturally conversant while engaging, evangelizing, and educating others.
  4. Disciple Christian musicians who
      1. demonstrate technical fluency, expressiveness, and professionalism in musical performance.
      2. evaluate music from a broad-based knowledge of musical styles, literature, history, and theory.
      3. communicate effectively a Biblical approach to music in both personal and church life settings.
      4. facilitate individual and corporate worship.

Department Head

Dr. Kristopher Endean
Dr. Kristopher Endean
Dr. Kristopher Endean earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Bible from Bob Jones University. He serves as the Bible Department Head, as well as our Dean of Students. Dr. Endean has a passion for conservative Biblical scholarship and the desire to see that training extended around the globe.

Program Requirements

Course # Name of Course Hours
MU__ Applied Music (Primary Proficiency)  6
MU__ Applied Music (Secondary Proficiency)  2
MU 096 Church Music Forum (six semesters minimum)  0
MU 115 Fundamentals of Conducting  2
MU 121 Music Theory 1  3
MU 122 Music Theory 2  3
MU 131 Sight Singing and Ear Training 1  2
MU 132 Sight Singing and Ear Training 2  2
MU 151 Music Appreciation  2
MU 301 Introduction to Computer Music Notation  2
MU 373 Music Internship  1
MU 381 Church Music Administration 1  2
MU 382 Church Music Administration 2  2
MU 421 Philosophy of Music  2
MU 452 Hymnology  2
MU 471 Congregational Songleading  1
Church Music Electives  6
Performing Ensemble (six semesters minimum)  0


PR 273 Pastoral Internship or MI 273 Missions Internship may be substituted for MU 373 Music Internship. In such a case, the student will take 4 credits of Church Music Electives.
Each Church Music Emphasis student must participate in both MU 096 Church Music Forum and a college performing ensemble each semester in which he or she enrolls in applied lessons.

Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 102 Hermeneutics
BI 111 Pentateuch 2
BI 122 Life of Christ 2
BI 212 Old Testament Historical Books 2
BI 221 Acts 2
TH 103 Dispensationalism 2
TH 301 Theology of God and Man 2
TH 302 Theology of Sin and Salvation 2
TH 401 Theology of the Bible, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit 3
TH 402 Theology of Angels, the Church, and Last Things 3
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
Approved Bible/Theology Electives 6


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
EN elec Literature Elective 3
HI 101 History of Civilization 1 3
HI 102 History of Civilization 2 3
HI 211 Baptist History 1 2
HI 212 Baptist History 2 2
MA 202 Personal Finance 3
OR 101 College Success 1
PH 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PS 201 General Psychology 3
SC 201 Fundamentals of Nutrition 4
SP 101  Fundamentals of Speech


Course # Name of Course Hours
ED 103 Fundamentals of Church Education 1
ED 152 Elements of Learning Styles 1
MI 104 A History of Global Missions 1
PH 231 World Religions 3
PR 114 Personal Evangelism and Discpleship 1
PR 154 Mentoring 1


At least 9 hours of General Elective courses must be completed. The student should consult his or her advisor regarding the choice of specific courses.


Student Spotlight

Myles Yarnell

Myles Yarnell

“Since graduating from IBCS, I have completed a ten-week internship with Pastor Mike Redick in Southeast Asia. In August of 2015, I also married my beautiful wife, Mariah. I began working as the youth director at Victory Baptist Church in Montrose, Colorado, at the beginning of 2016, and have been able to take a few teens with me back the to the mission field in Southeast Asia. As a youth director, I use the training I received from IBCS on a daily basis. I plan, prepare, and teach Sunday School to the senior high class, preach Wednesday nights, give a once a month challenge for our Sunday night teen activity, give challenges for two or more activities a month, and preach in chapels at our local Christian school. Also, I counsel and have multiple weekly Bible studies with the teens. I am constantly reflecting back to the training and mentoring IBCS gave me.”

Your Future

Potential Careers Include:

  • Bible Teacher
  • Camp Ministry Leader
  • Church Administrator
  • Church Planter
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary  

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