Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service – Pastoral Emphasis

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Pastoral Studies program is intended for those pursuing a ministry in the pastorate, assistant pastorate, evangelism, youth work, or church planting. The student who completes the program should:

  1.  demonstrate a working knowledge of Biblical content and theological concepts,
  2.  demonstrate a Biblical philosophy of life,
  3.  have an appreciation of the historical development of Biblical Christianity, and
  4.  be prepared to teach, preach, serve, and administer effectively.

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.

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
GK 201 Elementary Greek 1 4
GK 202 Elementary Greek 2 4
HI 332 History of American Fundamentalism 2
MU 271 Church Music and Songleading 2
PH 231 World Religions 3
PR 273 Pastoral Internship 3
PR 321 Homiletics 1 2
PR 322 Homiletics 2 2
PR 421 Youth Work 2
PR 481 Church Business Management and Administration 2
PS 412 Biblical Counseling 2
PS 423 Family and Marriage 2
SP 202 Oral Communication for Church Ministry 3


Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 102 Hermeneutics
BI 103 Dispensationalism
BI 202 Foundations of New Testament Themes 2
BI 203 Foundations of Old Testament Themes 3
GK 301 Intermediate Greek 1 3
GK 302 Intermediate Greek 2 3
TH 102 Theology of Sin and Salvation 2
TH 111 Theology of the Bible, God, and Man 2
TH 202 Theology of Angels, the Church, and Last Things 3
TH 211 Theology of Jesus and the Holy Spirit 3
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
Approved Bible/Theology Electives 13


Course # Name of Course Hours
EN 101 or EN 103 Introduction to College and English or English Grammar and Composition 3
EN 102 or EN 104 College Compostion 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
ED 152
Foundations of Teaching and Learning
MI 104
A History of Global Missions
PR 114
Personal Evangelism and Discipleship
PR 153
Personal Media and the Christian
PR 154 Mentoring


At least 8 hours of General Elective courses must be completed. The student should consult his 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
  • Pastor

Graduate Studies

Many of our graduates continue their education in the Graduate School and Seminary. We offer degrees in: