Gap Year Program




Academic Focus

Students will take a total of 20 hours over two semesters, including 18 hours of Bible and two hours of ministry preparation. The initial academic load is lighter for those transitioning into the college-level academic schedule and is customizable for those who choose to add to their course load. Students may choose other classes to audit or take at full tuition cost. These courses can be used at IBCS to smoothly transition into a two- or four-year degree.

  • Introduction to church and camp ministry
  • Cultivation of personal life principles
  • Formation of musical ethos
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Cost of $11,300 for the year

Student Life

The IBCS campus provides a great setting for developing life skills in an encouraging Christian atmosphere, expanding personal responsibilities and opportunities while making friendships that often last a lifetime. This member-rich environment makes available teachers and church members who lean into the students’ lives with wisdom lessons and encouragement in a  variety of ways. Situated in the beautiful city of Chandler, Arizona, IBCS has opportunities for cultural and recreational experiences.

  • Cultivate life skills
  • Grow in personal responsibility as students make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives
  • Develop lasting friendships in a supportive atmosphere

Church Family

IBCS is a ministry of Tri-City Baptist Church which offers unique training within a church family that is actively serving God led by pastors dedicated to servant leadership. Students receive hands-on training and helpful feedback for personal improvement, along with a developed philosophical foundation within the local church.

Each student will choose a ministry to participate in each semester such as:

  • Spanish Ministry
  • Asian Ministry
  • Children’s/Youth Ministries
  • Choir/Orchestra
  • Community Outreach
  • College Campus Outreach

Job Opportunities

With a lighter academic load, Gap Year students can focus on developing their job skills and work experience. There are a variety of positions  available as some area businesses actively seek IBCS students. With Arizona’s minimum wage starting at $12 per hour, these opportunities provide an income to directly address the cost of education.

  • Work skills development
  • Thriving job market
  • Wide selection of job opportunities

Program Requirements

Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 102 Hermeneutics 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 the Jesus, and the Holy Spirit 2
2 Ministry electives 2


Admissions Contact

Pastor Scott Olson
Pastor Scott Olson
Please feel free to contact Pastor Scott if you have any questions about how to get your education started with IBCS.
Phone: 480-245-7979

Your Future

Graduate Degrees

Many of our graduates continue their education at with graduate work. Our degrees include: