Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service – Pastoral Studies 2017-10-23T17:15:26+00:00

Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service – Pastoral Studies

The Christian Service Major is designed for student who desire to complete a four-year, 133-hour program of study that prepares them for ministry roles in a variety of church-related vocations. This program also serves as a preparation for seminary or graduate school of studies.

The Pastoral department provides students with basic preparation for ministry as well as background for advanced study.

Program Outcomes

The 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.

Department Head

Pastor Nathan Mestler
Pastor Nathan MestlerTheology, Bible Languages
A 2003 graduate of International Baptist College, Nathan Mestler serves as a Bible professor and is the college pastor at Tri-City Baptist Church. He earned an M.Div. from Calvary Baptist Seminary and is finishing his D.Min. He also serves in the Arizona Air National Guard as a chaplain.


Program Rotation


Course # Name of Course Hours
ED 482 Christian School Administration 2
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
PR 321 Homiletics 1 2
PR 322 Homiletics 2 2
PR 273 Pastoral Field Study 1
PR 373 Pastoral Field Experience 1
PR 421 Youth Work 2
PR 473 Pastoral Field Practice 2
PR 481 Church Business Management and Administration 2
PS 412 Biblical Counseling 2
PS 423 Family and Marriage 2
SP 221 or SP 222 Interpretive Speech or Persuasive Speech 3
Practical Electives  9


Course # Name of Course Hours
BI 102 Hermeneutics 2
BI 111 Pentateuch 2
BI 122 Life of Christ 2
BI 212 Old Testament Historical Books 2
BI 221 Acts 2
GK 301 Intermediate Greek 1 3
GK 302 Intermediate Greek 2 3
TH 101 Theology of God and Man 2
TH 102 Theology of Sin and Salvation 2
TH 103 Dispensationalism 2
TH 201 Theology of the Bible, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit 3
TH 202 Theology of Angels, the Church, and Last Things 3
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
Approved Bible/Theology Electives 10


Course # Name of Course Hours
EN 101 English Grammar and Composition 3
EN 102 English Composition 3
EN 211 or EN 212 British Literature or American Literature 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 101 or MA 201 or MA 203 College Math or Business Math or Calculus 3
OR 101 College Success 1
PH 201 or PH 231 Introduction to Philosophy or Comparative Religions 3
PS 201 or SO 301 General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology 3
SC 102 or SC 103 Introduction to Life Science or Introduction to Physical Science 4
SC 201 Fundamentals of Nutrition 4
SO 201 Research Methods 3
SP 101  Fundamentals of Speech 1  3


Course # Name of Course Hours
MI 103 Fundamentals of Missions 1
PR 111 Personal Evangelism 1
PR 113 Discipleship 1
PR 151 or PR 152 Mentoring and Leadership or The Biblical Follower 1
BI/SC 214 Science and the Bible 2
ED 103 Fundamentals of Church Education 1


At least 5 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, CO 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. I also 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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