Christian Ministry Degrees | IBCS

Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service

The Bible and Christian Service major is tailored for students aspiring to engage in ministry within diverse church-related positions, whether vocational or non-vocational. This major not only equips students for immediate roles but also provides a solid foundation for those considering further studies in seminary or graduate school.

Type of Program
Undergraduate Programs
Credit Hours

122 credits
Transfer up to 92 credits


$6900 per semester

Registration Deadline

Fall Semester:
August 20, 2024
Spring Semester:
January 14, 2025

Six Specialized Tracks

You can customize your major with one of several emphases within the Bible and Christian Service program!

What is the Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian Service like?

“We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past. This will prove of greater value to them than anything that art or science can devise.”

– A. W. Tozer

How do you see the Lord using you to make a difference for eternity? The possibilities are as unique as the individuals God calls to be His children. Would you like to be a missionary? A pastor? In women’s ministries? A church pianist? A Christian businessman? Or just a simple Christian who loves God and serves Jesus?

The Bible and Christian Service major is a four-year program that prepares you for a life of service for Christ, whether vocational or non-vocational. It also builds a bridge to seminary or graduate studies if you want to continue your Bible education. Classroom instruction, local church connections, consistent practical ministry, and outstanding internship opportunities combine to give you the experiences, tools, and skills you need to serve well.

The academic rigor, devotional warmth, and practical experience of the Christian Service major helps you cultivate your personal love for God and others while instilling habits of self-discipline and an attitude of self-denial. Focused mentorship, campus-wide friendships, and ample opportunities for recreation and service create a context in which serving the Lord is a joy-filled, satisfying endeavor.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Instill knowledge, discernment, and wisdom so that you 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 you for a lifetime of service in the West or around the world.

Substitute Credits

According to the New Testament, pastoral leadership is the responsibility of men (1 Tim. 2:12; 1 Cor. 14:34). Female applicants may be admitted into the Christian Service major but not to the Pastoral emphasis. Admittance to the Missions emphasis is with the understanding that females will be required to select four credits of general electives in place of Homiletics 1 and Homiletics 2.

Co-curricular Ministry Opportunities

You don’t have to wait to graduate to get involved in church ministry. At IBCS a variety of ministries constantly engage college students and give you broad experience outside of the classroom, both in the church and throughout academic breaks.

  • Children’s ministries
  • Youth ministry
  • Media ministry
  • Summer camp ministries
  • Pastoral internships
  • Christian school ministries 
  • Chandler outreach ministries
  • International missions trips
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Kristopher Endean, Ph.D.

Kristopher Endean earned his Ph.D. in Theological Studies from BJU Seminary. 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.

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