International Baptist College & Seminary

Associate of Arts in Bible and Christian Service

The Associate of Arts in Bible and Christian Service will prepare you to effectively serve others through leadership or as support personnel in your local church ministries. 


Purposeful Mentoring. Local Church Heart.

The Associate of Arts degree is a 63-credit-hour program designed to prepare men and women for active ministry either as lay leaders in the local church or as support personnel in various ministries of the local church. The program may be completed in two years.

Program Learning Outcomes

Through the Associate of Arts in Bible and Christian Service program, IBCS seeks to prepare ministers who will apply their love for God and for mankind through a life-long commitment to learn, minister, disciple, and lead others in the field of their calling.

Co-curricular Ministry Opportunities

We want you to be actively involved in local church ministry while you are a student. At IBCS, you can be engaged in a variety of ministries that will give you practical experiences outside of the classroom.

  • Children’s ministries
  • Youth ministry
  • Media ministry
  • Summer camp ministries
  • Pastoral internships
  • Christian school ministries 
  • Chandler outreach ministries
  • Missions trips

Future Educational Opportunities

After you receive your Associate's Degree, you may be interested in these undergraduate degree programs:

Future Ministry Opportunities

After you receive practical instruction and mentoring from experienced teachers and training in local ministries, you’ll be better prepared for the opportunities the Lord has for you. Ministries could include the following:

  • Sunday school teacher
  • Lay leader
  • Church or Christian school support staff
  • Faithful Christian in secular employment

Program Requirements

Degree Emphasis
Bible and Theology
General Education
Ministry Preparation
Course Hours

At least 15 hours of Degree Emphasis courses must be completed in a particular field of Christian Service. A.A. students will choose 15 credits from the Degree Emphasis course lists in the various Christian Service emphases, from the Teacher Education degree, or from the Church Music major.

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
TH S0_ Theology Seminar 1
Approved Bible/Theology Elective 2
Course Hours
EN 101 or
EN 103
Introduction to College English or
English Grammar and Composition
EN 102 or
EN 104
College Composition or
English Composition
HI 101 or
HI 102
History of Civilization 1 or
History of Civilization 2
HI 211 or
HI 212
Church History or
Baptist History and Distinctives
MA 202 Personal Finance 3
OR 101 College Success 1
PH 201 or
PH 231
Introduction to Philosophy or
World Religions
SC 201 Fundamentals of Nutrition 4
SP 101 Fundamentals of Speech 3
Course Hours
ED 103 Fundamentals of Church Education 1
ED 152 Foundations of Teaching and Learning 1
MI 104 A History of Global Missions 1
PR 114 Personal Evangelism and Discipleship 1
PR 153 Personal Media and the Christian 1
PR 154 Mentoring 1

Associate of Arts students will choose 3 out of the 6 courses listed above. If students choose to take all 6 of these courses, the remaining 3 credits may be applied to the Degree Emphasis Requirements category.

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Rebecca M. Stertzbach, M.C.Ed.

Mrs. Rebecca Stertzbach completed a Master of Christian Education in 2019. Currently she serves as the Executive Assistant at IBCS, where she teaches in the English, speech, and education departments.

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