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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

The foundational Biblical Studies degree focuses students in four very exciting and vital directions: Pastoral Ministry, Church Planting & Entrepreneurial Leadership, Christian Education and Interdisciplinary Studies.  All four concentration tracks have been developed to equip the student to engage and impact the world.

Regardless of concentration, upon completion of the degree, all Biblical Studies students will be able to communicate a level of historical and theological knowledge, based on studies of systematic theology and church history, sufficient to prepare and present sermons, Bible studies, and/or other responses in keeping with their faith tradition.

Students will also be able to explain key themes and historical context of any Old Testament book, as well, as its contribution to the rest of the Old Testament and the New Testament. In addition, they will be able to interact with various viewpoints concerning the major themes of the New Testament using Greek language skills and tools, and discuss the purposes and theological themes of each book of the New Testament.

Biblical Studies students are required to complete courses in General Core Studies amounting to 43 hours, Bible/Theology Core Studies amounting to 27 hours, Major Core amounting to 24 hours, Concentration Core amounting to 24 hours, and the Practicum courses amount to 10 hours, totaling 128 hours of Requirements.


 

Pastoral Ministry students will be thoroughly prepared not only to serve but to excel in the pastorate.

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
  • Church Evangelism
  • Homiletics I (Preparation)
  • Homiletics II (Delivery)
  • Discipleship Ministries
  • Church Administration
  • The Pastor and the Baptist Denominational Life
  • The Pastor and His Community – Salt and Light

 

Church Planting & Entrepreneurial Leadership students will be equipped to plant a church while providing for his material needs through entrepreneurial activities that enhance rather than detract from his ministry.

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Introduction to Church Planting
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Homiletics I (Preparation)
  • Homiletics II (Delivery)
  • Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
  • Church Planting Movements & Contextualized Methods
  • *Business Plan Development and Implementation
  • *Integration of Church Planting and Entrepreneurial Leadership Activities

 

Christian Education students will be thoroughly prepared not only to serve but to excel in the field of Christian education. They will successful formulate a personal philosophy of education based on proper biblical interpretation, Christian education history, and education theories.  These students will also demonstrate the necessary knowledge to lead or teach in a Christian education ministry including curriculum, classroom management, developmental strategies and spiritual formation for different age groups, and training new teachers.

Sample Course Offerings:

  • Interpreting and Teaching the Bible
  • Children’s Ministries
  • Campus Ministries
  • Adult Ministries
  • Youth Ministries
  • Church Evangelism
  • Church Administration
  • Leadership of Christian Education Ministries

 

Interdisciplinary Studies students will be thoroughly prepared not only to serve but to excel in Christian ministry. Students will be able to integrate biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and biblical languages to prepare biblical presentations for the equipping and edification of the church in various ministry contexts and will be able to combine the knowledge of various Christian ministry disciplines to serve as a leader in a variety of ministry contexts.

Sample Course Offerings:

Students must take 24 hours within the following disciplines.

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Church Planting/ Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Christian Education