Bible Bachelor of Arts
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The BJU School of Religion’s Bible major equips you for a lifetime of faithful gospel ministry. First you’ll learn the importance of growing in Christ and having a strong personal relationship with God. You’ll learn why it’s essential to develop a deep and working knowledge of the Word of God, a compassionate spirit and an ability to teach others.
You’ll also learn how the requirements of 1 Timothy 3 should shape your philosophy of ministry and how the spirit of Ezra 7:10 should characterize your ministry in personal devotion to God, obedience and teaching others.
Customize with electives
You can customize your experience through Bible electives in pastoral studies, camp ministry, women’s ministry or youth ministry. You can also choose from a variety of other courses such as music, counseling or language, among many others.
Chapel Messages by Bible MajorsKnowledge of God Results in Right Action — Brent Allamon ('13)
What is God Doing? — Sam O'Halloran ('14)
Liberal Arts Core
As you study Bible, BJU’s liberal arts program will broaden your perspective to understand the intricacies of the world you live in. You’ll learn how to better relate to a diverse congregation who come from a variety of life situations and vocations. You’ll improve your ability to reason and gain insight into how the world works so you can, like Paul in Athens, more effectively speak to those who haven’t accepted God’s way of salvation.
You will also learn to practice the basics of day-to-day ministry. You’ll learn the importance of delegation, the proper way to handle church funds and the appropriate responses to the legal challenges of ministry.
Our students put into practice what they are learning by participating in weekly outreach ministries where they preach, teach and visit with people. Bible students also intern in local churches where they study under experienced leaders.
Our graduates have gone directly into ministry, and many have been accepted into seminaries and graduate schools.
- Assistant Pastor
- Youth Pastor
- Church Planter
- Camp Director
- Bible Teacher
- Pastoral Staff
- Mission Board Directors
- Church Planters Worldwide
- Traveling Evangelists
Many of our graduates attend BJU Seminary & Graduate School of Religion, as well as a number of other seminaries and graduate schools.
Church Staffing & Career Services
BJU’s Church Staffing Services helps connect graduates with churches who are looking to fill pastoral positions.
In the Classroom
Our strong Bible core covers topics such as the biblical languages, exegesis, exposition, theology, homiletics and practical ministry.
BJU’s liberal arts core then rounds out the experience with classes in speech, science, history, philosophy and English, all of which prepare you to be a better thinker, problem-solver and communicator of God’s truth.
Outside the Classroom
BJU encourages you to participate in other activities that will further equip you for whatever field God calls you to.
Weekly Outreach Ministries
From sports evangelism to nursing home outreaches, children’s ministries to music ministries, prison outreaches to church ministries, more than 200 weekly outreaches give you opportunities for practical education within a ministry that fits your gifts and desires. Many of these ministries connect you with local believers in need of spiritual encouragement or short-term partnering to share the good news to those in need of Christ.
Three times a week during each semester, you can attend Missions Advance. Here you will learn from special speakers about local and global missions, pray for fellow laborers in Christ and discover practical means of getting involved right now to prepare you for future service.
Local Church Involvement
There are more than 50 Bible-believing, Bible-preaching churches in the area surrounding BJU. These churches are great places to get involved in preaching, singing and ministering to others. Some churches even offer associate memberships for students who want to become more involved or have additional accountability. Whether you connect to a large church or a small church, there’s a place for you here.
Student Leadership Development
If you aspire to leadership, you can take advantage of the support offered in the Student Leadership Initiative. Several times during each semester, you will meet with fellow student leaders during panel discussions or guest speaker presentations to learn more about being a servant-leader.
You have some options to partner with local churches in ministry. The personalized instruction and one-on-one discipleship which they provide will prepare you to meet future challenges and give you insight into the inner workings of a church body.
Summer Mission Teams
A summer ministry opens your eyes to Jesus’ church around the globe and the needs people have. During this concentrated period of service in the field, you will experience the sweetness of communion with saints of other lands or other tongues and grow in your love for God’s people and for those who have not yet encountered hope through Jesus Christ.
J.S. Mack Library
You have a great number of resources available to you at BJU’s library, including thousands of articles, sermons and books, among other things. The Fundamentalism File has more than 115,000 items of information concerning the “history of religion in our time,” as described by Dr. Bob Jones Jr. Also included are our Children’s Ministry Resources—made up of thousands of helpful tools for your discipling of children—and our Sermon Index, which contains a record of more than 30,000 sermons.
J. Mark Kittrell
Staff Evangelist, Open Door Baptist Church
As a preacher, I feel my education was outstanding. I was prepared well in the original languages, study of the Scriptures, expository preaching, ministry ethics and other things. But the most important is that my education had heart. It was not just a bunch of intellectuals cramming information into my head. Their teaching had “feeling” and experience behind it.
Senior Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church
I am very pleased with the quality of education received at BJU. The broadness of a liberal arts school allows students to benefit from a variety of skilled teachers. In the Bible program, BJU presents a well-rounded Bible education while at the same time preparing men for various ministry requirements. I have never felt that my degree has shortchanged my preparedness for ministry; on the contrary, I wonder how I would have entered the ministry without the type of education I received at BJU.
Pastor, Killian Hill Baptist Church
I think I was well prepared, though ministry is a perpetual “on-the-job-training” endeavor. I benefited much from my major classes (Bible, theology, languages), the liberal arts education (history, English(!), etc.) and the overall experience BJU provided (musical groups, sports, society, leadership opportunities, etc.). And the writing required at BJU was a great help in my writing ministry (sermon prep, hymns, devotional books, etc.).
Our outstanding faculty averages more than 20 years’ experience in preaching and other pastoral and evangelistic roles, and the majority of them hold terminal degrees. Their sound exegetical teaching complements their personal interactions with and mentorship of students as they encourage their students to develop as true disciples of Jesus.
Dr. Jason Ormiston brings years of experience in inner-city ministry and church planting to all of his classes, including Methods of Church Planting and Urban Church Planting. He holds a DMin in Urban Missions from Westminster Theological Seminary and is also currently pastoring Palmetto Baptist Church in Powdersville, S.C.
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- Gain skill in exegeting passages from various genres of Scripture
- Be proficient in biblical exposition for teaching and preaching in a vocational Christian ministry or for lay ministry
- Complete practical ministry requirements outside the classroom