Bible, Missions and Ministry

Rodney Ashlock, Chair     
ACU Box 29411
Abilene, Texas 79699-9411
Biblical Studies Building, Room 215

Phone: 325-674-3740
Fax: 325-674-6852
Email: ashlock@bible.acu.edu
Web: acu.edu/cbs.html

Faculty
Rodney Ashlock, Assistant Professor
Clifford Barbarick, Assistant Professor
Kilnam Cha, Assistant Professor
Sonny Guild, Assistant Professor
Randall Harris, Instructor
Houston Heflin, Assistant Professor
Christopher Hutson, Associate Professor
David Kneip, Instructor
Victor McCracken, Assistant Professor
Curt Niccum, Professor
Robert Oglesby, Instructor
Glenn Pemberton, Professor
Jeanene Reese, Associate Professor
Jerry Taylor, Associate Professor
Trevor Thompson, Instructor
Wendell Willis, Professor
 

Missions Coordinators
Gary Green, Latin America
Larry Henderson, Asia
P. Kent Smith, North America

Majors: 
Bible & Ministry (BA)
Vocational Ministry(BA) 

Minors: 
Bible, Missions and Ministry

Certificates: 
Missions
Vocational Ministry

Introduction
The Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in biblical text, Christian ministry, ministry to children and families, vocational missions, domestic and foreign missions, worship ministry and youth and family ministry. In addition to these degrees, a minor in Bible, missions and ministry, and certificates in vocational ministry and missions are available.

Study Abroad Expectations
All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year 

Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)   

Acceptance into Department
The Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry welcomes all who desire to serve God. Some may serve in unofficial or vocational capacities. For those who decide to serve as full-time ministers and missionaries, we view that call as a high call, demanding high standards. We, therefore, require an admission process that usually takes place during the sophomore year. This process, described below, is intended to ensure congregations that ACU graduates are equipped for the demands of ministry.

Requirements for Acceptance
The following criteria are necessary for admission to a program leading to a degree offered by the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry. For an application and further information, visit the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry.

  1. Junior standing (60 credit hours).
  2. A grade of “C” or better in each lower-level Bible course (BIBL 101, 102, and 221).
  3. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.25.
  4. Satisfactory completion of the Readiness for Ministry Testing, usually by the early spring of the sophomore year.
  5. Enroll in BIBL 320 in the first semester after admission to candidacy; usually this will be the fall semester of the junior year. Note that this requirement presumes the successful completion of the first-year Greek.
  6. Recommendations (2):
    • One from an elder or minister of your home congregation.
    • One from a professor at ACU from whom you have taken a course and who is not in the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry.
  7. Personal statement included in application.
  8. Submission and completion of the application packet.
  9. Payment of $80 for psychological testing and interpretation of the results.
  10. Approval by the admission committee.

Revocation of Admission
The Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry reserves the right to revoke admission at any time, if a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.25, or if a student’s values or actions are not consistent with those of the university as defined in the Student Guide

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BIBLE & MINISTRY (BA)      

BA: BIBLE & MINISTRY (BBMN)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Greek

    BGRK 221 New Testament Greek for Beginners I

    BGRK 222 New Testament Greek for Beginners II

Foreign Language (BA)

    BGRK 331 Elementary Greek Readings I or FL_221

    BGRK 332 Elementary Greek Readings II or FL_222

English (BA)

    Sophomore Literature          

Missions

     BMIS 371 Religion in Global Contexts                                                                                
         or
BMIS 420 Gospel in a Multi-Cultural World

Church History

    BIBH 380 Survey of Church History, BIBH 383 Restoration History, or                 
          BIBH 432 Story of Christian Spirituality

Ministry           

    BIBM 493 Preaching                                

Theology

    BIBT 379 The Church or BIBT 491 Theology

Biblical Interpretation

    BIBL 320 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Biblical Text

    BIBL 365, 451-454, 458, 460, 461, BGRK 441, 442, or BHEB 472

Capstone

    BIBM 391 Ministry in Context and BIBM 491 Senior Capstone Experience 
        (capstone and writing-intensive course)

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements 

and are not included in total major hours

 

 

3

3

 

3

3

 

3

 

3

 


3

 

3



3

 

3



3

 
6

39

CONCENTRATIONS  

Biblical Text (BIBL)  

    BIBL 365 General Epistles

   BIBL 451 Pentateuch

   BIBL 458 Syntoptic Gospels

    Choose from: 452, 453, or 454 (non-duplicative)

Biblical Languages (BLAN)  

    BGRK 441 Exegetical Greek Seminar I

    BGRK 442 Exegetical Greek Seminar II

    BHEB 471 Introduction to Hebrew I

    BHEB 472 Introduction to Hebrew II (non-duplicative)

Youth and Family Ministry (BYFM)  

   BIBM 340 Foundations of Youth Ministry

   BIBM 341 Youth Ministry Design

   BIBM 435 Adolescent Spiritual Formation

   BIBM 442 Leadership of Youth and Family

Missions (BMIS)  

   BMIS 240 Living the Mission

   BMIS 245 Understanding Global Service

   BMIS 421 Missions as Spiritual Formation

   BMIS 371 Religion in Global Contexts or BMIS 420 Gospel in a Multi-Cultural World (Note: Either BMIS 371 or BMIS 420 is required for the major, but the Missions track requires both courses)

    

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

3

ELECTIVES  
Minimum     21    
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS 72    
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in upper-level Bible/Missions courses  

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours   

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

2.50

2.25

33

128

 

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VOCATIONAL MINISTRY (BA)     

BA: VOCATIONAL MINISTRY DEGREE PLAN (BVMN)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  

Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.

 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  

Greek

    BGRK 221 New Testament Greek for Beginners I  

    BGRK 222 New Testament Greek for Beginners II

Foreign Language (BA)

    BGRK 331 Elementary Greek Readings I or FL_221

    BGRK 332 Elementary Greek Readings II or FL_222

English

    Sophomore Literature

Ministry

    BIBM 493 Preaching

Theology

    BIBT 379 The Church or BIBT 491 Theology

Biblical Interpretation

    BIBL 320 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Capstone

   BIBM 391 Ministry in Context and BIBM 491 Senior Capstone 
  Experience (capstone and writing-intensive course)

TOTAL  

1Hours (in parentheses) may also fulfill university requirements and are not included in total major hours

 

3

3

 

3

 3

 

3


3



3



3

 
6


30

CONCENTRATION  

Children & Family Ministry (BMCF)  
    
BIBM 434 Spiritual Formation of Children

    BIBM 492 Ministry to Children & Families

Choose 6 hours from:    
FAM 251,
PSYC 392 or SOCI 362

Concentration Electives
 
(9 hours of which must be upper-level in one discipline or related disciplines 
       approved by the department)

Total 

Christian Ministry (BIBM)
 
BIBM 401 Church Leadership

BIBM 403 Christian Leadership

Choose 3 hours from: BIBM 405, BIBM 413, BIBM 422, BIBM 480 or BIBM492

Choose 3 hours from: BIBH 380 or BIBM 432

Concentration Electives
  
(9 hours of which must be upper-level in one discipline or related disciplines approved by the department)

Total

Vocational Missions (BIVM)
 
 BMIS 240 Living the Mission

   BMIS 245 Understanding Culture for Global Service

   BMIS 421 Missions as Spiritual Formation

   Choose 3 hours from: BMIS 371 or BMIS 420

Concentration Electives
  
(9 hours of which must be upper-level in one discipline or related
   disciplines approved by the department) 

Total

Worship Ministry (BIBW)  
  
BIBM 403 Christian Worship

  BIBM 440 Special Topic: Worship

  BIBH 432 Story of Spiritual Formation

 Choose from:  BIBH 380 or BIBH 383

 Must be Minor in Music

Total 


3

3


6


21


33


3

3

3

3
 

21


33


3

3

3

3


21

33


3

3

3

3
 

22

34

ELECTIVES  

Children and Family Ministry 

Christian Ministry

Vocational Ministry

Worship Ministry

9

9

9

8

TOTAL MAJOR HOURS         72
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  

Minimum GPA in upper-level Bible/Missions courses 

Minimum GPA for graduation  

Minimum advanced hours   

Minimum total hours  

Courses numbered 0** do not count in

minimum hours required for degree.

2.50

2.25

33

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Minors in Bible, Missions and Ministry   

The biblical studies and missions minor encourages general education students to take Bible and missions courses that will deepen their knowledge of the Scriptures and make them a more valuable minister or missionary in the Lord’s church. A deeper knowledge of textual matters will enhance the future church worker’s ability to enrich the congregation in which that person ministers.

Minor in Bible, Missions and Ministry (23 hours)

MINOR: BIBLE, MISSIONS AND MINISTRY (BIMM)  

General Education

    BIBL 101 Jesus: His Life and Teachings

    BIBL 102 Early Christians: Life, Literature and Community

    BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament  

    BCOR 310 God and the Good Life

Bible, Missions and Ministry Track Upper-level Selections from:

   Select (300-499)  BIBT , BIBP, BIBH, BIBL, BIBM, BMIS  

or

Missions Track

    BMIS 245 Understanding Culture for Global Service

    BMIS 371 Religion in Global Contexts

    BMIS 420 Gospel in a Multi-Cultural World

TOTAL  

 

3

3

3

3

 

12

 

 

3

3

3

21

 

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 Certificate in Vocational Ministry   

The student must work with their advisor and the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry advisor to determine the selection to be chosen.

 

CERTIFICATE: VOCATIONAL MINISTRY (VMIN)  

General Education  

    BIBL 101 Jesus: His Life and Teachings

    BIBL 102 Early Christians: Life, Literature and Community

    BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament  

    BCOR 310 God and the Good Life

    Upper-level textual course  

Vocational Ministry

    Select (300-499) courses in BIBH, BIBL, BIBM, BMIS  

TOTAL  

 

3

3

3

3

3

 

15

30

 

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Certificate in Missions      

Both Credit/No-Credit certificates are available to those who major in other areas and desire introductory level proficiency in missions. The Certificate in Missions:

·    Is for non-mission majors who wish introductory level proficiency in missions.

·    Is not intended to substitute for a missions degree.

·    In some cases, can serve as a credential in seeking visas.

·    Requires the student work with his or her advisor and the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry advisor to determine the selection to be chosen.

Note: To establish eligibility for a certificate in missions, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher. Only those courses, including all Bible courses, in which a “C” or higher is earned can be counted toward a credit certificate in missions. Should one later desire to enter ACU’s graduate program in missions and use undergraduate certificate studies as prerequisite leveling courses, a 3.0 GPA on those courses will be required.

 
CERTIFICATE: MISSIONS (MISS)  

General Education

    BIBL 101 Jesus: His Life and Teachings 

    BIBL 102 Early Christians: Life, Literature and Community 

    BIBL 211 Message of the Old Testament  

    BCOR 310 God and the Good Life

    Upper-level course  

Missions

    BMIS 240 Living the Mission

    BMIS 245 Understanding Culture for Global Service

    BMIS 371 World Religions 

    BMIS 420 Gospel in a Multi-Cultural World or

         BMIS 421 Missions as Spiritual Formation

TOTAL  

 

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

3

3

 

3

27

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Interdisciplinary Degree in Biblical Studies
A total of 33 hours are required for an interdisciplinary degree in biblical studies. The student must work with his or her advisor and the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry advisor to determine the selection to be chosen.

  1. General education, 14 hours: BIBL 101, 102, 211, 440, and 3 hours upper-level course.
  2.  Interdisciplinary, 27 hours:
    a. Specified, 18 hours: BGRK 221, 222, BIBL 320, 3 hours BIBP, BIBT, 3 hours BMIS,
    3 hours BIBH;
    b. Upper level selection, 9 hours; from BIBH, BIBL, BIBM, BIBP, BIBT or BMIS courses.

Missions Activities
Continental interest groups – African Mission Fellowship, Asian Interest Group, European Interest Group, Latin American Missions Partnerships and North American Interest Group inform students about opportunities for missions in specific areas of the work, provide encouragement and offer fellowship. Campaigns are organized and conducted in both foreign and domestic contexts, providing students with valuable experience in evangelism.

Mentoring groups – A strong feature of missions training is the mentoring program. Inaugurated each fall at a mentoring retreat, each person enrolled in a degree or certificate program is assigned to a mentor for the school year. A minimum of one hour per week is spent in prayer, self-assessment, encouragement and growth activities. Warm association with fellow missions students is a strong feature of the department.

Course Descriptions

Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry include those with the following designations: BGRK, BHEB, BIBH, BIBL, BIBM, BIBP , BIBT, BMIS.  

 

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