Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation

Are you interested in understanding how your surroundings shape your worldview and how you can use that lens to engage the world in meaningful ways for Christ? In the Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation program, you will have an opportunity to develop pastoral skills and broaden your cultural awareness while nurturing your identity in Christ. You’ll focus on three key pillars — reading scripture, understanding your own cultural competency around scripture, and cultivating your own spiritual formation. At ACU, we believe the best kind of spiritual formation comes from those who are tending to their own spiritual life.

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Meet the Program Director

Dr. Ben Ries is the associate dean for vocational formation in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at ACU Online, developing curricular and co-curricular opportunities for online students, faculty, and staff. He is also the executive director of ACU’s Center for Vocational Formation. He and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Dallas with their three children in June 2016 after 18 years of congregational ministry in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Ries enjoys the outdoors, board games, movies, theology, and daydreaming about fly fishing or backpacking in the Cascade Mountains.

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Degree Highlights

Required Hours

University Requirements/General Ed: 56 credit hours

Total Required: 120 credit hours

Major Requirements: 64 credit hours (up to 26 credit hours in electives)

Example Coursework

BMIS 270: Living the Mission

BIBT 342: Christianity in Culture

BIBL 320: Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

BMIS 421: Mission as Spiritual Formation


School of Undergraduate Studies

Upcoming Start Dates

October 20, 2020

January 12, 2021

What can you do after graduation?

  • Discipleship Minister
  • Family Minister
  • Youth Minister
  • Small-Group Minister
  • Campus Minister

Admission Requirements

ACU’s online undergraduate programs are intended for non-traditional students interested in gaining a bachelor’s degree in an online modality.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Be out of high school for at least four years.
  • Complete the “Online Undergraduate Program” application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Provide official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.