Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies

The School of Biblical Studies educates those called to vocational ministry as well as individuals pursuing other professions who want to study Bible, theology, and ministry.

Ministry for Today’s Churches

In LBU’s School of Biblical Studies and Theology, you’ll learn biblical truths and relevant skills that will empower you to fulfill your ministry calling. You’ll gain a strong theological foundation, learn to lead others in their faith journey, and actively participate in ministry as a student. Our renowned faculty integrate biblical insights and ministerial skills into every class, and you’ll interact with many of the country’s most influential ministry leaders.

Earning a ministry & theology degree from Louisiana Baptist University gives you the training you need to serve in the types of ministry jobs that are most needed in the local church. As a Christian university, Louisiana Baptist University has trained transformative church and ministry leaders since our founding in 1973. Equipping and supporting the church and Christ’s mission is what we do. You are the future of the Christian faith, and we are committed to equipping you to lead, influence and guide the church toward growth and life-changing ministries.

Certificate Programs

The School of Biblical Studies offers two certificates: Bible and Theology and Church Ministry. The certificate programs are designed for those with little to no formal Christian education who want to increase their witness and ministry effectiveness without completing a degree program.

The curriculum consists of ten college-level courses that you complete at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Our program will increase your capacity to study Scripture, to share the Gospel, and to minister within your church.

The cost for the entire program is $2400, which is payable over time. Upon completion of the program, you may participate in our annual commencement ceremony. Those who decide to pursue a degree have the option to transfer all thirty credit hours into a bachelor program by paying an alignment fee.

The Certificate in Bible and Theology is for those who are in a teaching ministry or for those who simply want to better understand Scripture and doctrine.

  • Old Testament
  • Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Theology and Bibliology
  • The Four Gospels
  • Bible Lands and Customs
  • Any five electives

The Certificate in Church Ministry is for those who are involved in a teaching ministry or a leadership role who want to become better teachers of Scripture and to better understand church business. Those seeking ordination into vocational Gospel ministry should consider at least the bachelor degree.

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Teaching the Bible
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Church Administration
  • Any five electives

Associate Degrees

The associate degree is ideal for two types of people. First, it can be the initial step toward a bachelor degree. If you begin your studies here, then you will be grounded in God’s truth before you continue your studies at a university. Second, for some students the associate degree can be the easier way to earn a college degree. Rather than studying general things to earn your degree, the program allows you to focus on Bible and theology while earning your degree.

The associate degree is ideal for two types of people. First, it can be the initial step toward a bachelor degree. If you begin your studies here, then you will be grounded in God’s truth before you continue your studies at a university. Second, for some students the associate degree can be the easier way to earn a college degree. Rather than studying general things to earn your degree, the program allows you to focus on Bible and theology while earning your degree.

Orientation: 2 Hours

General Studies Requirements: 12 Hours

          English I

          English II

          Science Elective

          History Elective


Bible Requirements: 30 Hours

          Old Testament Survey

          New Testament Survey 
          Hermeneutics

          Personal Evangelism

          Systematic Theology I

          Systematic Theology II

          Major and Minor Prophets 

          Wisdom Literature

          The Four Gospels

          The General Epistles

 

Free Electives: 12 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 60 Hours

Bachelor of Arts

The bachelor’s degree provides a general education and a broad biblical and theological education, along with specialization in one of the Schools. You can complete the entire program at your own pace from anywhere in the world. We offer bachelor’s degrees in biblical studies, counseling, communication, and education. We also offer the bachelor’s degree delivered entirely in Español. Those who are called to a specific ministry can choose a concentration within the School of Biblical Studies such as pastoral ministry, children’s ministry, or missions.

Recommended for those who want to study the Bible and theology broadly and deeply. If you are called into vocational ministry, you might consider the Bible and Theology Concentration as preparatory for ministry or as preparatory for a Master of Divinity. If you want to pursue a professional career, you should consider the Bible and Theology Concentration because it offers the flexibility needed to design a curriculum to fit your goals. A minor can be earned when a minimum of fifteen credit hours are completed in a particular discipline.

Orientation: 3 Hours

 

General Studies: 30 Hours

         English I

         English II

         Literature Elective

         Fundamentals of Speech

         History Elective

         History Elective

         Science Elective

         Science Elective

         Social Studies Elective

         Social Studies Elective

 

Bible Requirements: 36 Hours

         Old Testament Survey

         New Testament Survey

         Hermeneutics

         Personal Evangelism

         Systematic Theology I

         Systematic Theology II

         Major and Minor Prophets

         Wisdom Literature

         The Four Gospels

         The General Epistles

         Pauline Epistles

         Acts of the Apostles

 

Concentration Requirements: 30 Hours

         Theology & Bibliology

         Christology & Pneumatology

         Anthropology & Hamartiology

         Ecclesiology & Soteriology

         Angelology & Demonology

         Eschatology

         Problem Passages

         Covenant & Dispensationalism Theology

         Contemporary Issues in Theology

         The Eternal State

 

Free Electives: 15 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 128 Hours

Recommended for those called to a teaching and leadership role within a local church whether as a vocation or as a volunteer. The Church Ministry Concentration curriculum is ideal for a church staff member, family life director, or for anyone who wants to be an involved layperson. You will develop ministry skills such as Bible teaching and counseling alongside practical skills such as leadership and organization. The electives will allow you to hone particular skills needed to accomplish your ministry goals. A minor can be earned when a minimum of fifteen credit hours are completed in a particular discipline.

 

Orientation: 3 Hours

 

General Studies Requirements: 30 Hours

         English I

         English II

         Literature Elective

         Fundamentals of Speech

         History Elective

         History Elective

         Science Elective

         Science Elective

         Social Studies Elective

         Social Studies Elective

 

Bible Requirements: 36 Hours

         Old Testament Survey

         New Testament Survey

         Hermeneutics

         Personal Evangelism

         Systematic Theology I

         Systematic Theology II

         Major and Minor Prophets

         Wisdom Literature

         The Four Gospels

         The General Epistles

         Pauline Epistles

         Acts of the Apostles

 

Concentration Requirements: 30 Hours

         Introduction to Educational Ministries

         Theology of Family Ministry

         Sunday School Administration

         Church Administration

         Church and Personal Finance

         Strategic Planning

         Biblical Basis of Missions

         Foundations for Christian Counseling

         Apologetics

         Homiletics

 

Free Electives: 15 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Hours

Recommended for those called to a teaching and leadership role as pastor of a local church. You might consider the Pastoral Ministry Concentration as preparatory for ministry success or as preparatory for a Master of Divinity. You will study the Bible and theology both in your core courses and in your concentration courses. You will develop ministry skills such as exegesis, preaching, and administration through prescribed courses. The electives will allow you to hone particular skills needed to accomplish your ministry goals. A minor can be earned when a minimum of fifteen credit hours are completed in a particular discipline.

 

Orientation: 3 Hours

 

General Studies Requirements: 30 Hours

         English I

         English II

         Literature Elective

         Fundamentals of Speech

         History Elective

         History Elective

         Science Elective

         Science Elective

         Social Studies Elective

         Social Studies Elective

 

Bible Requirements: 36 Hours

         Old Testament Survey

         New Testament Survey

         Hermeneutics

         Personal Evangelism

         Systematic Theology I

         Systematic Theology II

         Major and Minor Prophets

         Wisdom Literature

         The Four Gospels

         The General Epistles

         Pauline Epistles

        Acts of the Apostles

 

Concentration Requirements: 30 Hours

         Pastoral Theology

         Homiletics

         Hebrew I

         Hebrew II

         Greek I

         Greek II

         Foundations for Christian Counseling

         The Disciple-Making Pastor

         Church Administration

         Church and Personal Finance

 

Free Electives: 15 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Hours

Recommended for those called to children’s ministry within a local church whether as a vocation or as a volunteer. You will study the child development process and develop ministry skills such as Bible teaching and sharing the Gospel with children. The electives will allow you to hone particular skills needed to accomplish your ministry goals. A minor can be earned when a minimum of fifteen credit hours are completed in a particular discipline.

Orientation: 3 Hours

 

General Studies Requirements: 30 Hours

         English I

         English II

         Literature Elective

         Fundamentals of Speech

         History Elective

         History Elective

         Science Elective

         Science Elective

         Social Studies Elective

         Social Studies Elective

 

Bible Requirements: 36 Hours

         Old Testament Survey

         New Testament Survey

         Hermeneutics

         Personal Evangelism

         Systematic Theology I

         Systematic Theology II

         Major and Minor Prophets

         Wisdom Literature

         The Four Gospels

         The General Epistles

         Pauline Epistles

         Acts of the Apostles

 

Concentration Requirements: 30 Hours

         Introduction to Educational Ministries

         Teaching in Educational Ministries

         Sunday School Administration

         Human Development

         Foundations of Children’s Ministry I

         Foundations of Children’s Ministry II

         Communicating the Gospel to Children

         Practical Children’s Ministry

         Theology of Family Ministry

         Foundations for Christian Counseling

 

Free Electives: 15 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Hours

 

Recommended for those called to student ministry within a local church whether as a vocation or as a volunteer. You will study the youth development process and develop ministry skills such as Bible teaching and the counseling of students. The electives will allow you to hone particular skills needed to accomplish your ministry goals. A minor can be earned when a minimum of fifteen credit hours are completed in a particular discipline.

Orientation: 3 Hours

 

General Studies Requirements: 30 Hours

         English I

         English II

         Literature Elective

         Fundamentals of Speech

         History Elective

         History Elective

         Science Elective

         Science Elective

         Social Studies Elective

         Social Studies Elective

 

Bible Requirements: 36 Hours

         Old Testament Survey

         New Testament Survey

         Hermeneutics

         Personal Evangelism

         Systematic Theology I

         Systematic Theology II

         Major and Minor Prophets

         Wisdom Literature

         The Four Gospels

         The General Epistles

         Pauline Epistles

         Acts of the Apostles

 

Concentration Requirements: 30 Hours

         Introduction to Educational Ministries

         Teaching in Educational Ministries

         Sunday School Administration

         Human Development

         Foundation for Student Ministry

         Philosophy of Student Ministries Leadership

         Bible-Based Student Ministry

         Practical Student Ministry

         Theology of Family Ministry

         Foundations for Christian Counseling

 

Free Electives: 15 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Hours

Recommended for those called to intercultural ministry both at home and abroad. You will study the Bible and theology both in your core courses and in your concentration courses. You will develop ministry skills such as exegesis, teaching, and cross-cultural ministry through prescribed courses. The electives will allow you to hone particular skills needed to accomplish your ministry goals. A minor can be earned when a minimum of fifteen credit hours are completed in a particular discipline.

Orientation: 3 Hours

 

General Studies Requirements: 30 Hours

         English I

         English II

         Literature Elective

         Fundamentals of Speech

         History Elective

         History Elective

         Science Elective

         Science Elective

         Social Studies Elective

         Social Studies Elective

 

Bible Requirements: 36 Hours

         Old Testament Survey

         New Testament Survey

         Hermeneutics

         Personal Evangelism

         Systematic Theology I

         Systematic Theology II

         Major and Minor Prophets

         Wisdom Literature

         The Four Gospels

         The General Epistles

         Pauline Epistles

         Acts of the Apostles

Concentration Requirements: 30 Hours

         Biblical Basis of Missions

         World Missions

         Church and Missions

         Cross-Cultural Communication

         Missionary Life and Work

         Indigenous Church Planting

         Cultural Anthropology

         Preparation for Living Abroad

         Theology of Family Ministry

         Homiletics

 

Free Electives: 15 Hours

Graduation Workshop: 3 Hours

Global Missional Experience: 3 Hours

 

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Hours

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Dr. Mark Conn

Vice-President

Mark Conn is the Vice President of LBU and divides his time between Shreveport and the picturesque Ozark Mountains of southwest Missouri. With a career spanning over three decades in higher education, Mark has helped shape the minds and hearts of countless ministry students. His teaching portfolio encompasses a range of subjects, including Bible studies, Biblical Prophecy, Christian Ministry, Cultural Engagement, and Pastoral Studies. One of his foremost passions lies in guiding students to wrestle with the authentic message of the Bible, steering them away from interpretations based in cultural tradition. Mark is a sought-after contributor to various international publications, as well as radio programs and podcasts. His insights span an array of topics, from biblical prophecy to the intricate interplay between faith and culture, and even the enigmatic supernatural aspects within the pages of the Bible. In addition to his work in education, he has dedicated a significant portion of his career to church revitalization. Over the years he has worked with churches of various sizes and cultural settings to help them overcome challenges and reinvigorate their congregations. As a consultant in church revitalization, he has helped churches identify their strengths and weaknesses, develop strategies for growth, and implement effective outreach programs. He believes God’s desire is for every church to thrive, and he is committed to helping them fulfill the Great Commission. Beyond his professional endeavors, Mark boasts a diverse range of interests including writing, technology, cooking, old car restomodding, overlanding in a modified Jeep WJ, and embraces the title of a “coffee snob.”

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