Associate of Biblical Studies

The Associate of Biblical Studies degree is designed to equip students with a solid Biblical and theological foundation for servant-leadership and teaching within the local church.  The curriculum is designed to prepare for service in volunteer or bi-vocational ministry applications.  

Contact: Chad Summa (chadsumma@cccb.edu)

ABS Degree Goals

The student who completes the ABS degree will be able to do these things:

  • Affirm and defend the truthfulness of the Bible. [B1]
  • Discover the meaning and spiritual application of Biblical texts through the historical-grammatical method of interpretation. [B2]
  • Articulate Biblical principles of Christian life and leadership. [B4]
  • Explain the Biblical teaching of major Christian doctrines. [B5]
  • Locate and evaluate learning resources. [G2]
  • Exhibit independent, critical, and creative thinking skills. [G3]
  • Communicate effectively through written and spoken methods. [G4]
  • Identify the values necessary to guide ethical conduct and social responsibility. [G5]
  • Communicate the Bible clearly and contextually. [P1]
  • Lead a person to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. [P2]
  • Exhibit the character and gifts of a Christ-like servant-leader. [P5]

Associate of Biblical Studies Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Biblical Studies 24
BOT101 Survey of Pentateuch 3
BOT202 History of Israel 3
BNT101 Life of Christ I 3
BNT112 Acts of the Apostles 3
BNT252 Book of Hebrews 3
BNT203 Life of Christ III 3
BTH120 Discovering the Bible 3
BTH201 Basic Biblical Theology 3
General Studies 19
GSS100 Saints Seminar (Orientation to Online Studies for online students) 1
GCA131 Oral Communication 3
GCA151 English Composition I 3
GCA171 English Composition II 3
GCA201 Interpreting Biblical Literature 3
GHS212 Restoration History 3
GPS100 Worldviews & Ethics 3
Professional Studies 17-18
PCM100 Christian Discipleship 3
PCM222 Principles of Evangelism 3
SALT-C1 Serving in Community 0.5
SALT-C2 Biblical Leadership 0.5
SALT-C3 Leadership Ministries 0.5
SALT-S Elective Seminar 0.5
CHOICE

Two Program Foundations courses 

(PCM225, PCM245, PCM275, PED275, PMI205, PMU275)

6
CHOICE Ministry Elective 3
Total Credits Required for ABS Degree 60-61

ABS Degree Options

The courses required for the ABS degree may all be completed online. 

All credits from the ABS degree are applicable to a bachelor’s degree at Central.

Students who intend to transfer with the ABS degree to other institutions should obtain advanced approval in writing from the college to which they plan to transfer.

ABS degree recipients may develop a concentration by taking 12 hours of specialized ministry courses.  Potential concentrations include Children’s Ministry, Worship Leader, and Biblical Languages.  Some concentrations will replace Greek Essentials with an appropriate general studies course. 

ABS Recommended Course of Study - Onsite Students

YEAR ONE

1st Semester – 16.5 hours

___Christian Discipleship

___English Composition I

___Discovering the Bible

___Life of Christ I

___Saints Seminar

___Survey of Pentateuch

___SALT: Serving in Community

 

2nd Semester – 15.5 hours 

___Acts of the Apostles

___English Composition II

___History of Israel

___Oral Communication

___Program Foundations Course

___SALT: Biblical Leadership

YEAR TWO

1st Semester – 12.5 hours

___Basic Biblical Theology

___Book of Hebrews

___Ministry Elective

___Principles of Evangelism

___SALT: Leadership Ministries

2nd Semester – 15.5 hours 

___Interpreting Biblical Literature

___Life of Christ III

___Program Foundations Course

___Restoration History

___SALT: Elective Seminar

___Worldviews & Ethics

ABS Recommended Course of Study – Online Students

YEAR ONE

           Fall A Subterm – 7 hours                                           Fall B Subterm – 6 hours

___Orientation to Online Studies

___Discovering the Bible

___Survey of Pentateuch

___Christian Discipleship

___English Composition I

       Spring A Subterm – 6 hours                                     Spring B Subterm – 6 hours

___Life of Christ I

___Worldviews & Ethics

___English Composition II

___Ministry in the Local Church

Summer – 6 hours

___Acts of the Apostles                                                ___Oral Communication

YEAR TWO

           Fall A Subterm – 6 hours                                           Fall B Subterm – 6 hours

___Interpreting Biblical Literature

___Life of Christ III

___Foundations of Missions

___History of Israel

       Spring A Subterm – 6 hours                                     Spring B Subterm – 6 hours

___Basic Biblical Theology

___Book of Hebrews

___Introduction to Counseling

___Principles of Evangelism

Summer – 6 hours

___Creative Bible Teaching                                           ___Restoration History

The recommended course of study for online students varies based on the starting term. Other sequences are available by contacting academic@cccb.edu.

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