Online BS in Christian Service and Formation

You’re seeking a vocation — a personal calling that starts inward and extends from your authentic self into how you serve the world. Start your journey toward uncovering your purpose with ACU’s fully online Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation. This immersive, flexible degree program strengthens your pastoral skills and broadens your cultural awareness while deepening your connection with the world through Christ. Grow your identity and faith while pursuing a path toward vocational ministry around your current obligations. 

You’re seeking a vocation — a personal calling that starts inward and extends from your authentic self into how you serve the world. Start your journey toward uncovering your purpose with ACU’s fully online Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation. This immersive, flexible degree program strengthens your pastoral skills and broadens your cultural awareness while deepening your connection with the world through Christ. Grow your identity and faith while pursuing a path toward vocational ministry around your current obligations. 

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Nurture Your Vocation

Let your passion flourish in and through a program that fosters your faith, academic achievements, and spiritual development. Our engaged faculty and vibrant, virtual Christ-centered community help guide your progress toward your career and personal goals. 

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Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.

About the Program

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Energize yourself with the teachings and messages of the scriptures. As the backbone of the online Bachelor’s in Christian Service and Formation, these lessons lay the foundation for you to explore your relationship with God, assume a more Christ-like perspective, and observe the role of spirituality in the world. Through this lens, you’ll acquire key ministry skills for leading, establishing connections, and guiding others to learn everyday contemporary applications of the Bible’s principles. At ACU, we believe the best kind of spiritual formation comes from those who are tending to their own spiritual life.

Program Structure

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The online Bachelor’s in Christian Service and Formation takes a holistic look at the Bible, its teachings, and applications. You’ll focus on three key pillars — reading scripture, understanding your own cultural competency around its lessons, and cultivating spiritual formation.

Required Hours

Total: 120 hours
University Requirements: 56 hours
Major: 64 hours (up to 26 hours in electives)

Example Coursework

Christian Leadership
Christianity in Culture
Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
Mission as Spiritual Formation
Prophets of Israel

Upcoming Start Dates

August 23, 2022
October 18, 2022

Curriculum

You’ll question and nurture your purpose, both through your identity in Christ and your God-given role for empowering and uplifting others. The road toward vocational formation starts with examining how you relate to the world and embracing your selflessness, unrelenting drive, and boundless curiosity. 

The online Bachelor’s in Christian Service and Formation guides you through 64 credit hours covering:

  • The Bible: Prepare for ministry and advanced biblical studies by learning the methods and tools of interpretation and teachings of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Theology and History: Develop a firm foundation of Christian values to apply long-held teachings to contemporary culture and examine the evolution of faith and spirituality.
  • Ministry and Mission: Familiarize yourself with the themes present in Christian ministry and the skills essential for leading others in these settings. Consider the cultural side of religion, including anthropological and sociological aspects, and how to communicate in multicultural settings. 
  • Spiritual Formation: View Christian spirituality from a historical perspective. Grow your understanding of teaching the gospel so you can absorb and apply its disciplines to connect with others and fully realize your role in God’s mission.

You’ll finish the program with a multipart capstone project drawing together ministry, observation, and spiritual formation. Along with all courses composing your major, students enrolled in the online Bachelor’s in Christian Service and Formation complete ACU’s general education requirements.

Meet the Program Director

Tiffany Dahlman, Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation

Tiffany Dahlman, Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation

Tiffany Dahlman is an adjunct instructor and the program director for the Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation. She received her bachelor’s degrees in English and Religious Studies from York College and earned a Master of Divinity with specializations in Old Testament and Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry in the Preaching for Community Transformation track from ACU. Tiffany has experience in foreign missions and has served as a congregational minister since 2015. She believes in loving God with the mind, heart, soul, and body, and as program director, she seeks to help students prepare for the spiritual vocation into which they are called.

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Bachelor of Science in Christian Service and Formation

Dedicate yourself to vocational ministry or other church or nonprofit work where you’ll both support and inspire others by illuminating the way forward with Christ’s teachings. Help others in your organization, community, and across the globe nourish their faith, realize their vocation, and receive spiritual direction as they pursue their relationship with God.

Potential opportunities after earning a Bachelor’s in Christian Service and Formation include:

  • youth pastor;
  • disciple pastor;
  • associate or administrative pastor;
  • group leader; 
  • parachurch professional; and
  • Christian nonprofit professional.
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Submit official high school and/or college transcripts.
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.

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

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher to meet graduation requirements and complete at least 33 advanced hours.

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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).