Bible, Missions & Ministry

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Compass Roadmap | Bible, Missions & Ministry


Begin Your Journey
First Year
Pursue Community
Second Year
Pursue Hospitality
Third Year
Pursue Calling
Fourth Year
Pursue Wisdom
Grow Intellectually
  • Meet the faculty during Wildcat Week
  • Develop research skills in Cornerstone
  • Explore the life of Jesus and the New Testament church in BIBL 101 and 102
  • Attend presentations by fellow Bible and ministry majors at ACU's URCI Festival


  • Hone your skills and perspectives as a reader of the Scriptures in BIBL 320: Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
  • Explore the Old Testament in BIBL 211
  • Learn more about the Graduate School of Theology
  • Consider interesting ideas from major thinkers at an event hosted by ACU's Center for the Study of Ancient Religious Texts (CSART)

  • Engage in a faculty-mentored research or creative project
  • Participate in information literacy workshop
  • Integrate your knowledge of the Bible and Ministry in BIBM 439: Teaching and Learning for Spiritual Formation
  • Become a participating member of the Theta Alpha Kappa Honors Society

  • Present at URCI Festival or other conference
  • Explore the wisdom and traditions of the church in a theology course like BIBT 379: The Church or BIBT 491: Theology
  • Make a plan for your continued intellectual growth after graduation, to support your ministry and your spiritual life
Grow Spiritually
  • Participate in Chapel, including department chapel each month
  • Experience Candlelight Devo during Wildcat Week
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Engage in practices of meal fellowship, testimony and breath prayer
  • Develop spiritual friendships with other members of the department

  • Participate in Chapel
  • Volunteer in the Abilene community
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Learn about service opportunities at the Local Missions Fair
  • Engage in practices of intercessory prayer, pilgrimage and journaling
  • Participate in Chapel
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Gain hands-on ministry experience on a Global Service Trip
  • Engage in practices of silence, spiritual listening and examen
  • Participate in Chapel, including department chapel each month
  • Engage in a local church
  • Experience Candlelight Sendoff
  • Engage in practices of friendship, relinquishment and developing a rule of life
  • Experience Candlelight Sendoff
  • Engage in practices of friendship, relinquishment and developing a rule of life
Grow Personally
  • Take advantage of recreation opportunities on campus (Rec Center, intramurals, etc)
  • Actively engage in a student organization
  • Invest in a local ministry or nonprofit

  • Develop your leadership skills while serving in a leadership role on campus
  • Lead in a church ministry or local service organization
  • Articulate sense of vocation or write spiritual autobiography

  • Serve in a leadership role and mentor a future student leader
  • Lead a student club or organization
  • Identify a minister outside of ACU who might serve as a professional mentor

Grow Culturally
  • Attend events hosted by the International Students Association (ISA)
  • Study abroad in Oxford, Leipzig or Montevideo
  • Attend events hosted by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action
  • Participate in a World Wide Witness summer internship
  • Reflect on an intercultural experience
  • Apply to Fulbright Scholar, AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps or Intercultural Service Opportunity
  • Lead an OMA, ISA or Carl Spain Center event
  • Reflect on the biblical and theological importance of intercultural competence
Grow Professionally
  • Activate your Handshake profile and take the Career Explorer Inventory through ACU's Career Development Center
  • Learn new creative possibilities through Creative U
  • Explore different ministries at the Profiles of Ministry lunches
  • Develop a rĂ©sumĂ© participate in a mock interview with Career Services
  • Get a ministry-related summer job
  • Begin discussing your vocational plans with faculty members

  • Finalize a resume'
  • Secure letters of recommendation
  • Apply for jobs and/or graduate school
  • Work with job placement team in the College of Biblical Studies
  • Complete the Capstone course, BIBM 491: Ministry in Context
  • Attend a professional conference in your area of ministry

Five Areas of Growth

  • Grow Intellectually – Sharpen your mind through critical thinking, problem solving and engaging in original research or creative projects. Build knowledge in your field and develop relevant skills through innovative and experiential assignments and activities.
  • Grow SpirituallyGrow in likeness of Christ, as the Spirit leads both individuals and communities into deeper love of God and others. Cultivate Christian community, hospitality, vocation and wisdom through reflective participation in community practices such as worship, study and service. 
  • Grow Personally – Mature as a whole person through mentorship, peer-to-peer relationships and cultivating habits that produce wellness. Discover your strengths, become a productive team member and grow as a leader.
  • Grow Culturally – Deepen intercultural knowledge and the ability to communicate with and relate to people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and geographic areas. Foster a greater respect and empathy for all peoples through building dynamic and mutually rewarding relationships in local and global contexts. 
  • Grow Professionally – Prepare for a meaningful career by exploring options, participating in career development activities, gaining relevant experiences and making purposeful connections that launch your professional life.

Integrated Spiritual Formation Themes

NOTE: Transfer students and those that surpass traditional semester cadences can progress to the next phase when appropriate for their needs.

Year 1 – Pursue Community

Connecting students to cruciform relationships with peers and adults on campus and in Abilene through compelling opportunities to invest in a variety of Christian organizations, both discovering and experiencing the distinctive nature of Christian community.

Year 2 – Pursue Hospitality

Engaging students in encounters with diverse peoples, ideas and cultures through both local and global opportunities to extend and receive hospitality and to serve others in Christ’s name.

Year 3 – Pursue Calling

Advancing students’ understanding of vocation in a manner that integrates each student’s particular identity, career goals and vision for life with the broad calling for Christians to participate in the ongoing mission of God revealed in the pattern of Christ’s life and death.

Year 4 – Pursue Wisdom

Launching students into cruciform and purposeful living beyond the university by equipping them with tools for and experiences seeking Christian wisdom as they prepare to transition into a new season of life and career.