Montana Bible College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with one of five emphasis options: Pastoral Studies, General Ministry, Missions, Biblical Counseling, or Outdoor Discipleship. Regardless of the emphasis pursued, the first year of any program is identical to give students a solid biblical foundation and allow them the opportunity to become familiar with each program prior to choosing one course of study. All degree emphases provide a wealth of ministry-related instruction.
Each degree program includes core courses (see the MBC Catalog) designed to help students grow in their understanding of Scripture and their commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. Students will be engaged in ministry training in the classroom and through experience in local churches. Courses specifically designed for discipleship guide students in ministry training and experience. Bible exposition courses are offered in a systematic rotation to give students a breadth of study in various authors and literary styles.
Each degree program also includes general education courses. MBC has selected courses in each general education discipline to prepare the student specifically for ministry. For example, our History of Western Civilization course teaches students to make the connection between the history they are learning and the Bible’s historical background.
Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts degree will be able to:
- Understand and explain biblical content and themes. All students of Scripture must be able to understand accurately the purpose of the biblical author in any book of the Bible. Students will also be able to articulate in oral and written form general themes common throughout Scripture.
- Apply discipleship ministry skills in one-to-one and small group relationships. The skill of training others to “follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1) is the essential element to maintaining the church from one generation to the next. Students will learn to follow biblical leadership, model a biblical lifestyle for others to follow, and intentionally reproduce new disciple-makers.
- Provide biblical solutions to counseling issues. Every individual will confront sin in his or her personal life and relationships. To overcome sin is the goal of sanctification, and sometimes assistance may be necessary. Counseling is one person biblically guiding another into right thinking and living, and all Christians who desire to serve others will be given by the Lord the opportunity to minister in this way. Both biblical knowledge and the commitment to live and follow that knowledge are prerequisites to leading others to follow Scriptural teaching.
- Evangelize locally and cross-culturally. Whether it be in a familiar or foreign culture, students must be able to articulate and live the Gospel in such a way that the ultimate purpose of God’s glory in all of humanity is clearly heard and seen.
- Demonstrate a maturing commitment to Christ in daily lifestyle. Knowledge is useless if the difference in life is absent. Though students will learn a great deal in their years at Bible college, learning by itself is insufficient. Students will be trained in how to live lives that honor the reputation of the One who saved them. This includes both spiritual and physical areas. The goal of every Christian pursuit is to further the glory of God’s name; Bible college education is one of many disciplines used to accomplish the change that will bring about further glory to God.
Provide sufficient evidence of spiritual and academic growth to pursue further Bible training at a seminary or other institution of higher education. Some MBC graduates will desire to pursue further education. The character, knowledge, and skills learned at Montana Bible College in the Bachelor of Arts degree program will enable these students to thrive in the environments of rigorous academic pursuit.
See the MBC Catalog for more information such as core curriculum courses, concentration specific courses, and general education requirements.