"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15
The School of Ministry is available to members of Bible School International and awards diplomas, degrees and certificates in recognition of the satisfactory completion of structured church-based studies.
Such credentials require proven study in the areas of the Old and New Testament as well as significant experience in applied ministry. They are conferred free of charge and are never for sale.
Diplomas and degrees may be conferred honoris causa (h.c.) in exceptional circumstances. Such awards are conferred in keeping with historical church precedent as a mark of distinction and respect and carry the same weight as earned diplomas and degrees. They are conferred free of charge and are never for sale.
Equivalency credit is available for college or seminary course work, ministry-based experience and/or portfolio review. Such credit must be verifiable through official transcripts, affidavits or original works. A record of credits will be kept on file.
The awards made by the school are ecclesiastical (church-ministry based) in nature and must not be misused as academic credentials.
Bible School International does not claim accreditation from spurious accrediting agencies, nor does it engage in the questionable practice of self-accreditation or the sale of diplomas and degrees.
The diplomas and degrees issued by the School of Ministry require actual labor and are issued by authority of Bible School International' legal church charter and will be vouched for as such.
In this way, the awards made by the school are legitimate and tangible recognitions of ministry-based achievements and may be duly noted by recipients.
Given the diverse backgrounds of applicants, the requirements for earned diplomas and degrees will be individually tailored taking into account previous studies and/or life experience where applicable. An individual education plan will be designed for each applicant and will form the basis for the diploma or degree to be earned. This approach to ecclesiastical education is appropriate for the individual well versed in the Bible and relevant topics.
The following diplomas, degrees and certificates are available:
Note: In response to a number of inquiries, please take notice that (as already outlined herein) ecclesiastical diplomas and degrees are available only to ordained members of Bible School International and they are never for sale. Honorary diplomas and degrees are conferred at the sole discretion of Bible School International in order to genuinely "honor" the recipient--one cannot request to receive an honorary diploma or degree.
Diploma in Ministry - Dip.Min. The Diploma in Ministry is the first ecclesiastical credential for those trained in Christian ministry, suitable for those with a sound foundation in the Bible.
Bachelor of Divinity - B.D. The Bachelor of Divinity is an earned and honorary degree, conferred by church tradition on those licensed to preach or teach Christian theology or religious subjects or in recognition of a meaningful contribution to or achievement in the field of ministry. It is considered to be the first professional ecclesiastical degree, suitable for those with formal education and/or experience in the Bible and/or related fields. Admission requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of transferable credit.
Doctor of Divinity - D.D. The Doctor of Divinity is an earned and honorary degree, conferred by church tradition on those licensed to preach or teach Christian theology or religious subjects or in recognition of a meaningful contribution to or achievement in the field of ministry. It is considered to be the advanced professional ecclesiastical degree suitable for those with extensive education and/or experience in the Bible and/or related fields. Admission requires an earned bachelor's degree (B.A., B.Th., B.D., etc.) or a genuine honorary Bachelor of Divinity degree. A written project with evidence of advanced research and writing skills is required for an earned degree at this level.
Certificate of Completion - Cert. The Certificate of Completion is conferred in recognition of satisfactory completion of study in an area such as Old or New Testament, Pastoral Counseling or Prison Ministry.
Course outline of Bible ministry International Network may be viewed below.
Please inquire about enrollment in the school via Contact page.
Introduction to Biblical Studies
OLD & NEW TESTAMENT SURVEYS:
This survey provides an overview of the entire Bible. Study outlines of each book of the Bible are provided for further development by the student. Volume One: Introduction and Old Testament. Volume Two: New Testament.
FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH:
This course stresses the importance of proper spiritual foundations for life and ministry by focusing on foundations of the Christian faith identified in Hebrews 6:1: Repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection, and eternal judgment.
CREATIVE BIBLE STUDY METHODS:
This course equips students for personal study of the Word of God after the conclusion of Institute training. Students learn how to study the Bible by book, chapter, paragraph, verse, and word. Other methods taught include biographical, devotional, theological, typological, and topical. Special guidelines for studying Bible poetry and prophecy are presented and students are taught methods of charting and outlining.
Applying Biblical Studies Personally
DEVELOPING A BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW:
This course examines the Biblical world view from Genesis through Revelation. God's plan for the nations of the world from the beginning of time is detailed. Current worldwide spiritual need is also presented.
The "Gospel of the Kingdom" shall be preached in all the world before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:14). Understanding of Kingdom principles is necessary if one is to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom. This course focuses on patterns and principles of Kingdom living applicable to life and ministry.
KNOWING GOD'S VOICE:
This course explains how God speaks to men today and how to find His general and specific plans for life. A Christian model for decision making is presented, along with guidelines for overcoming wrong decisions, steps to take if you have missed the will of God, and methods for dealing with questionable practices.
MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
This study focuses on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, spiritual fruit, and spiritual gifts. Students are guided in discovery of their own spiritual gifts and position of ministry in the Body of Christ.
SPIRITUAL STRATEGIES: A MANUAL OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE:
This course moves participants beyond the natural world into the realm of the spirit. Tactics of the enemy are analyzed and strategies of spiritual warfare assuring victory over the principalities and powers of the spirit world are explained.
The early church was born in a demonstration of the power of God. Power principles taught in this course equip students for spiritual harvest and moves them from being spectators to demonstrators of the power of God.
Applying Biblical Studies in Community
BIBLICAL MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES:
A review of Biblical management principles with emphasis on servant leadership, Biblical leaders, and Scriptural strategies for success.
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS:
Students learn environmental analysis on an individual, church, and organizational basis. They learn how to analyze the spiritual environment of a village, city, state or nation prior to penetrating it with the Gospel message.
MANAGEMENT BY OBJECTIVES:
Everything Jesus did centered on the great purposes of God. This course analyzes Christ's objectives for ministry and teaches students to institute management by objectives in their own life and ministry.
This course presents methods for mobilizing spiritual forces for God and explains the practical application of the Bible ministry International vision to specific areas of ministry. Referral courses in various areas of ministry are also available through this module.
The Gospel of the Kingdom spreads throughout the world as leaven in bread dough: The leaven is small and hidden, but its impact is unlimited. Effective evangelism strategies are taught, including detailed instruction on the deliverance ministry, church planting, and techniques of networking between ministries.
STRATEGIES FOR SPIRITUAL HARVEST:
The initial call of Jesus Christ to men was to be spiritually reproductive: "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." His final command, that of the Great Commission, also challenged followers to spiritual reproduction. Using the analogy of the natural harvest, this course focuses on promises of spiritual harvest, things that prevent harvest, and keys to effective harvest. It communicates the vision which the remainder of Institute training equips students to fulfill.
Applying Biblical Studies: Special Applications
This course examines the methods Jesus used to teach and preach the Gospel. Students are taught how to prepare and present lessons and how to teach and preach the Gospel.
God's plan for spiritual multiplication is presented. This study reveals how a single Christian can be responsible for the multiplication of thousands of trained and motivated believers. Church growth principles are emphasized.
YOU CAME UNTO ME....A JAIL AND PRISON MINISTRY MANUAL:
A complete guide to jail and prison ministry. Includes guidelines for
writing and visiting inmates, conducting group services inside an
institution, reaching out to families of inmates, and ministering on
death row .
A study of all the Bible teaches about women and their role in
ministry. Also includes a study of the Bible books bearing women’s
names--Ruth and Esther--and resources for biographical study of all of
the women of the Bible.
An intercessory prayer guide that includes guidelines on how to pray,
what to pray for, when not to pray, resources for prayer,
BATTLE FOR THE BODY:
A study of all the Bible teaches about divine healing. Complete guidelines for receiving and ministering healing.
ALTAR COUNSELOR'S COURSE
...He reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. (Jeremiah 5:24) -KJV
Some studies may not be required or may be added depending on applicants qualifications.
Required courses are included free with Membership Donation) :
No money needed to start course! Donate when it is affordable.
Other studies may be required depending on applicants qualifications.
Ministerial Course -self study- choose your courses...for music, youth
or personal ministry:
EACH COURSE WOULD TYPICALLY BE (3 units)
Altar Counseling Guide