Bachelor of Biblical Studies
The Biblical Studies program is a four-year, 124-credit undergraduate program. It is designed to equip students with the analytical, exegetical, and theological tools necessary to interpret God’s Word responsibly. Some biblical programs deliver a pre-packaged theology to students, but we want to give students the skillset to dive into the text for themselves, learning how to make the Bible the point of departure for ethical and theological discussions. The Bible provides the moral values and ethical direction necessary to navigate our complicated world in a way that is pleasing to God.
A follower of Jesus must be biblically literate, and we believe biblical literacy requires a grasp of the entirety of God’s Word, not just portions of it. That’s why our program leads students through nearly every book of the Bible.
Our program seeks to produce action, not just knowledge. “Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers” (James 1:22). We work hard to show students how to practically apply the Bible in their own lives, teaching them to represent God’s character in a world of desperate need. By inviting students not just into a biblical education, but also a community of faith that collaborates in third world service, students learn that doing God’s will is a communal effort.
Bachelor of Community Development
Students who enroll in this program want to make a difference. Often, they’ve witnessed the devastating effects of poverty in the third world. They want to do something about it, something practical, something that will truly change lives for the better. Entering our program, students are often surprised to find that the Bible offers ways to address real-world problems people face around the world. Even in our Community Development classes, the Bible remains the main coursebook, being the standard by which we evaluate every development scheme or practice.
As a whole, development workers agree that people in the third world need things like clean water, access to quality education, and holistic health care. The real challenge is how these goals should be achieved. We reject the notion that sustainable development can be resolved by dumping Western money on the problem. We want students to approach issues with a more developed and complex methodology. When students think through education, for example, they can’t just be concerned with building a school building. They have to think about the whole paradigm of education, whether it actually teaches students to critically think about their world. There are no easy answers in development work. There are no quick solutions. We prepare students to face issues with knowledge, courage, persistence, and faith, knowing that true change can only occur with these characteristics at play.