Putting down Bible College?

November 22nd, 2014

Over the years I have heard a number of people put down the idea of going to Bible College. They think it is not helpful and not required to serve God. I agree with the second thought.

I can only speak from my experience. I found Bible College really helpful (but in saying that I did 90% of mine as an external student). It gave me space and time to think through my beliefs, to study what the Bible says on certain things and helped me to grow in my faith. All really worthwhile things!

One of the arguments I hear for not going to Bible College is that people would rather work out of their giftings and anointing, rather than a Bible College education. To that I say imagine a person working out of their giftings, being anointed and having a great education too.

My studies took me 7 years. Some of that was full time and some of it was part time while I worked part time. While it was hard to do I would not change what it has given. I feel more complete in my understanding of God, myself and the world I live in.

Below are some of the units I studied at Bible College (not all of them). Most took between 3-6 months to complete. If you are not a Bible College fan, have a look at the list and ask if some of these units would help you be a better disciple of Christ.

Creative Living (Living in the image of God)
Understanding God and Ourselves
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
Survey of the New Testament
Survey of the Old Testament
Introduction to Christian Belief
Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
Introduction to Christian Counselling
Pastoral Care (Inside and outside the church)
Ministry of the Spirit
Ministering to People in Pain
Theology Basics
World Religions: A comparison of major world faiths
Worldview Basics: A comparison of major worldviews
Pastoral Ethics
Soteriology – Doctrine of Salvation
Public Speaking and Preaching
Understanding Culturally Appropriate Mission
Facilitating Individual Learning
Working Effectively with Young People in a Youth Work context
Undertake research activities (researching a church culture or local area)
Equipping with the Gospels
Equipping in the Christian Faith
Understanding Human Behaviour
Guide to Christian Growth
Personal Evangelism
Introduction to Christians Apologetics

Bible College is not for everyone, but it is for some. Don’t discount it or put it down just because you don’t feel called to go.

God Bless,