WHBI CURRICULUM - SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGICAL TRAINING
Basics of Christian Discipleship
The foundational concepts of personal growth and the application of that growth in the discipleship of others.
The biblical concept of worship, including God's design for interaction with His people in the Old Covenant and believers in the New Covenant.
Ecclesiology: Doctrine of the Church, A Study of Titus
A verse by verse study covering the role of the pastor/elder, deacon, and congregation in the New Testament Church.
Eschatology: Study of Last Things
This course examines the biblical teaching about God's plan for the future of the world and the believer, including the Great Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ, the Millennium, the Final Judgment, and the fate of the saved and the damned. The course discusses the different views of these events commonly held by Christians and emphasizes the proper personal response of the believer. The course further explores the issues of dying, death, grief, and the hope of eternity from a pastoral perspective.
The basics of preparing and presenting sermons from the Scripture.
Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (Hermeneutics)
A study of trustworthiness and authority of the Bible and principles of exegesis and interpretation.
Introduction to Christian Apologetics
Christian Apologetics is the theological discipline concerned with presenting the rational basis for Christianity using logical argumentation based upon archaeology, ethics, historical evidence, mathematics, philosophy, and the sciences. This course trains students in the use of these tools to argue for the existence of God, demonstrate the veracity of the Bible and defend the Resurrection of Christ.
Introduction to Missiology and Evangelism
The biblical basis and the practical implications of the Great Commission in the life of the believer and the ministry of the Church.
Introduction to the New Testament
A study of the structure, literature, authorship, and history of the New Testament.
Introduction to the Old Testament
A study of the structure, literature, authorship, and history of the Old Testament.
Introduction to Systematic Theology 1 (God and the Trinity)
This course is an introduction to the theology method. The content includes a study of the Doctrine of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity as it was revealed in the Bible, understood by the Early Church Fathers, and expressed in the Councils and Creeds of the Church.
Introduction to Systematic Theology 2 (Christ and Man)
Course content includes the Doctrine of Christ (His divinity and humanity) and the Doctrine of Man.
Pneumatology: Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
A study of the work of the Holy Spirit in the world, in general, and in the life of the believer, specifically.
Soteriology: Doctrine of Salvation
Salvation by grace alone by faith alone in Christ alone. This course explores the hopeless condition of man and the mercy and grace of God in sending Jesus as the acceptable sacrifice for all who believe.
Elective Courses (2 required)
Electives cover a wide variety of subjects, often ministry specific to the region. Classes include studies of other faiths and how to answer them in light of the Scripture. Courses may include topics to address specific issues faced by local pastors. All elective courses must be approved by the Director.
Diploma of Ministry & Certification
The Diploma in Ministry (or Certificate in Ministry, where appropriate) is awarded to students who complete all fourteen required core curriculum courses and two elective courses. Candidates for graduation are also required to pass a written final exam with a minimum score of 75. Final exams are supplied by the Bible Institute but are administered, graded, approved, and recorded by the Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council will carefully assess and verify the integrity and ministry of each candidate before final approval for graduation is granted. Upon successful completion of all coursework, achieving a minimum final score of at least 75, and obtaining the recommendation of the Local Coordinating Council, students will be awarded the Diploma in Ministry.