CORE COURSES (14 Required)
- 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.
- Titus: An Ecclesiological Study - A verse-by-verse study covering the role of the pastor/elder, deacon, and congregation in the New Testament Church.
- Basics of Christian Discipleship - An examination of the foundational concepts of personal growth and the application of that growth in the discipleship of others.
- Introduction to Christian Apologetics - This course uses logical argumentation to demonstrate the rationality of Christianity through archaeology, ethics, historical evidence, mathematics, philosophy, and the sciences. The 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.
- Biblical Interpretation (Hermeneutics) - A study of the trustworthiness and authority of the Bible and principles of exegesis and interpretation.
- Expository Preaching - The basics of preparing and presenting text-driven sermons from Scripture.
- Systematic Theology I: Doctrine of Salvation (Soteriology) - Salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is the foundation of the Gospel. 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.
- Systematic Theology II: Doctrines of God & the Trinity - This course is an introduction to the theological method. The content includes studies of the Doctrine of God and the Doctrine of the Trinity as revealed in the Bible, understood by the Early Church Fathers, and expressed in the Councils and Creeds of the Church.
- Systematic Theology III: Doctrines of Christ & Humanity - This course's content includes the Doctrine of Christ (His divinity and humanity) and the Doctrine of Man.
- Systematic Theology IV: Biblical Worship - This course traces the biblical concept of worship via God's design for interaction with His people in the Old Covenant and believers in the New Covenant.
- Systematic Theology V: Missiology & Evangelism - The biblical basis and the practical implications of the Great Commission in the life of the believer and the ministry of the Church are explored in this course.
- Systematic Theology VI: Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology) - A study of the work of the Holy Spirit in the world, in general, and in the life of the believer, specifically.
- Systematic Theology VII: Doctrine of Last Things (Eschatology) - 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. From a pastoral perspective, the course further explores the issues of dying, death, grief, and the hope of eternity.
ELECTIVE COURSES (2 Required)
Electives - Bible Institute elective courses cover a variety of subjects and are occasionally ministry-specific to certain regions. Electives include studies of other faiths and how to answer them biblically and may include topics to address specific issues faced by local pastors. Coordinating Councils work with WHBI leadership to select two courses from the Bible Institute's electives catalog.
THE DIPLOMA IN MINISTRY PROGRAM
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 approved 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 vouch for 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.