BIBLE COLLEGES (sometimes referred to as BIBLE INSTITUTES or
THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE) are institutions of higher education that
prepare students for Church ministry with theological education ,
Bible colleges primarily offer undergraduate degrees, but may also offer graduate degrees and/or lower-level associate degrees, "certificates", or "diplomas" in specialized areas of Christian training, where a full degree is not required.
Bible colleges can be found throughout the world, but are
concentrated in North America. The South Pacific Association of Bible
Colleges claims that more than half of all
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* 1 Affiliations * 2 History * 3 Programs * 4 Accreditation * 5 Professor salary and teacher-student ratio * 6 Notes and references
Bible colleges are usually associated with evangelical , Christian
fundamentalist , or
In the United States and Canada, the origins of the Bible college
movement are in the late 19th century Bible Institute movement. The
first Bible schools in
The American Bible college movement developed in reaction to the secularization of U.S. higher education. The "Bible institute/college movement" has been described as "a protest to the inroads of secularization in higher education and as a base for the education of lay workers and full-time Bible teachers, evangelists, and pastors". As one historian put it, "It is not a coincidence that the Bible institute movement grew up during the very period when the philosophy of naturalism became prevalent in American education". Between 1882 and 1920, 39 Bible schools were founded in the United States.
Bible colleges generally confer bachelor\'s degrees , most often in biblical studies and various divisions of Christian ministry , pastoral ministry and worship ministry or church music . Some Bible colleges offer degree programs in ministry-related areas that also have secular application, such as Christian education .
Beyond the undergraduate level, some others have established seminaries and graduate divisions.
At some Bible colleges, associate\'s degrees , diplomas , or
certificates are available. These programs are generally designed for
laypersons (such as
Many Bible colleges in the United States and Canada that offer intercollegiate athletic programs are members of the National Christian College Athletic Association or the Association of Christian College Athletics .
Each country has its own governmental process for approval or accreditation of higher education. The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) accredits many Bible colleges in the United States. Bible colleges may also be accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools , by regional accreditors , or by international counterparts. About 25 U.S. Bible colleges hold accreditation by regional accreditors, which accredit most academically oriented colleges and universities in the United States.
In the UK, from 2007 to 2012, all Bible colleges (along with all
independent colleges of higher education) needed to be accredited
under the authority of
UK Border Agency by either the British
Accreditation Council (BAC) or Accreditation Service for International
Colleges (ASIC). The government then changed this in 2012 to the need
to have compulsory "Education Oversight" from organisations such as
In the United States, some Bible colleges and institutes purposefully operate without conventional educational accreditation, or even governmental licensing. These institutions typically claim exemption due to the religious nature of their programs, that involving an outside agency in this capacity would compromise their missions. Paul Chappell, founder and president of West Coast Baptist College explained the basis for his refusal to seek accreditation for that school, writing: "The local church should have no approving agency over its ministry. I believe this position to be consistent with the Scriptures and with our Baptist distinctives... A study of history would reveal that educational institutions begin to waver when they become more interested in what the world thinks of them than what God insists upon. ...For the accredited college, the approval of an accrediting agency becomes its 'life’s blood.' ...It is my firm conviction that the 'life blood' of a Christian college should be nothing other than the living Word of God itself."
PROFESSOR SALARY AND TEACHER-STUDENT RATIO
In the United States the average salary for a full professor at a Bible institute was around $49,000 in 2012. The student-to-faculty ratio is around 13 students to one instructor.
NOTES AND REFERENCES
* ^ "Member Schools". European Evangelical Accrediting Association.
* ^ "Member Colleges". South Pacific Association of Evangelical
Colleges. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
* ^ "History". South Pacific Association of Evangelical Colleges.
* ^ Todd C. Ream, "
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