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What Is A Bible College?

September 15, 2017

In an age and society that is growing increasingly hostile toward Christian beliefs, what are Bible colleges and why do we need them? We’re glad you asked. Here are some frequently asked questions about Bible colleges.

1. So, What is a Bible College Anyway?

The basic characteristic of a Bible college that differentiates it from other universities is the amount of Bible credits student are required to take. As defined by Barna, “Bible colleges offer programs and hands-on experiences in ministry as well as other professions that help students live out their calling from God. They typically require 21-30 credit hours of Bible/theology classes, promote Christian discipleship and require students and faculty to abide by a covenant of belief and conduct consistent with biblical faith.” At Lancaster Bible College, our undergraduate students are required to take between 30 to 42 Bible credits. This means that most of our graduates earn either double majors or dual degrees in their chosen area of study and biblical studies, depending on the requirements of their chosen program.

In the past, Bible colleges focused solely on training and preparing students for work in areas that were traditionally considered ministry. Today, Bible colleges have a strong emphasis on keeping the Bible at the core of their curriculum while also preparing students for careers across a variety of disciplines.

2. So You Can Only Study Ministry If You Go to a Bible College, Right?

Nope! In fact, we offer over 20 different bachelor’s degrees in areas like business, education, social work, music and more. Of course, we do still offer degrees in pastoral ministry, intercultural studies, children and family ministry and more.

3. What’s the Difference Between a Bible College and a Christian College?

While you may think the two terms are interchangeable, they aren’t. According to Christian Universities Online, Christian colleges and universities . . . “provide higher education options to students who want to prepare for a traditional career in the marketplace while in a Christian setting.” They also don’t require students to take as many Bible classes, with some requiring as little as one to two.

4. Why is Biblical Education Important?

Our president, Dr. Peter W. Teague, said it best in an article for our college magazine, the Echo:

“Ultimately, we believe the Bible is the Word of God, not that it simply contains it, but that it is the very Word of God, expressed through the Holy Spirit divinely inspired and consistent in truth. It is in the Bible that God makes Himself known to us, and we are fully committed to the truth of God-breathed Scriptures as the ultimate source of wisdom in all matters of faith and practice as seen in our Statement of Faith and our Student and Employee Handbooks. Our commitment to integrated biblical truth with grace is central to our identity in an age of theological shifting and confusion. It governs everything about our college: our academic programs, our faculty, campus activities, lifestyle standards, admissions and hiring decisions. That steadfast resolve shapes our worldview, our perspective on all reality - what is true, what is good, what is right. As we have done since our founding in 1933, our faculty will teach that the Word of God is the ultimate source of wisdom for life and how to do life well with God. While the pendulum of change appears to be swinging in many other institutions of higher education, we have no pendulum. We have a plumb line steadfast and true: the Word of God. “Forever, O Lord, your Word is firmly fixed in the heavens,” and by Your grace living out Your expressed will we will “…think and live a biblical worldview and proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.””

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