What would you do if you could start your own Bible college & train your people the way you thought was best for them?
Introducing Chapters from Independent Baptist Online College!
This September, 2016, we will celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of Independent Baptist Online College. Our first year has been a great success, and a year of expanded vision. There is tremendous excitement surrounding the beginning of our second year. Many new things are taking place.
- We will be adding more than 30 new classes bringing us to a total of over 50 classes in our catalog.
- We will be adding new teachers including Dr. Wendell Evans and many others.
- We will be offering more classes in Music and more Ladies classes.
- We will be expanding our NOW (No One Waits) Program with a new NOW 24/7/365 Program. That means a person can begin taking classes anytime they choose. A semester begins anytime a person is ready to begin taking classes.
- Perhaps most importantly we are adding a new dimension to our college called IBOC Church Chapters.
For various reasons, many pastors have had doubts regarding sending all of their graduates away to college, However, they did not have a good alternative. We are now offering churches the opportunity of having their own chapter of Independent Baptist Online College. A pastor and his church can now operate a college without the expense that often accompanies such an endeavor. Rather than sending all of their students off to Bible college, they can now provide a quality Bible college education and keep their students at home. The interest in this new concept has been overwhelmingly positive.
When we first started IBOC our main focus was towards older students with families who found it difficult to go away to college. Now we are offering our curriculum to anyone interested in receiving a Christian college education. What are some of the advantages to having an IBOC Church Chapter in your church?
- It will allow you to continue pastoring your graduates while they are receiving their college education.
- It will allow your college/career ministry to be more of a vibrant part of your Sunday School and church ministries.
- The graduation ceremony will take place at your church in front of your people. We will provide the education and the diploma and you will be able to confer upon your students their degrees.
- Your students will be able to study at their own pace. They can take classes anytime of the day or night at any pace they choose.
- You will be able to train your own without the expense of having to start your own college. As the pastor you will be able to help your students pick their classes and even decide which teachers under whom they study.
- It will allow you to remain the spiritual guide during their college years. The pastor is in charge of the students concerning standards, soul-winning, church attendance or other matters.
- You will have the opportunity of teaching courses that you would like to teach. If a pastor wanted to use our English classes, and Bible classes, but wanted to personally teach Personal Evangelism, he would be able to do so using our system.
- A IBOC chapter can operate with one student or one hundred students. There is no difference. If a pastor has one student he wants to help train or educate he can have a college chapter.
- The church would have no financial responsibility to operate their chapter. The college would pay for all the expenses to run the college and the website. We would provide the system for the pastor to record any classes they want to teach. Each student is responsible for their tuition which is only $100 a credit hour ($50 to audit).
- One of the big highlights is that a student who wants to go into a secular field can take classes at another college for the secular training and still receive a Bible college degree or certificate. Instead of sending them off for a year to Bible college they can stay home and pursue both at the same time. If one of your students decides they want to take a course in a local college we will accept those credits. That means a young man could study to be an auto mechanic while still receiving a Christian college degree. That is unique. In other words they could become a Christian college graduate while also receiving training in a specific trade.
Those are only a few of the benefits available to our IBOC Church Chapters. You will even be able to name your college. For example you might call it Independent Baptist Online College of Faith Baptist Church, or Independent Baptist Online College of Elyria, Ohio, or whatever name you want to use. It will be your college to personalize in your own way.
We are not trying to keep every student from going off to Bible college. Some students need to go away for training. However, we are trying to give the local pastor an effective way to train his preacher boys and members to do the work of the ministry. As pastor you can advise your students what is best for them.
Dr. Mike Callaghan, our new Administrative Dean, will be directing the Independent Baptist Online College Church Chapters. He will personally be working with our Partner Pastors in starting and operating their college chapter. We are looking for a few pastors to start a pilot plan to help the pastor have their own Bible college using our system.
We’d like to get in touch with you. Several chapters are starting this Fall and we’d like to include you as well! Drop us a quick line below and we’ll be in touch.
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