Foundational Year for the Track II Degree ProgramsSBC's one-year leadership program results in a Certificate of Biblical Studies. This track is designed to provide a solid foundation of Biblical, theological and applied ministry studies. It is designed for those who want to immerse themselves in the focused study of God and His Word and want to give a year of their lives in determined pursuit of God—learning His Word, understanding His ways and experiencing His power. Students will focus on significant Bible exploration, will discover the key features of spiritual giftedness and evangelism, will be introduced to the heartbeat of God for world missions, and will engage with the cardinal doctrines of the faith. Students will also be motivated in Christian service and worship as they explore an overview of the Word of God, the ways of God and the Work of God, in and through the power of God.
Optional Foundational Year for the Track II Degree ProgramsThe successful completion of SBC's one-year Supernatural School track results in a Certificate of Supernatural Discipleship. The vision of this program includes an emphasis in hands-on skills development, in addition to the Biblical foundation provided. A one-year commitment to the program is expected. The supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are emphasized and practiced. Graduates are ready to be released for effective and empowered, transformational ministry in any arena of life. The goal is to raise up a community of world-changers who love Jesus, know how to take risks for the Gospel and are passionate to impact their generation. The objectives for the Sonrise Supernatural School track are accomplished through: Biblical dynamics, character development, discipleship training, leadership skills, global vision, supernatural ministry, practical hands-on service, and relationship-building and mentoring. The successful completion of the Sonrise Supernatural School program option provides the student with the basis to continue studies toward the pursuit of a Bible/Ministry degree at SBC.
Two-Year Degree ProgramProviding the first half of the Bachelor of Practical Theology Degree Program SBC's two-year program continues the direction of and builds upon the first year with more in-depth classes to provide students with two years of intense saturation in Bible along with rich studies in theology and global outreach. The second year also adds valuable emphasis in the areas of practical theology and leadership studies.
Two-Year Transfer Degree ProgramThe Bachelor of Biblical Studies is the degree program designed for those students who come to SBC with a significant amount of qualifying academic transfer credit from an approved educational institution. For instance, if a matriculating student has earned an approved A.A. degree (or equivalent), that student may build the previous studies component into a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies in as little as two additional years of study. It offers the same type of foundation of dynamic engagement with the Lord and His Word as does the ABS, but strategically combines those emphases with the accumulated educational background to create a unique convergence of disciplines.
The Bachelor of Practical Theology degree program provides intensive studies in Bible and theology with an emphasis on the functional use and practical application of those truths. In general, these emphases are known as practical theology. The general provisions of the BPT as prescribed below provide the four-year student within essence, a double major—first in Biblical studies (the combination of Bible and Theology) then a second major in either Leadership Studies or Global Outreach. The intent of this degree is to provide focused professional training for vocational Christian service at home and abroad. In four years, the BPT provides minimum course work in the following areas: Biblical Studies (including Bible & Theology) 80 credits Practical Theology/Leadership Studies, Global Outreach, General Studies 72 credits Second major—completion credit requirements ▪ Global Outreach Major - 21 additional GO credits ▪ Leadership Studies Major – 18 additional PT/LS/GS credits ▪ Additional elective credits from BI/TH/PT/LS/GO/GS courses – 13 credits for the Global Outreach Major and 16 credits for the Leadership Studies Major. ▪ Internship or academic credits in the field of the second major – 6.
Prior Learning Experience Degree ProgramSeattle Bible College is committed to doing its part to help produce healthy and successful synthesis of the academic, the experiential and the vocational to maximize effective Christian leadership development. One way in which SBC encourages the desired synergism is by offering Prior Learning credit. The Bachelor of Applied Ministry degree provides an opportunity for students with significant and verifiable prior experiential learning and/or acquired vocational skills to have some or all of that life learning experience recognized and applied toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree, under the parameters of the Prior Learning policies and procedures. (A maximum of 63 quarter credits may be granted towards a Bachelor of Applied Ministry degree program under the PL 500 Credit for Prior Learning Experience designation.) Applicable learning and vocational training experience is not limited to but includes ministries such as approved intensive, discipleship and mentoring, and leadership development programs similar to “Master’s Commission.”
This degree program provides specialized, professional studies for the vocational Christian worker primarily involved in cross-cultural evangelism, outreach and other ministry, either locally or globally. Designed to equip the student for effective, worldwide harvest ministry, the student will be challenged and equipped theologically, biblically, philosophically and practically in the area of cross-cultural outreach and disciple-making. Instructors with significant missions background and experience are involved in teaching courses in this field to maximize the student's learning experience. Emphasis is placed upon understanding the dynamic of communicating the Gospel cross-culturally. Global Leadership students will also gain skills from practical application emphases in areas such as discipling, teaching, preaching, counseling, administration and leadership development.