WHAT IS A GBS LEARNING CENTER?
It’s a ministry partnership between local Churches and Grace Biblical Seminary, to train the body of Christ for non-vocational and vocational ministries.
We’re Not Your Traditional Seminary…
Grace Biblical Seminary is excited to offer the cutting edge of theological education by partnership with like-minded pastors, church leaders, and churches worldwide.
It’s A Very Simple Concept…
We will help you take your church back to the New Testament paradigm of pastors and church leaders training and mentoring church members in advanced theological knowledge and practical ministry skills.
THE NEW TESTAMENT MODEL OF THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
Church-Based Theological Training
The training of pastors, evangelists, missionaries and other church leaders according to the New Testament model… takes place in the local church setting. Much of the church has gotten away from this paradigm, and trains its future leaders by sending them to an educational institution away from the local body.
Grace Biblical Seminary is returning to the Biblical paradigm for ministry training…
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be r children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-15).
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Our desire is to partner with pastors, church leaders and churches for the advancement of the gospel and in the training of servant-leaders for a variety of vocational and volunteer church-oriented ministries locally and worldwide. This partnership complements local churches with Grace Biblical Seminary.
Academic programs are rigorous and challenging. Students are taught by faculty with years of experience in their fields. Our mission is to produce graduates who are Biblically grounded, spiritually mature and culturally relevant. At GBS, we provide the opportunity for you to secure a strong Biblical foundation for Christian living and service.
-Opportunities for the body of Christ to pursue theological education from Grace Biblical Seminary.
-The resources, courses, online delivery system, and MORE. All you need to do is USE THEM! You simply recruit the students, provide a place to meet one night per week. Some of our learning centers meet two and three nights a week.
-World Class Faculty… One of our distinguishing features is its faculty. All faculty and administration agree with, personally adhere to and support GBS’ affirmations, Gospel Clarification and doctrinal statement as stated in our website and publications. All courses are develop and taught by GBS faculty members.
-Academic Excellence… Grace Biblical Seminary is committed to helping you live out God’s calling by preparing you for ministry. You will learn to correctly handle the Word of God and better understand your role in taking the Word to the world.
-Many online resources are made available at the GBS Online Library & Student Resource Center.
The GBS Learning Center Provides…
-Classroom space for GBS online students to meet together with the host pastor. Most learning centers meet once a week. Some groups meet two or three times a week… as needed.
-The pastor and/or pastoral associates will provide their pastoral ministry skills, and spiritual gifts to lead the sessions, group studies, and discussions.
-Recruits new GBS online & distance seminary students from your ministry.
-The learning center may choose to provide the following for GBS distance students that do not have access to the Internet.
1). Access to a computer with Internet service.
2). A copy machine for making copies for class notes, assignments, and other material that may need to be copied.
The GBS Learning Center may charge a service fee for these services.
All GBS Online Student Are Expected to:
1, Abide by the same standards as on-campus students.
2. Own or have access to a computer with Internet service
3. Have a basic knowledge of computer and Internet skills in order to be successful in an online course.
-Have a personal email account ((preferably Gmail or Yahoo).
-Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties.
-Using software applications, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, email clients.
-Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
-Sending and downloading attachments.
4. Pay their student’s expenses:
-Application/Enrollment Fee (if applicable)
-Tuition & Fees (if applicable).
-Class notes, assignments, study material that is provided by the learning center
Church Pastors and associates will have an opportunity (if needed or desired) to earn a degree or finish one. Your church members can do the same. They can earn a specialized ministry certificate, diploma, or a full seminary degree at a nominal cost. Just think of the excitement a program like this can produce in your church and among those being trained.
We at Grace Biblical Seminary would LOVE to partner with you and help you move your church toward the accomplishment of our Lord’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), and the Apostle Paul instructions for pastors to equip and train faithful men who will be able to teach others also (Eph. 4:11–16, & 2 Timothy 2:2)..
STANDARDS & PROCEDURES
As part of its mission and its academic program, Grace Biblical Seminary is entitled to prescribe appropriate standards of conduct and operating procedures for GBS Learning Centers. The Director, pastor-teachers are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and moral manner becoming of a minister/pastor-teacher as set forth in in the New Testament.
Code of Conduct:
GBS Learning Centers must maintain the operating standards set forth by the seminary.
GBS Learning Centers must agree to use the course materials and assignments prepared and distributed by the seminary.
GBS Learning Centers must submit the appropriate student information and reports as requested by the seminary. The learning center must provide information that is accurate and unbiased.
The Seminary reserves the right to place the church leaders and the GBS learning center on probation, dissolve the partnership agreement, or to take other action appropriate for the Seminary in light of the standards of Grace Biblical Seminary.
Policy on Academic Integrity:
The seminary maintains high standards for integrity in academic work. GBS expects that the academic work students submit will be their own. Falsifying a student’s course work (assignments, quizzes, papers, theses, and exams), will dissolve the partnership agreement.
Different Levels of Services Offered: