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Beacon Institute of Ministry provides a flexible, comprehensive quality education designed to prepare Christian workers without requiring them to move or travel to a residential college. The model is innovative in that the base of operation is a local learning center hosted within The local Church. The administrative structure includes a chancellor and a director over all of the local centers and an administrator appointed for each of the local learning centers.
BIM is a member of one of the fastest growing Educational Network in the country, a leader in innovative education. BIM brings the professors to you. The format will be either a live course in which the professor travels to the local church for a ten-hour course live presentation before a class student body or a video course in which students meet for instruction in a class setting via video presentation. Lectures are recorded in a state-of-the art studio at Columbus, Georgia so that the student has the sense of being right in the classroom. Students must listen to all lectures before taking the examination. On line education courses are for students who are unable or do not wish to attend the local learning centers. The instruction is offered through video CDs, DVDs or over the Internet. Each month Bible teachers from around the country travel to the local campus utilizing the facility of a local church to teach their courses.
The educational program is a Bible Theology base study with an emphasis in six major course divisions: Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Theology, Practical Theology, Historical Theology, and Christian Counseling.
To receive a diploma, a student must take courses from all six divisions.
BIM, a non-denominational/Evangelical school, offers more than 150 courses taught by more than 80 scholars, professors and pastors.
All courses earn three credit units and include classroom instruction supported by pre-class and post class activities including collateral reading assignments and research projects and a comprehensive final examination.
A schedule that works
Beacon Institute of Ministry is designed for people with jobs and families. The unique, 10 hours of a seminar-style class are held only three days per month; on Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday morning at a local BIM campus.
Earn your degree Earn
from a one-year diploma, Diploma of Theology to a Doctor of Advanced Ministerial Studies. All Diplomas received will be from BIM, through the Washington Exemption, the authorized school for the granting of degrees. BIM awards three credits of studies for each 10-hour course. Approximately 10 courses are offered each year at each local campus,
Diplomas offered are:
Divisions of study: Courses are offered in Six Divisions
Biblical Theology (BT), Christian Counseling (CC), New Testament (NT), Old Testament (OT), Practical Theology (PT), and Historical Theology (HT).
BIM is not accreditedwith the U.S. Department of Education, nor will we seek accreditation unless it allows us the ability to operate in a manner free from outside control. We believe this stance is the only one that will allow us to remain open to the leading of the Holy Spirit while exercising our religious liberties. However, we will and are seeking accreditation through recognized Christian organizations.
We desire to continue in our independent standing so as not to compromise the integrity of the vision or direction the Lord has given to the leadership of CLST. Further, we believe the credibility of BIM is not in accreditation, but in the fruitfulness and surrendered lives of the students who have attended our courses.
Beacon Institute of Ministry of the Northwest is known for its excellence as a School of Theology. Our Graduates have successfully transferred our units to many Christian colleges and secular colleges around the country. If you have specific question about the transferability of BIM coursework, contact the Registrar’s Office of the institution you desire to attend.
Membership and Exemptions
Authorization and Exemption: Beacon Institute of Ministry has been authorized by the state of:
The Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board has determined that Beacon Institute of Ministry qualifies for religious exempt status from the Degree-Granting Institutions Act for the following programs: Associate of Theology (A.TH.); Bachelor of Theology (B.TH.); Master of Theology (M.TH.); Master of Sacred Studies (M.S.S.); Master of Divinity (M.Div.); Doctor of Sacred Studies (D.S.S.); Doctor of Theology (D.TH.); and Doctor of Advanced Ministerial Studies D.A.Min. S.). The HECB makes no evaluation of the administration, faculty, financial condition or quality of the offering by this institution. Any person desiring information about requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the HECB at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, Wa 98504-3430.
Oregon Religious Exemption is in process; BIM of NW has met the requirements for issuing Certificates indicating a specific Theological focus,
Memberships: Beacon Institute of Ministry is a member of Christian Life Education Network (CLEN).
NAME AND LOCATION:
The name of the institution is Beacon Institute of Ministry Of The Northwest, and comes under the umbrella of Covenant Christian Community Church, a non –profit corporation licensed in the state of Oregon. This non-profit corporation shall be referred to throughout this document as “Beacon Institute of Ministry,” “BIM” or “the Institute”
Main campus Beacon Institute of Ministry
2630 East 18th,
The Dalles, Oregon 97058
From the President and Chancelor
The primary commitment of the Beacon Institute of Ministry is to serve the local church and its leadership by enabling them to educate and prepare their members for Kingdom service. When the Lord called the Institute into being, it was understood by all of us in the formative stages that the Institute would be a hand maiden to the local church and pastor, to enable them to do with excellence what God called them to do in their communities.
Our product, therefore, is a Christian man or woman educated and trained to be capable of serving Christ in an exemplary and effective manner in any walk of life in today’s world. To this end we bring Beacon’s Institute of Ministry, its curriculum and faculty to the local church to be shepherded by the pastor because we believe that the proper setting for preparing people for Kingdom living and service is the local church.
Students who are unable to attend classes at one of our local church learning centers may receive the same instruction through our Distance Education Program.
We are pleased to present Beacon Institute of Ministry. These students are maturing into strong witnesses for Christ in their communities.
David Clear, Reverand, B.Th.
From the Director
Beacon Institute of Ministry is truly for the twenty-first century. We are the leader in non-traditional, church-based theological education. We provide cutting edge training and learning opportunities for church leaders and students.
The Institute model places a quality and affordable program under the guidance and hands of the local church and its leadership, helping them to fulfill the scriptural mandate of equipping the saints for the work of ministry.
You attend a local learning center hosted by a local Church and we provide the curriculum and on-site professors. Students who are unable to attend a local learning center may participate in the Beacon experience by utilizing our Distance Education Program.
We are delighted to present to you the “Beacon Opportunity.” From the quality of our program, the flexibility of our delivery systems, and our caring team, you will soon discover that there is no finer Christian educational opportunity anywhere.
Today, we stand ready and well prepared to serve you with the best in Christian theological education and training.
Ermina Braun, M.Th.
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