Pastor Alan Shelby.

Pastor Alan Shelby.

Program of study

Our four year program of study is designed to help working adults get an education that enables a strong understanding of Scripture and gives practical insights and tools for a biblical philosophy of ministry.  Each semester, six to eight credit hours are offered, enabling students to continue to hold a full time job (or attend their local university) and yet, still serve within their local church. Students accumulating 60 credit hours in prescribed courses will receive an Associate of Divinity degree. The program covers 3 major sections of study: D2, Bible Essentials, and Pastoral Prep. 

Discipleship 2

Discipleship 2, or D2 for short, are training classes to help local church members grow. Discipleship 2 covers two semesters of instruction equaling a total of four core credit hours and is required for the Associate of Divinity degree program.

D2 classes are on Saturday mornings from 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. CST. This training, led by Pastor Kenny Morgan, is available for all those who have completed their local church’s discipleship course and are ready to move forward in their understanding of the Word of God and local church ministry.  It is recommended that LFBI students have this course (or local church equivalent) before taking the higher level classes.

Discipleship 2 Schedule

Semester 1 (2 Credit Hours)
The Character Qualities of the Man/Woman of God
The Spiritual Qualities of the Man/Woman of God
The Seven Stages of Spiritual Growth

Semester 2  (2 Credit Hours)
Philosophy of Discipleship
How To Disciple
How To Study the Bible

*The D2 course can be completed in 2 semesters; you can begin in either the fall or spring semesters.

 

Bible Essentials

Recommended for every qualified local church member!

The Bible Essentials phase of LFBI is recommended for every qualified local church member. Bible Essentials covers four semesters of instruction equaling a minimum of 24 core credit hours required for the Associate of Divinity degree program. Electives are offered as schedule and instructor availability permits. 

Course Schedule

Semester One:
Genesis - 2 Credit Hours
Theology and Dispensations - 2 Credit Hours
Bible Survey 1 - 2 Credit Hours

Semester Two:
Hermeneutics - 2 Credit Hours
Matthew - 2 Credit Hours
Bible Survey 2 - 2 Credit Hours

Semester Three:
Romans - 2 Credit Hours
Manuscript Evidence - 1 Credit Hour
The Minister: Introduction to Servant Leadership - 1 Credit Hour
Bible Survey 3 - 2 Credit Hours

Semester Four:
Acts - 2 Credit Hours
Apologetics - Quarter 1 - 1 Credit Hour
Methods of Evangelism - 1 Credit Hour
Bible Survey 4 - 2 Credit Hours

 

Pastoral Prep

The Pastoral Prep phase covers four semesters of core instruction equaling a minimum of 32 core credit hours. and is required for the Associate of Divinity degree program.  Electives are offered as schedule and instructor availability permits.
Not everyone enters into the office of pastor or is sent by their local church as a cross-cultural missionary, but this instruction is valuable to anyone desiring to function in or support ministry at a leadership level.

Course Schedule

Semester 1:
Philosophy of Discipleship: The Pastor as a Disciple-Maker - 1 Credit Hour
Prayer and Worship: Pastoral and Corporate - 1 Credit Hour
Pastoral Epistles - 2 Credit Hours
Hebrews - 2 Credit Hours
Ministry Practicum (Required for Graduation) - 2 Credit Hours

Semester 2:
Church History - 2 Credit Hours
Homiletics - 2 Credit Hours
Missions - 2 Credit Hours

Summer Course:
7 Sevens (Core Requirement) - 1 Credit Hour

Semester 3:
Biblical Counseling - 2 Credit Hours
Life of Christ - 2 Credit Hours
Servant Leadership - 2 Credit Hours
Youth and Children's Ministry - 1 Credit Hour
Speech and Reasoning - 1 Credit Hour

Semester 4: 
Pastoral Procedures - 1 Credit Hour
Life of Moses and Elisha - 1 Credit Hour
Daniel and Revelation (Prophecy) - 2 Credit Hours
1 Corinthians - 2 Credit Hours

Other:
Missions Intensive  (Mission Focus) - 1 Credit Hour
Bible History - 2 Credit Hours
Missions and/or Discovery Trip (Required for Graduation) - No Credit Hours

 

Continuing Ed

Continuing Education covers two years of core instruction.  Electives are offered as schedule and instructor availability permits. Core classes repeat every two years. Their focus is that students may be always growing in the ministry of the Word and prayer. These courses are available to anyone after completing Pastoral Prep. Our desire is to equip lifelong learners.