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Accredited Online Bible Schools

Discussion in 'Full and Part Time Ministry' started by valorJ, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. valorJ

    valorJ New Member

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    I was browsing the net today looking for accredited online bible schools. I notice that some of the schools like http://www.amesbible.org/ offer a very large part of the program for a very low fee. After you finish with the first part, there are 11 courses left to take to complete a Bachelor of Arts.

    My question is this: Do I need to be wary of the accreditation of the school I'm looking at attending when it comes to using the degree in the real world? And once I obtain this degree, I'd like to further my schooling and get another degree. Do I need to find a nationally accredited school or something, or would this be fine?

    I want to find an online degree program that I can use in the real world. I mean, this seems great - but is there something I'm missing? How come it's so cheap? Obviously, money is the key issue here for me, as it is for everyone.

    Thanks!
     
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    I looked at the website and my first thought is cool, why am I paying so much to study by correspondece through the program Im taking......then I too wonder...what is the catch? Do the credits transfer or will no one recognize them, what text books are used? if any at that price!
    If you figure it out let me know, I would be intrested to know if it is as good as it seems
     
  3. jones_of_pbf

    jones_of_pbf Mine Own.

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    Found this in their FAQ...
    (Many good answers there, as opposed to FAQs from other sites.)
    I think they may have many financial sponsors allowing for this type of schooling.
     
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    bolo1122 New Member

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    At rate now, many online bible schools have the same accreditation format as Community Colleges. Some accept and some dont. The attention should be dependant on the direction tat you want to go forward after. IF your looking to go to a college afterward, choose your college and seek advisory from the counselors as to what is considered for that school and from who.

    I choose The Sure Foundation as my studies. HOwever my intentions is merely for the information adn depth of study needed to be well versed in the Word as I study and work in ministry myself. The degree is just a paper document for someone else to make credit for. Give me the word and let his people be fed.
     
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    WardSmythe Regular Member

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    Asbury Theological Seminary has Continuing Education Courses that are offered online. The CEUs aren't free, but they're inexpensive. http://www.aoi.edu
     
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    mnphysicist Have Courage to Trust God!

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    Good point.. In addition, see if you can talk to some folks further down the career path in the direction you want to go. For some, DOE accreditation is pretty much an absolute, as some view schools without it as diploma mills (a few bad apples ruin it for others that are probably fine), and it won't get you very far. (In the secular education realm... some places make up very official sounding but rather bogus accreditation web sites, just to run their scam)

    Dept of Education's website http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html?src=qc

    I did a little digging, and every major reputable Christian school I could think of has DOE accreditation. That doesn't mean that those that don't have it are playing a fast one.... but that one should use care and prudence. Perhaps ask to talk with some alumni who have graduated 5 or 10 years ago who can present both the positives and the negatives of their alma mater's accreditation or non-accreditation and whether it made a difference or not.
     
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    No Swansong Formerly Jtbdad Christian on every board!

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    Importantly, is there accreditation from a regional accrediting agency. There are a number of bogus accrediting agencies.
     
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    I am a student at the college and will be transferring to Indiana Christian University who accepts 1/2 of the credits earned. For me, this is fine, as I am not going to go to a costly school for biblical studies. Also, considering that I am not looking for employment in a church setting, this way is beneficial, as well as feasible for me!
     
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    vespasia Post LHP. Franciscan. Angels Team

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    Going to add- distance learning may work if your interest is theology. I would not advice it for anyone who intends to become a pastor. You cannot really learn how to shepherd real people if your not interacting with real people in real situations with oversight.
     
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    Big Drew Believer

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    I was taking classes through Liberty University online last year...but with them having a SBC background my beliefs didn't exactly match up...I'm Pentecostal and found Southeastern Christian University...which is in Florida, and backed by the Assemblies of God...both of these are accredited universities...and there are several more...I'm sure you can find one that matches your theology, for the most part...May the Lord guide your search!
     
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    Aibrean Honest. Maybe too Honest.

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    Indiana wesleyan university might have online classes.
     
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    This link was recommended by a friend. Great Commission Bible College, greatcommissionbc.co.uk while I was searching for free online accredited christian college in the U.K. Although not completely free, GCBC (U.K) charge one-time admission fee and scholarship for student from underdeveloped contries. Undergraduate course are charged at £30 per course, and graduate course at £40 per course. Recognized by the Government of the United States of America, as a 501 (c)(3) Religious Organization with all rights and privileges as provided by law. and by the the State of Missouri State of Missouri Department of Education to issue Religious Degrees. Diplomas and Certificates. Accredited by (AICCS) Association of Independent Christian Churches and Seminaries.
     
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    I graduated from Moody, but took all my courses online from China. The degree I got is exactly the same as the one I would have gotten if I attended in person. I think you should ask your prospective school if there is any difference in their online degrees and "in-person" degrees. I asked scores of questions before enrolling at Moody. They did have a missionary discount, which was very helpful.
     
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    I will second that opinion. I am in the candidacy process of the ELCA for ordained ministry to be a congregational pastor. There are just some aspects of a traditional classroom you cannot substitute with online technology. I was originally considering a "distributed learning" program, where there are in-person intensives, an internship, and other contextual face-to-face learning, but once I stepped foot on the seminary campus, the concern of learning outside community became very real. The community in which the seminarian is immersed continues to shape the pastoral identity and fosters the uninhibited exchange of life and ecclesial expereince both in and outside the classroom. You don't think worship experiences aren't shared around the hallways or around the water cooler? My future congregation deserves better. They deserve a more fully enriched formation from their shepherd.
     
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    Would look at a different school then ames. If go to the second lesson and look at memory verse, all Scripture is God-breathed and usable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be well equipt for all good works.
    2Timothy 3:16-17 they have it listed as 2timothy 4:16-17
    I know mistakes happen. I emailed them and they said it was a publisher error and needed to be fixed. Over a month later it has not been fixed.
     
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    This may be something to consider also?

    Beware that if a person receives a degree from let's say an accredited Baptist Bible College (online or regular college).... an Assembly of God Church would likely not recognize the degree for hiring within the church purposes, and visa versa.

    Right or wrong, there are denominational boundaries when in comes to recognizing accredited, bible college degrees for hiring and/or ordination purposes within churches.
     
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    hi friend

    I have read out your post clearly twice but i can't get back to you point .so i can't sugest you anything
     
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    I looked at the website and my first thought is cool, why am I paying so much to study by correspondece through the program Im taking......then I too wonder...what is the catch? Do the credits transfer or will no one recognize them, what text books are used? if any at that price!
     
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