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Pentecostal Bible Correspondence Colleges

by John Huddle

Experience sound Bible teaching from a Pentecostal perspective by attending a correspondence college that represents your beliefs. If work, cost or technology has stopped you from going to college, these options might be for you. Each school has different programs and values; some believe only God accredits, some seek accreditation without government influence, and some are accredited by a U.S. Department of Education-recognized agency, facilitating the transfer of college credit. These schools remove college barriers while opening multiple faith-based program opportunities.

Tuition Free

The Good News Church of Knoxville, Tennessee, provides a free college as a ministry, helping students gain understanding about the Bible and its teachings to equip the graduate with a deeper ministry and walk with God. These are high-quality courses on subjects, such as the gift of the Holy Spirit, faith or spiritual warfare. The Foundation University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a member of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, offers free bachelor's and master's programs in the U.S. and worldwide taught by highly qualified volunteer faculty. Foundation University offers several tracks, such as Biblical studies, global studies or leadership and applied theology, designed to train and equip for the ministry anywhere in the world.

God Accredits

Adonai International Christian University of Sacramento, California, believes that learning is a lifelong process, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral program concentrations, such as ministry, Christian studies and theology. Adonai also offers free courses to third-world students and prison inmates in the U.S. and Canada. Colorado Theological Seminary of Lake Helen, Florida, focuses on educating and forming ordained or lay leaders from all Christian traditions. The Seminary offers 18 different programs at the associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral level. These programs cover several majors, such as ministry, Biblical studies, evangelism and missions, theology or pastoral counseling.

Accreditation Without Government Influence

AMES Christian University of Fort Meyers, Florida, seeks to promote God's Word, offering programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level. The programs include concentrations such as Christian counseling, youth ministry, evangelism and pastoral ministry, and a program that allows credit for life learning and experience. New Life Bible College and Seminary of Hillsville, Virginia, seeks to take the Gospel to the world through its programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. New Life offers tracks in Bible knowledge, Christian counseling, Christian education and chaplaincy in an integrated package that is Bible based and not concentrated on church history or doctrine.

Government-Recognized Accreditation

The Global University of Springfield, Missouri, has a strong commitment to train its students for a life of ministry with courses in English, Spanish and French, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees such as a Master of Divinity or Doctor of Ministry. Undergraduate majors include ministry, Christian education and Biblical studies, while graduate school concentrations include Bible and theology, church ministries and post-baccalaureate certificates in New Testament and education. The Christian Bible Institute and Seminary of Spring, Texas, seeks to provide affordable Biblical education and theological training as it offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral-level programs. Program concentrations include Biblical studies, ministry, theology and Christian counseling or a research-based Doctor of Philosophy with a student-selected concentration.

About the Author

John Huddle is an Army veteran with enlisted service as general hospital staff and hospital chaplain's assistant. His career also included stints as a teacher, adjunct faculty, administrator and school psychologist. Twice, Dr. Huddle was a major party nominee for state office. He also served as a director on several nonprofit boards. Today he enjoys consulting and lobbying for underdog causes.

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