Programs

The four-year Biblical Studies program allows you to pursue a college education with an expanded major in Bible exposition. In addition to your core Bible and theology courses, you also take 12 hours of Bible and theology electives and 12 hours of a ministry minor. This program does not prepare you for a specific ministry so you would normally need to pursue seminary training if you anticipate serving in a vocational ministry.

Faith offers eight options in the four-year Biblical Studies program.
• The Biblical Studies major with an ARRIBA! minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Bible Exposition minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Bible Exposition and Greek minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Biblical Counseling minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Local Church Ministries minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Missions minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Missionary Nursing minor
• The Biblical Studies major with a Women's Ministry minor
 

 
ARRIBA! Minor
ARRIBA! is a unique program that combines a Biblical Studies degree with a year of study in Peru, South America. This year of on-the-job training, normally taken in your junior year, allows you the opportunity to learn the Spanish language, live with Peruvian believers, experience life in a different cultural setting, and work with missionaries. If you are interested in the ARRIBA! program, contact the Admissions Office early in your college career for additional information.

Specialized Courses in the ARRIBA! Minor
This program includes a year of classes and on-the-job missionary training in Peru, South America. Click here for an explanation of this program. [Link to the ARRIBA section in Missions.] Contact the Faith Admissions Office for the further details of this program and the courses you take.
 

Bible Exposition Minor
Students who are looking for an in-depth study of the Bible choose this minor. You not only get 45 hours of Bible and theology (one-third of your program), but you also get the tools to enable you to teach the Bible to others and to counsel them from the Bible. This minor equips you to serve in a local church in a variety of ministries such as an adult Bible teacher, ministry leader, or deacon.
Specialized Courses in the Bible Exposition Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Methods of Biblical Counseling

• Introduction to Homiletics
• Homiletics I, II
• Pastoral Counseling


Bible Exposition and Greek Minor
This minor adds 12 hours of Greek to the Bible Exposition program. This study in the original language of the New Testament gives students the skills for a lifetime of Bible study that will enable them to understand the Scriptures accurately and teach it to others effectively. Many students who anticipate seminary training choose this minor since it gives them the essential tools for successful seminary work.
Specialized Courses in the Bible Exposition and Greek Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Methods of Biblical Counseling

• Introduction to Homiletics
• Homiletics I, II
• Pastoral Counseling
• Greek I, II, III, IV


Biblical Counseling Minor
Children, teens, and adults today face increasing pressures and problems. Churches today are in desperate need of men and women who can Biblically and skillfully counsel these people. This minor gives you a strong Biblical background with 14 hours of Biblical counseling training so you can lead people to Biblical solutions for their problems. No matter where you serve in a church, this training will be useful and valuable.
Specialized Courses in the Biblical Counseling Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Foundations of Biblical Counseling
• Methods of Biblical Counseling
• Counseling Children

• Counseling Adolescents
• Crisis Counseling
• Marriage and Family Counseling
• Counseling Practicum


Local Church Ministries
A successful Bible teacher has to combine strong Bible study skills with expert teaching skills. This minor gives you an expanded Bible program with a full complement of teaching courses so you are prepared to serve in a church as a teacher or ministry leader. If you desire to be used of God in your local church, consider pursuing this minor. You will find you are equipped for a lifetime of service for Christ.
Specialized Courses in the Local Church Ministries Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Christian Education of Children

• Administering Christian Education
• Christian Education of Adults
• 5 Hours of Local Church Ministry Electives


Missions Minor
The world's population now exceeds 6 billion people, most of whom have never been reached with a gospel witness. The world needs skilled missionaries with a thorough Bible education to take the gospel to them. In this minor you will have an expanded major in Biblical and theological studies and practical missions training. This program prepares you for successful missionary work wherever the Lord leads you.
Specialized Courses in the Missions Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Current Issues in Missiology
• MAP Seminar

• Non-Christian Religions
• Cross-Cultural Communications
• 5 Hours of Missions Electives


Missionary Nursing
The Missionary Nursing program prepares you for a ministry in medical missions. This program includes two years of study at Faith and two years of study at an accredited nursing school. Faith students can take their nurses training at the nearby Des Moines Area Community College and still live on the Faith campus all four years. You should fulfill the prerequisites of the nursing program as soon as possible, even during your high school years.
Specialized Courses in the Missionary Nursing Minor

• Current Issues in Missiology
• MAP Seminar
• Non-Christian Religions

• Cross-Cultural Communications
• Missionary Nursing Seminar

Students take nursing courses at Des Moines Area Community College or another nursing school.

Women's Ministry
Women's ministry is a growing part of church work today. Many churches have women's Bible studies and special outreach events for women. Choosing this minor will give you a strong Bible and theology foundation so you can lead effective women's ministries in your church. You will learn how to plan a women's program, prepare devotions and Bible studies for women, and mentor other women.  
Specialized Courses in the Women's Ministry Minor

• Introduction to Local Church Ministries
• Principles of Bible Teaching
• Women's Ministry Foundations
• Women's Ministry Programming

• Mentoring Women
• Marriage and Family Counseling
• Devotional Preparation for Women



Events

FaithFest

October 4

Make plans to attend the premier youth group event this fall. Evangelistic emphasis so teens can bring their friends.

Handbell Concert

October 24

Join us for an enjoyable concert featuring the solo handbell artistry of Christine Anderson.

Fall Bible Conference

November 3-7

Faith Board members and other personnel explore the theme For Our Admonition—Lessons from the Old Testament.

Impact Youth Conference

November 8–Owatonna, Minnesota

Bring your teens to a full day of activities and spiritual challenge.