One of the unique features of Faith is the wide array of ministry opportunities available to students, both in the United States and in other countries.
Local Church Ministries
Your ministry opportunities start with your local church. Faith is blessed to have about 25 Baptist churches in the area from which you can choose. Students will have the opportunity to serve in children and youth ministries, music, outreach and visitation, and even preaching sometimes. Your local church will become your new family. Since the Faith faculty and staff are also involved in local church ministry, you may serve along side one of your professors!
Many Faith students spend part or all of their summers serving in camps and churches. Some go to camps to work as counselors or staff members. Some men go to local churches for their internships as a pastor or assistant pastor. Some students are selected to be part of the Faith summer teams that serve in camps all summer. What a great way to spend your summer!
Faith students make good use of their passports! During the summer students can participate on one of the school missions trips or plan their own missions trip. Faith sponsors missions trips to South Africa, Japan, and India. In the past couple of years students have planned missions trips to such places as Germany, Tanzania, Cambodia, France, Brazil, and England. Students also have the opportunity to spend a school year in Peru as part of the ARRIBA! program. This program gives students a year of college credit and firsthand experience in missionary work. Faith students are definitely involved in taking the Word to the World.
Meet Rachel Walter
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Major: Elementary Education
Did you get a chance to visit campus before you enrolled?
I did have the chance to stay on campus for visitor weekends and such several times. I loved visiting, and staying in the dorms with the students was an awesome opportunity.
How was your overall experience with the Admissions Department?
I love the Admissions staff! They are so helpful and caring:from the very first time I started looking into applications and such, the staff learned my name and made such an effort to get to know me and to know what is going on in my life!
How was it transitioning from a homeschool environment to the classroom setting here at Faith?
The transition could not have gone any smoother. I was a little nervous about learning the requirements for my new classes, but the teachers and professors did everything possible to make the transition an easy one.
What was the transition like from visitor to student? Did it take you a while to start to fit in?
The first few weeks I had to keep reminding myself that I was not a visitor:I was a student. Once I got settled and started getting to know my classmates and forming friendships, though, it really became fun! Because you are spending most of your time with these students, you are able to form friendships quickly and share and encourage each other!
What are your favorite parts about being a student so far at Faith?
I enjoy spending so much time pursing a deeper knowledge of the Bible. It's so neat to be able to learn more about the Bible and yet be doing my school work at the same time! I love how caring the professors are, and how encouraging the friendships that I have made are to me.
"How will we pay for our children's college education?"
Almost every parent faces that question when their children reach high school age. We know college costs can seem daunting at first. The whole process may seem confusing.
Faith's skilled and experienced staff members will guide you through the financial aid process to make aFaith educationaffordable for you.
With more institutional aid available now than ever before and with 2- and 4-year scholarship packaging, you can know upfront your student's financial aid package for his or her entire time at Faith. In addition to a student's financial aid package, we also award endowed scholarships to our returning students every spring during our scholarship chapel.
Don't forget to mark your calendar to attend our Scholarship Weekend with your senior. We award over $125,000 in scholarships annually at this event. Scholarship Weekend usually takes place the third weekend in March.
"A firm foundation for right living is important no matter what occupation one chooses. That is the reason why I send my children to Faith Baptist Bible College. The education is firmly rooted in a right relationship with God and His Word. It's a lifetime investment that is really worth the money."
Dr. Mark Stuckey
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Ryan Stuckey (2008), Molly Stuckey (2009), Melissa Stuckey (2010)
Step 1:Planning Ahead
Step 2:Understanding the Process
Step 3:Applying for Aid
Step 4:Receiving Federal Aid
Step 5:Securing a Loan
[link all these to the steps in the Financial Aid Process]
Meet Jonathon Fuller
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
How was the admissions process? The Admissions Department was very helpful while I was seeking God's will for what college to attend. Admissions made the effort to stay in touch during the winter and spring of my senior year in high school, asking if I had any questions and updating me with new information. However, what perhaps impressed me the most was the department's interest in my own personal life. Many times Admissions would call just to ask how life was going. I was also greatly comforted by the reassurance that the staff were praying for God to make His will known to me during those crucial months.
Did you visit campus before arriving as a student? I had the opportunity to visit campus during the spring scholarship weekend in March. The experience was great! I enjoyed spending time in the dorm getting to know some of the guys, as well as meeting the faculty on campus. The students were very friendly and welcoming, and made me feel right at home. The faculty members were approachable and highly qualified to answer all the questions I had. That weekend left me with a favorable impression of Faith, and helped me in my decision of where to attend in the fall.
Why did you choose to attend Faith? I chose to attend Faith because I believe this is where God has called me.
What would you say to others thinking about coming to Faith? Faith is a great school to consider for those who believe God is calling them to the ministry as well as those who are called to other vocations. For those going into the ministry, I believe Faith ranks ahead of other Bible schools simply because Faith is ministry minded. Many other Bible schools have shifted their focus to other degrees. As for those who aren't called to the ministry or are unsure, Faith can be a great launching point. Faith offers many transferrable general courses that are required for most degrees. These courses can be taken with other helpful, Bible-based classes, such as The Family and Personal Evangelism, to get a two-year degree.
What was the transition like from visitor to student? The transition was almost seamless. The student body, especially those in leadership positions, made the extra effort to socialize with the freshman class. It would be easy for the returning students to seclude themselves from the freshman and go back to the friendships of the previous year; however, this was not the case. There was a concerted effort to include the freshman in activities around campus, and the benefit is a unified student body in which little distinction is made or even seen between grade levels.
What are your favorite parts about being a student so far at Faith? My favorite part about Faith so far is the conducive atmosphere it provides for spiritual growth. Of course, this part is always up to the individual, however, everything from the daily chapel messages, to the highly applicable classes, to the godly character and wisdom provided by the staff and upperclassmen is helpful for the believer's walk with God. During my first year God has convicted, taught, and encouraged me by His Word in major aspects of my life. Faith provides more than a good education; it uses the Word of God to prepare believers for a successful, lifelong walk with Christ!
Chorale TourMarch 7–16
Attend one of the Chorale’s spring concerts in Illinois and Michigan.
Scholarship WeekendMarch 20–22
Seniors who have applied to Faith can interview for valuable scholarships.
Faith Pulpit DayMarch 31
Speakers this year will address the topic of the Family in Modern Culture.
Youth ConferenceApril 17–19
Pastor David Tebbenkamp will challenge teens to live Unashamed.