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Nazarene Bible College

10/31/2014http://www.nbc.edu/programs/ministry-preparation-program.php

Ministry Preparation Program

Ministry Preparation Program
Ministry Preparation Program

A Clear Purpose

The Ministry Preparation Program (MPP) exists to prepare men and women for ordination as an elder or deacon in the Church of the Nazarene through a series of courses that earn one semester hour of credit each. NBC is approved by the Church of the Nazarene International Board of Education for training leaders toward ordination or commission in the ministries of the Church of the Nazarene.

Program Variations

NBC Variation

The NBC Variation based on Nazarene Bible College's 25-course ordination curriculum validated by the Regional and International Course of Study Advisory Committee (RCOSAC/ICOSAC) of the Church of the Nazarene as an approved curriculum for achieving ordination education requirements.

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Modular Variation

The Modular Variation is based on the Church of the Nazarene's modular program, which is likewise validated by RCOSAC/ICOSAC. Students may choose which option they wish to pursue, pending the approval of their respective districts.

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Application Requirements

Each individual accepted into the NBC Ministry Preparation Program will be enrolled as an NBC student under the normal application qualifications and procedures.

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College Credit

One hour of college credit will be given for each Ministry Preparation course completed. All work completed will be placed on an official NBC transcript. Students wishing to receive more credit for approximately the same amount of work should consider the regular degree program.

Resources

Students will have full access to all NBC online resources. These resources include full library access as well as multiple electronic sources. These resources are not only valuable for educational purposes but provide help with other ministerial needs.

Time Requirement

In order to complete the required learning objectives and meet the competencies required for ordination, the MPP classes will typically require 15 to 20 hours a week of class work for the six weeks.

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion is given to those who successfully complete 12 or more ordination courses at NBC. Up to 12 courses may be transferred from other colleges or through an Alliance District Training Center portfolio program. The MPP Certificate verifies that all ordination classes were taken and completed at a college level of instruction.

Note To receive a certificate of completion for the program or courses, a student must receive at least a "C" in each class.

Earn a Degree

Upon completion of the Ministry Preparation Program (or at any time), individuals may enter the regular NBC campus or online program and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree.

Accreditation

Nazarene Bible College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 2006 and the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), 1976. Both the Regional and National Associations are members of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and approved by the United States Department of Education.

Courses

Each online course will be six weeks long, starting approximately every seven weeks except for SME1232 - Supervised Ministry Experience which is three sessions (18 weeks) in length.

The course content is delivered over the Internet using a web browser. Lectures, assignments, and additional resources can all be accessed by logging in to the class.

For a list of MPP courses, please see Current MPP Courses

MPP Orientation

All students must take an online orientation class that ensures that all the technology is working properly and provides a demonstration of how the online program works. There is a $50.00 charge for this orientation, and it is offered approximately three weeks before each online session.

Resources

Students will have full access to all NBC online resources. These resources include full library access as well as multiple electronic sources. These resources are not only valuable for educational purposes, but provide help with other ministerial needs.

Asynchronous

Students may participate in a class at times that are convenient for them (Anywhere—Anytime). Students may log in, view materials, and respond 24/7.

Attendance

Students must be in attendance at least five days each week by posting assignments or notes to the class discussion area.

Textbooks

Students will be required to purchase textbooks for each class. These books will not only serve to enhance the learning in the module but will become a valuable personal library resource for future ministry. Textbooks may be ordered from the NBC Bookstore or any other book retailer.

Class Discussion

Using the free Microsoft program Outlook Express, students can download all the class discussion notes, work off-line by reading notes and responding, then connect and send the notes to the class. It is fast and doesn't require a person to be continually connected to the Internet. Students must participate in class discussion on at least three days each week.

Time Requirement

In order to complete the required learning objectives and meet the competencies required for ordination, the MPP classes will typically require 15 to 20 hours a week of class work for the six weeks.

Faculty

Instructors will qualify under the same requirements as all NBC adjunct faculty members. All online instructors receive extensive training in online teaching and are constantly monitored for quality control.

Support

NBC has an office dedicated to providing support to online students. The eleven people in the online office, plus those in other areas of responsibility are available during regular office hours 8 am to 5 pm (Mountain Time) Monday to Friday. Contact information for after office hours is provided to students, providing 24/7 availability.

Course Design

Reading

Assigned reading: textbooks, lectures, and class notes. You will submit a reading/reflection report as described in the syllabus.

Discussion Questions

Each course has assigned discussion or competency questions designed to help you integrate your course content into practical application.

Class Participation Notes

Each course requires a certain amount of class participation notes in the virtual classroom. The number of participation notes will be explained in each syllabus under course requirements.

Weekly Reflection

Submit a weekly reflection or learning summary indicating what you have learned and how you will apply what you have learned to life and ministry. You are required to cite from course materials as a part of your reflection.

Exams, Class Projects, Term Papers

Your syllabus will explain what is required in terms of exams, quizzes, class projects or term papers. Take note of the course requirements presented in each syllabus.

Grading

Your assignments and course grading will be based upon rubrics and instructions provided in the syllabus and weekly schedule outlining what is required to achieve a specific grade level.

Tuition Cost

Students taking Ministry Preparation Program courses receive a partial scholarship for one hour of college credit.

Financial Aid

Other than the scholarship given for all MPP classes, no other Federal Financial Aid is available for MPP students. Students taking regular degree courses will often qualify for Federal Financial Aid that will make the cost for the three hour courses about the same as the MPP courses.

Goal

To provide a threshold level of education for completing the denominational course of study (COS) for ordination as elder in the Church of the Nazarene. NBC is approved by the Church of the Nazarene International Board of Education for training leaders toward ordination or commission in the ministries of the Church of the Nazarene. We also provide the NBC/Alliance and Nazarene Modular Program completely online for your convenience and at a cost that cannot be beat.