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Nazarene Bible College

12/03/2016http://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. Completion of the MPP program does not guarantee ordination as NBC provides the required education for ordination solely in the Church of the Nazarene.

Program Variations

NBC Variation

Nazarene Bible College's 25-course ordination curriculum has been approved by the Church of the Nazarene for achieving ordination educational requirements. This program is also referred to as the Alliance program.

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Modular Variation

The Modular Variation is based on the Church of the Nazarene's modular program. Students should note that the individual districts in the Church of the Nazarene have autonomy in determining which courses fulfill the educational requirements for ordination. Students need to consult with their district ministry board to determine what variation for ordination is required by their district.

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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.

Ministry Preparation Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion is given to those who successfully complete all ordination courses at the college level. A minimum of 12 courses must be taken at NBC and 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.

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

There is one exception to the online course schedule. Each course will be six weeks in length, starting every seven weeks except SME 1232.

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

The class discussion format allows our students to participate on their own schedules with the requirement that the student must post five out of seven days of the 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.

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.