Emmanuel offers undergraduate or bachelor's-level ministry training, in contrast to seminaries that offer graduate or master's-level training following a university degree. We believe this model of training to be optimal, standing partway between seminaries on one hand and schools of ministry on the other.
The interaction of these four components of a program has been found to be change-inducing in a student's life, especially when combined with all the additional learning opportunities campus life at Emmanuel affords.
Emmanuel's programs provide entry-level training for as-early-as-possible ministry/vocation appointments. Often these appointments involve a mentor for the person entering ministry. Within a year or two of beginning the appointment, we recommend that the person begin, on a part-time basis, graduate studies that either extend the specialty, or else provide yet another specialty.
Learning, doing ministry, and then reflecting on the results is known as praxis, and is the most effective type of learning. That is why Emmanuel's program expects students to participate in field placements throughout their training.
Emmanuel graduates find ready admission to excellent seminaries, other Christian graduate schools and universities for further training.
Both undergraduate and graduate studies and the accompanying years of ministry praxis reinforce one another to prepare the student professionally for a lifetime of service. Emmanuel commends this strategy of training to prospective students (and to churches/companies/agencies interested in training Christian workers) with confidence in its proven effectiveness.
Christian men and women serving in the professions greatly extend God's care and influence throughout the world. Entry to some non-church professions is through a professional graduate degree; to others through a community college diploma or certificate.
Emmanuel graduates usually receive very good transfer credit to universities. A three-year degree recipient may be granted up to or a little more than one-and-a-half years of transfer. Some transfer may be provided to community college programs depending on the student’s specialization and the policies of individual colleges. Transferring students have all the benefits of biblical, theological, professional and general arts studies so that they are well positioned to integrate faith with subsequent professional studies. This added strength makes Christian professionals especially effective servants of Christ in a world that is unaware of its deep need for Him.
Students planning studies at both Bible College and either university or community college are advised to do the former first in order to be better prepared and to streamline transfer of credit.
Emmanuel's one-year programs such as MountainTop provide a good overview of the Bible College experience. Many pre-professional students choose this option, realizing that at least one year of personal growth at Bible College is too valuable to miss.
Some Bible College students enroll to receive biblical and liberal arts education as their last planned formal education experience. With this training they enter the workplace, finding jobs that suit their interests, abilities, and aspirations. At times the employers provide special on-the-job training or even training for advancement. Such people have a worldview and skill set that provides them with background to be good thinkers, capable of significant involvement in home, community and church settings. In short, EBC provides Bible-based liberal arts education of one to three years' duration, enabling students to develop personally in preparation for life and the workplace.
The college works supportively with people who are returning to school, giving as generously as possible appropriate credit transfer to students who have previous postsecondary education. We are willing to do consultation and documentation for those interested in retraining with a ministry focus. In a society in which second and even third careers are common, Emmanuel is uniquely positioned to assist in this re-focusing and retraining for ministry.
In keeping with the previous statements, various programs of study have been established. The following general objectives apply to the overall educational programming and the learning resources made available to students.
Depending on the specific program of study, graduating students should be qualified to:
These objectives are achieved through the total college experience: academic programs of study, classroom activities, research, field education work, and the multifaceted activities that are known as campus- and student- life. Additional objectives are listed for individual programs and are to be combined with those above.
Through these integrated experiences, some students may prepare for Christian ministry and possible career placement in ministry. Others may work bi-vocationally, serving in ministry and supporting themselves through employment less related to their Emmanuel study. Still others will require more advanced education for other forms of service, in which case their Emmanuel Bible College studies are preparatory towards advanced studies