1. Question: What diplomas does The Vietnamese Bible Institute (VBI) offer?
Answer: Currently we offer the following diplomas:
1. Certificate (1 year = 13 courses)
2. Associate degree in Theology/ Ministry (2 years = 23 courses)
3. Bachelor in Theology/ Ministry (4 years = 43 courses)
4. Doctoral of Ministry (D.Min) for our professor cadidates only.
5. Master in Theology/ Ministry (MA) will be offered in 2016-2017.
2. Question: What requirement courses are for a Certificate?
Answer: Students can choose one of the five majors to get a Certificate. Here they are:
1. Biblical studies
3. Church Growth
4. Christian Education
5. Church Administration
* Three special courses are Practicing Open a new Church, The Spiritual Gifts, and Christian Businessmen.
3. Question: What is the difference between Associate degree in Theology and Associate degree in Ministry?
Answer: To earn Associate degree in Theology, students must pass 10 courses in “Theology” major, 10 courses in any other majors, and 3 special courses (see question 2). In the same manner, to earn Associate degree in Ministry, students must pass 10 courses in “Church Administration” major, 10 courses in any other majors, and 3 special courses (see question 2).
4. Question: What is the difference between Bachelor in Theology and Bachelor in Ministry?
Answer: To earn Bachelor in Theology, students must pass 10 courses in “Theology” major, 10 courses in “Biblical studies” major, 20 courses in any other two majors, and 3 special courses (see question 2). In the same manner, to earn Bachelor in Ministry, students must pass 10 courses in “Church Administration” major, 10 courses in “Church Growth” major, 20 courses in any other two majors, and 3 special courses (see question 2).
5. Question: Who is qualifying for the Master in Theology/ Ministry program at VBI?
Answer: Students that earned a Bachelor degree from VBI qualify for continuing study Master degree. Students earned a Bachelor degree (not Theology/ Ministry major) from other schools need to pass any of 10 courses from VBI, then students may continue their Master degree at VBI.
6. Question: Who is qualifying for DMin program at VBI?
Answer: Firstly, they are all of the professors who currently are or will be teaching at VBI. Secondly, they are VBI students who finished the Master program from VBI. Students from other schools (not Theology/ Ministry major) must be had an interview and an exam.
7. Question: What courses are each of the major?
Answer: Each major has more than ten courses. Students can choose 10 courses in each of major. Here they are:
I. Biblical studies course:
3.The Book of Psalms
4.The Synoptic Gospels
5.The Gospel of Matthew
6.The Gospel of Mark
7.The Gospel of Luke
8.The Gospel of John
9.Acts of the Apostles
11.I and II Corinthians
15.Daniel and Revelation
II. Theology course:
1.Introduction to the Bible
2.Old Testament Survey I
3.Old Testament Survey II
4.New Testament Survey
6.Old Testament Message
7.New Testament Message
8.Systematic Theology I
9.Systematic Theology II
10.Biblical Heritage and Customs
11.PNEUMATOLOGY - A Study of the Holy Spirit
12.Introduction to Theological Studies
13.Old Testament Theology
14.New Testament Theology
III. Church Growth course:
3.Introduction to Psychology
5.Strategy of Evangelism
8.Church Growth Principles
9.Nursering New Members Principles
IV. Christian Education course:
1.Foundations for Education
2.Educational Philo. In a Global Society
5.History of Christianity in America
6.Church History Survey
7.Intro. to Christian Education
8.Teaching & Preaching
V. Church Administration course:
1.Introduction to Management
6.Methods of Leading Bible Study Groups
10.The Work of Pastor
8. Question: How can I become a professor at VBI?
Answer:To be qualified as a professor at VBI, the candidate must:
1. earn a Master degree in Theology/ Ministry
2. present the previous/ current ministry
3. present the reasons to be a partner with VBI
4. write an official letter to VBI about those above
The method for Professor teaching: Here are the basic weekly (in 10 weeks) tasks:
1. Give one/ two lecture. It could be from the textbook or own
2. Ask one/two question(s) for the students to discuss. The professor may or may not involve in the discussion.
3. Ask one/two questions as homework or multiple choice questions as a quiz. It is taken from the lecture and textbook reading.
4. Give one Final Exam/ Final project at the Final week. Notice, the professor can be flexible on his/her choosing textbooks and other materials. If there is anything other change, the professor needs to discuss with the school.