1. What "exactly" is FBI?
The Florida Bible Institute is a convenient, fast-track, less expensive way that a person can satisfy the academic requirements for credentials with the Assemblies of God.
2. What about laymen? Can they take FBI courses?
Yes! FBI offers a diploma for Lay Church Workers. This training adds more value to teachers/leaders in the local church.
3. How will FBI work?
The easiest way to begin is to go to our website (www.floridabibleinstitute.org) to get answers to all your questions. You may also enroll online, using your credit card for payment through PayPal. You will receive a confirmation email from our registration department. Your textbook will be ordered and available for pick up when you attend your first class. You will meet at one of our campuses on either Tuesday or Thursday nights for 9 weeks of classes. You will test at the end of each quarter, pass your exam, and you will have completed that course toward the requirements for your diploma or credentials.
4. Does this meet with General Council’s approval?
Yes! FBI is sanctioned by Global University’s Berean School of the Bible, which provides our curriculum and program outline in accordance with General Council requirements. Global University is the academic arm of General Council of the Assemblies of God USA in Springfield.
5. I have already completed some courses from another Bible training program; can they be applied toward these courses?
You can submit a transcript from the other Bible school and your case will be studied on its own individual merit. Berean College courses will always be accepted, provided your grade was passing.
6. I already have credentials. Will courses be available so that I can work toward advancement?
Yes, three courses will be offered simultaneously at each location; one for Certified Minister, one for Licensed, and one for Ordained. You may enroll in whichever one meets your need.
7. Do I have to take the courses in the order in which they are offered?
No, courses can be taken at any time they are offered. You can even jump into the cycle in midstream, if you miss the first enrollment. However, the courses have been arranged logically in the best order to be taken. Example: The very first course is Introduction to Pentecostal Doctrine. We feel that a student have a general understanding about what we believe regarding the Holy Spirit and its effect on how we live and worship as a corporate body of believers.
8. Where will the classes be offered?
Presently we will offer identical classes in Tampa and Riverview. Students may take courses at either location. If personal schedule conflicts prevent you from attending a course near you, you may go to the other location and take the course there. However, we would need to know in advance where you plan to take the course.
9. When will the courses be offered?
The Tampa classes will be offered on Tuesday Nights and the Riverview classes will be offered on Thursday nights.
10. When will the classes start?
The school year will roughly follow the traditional school system. We will start in September, and go through May of each year. Classes will not be held during the summer.
11. What courses will be offered and when?
A complete list of courses and the dates being offered is available at our website, on the academic calendar, application form, and our main office in Tampa.
12. What will be the schedule for each class night?
Nightly classes begin at 7:00 and 8:30 pm lasting for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes each. You will be greeted by your instructor and guided in study through each chapter of your BSB textbook lessons. You will be provided with supplemental study materials according to the discretion of your instructor.
13. How much will each course cost?
Tuition for each course is $90, which includes the textbook. Cost is subject to change, check with the registrar or the website for the current cost of registration.
14. Will I automatically receive my credentials at the conclusion of the series of courses?
No, FBI is not a credential-granting organization. You will still need to go through the credential application/approval process through the District. FBI only provides the academic requirements for your credentials. However, our schedule is such that if you stay with our schedule you will be ready for the September 1st credential application deadline.
15. Is the cost of my courses tax deductible?
Not as a contribution. However, you may be eligible for a deduction, consult with your tax adviser for more information.
16. How is FBI any better than a self-study approach?
We will provide the accountability that keeps you on task, moving toward your goal of obtaining credentials
We will provide a classroom environment that promotes exchange of ideas, beneficial dialogue and exposure to differing perspectives on the subject matter, You will be building relationships with your fellow students that you could not get with self-study programs
Local Ministry Connections:
You will meet and fellowship with many local Pastors and ministry leaders that are facilitating as FBI instructors. You will sit under the teaching of these experienced teachers who have been "in the trenches" Of ministry life, most for several years.
These benefits are also available in a normal Bible college setting. However, we realize that this is not possible for everyone. Therefore, FBI offers an viable alternative for the average person.
17. What about the quality of the instructors?
We have attempted to screen our instructors very carefully. Most (but not all) of them have academic degrees that uniquely qualify them to teach the subjects they have been assigned. In some cases, their practical experience or significant success in a given field has given them the authority to speak to their assigned subject. Even so, with over 50 people on our faculty, not every one of them will always hit a home run. Students will be given an evaluation form for every faculty member in every class. This will help us to make changes if, and when they are necessary.
18. Do I have to have a computer, e-mail, and Internet access?
Although it is not absolutely necessary, internet access will be required for email communication. Most of our forms and other materials will be available for download from our website or the Global University website. We try to keep our costs minimal and avoid postage and handling by not having to mail anything. We do communicate with our students by e-mail; so, an e-mail account is necessary to receive our updates.
19. Who is my contact person?
During the application stage, your primary contact will be Rev. Mary Jo Wiley (Registrar) at 352-568-8034, or e-mail. In addition, a Site Coordinator and an Assistant Registrar are available at each location (Tampa and Riverview) to provide guidance and answer questions. To view contact information, please visit the website.
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