Programs for the Working Student
The VBC educational experience is to develop effective leaders in every level of life. Whether the intention is to increase biblical knowledge or pursue a degree for full-time ministry or the marketplace, our specialized instruction will challenge, yet equip students to serve effectively. This is facilitated through the 7 core competencies (see below) that underpin each of our programs and are infused within the student's entire course of study. It is our belief that these competencies will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be successful in their lives, ministries, and/or careers.
Our Certificate program is designed to accommodate those individuals who desire to gain a deeper understanding of biblical principles, but not necessarily aspire to obtain a degree. However, this program will allow students to transfer earned credits to the undergraduate program.
If you have some college experience and want to complete your undergraduate degree, our undergraduate program is designed just for you. Completing your degree increases your marketability, as it demonstrates a disciplined devotion to a system of study.
Earning a graduate degree is evidence of persistence, determination, intellectual prowess, and the ability to handle challenging environments. Whether you are pursuing a career in church ministry or the marketplace, unquestionably, an advanced degree makes a difference on a résumé.
VBC Core Competencies
Hermeneutic Competence (Biblical/Theological/Historical)—The ability to study, interpret, and effectively communicate the Word of God in a manner which reflects a historical understanding and a Bible-based theology, rather than an individual philosophy:
Biblical – Through biblical study and interpretation, students will arrive at a reasonable and coherent sense of the meaning and message of the Bible.
Theological – Through a systematic, Bible-based approach, students will learn theological foundations that underlie their Christian beliefs and practices.
Historical – Through historical theological study, students will become knowledgeable of the background, and multidimensional and global development of Christianity and the church.
Apologetic Competence—The ability to present a reasoned explanation and defense of the Christian faith and to present the gospel in a clear and winsome manner.
Care & Counseling Competence—The ability to understand human thought process, emotion, social, and behavior through an integration of biblical, theological, and psychological constructs, in order to provide a basic level of holistic supportive care.
Leadership Competence—The ability to integrate Christian principles and practices, strategic thinking, and personal integrity in leadership.
Communication Competence—The ability to communicate effectively and accurately through both written and oral formats.
Academic/Discipleship Competence—The ability to research and study biblical and non-biblical subjects independently and to cultivate a lifestyle of lifelong learning.
Spiritual Development Competence—The ability to live a lifestyle of Christian discipleship with self-awareness, personal discipline, servanthood, and emotional maturity. In addition to spiritual formation courses, this competence will be realized through the following:
1) Weekly Chapel – The Student’s weekly Bible Study at their respective churches will function as their chapel service. Each student will have their respective leader to complete a weekly log of the student's attendance. Students who may not be connected to a particular church, are welcome to attend Grace Church.
2) Monthly "Check In" – Students will meet with their Student Success Coach and/orAcademic Advisor once monthly to process spiritual activities and growth.
3) Acts of Service – Students will volunteer at a designated area of outreach once a semester. Students will have the head of the venue to complete a service log at the conclusion of the event. Here is a list of venues for students to choose from and the service form to turn into the office of the VP of Academic and Student Affairs at the end of each semester. Click here for a list of Volunteer Opportunities
4) Mission Trip – Students are required to participate in a missions trip prior to graduation.
5) Renaissance Leadership Network (RLN) – Doctoral Students must join the Renaissance Leadership Network (RLN), but this will be an optional assignment for all other programs. Click here for information on RLN.