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School of Biblical Studies

Dates

  • September 12, 2019-June 25, 2020

Costs

  • Lecture Phase: $2,650 per quarter or $7,950 for the entire school
  • Outreach Phase: Varies based on trip and location
  • International students please contact us for exact cost

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Prerequisites

  • A successfully completed DTS

Contact

  • Training Registrar: 719-226-3062
  • ywamtraining@ywamcos.org

the lecture phase

The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) exists to see lives transformed by the revelation of the knowledge of God through his Word. The goal is to see personal lives transformed as well as the nations and all spheres of society. SBS also equips and enables students to teach the Word and share the freedom it brings. SBS will train you to study the Bible using the inductive study method. Learn to:

  • Observe what the Bible says
  • Interpret it by context, history, culture, and original audience
  • Apply the living and active Word of God to your own life

The SBS is offered in a series of three-month phases:

  • Phase I begins with a three week seminar teaching the principles of the inductive Bible study. Books studied are the Synoptic Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Epistles, and the book of Hebrews.
  • In Phase II students complete the New Testament books and after an introductory seminar to the Old Testament, study from Genesis through Samuel.
  • Phase III of Bible Study completes the study of the Old Testament’s historical books, the Prophets and Wisdom Literature. A seminar precedes both the Prophets and Wisdom Literature, giving you the skills necessary to study these parts of the Bible.
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Personal and Group Studying
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the outreach phase

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The optional (but highly encouraged) final phase of SBS offers the students an opportunity to pass on Bible Study tools to others in a three to eight week outreach known at the Titus Project. There are many locations that offer the project, including Montana, Taiwan, India, Cambodia, and South Africa.

frequently asked questions

Do I need to do all three quarters at once?

The goal of SBS is to go through the whole of the Bible. We ask that you prayerfully consider doing the whole nine months as the whole of the Bible is very important to know and understand in the context of the entirety of God's story.

How much free time will I have?

We encourage that every Sunday is taken as a Sabbath to rest. We believe that taking a day to rest deepens trust in God and that He is the one who provides the strength necessary. You can balance people and what God is calling you to in this school. You study anywhere between 40-60 hours a week. You learn how to be disciplined and prioritize your time, but also how to live in a community and have fun at the same time.

How many hours each week of lecture?

During the seminar (the first 3 weeks of the school), and anytime we switch a literature type, we have more in depth class each day. After this, we have approximately 9 hours a week of lecture not including worship, one on ones, small group, etc.

On a typical class day, you will have base worship/intercession in the morning, lecture in the afternoon, and the evening to study. On a typical study day, you will have the whole day available to study. Staff are available to discuss and talk through the book. Coffee breaks and fellowship are encouraged!

Outside of lecture, worship and intercession are around 2-3 hours a week.

One on ones and small group are 1-2 hours a week.

Work duty is 6 hours a week.

Can i have a job and do SBS?

No, this is not possible with the work load and course you will be in. This is a time in your life when you will have the opportunity to focus solely on God's word, so take advantage of it!

What do i need to bring?

  • Bedding (if you live in North America)
  • Nelson's or Zondervan Bible Dictionaries are good resources although there are some provided for your use in the SBS library
  • Colored pencils
  • A Bible will be provided for your classroom study.
  • Colorado Springs experiences all four seasons, so bring weather appropriate clothing and any other necessary items.

Do i have to have a laptop computer to complete the school?

It will be very beneficial for you to have a laptop as a lot of the prep work is done initially on a computer program. After this, you can do it by hand. There is a computer lab located within the campus which is available for your use; however, a personal laptop is much more convenient.

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meet the leaders

Matthew and Katherine Stapenhill

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Matthew and Katherine are an American/Canadian duo who are passionate about seeing the Word of God transform lives. Matthew has been in YWAM since 2009. In that time he has gone to 30+ nations, been a student in seven YWAM schools, and started a personal training business; he truly loves the endless pursuit of God. Katherine has been involved with YWAM since 2010. While attending university, majoring in social work, Katherine discovered her passion for ministering to women and helping them discover the truth of their identity in the Lord. Together, Matthew and Katherine love seeing God work through the Scriptures to transform lives and reveal himself.

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