School of Ministry
The Maranatha School of Ministry is designed to equip young adults to become leaders who impact their cultures.
We will utilize a combination of theology, Bible study skills, worldview training, evangelism, character development, personal life skills, and mission trips, as we endeavor to expose students to life, guide them to discern God’s will, and cultivate a spiritual passion and calling.
Thank you for your interest in the School of Ministry. Please take a look at the following Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the mission of Maranatha’s School of Ministry?
The mission of Maranatha’s School of Ministry is to utilize a combination of theology, Bible study skills, worldview training, evangelism, character development, personal life skills, and missions outreach as we endeavor to expose students to life, guide them to discern God’s will, and cultivate in them a spiritual passion and calling.
What are the major components of Maranatha’s School of Ministry?
In addition to taking online classes two days a week through Eternity Bible College (located in Simi Valley, CA), School of Ministry students will get hands-on ministry experience as Event Support Staff at Maranatha Bible Camp. This will allow them to work in a variety of areas, including event assistance, kitchen, accommodations, maintenance, programming, office, or grounds work. Leadership skills will also be cultivated through the School of Ministry and will be developed through students’ experiences in school, work, and church and community service; as such, students will serve in the summer of 2018 as core leadership for the Summer Missions Program at Maranatha Bible Camp. These work and leadership components of the School of Ministry not only benefit the camp due to the extra help, but it also develops valuable leadership skills, discipline, and a good work ethic in participating students. There will also be a missions component of the School of Ministry, which may include local and/or regional mission opportunities.
How long does the Maranatha’s school of ministry last?
Maranatha’s School of Ministry is a year-long program that runs from August 25, 2017 through mid-August 2018 and is split into two segments. The first segment runs from August to May, after which students will be given a short break. After this, they will return to camp to serve for three months as part of Maranatha’s Summer Missions Team. Students will be core leaders in the Summer Mission’s Team and will help build community, facilitate spiritual growth, resolve conflict, and lead their peers.
What college are the courses from? Is the college accredited?
The courses are accredited through Eternity Bible College (EBC) in Simi Valley, California. EBC is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation to grant certificates and degrees at the Associate and Baccalaureate levels. EBC’s website can be found at Eternitybiblecollege.com.
What is the class size?
We expect 5-6 students for the 2017-18 School of Ministry at Maranatha Bible Camp. Eternity Bible College normally caps total students in a class at 25.
What Bible courses will student take?
Students will be taking a total of 11 credits through Eternity Bible College. The courses that will be taken are as follows:
Fall Semester (Sept. – Dec.)
Bible Study Methods – 3 credits (BIBL 101)
Theology of Work: Why Work Matters (THEO 316) – 3 credits
Spring Semester (Jan. – May)
Gospel and Culture – 2 credits (THEO 341)
New Testament Survey – 3 credits (BIBL 104)
Bible Study Methods (Hermeneutics) (3 Credits) – This is an introduction to basic Bible study methods and rules of interpretation. The student will develop skills in observation, interpretation and application. The course will include instruction as well as a significant amount of hands-on application to portions of Scripture.
Theology of Work: Why Work Matters (3 Credits) – This course will help students develop a biblically grounded Theology of Work that will build from biblical foundations to practical applications in specific areas of work.
New Testament Survey (3 Credits) – An overview of the New Testament focused on the theme, purpose, structure, and basic content of each individual book and the relation of each book to the whole Bible. Strong emphasis is also given to the application of the message of each book for personal spiritual development, ministry and instruction.
Gospel and Culture (2 Credits) – This course will introduce the concept of biblical / narrative theology to students and how to apply it to local culture with inter-cultural sensitivity.
What costs are associated with Maranatha's School of Ministry?
As students will be working at Maranatha Bible Camp, they will receive compensation in the form of supplied housing, meals (when there is a group at camp), and $250/month for living expenses. In addition to this, students may be trained in raising support if they desire. Maranatha does not charge a fee for participation in the School of Ministry program.
There are, however, school expenses that must be paid through Eternity Bible College. Students work directly with EBC to pay the expenses for class tuition, fees, and books. Maranatha’s program supervisor (Bob Teters) is available to assist students through all interactions with Eternity Bible College. These expenses are (approximately) as follows:
$2,200 ($1,100/semester) Tuition and administrative fees for 11 credits
Fall semester tuition and administrative fees are due* in full on August 21, 2017.
Spring Semester tuition and administrative fees are due* in full on January 15, 2018
- A Payment Plan Contract is available through EBC with 1/3 due monthly on Sept. 15, Oct. 15, and Nov. 15 for fall semester. For spring semester, it is available with 1/3 due monthly on Jan. 15, Feb. 15, and March 15.
Total cost to students for program from August 2017 – May 2018:
Tuition & fees $2,200
Books $100 (estimate)
Cost of courses $2,300
Living Expenses $4,500 (estimated at $500/month for Sept.-May)
Amount of MBC honorarium $2,250
Support/Funds to Raise: $2,250 ($250/month)
Total to raise through supporters or to fund personally $4,550 ($506/month)
Are there any breaks built into the program?
Although we will strive to follow the Eternity Bible College academic calendar as much as possible, students may be asked to help with Maranatha programs during some of the school breaks. The breaks scheduled in the Eternity Bible College academic calendar are as follows:
Thanksgiving Break November 18-26
Finals for Fall Semester Dec. 11-15
Christmas Break Dec. 16 – Jan. 21
Easter Break March 31-April 8
Finals for Spring Sem. May 7-11
Who facilitates the program at Maranatha?
Bob Teters (reporting to Kris Cheek, Exec. Dir. of MBC)
Various full-time staff who have the gifts and passion to serve the students.
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