God’s word is at the heart of our education. In terms of credit hour requirements, a Central student will spend more time in Biblical Studies courses than any other subject. As one supporter put it, “Central is the college with ‘the Bible’ in it!” We are committed to this emphasis on Scripture. Since the Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice of the church, it is the basic text of study at Central. The message of the Bible must be clearly understood in order for the church to govern itself properly, to develop a proper theology, and to establish a biblical, ethical system. The principles for shaping and guiding the lives of others in every aspect of life are drawn from this same unchangeable word of God. Biblical courses equip students with tools and training for accurately handling the Bible, with studies in Old Testament, New Testament, and Theology.
Students also learn to use the Bible by studying other areas. Professional
Studies courses explain how the Bible can benefit one’s own walk with Christ, bring others to a relationship with Christ, and bless the body of Christ. Service and Leadership Training (SALT) courses are an important part of each ministry program, bringing biblical truths into a ministry context.
We live and minister in a complex world, filled with people who do not recognize the truths of God’s word. General Studies courses help students better understand today’s culture and how to communicate with people. This informs how the church ministers in the world and how Scripture can apply to the world.
The following pages describe programs that are available to prepare students in Bible and Ministry. All two-year and four-year degrees include significant study in the areas mentioned above. Each program is designed to prepare students for multiple career possibilities, some of which are described.
Specialized Programs require a combination of credits from Central and concentrated training from one of our educational partners. The specialized programs result in a certificate, minor, or additional degree from the partner institution. The credits may also fulfill part of the Associate of Professional Studies (APS) or Bachelor of Religious Studies (BRS) degree requirements. The collaborative opportunities utilize incoming transfer credits, dual enrollment, or specialized educational experiences.