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Degree Options

School of Ministry

We offer Associate and Bachelor's level degree options for those desiring a professional-level credential for church and community service.

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Associate of Arts in Practical Outdoor Ministry

The Associate's degree is a 60-63 credit unit, two-year program, offered 100% online or via a Hybrid Model of online and onsite learning.  The purpose of the program is to send students into their ministry calling with a sound mind, pure heart, and a clear head for engaging in the work of ministry and to equip them to encourage and inform others in their ministry sphere.

Suggested Program Outline

Ministry Core: 30 credit units

  1. THLG101 Foundations of the Christian Faith

  2. EMIN101 Understanding God's Voice

  3. EMIN130 Strategies for Global Spiritual Harvest

  4. EMIN131 Understanding the Holy Spirit

  5. EMIN140 Articles of Spiritual Warfare

  6. EMIN200 Principles of Kingdom Living

  7. EMIN205 Developing a Christian Worldview

  8. EMIN210 Divine Healing: The Battle for the Body

  9. EMIN230 Teaching Tactics of Jesus Christ

  10. EMIN250 Spiritual Multiplication

Outdoor Ministry Core: 18 credit units

  1. WEOM101 The Gospel of Survival

  2. WEOM110 Hiking the Narrow Path

  3. WEOM150 Wilderness Survival Skills

  4. WEOM154 Urban Survival Skills

  5. WEOM200 Bushcraft Hygiene & First Aid

  6. WEOM220 Winter Survival Skills

  7. WEOM260 Bushcraft Fitness

Elective Courses: Choose any 5 (PMEL)

  • Personal Fitness Training

  • Backpacker Survival

  • Survival Trapping

  • Making an Oilcloth Tarp

  • Carving Fishing Lures

  • Chainsaw Maintenance

  • Rawhide Sheath Making

  • Kuksa Carving

  • Spoon Carving

  • Long Term Food Preparedness

  • Street Self-Defense

Bachelor of Arts in Practical Outdoor Ministry

The Bachelor's degree is a 60 credit unit completion program, building upon our Associate degree program. This program is also offered 100% online or via a Hybrid Model of online and onsite learning.  The purpose of this course is to assist ministers, represented in 1 Corinthians 12:28 and Ephesians 4:11 in the transition from a local leadership mentality to a global thought-leader. This is accomplished by presenting Christ’s true intention for Matthew 28:18-20, which is discipleship beyond evangelism.

Suggested Program Outline

Ministry Core: 34 credit units

  1. Jewish Origins of Christianity

  2. Biblical Management I

  3. Biblical Management II

  4. Introduction to Biblical Archaeology

  5. Power Principles

  6. Reasons for the Seasons

  7. The Biblical Festivals

  8. Biblical Evangelism

  9. Management by Objective

  10. Primitive Christianity

Outdoor Ministry Core: 21 credit units

  1. The Gospel of Self Reliance

  2. Bushcraft Essentials

  3. Woodcraft Skills

  4. Sustainable Wildcraft

  5. Wilderness First Aid

  6. Hide Tanning

  7. Herbalism 101

Elective Courses: Choose any 1

  • Personal Fitness Training

  • Backpacker Survival

  • Survival Trapping

  • Making an Oilcloth Tarp

  • Carving Fishing Lures

  • Chainsaw Maintenance

  • Rawhide Sheath Making

  • Kuksa Carving

  • Spoon Carving

  • Long Term Food Preparedness

  • Street Self-Defense

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Course Delivery Options

Textbooks are available in pdf downloadable format within the online class area. Printed Textbooks are also available upon request. All Outdoor Skills courses are hosted on a partner platform, upon enrollment, a unique student code shall be issued to gain instant, lifetime access to the courses required for your program.  



May I transfer credits from another school to BBI degree programs?

We will make every effort to accommodate transfer credits from reputable ministry training providers at the rate of $40 per course. The only courses open to transfer are the Ministry courses- all outdoor skills courses are unique to our school. If you have already completed one of our online outdoor skills courses we will gladly apply those credits to your degree program upon verification at no additional fee. 

Is this school accredited?

Yes! The Bethlehem Bible Institute is ecclesiastically accredited by the National Bible College Association #KY2020102 and is endorsed by the National Home School Association. Our programs have also been accepted for CEU advancement by all branches of the US Armed Forces.

We operate in accordance The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education under licensure exemption in accordance with 13 KAR 1:020 Section 2(7).

What do you believe?

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative, and applicable to our everyday lives.

  • We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

  • We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to the Father. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

  • We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

  • We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts and equips us for ministry.

  • We believe in the power and significance of the Church (Fellowship of Believers) and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together for fellowship, prayer, and the ‘breaking of bread’.

  • We believe in the Biblical seventh-day sabbath and strive to keep it holy as a day of rest from our weekly work/job.

  • We believe in the celebration of the Biblical Festivals which set us apart from the nations, teach us reliance upon God for our provision, and train us how to prepare for the coming of the Lord. 

  • We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.

  • We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

Who are the Instructors?

Dr. Jason Hunt serves as the primary instructor for the school of ministry. Dr. Hunt has over two decades of ministerial experience and holds degrees in Church Ministry (B.Min, M.Min), Outdoor Ministry Leadership (Ph.D.), and Biblical Archaeology (Ph.D.). He is the author of several books including The Gospel of Survival and coauthor of the bestselling Bushcraft First Aid. He previously served as President of Southern Indiana Bible College, Frontier Christian University, and on the Board for the National Association for Private Theological Institutions. 

Mr. Aaron Branch serves as the spiritual formation pastor for the school of ministry. Mr. Branch has over twenty years of ministry experience, much of which was serving in the worship band, Building429. Mr. Branch is an ordained minister and graduate of Bethlehem Outdoor College and holds advanced outdoor instructor credentials with Campcraft Outdoors where he also serves as a Chief Instructor. 

Dr. Bob Fischer serves posthumously as our professor of Jewish Origins through his video course and textbooks related to The Jewish Origins of Christianity. Bob has been with our school since 2007 and lived in Tiberias, Israel. He was a graduate of the University of Rochester (B.A., 1956) and Faith Seminary (DCS, 1991; MA, 1994; LHD, 2003) where he was also an adjunct professor.  He authored four books relating to the Jewish Roots movement. 

Immanuel Gomez is a Messianic Rabbi with over twenty years of ministry experience. Immanuel served as a Lay Leader, Youth, and Associate Pastor in a local congregation before attending a Messianic Yeshiva for six years. Upon graduating, he and his wife founded One New Man Temple of Hope Ministries in Northern Indiana. Rabbi Gomez hosted the Crossing Over Radio Program and has been a speaker and lecturer for the Chicago area ResTORAHation conference. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Bethlehem Bible Institute and is the institution's Adjunct Professor of Messianic Studies.   

What is the cancellation policy?

The School reserves the right to cancel individual classes due to low enrollment or various other factors.

If a class is canceled, an attempt is made to notify students and the tuition refund process will be initiated automatically. If a Learner decides to withdraw/cancel, they will receive a refund in the following way:

  • 31+ Day Notice: Full Refund

  • 21+ Day Notice: 75% Refund

  • 14+ Day Notice: 50% Refund

  • 7+ Day Notice: 20% Refund

  • Less than 7 day Notice: No Refund

Once a Learner arrives onsite for a course there are no refunds possible.

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