Overview & Objectives
The School of Biblical Studies aims to raise the level of Biblical literacy in our Diocese, such that Anglicans know the contents of the Bible and are better able to apply God’s Word to their lives.
The pulpit ministry and Christian education programs in each of the parishes plays the major role in achieving this outcome. The School of Biblical Studies augments what is taught in the parishes by offering systematic coverage of the Old and New Testaments over a few years for lay members. The Diocesan Certificate of Biblical Studies course is pitched at the 100 Level (see Our Philosophy for an explanation of the levels of instruction) so that it is accessible to all or most of our parishioners.
As for In-Service staff, many of whom receive their Biblical and Theological training at seminaries like TTC, the School of Biblical Studies complements rather than duplicates what is taught by the seminaries in Levels 400-600. These might take the form of seminars or talks on specific topics that are current and relevant to our Diocese’s ministry context, which build upon and are relevant to those who have received their basic training in a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) or Master of Divinity (MDiv) course.
|100||Diocesan Certificate of Biblical Studies (DCBS)||All year long||Lay members of all churches||Clergy, Church Staff, & Christian Leaders|