Curriculum/Courses

Victor Ellison preaching in classThe Two-Year Program is SIBI's main program of training. Throughout the two years of training and study, students participate in a rich array of classes, from textual study to spiritual enrichment to ministry application. This training is rigorous, providing in just two years the same number of class hours that would require four or more years to complete at a typical college pace. This training is also deeply rewarding, launching students into a lifetime of growth and ministry.

This page outlines the core curriculum of courses for the main Two-Year ministry training program at SIBI. In addition to the courses listed below, each student will choose an area of emphasis, called a track, consisting of four additional, specialized courses in that area of ministry. These track courses are listed and described on their respective track pages (links provided below).

Finally, the curriculum listed here is complemented by evangelistic campaigns, ministry internships, workshops, seminars, chapel lectures, faculty mentoring, counseling, student orientation, and mid-course evaluations.

Old Testament
Old Testament History I
Scope of the entire Old Testament, places, men, women and promises from God.
Old Testament History II
Continuation of the entire Old Testament, places, men, women and promises from God.
Minor Prophets
Textual study of the books dealing with the minor prophets.
Isaiah
Textual study of the book of Isaiah.
Daniel & Ezekiel
Textual study of the book of Daniel & Ezekiel.
Wisdom Literature
Textual study of the books of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, and Song of Solomon.
New Testament
Letters of John
Textual study of the books of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John.
Life & Teachings of Jesus I
Study of the book of Luke viewing the life and teachings of Jesus.
Life & Teachings of Jesus II
Continuation of Life & Teachings of Jesus I, covering the book of Matthew with emphasis on the Sermon on the Mount.
Acts of the Apostles
Textual study of the book of Acts.
I Corinthians
Textual study of the book of I Corinthians.
I & II Thessalonians / Philippians
Textual study of the books of Philippians and Thessalonians.
Galatians
Textual study of the book of Galatians.
II Corinthians
Textual study of the book of II Corinthians.
Ephesians / Colossians
Textual study of the books of Ephesians and Colossians.
I & II Peter / James
Textual study of the books of I & II Peter and James.
Hebrews
Textual study of the book of Hebrews.
Romans
Textual study of the book of Romans.
Gospel of John
Textual study of the book of John.
I & II Timothy / Titus
Textual study of the books of I & II Timothy and Titus.
Revelation
Textual study of the book of Revelation.
Evangelism
Evangelism I & II
Teaches techniques of organization and delivery of a Biblical text.
Growth
Introduction to Ministry Studies
A course designed to help the student improve his/her study skills and to communicate more effectively, especially in written form.
Spiritual Disciplines
The study and the application of various biblical disciplines which will assure spiritual growth of the individual.
Christian Home
The study of marital maturity, values, insights and skills which include communication, financial management, sexual harmony, and parenting.
Effective Bible Study
Using the books of Jude and Philemon study skills are taught which develop research and study habits.
Christian Counseling
Basic non-clinical counseling skills and insights relevant to the people-helping tasks of ministry.
History / Evidences
Christian Evidences
Study of historical and scientific proof of Biblical people, places, and events.
Church History & Doctrine
Survey of church history from pre-Christian background through the Reformation and Restoration Movements, to today.
Languages
Greek
Study of the New Testament Greek language, grammar, and syntax.
Missions
Biblical Theology of Missions
The study of missions as seen throughout the scriptures.
Preaching
Confident Preaching
Practical approach to confident, bold, enthusiastic, and sincere speaking by use of short, personal topics.
Interpretive Reading
Practical approach to reading scriptures effectively.
Topical Preaching
Research and presentation of select topics from scriptures.
Effective Teaching I & II
Practical approach to speaking compellingly in a classroom setting.
Introduction to Homiletics
Development of the ability of logical thought and recognizing false concepts.
Preaching from the Old Testament
Development and presentation of sermons from the Old Testament. Emphasis on narrative approach and using O.T. text to a N.T. reference for authoritative Christian use.
Preaching from the Epistles
Emphasis placed on preaching from a short text and a series of sermons from one of the Epistles, striving for proper balance between Biblical exegesis and practical application.
Special Events Preaching
Development and presentation of sermons for weddings and funerals, and instructor assistance in ministering at such times.
Doctrinal
Scheme of Redemption
A theological, doctrinal, and historical study of the Messianic seed prophecies from Genesis to the ascension.
Sacrificial System
A study of the Old Testament worship based on the Law of Moses and the concepts of sacrifice and atonement.
Church of Christ
The history of the church from the first century, through the reformation and the restoration.
Christian Worship
Chapel I-VIII
Daily time devoted to study and information from various speakers and missionaries. Practicum for leading songs, prayers, and giving talks.
Emphasis / Track (each student may choose one of the two)
Congregational Ministry Track (4 courses)
For details, see the Congregational Ministry Track page.
Family & Youth Ministry Track (4 courses)
For details, see the Family & Youth Ministry Track page.
Electives (optional)
Hebrew I & II
The goal and purpose of this class is to teach the student how to use the tools necessary to do research that will enhance the understanding of the Old Testament text. The student will learn how to write, read, and pronounce the Hebrew letters. This class meets every morning for two terms (August-December). Most of the time is spent in learning rules of grammar leading up to reading the Hebrew text with the help of the Hebrew lexicon.
Beginning Sign Language I & II
Introduction to communication with the Deaf.

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