BETHLEHEM COLLEGE & SEMINARY

Education in Serious Joy

Minneapolis, MN   |  http://www.bcsmn.edu

Mission

Under the authority of God's inerrant Word, we exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ by equipping men and women to treasure Christ above all things, to grow in wisdom and knowledge over a lifetime, and to glorify God in every sphere of life.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Dr. Joe Rigney

Main address

720 13TH Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55415 USA

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Formerly known as

The Bethlehem Institute

EIN

27-0680532

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

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This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Bachelor of Arts | Theology and Biblical Studies

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Biblical Studies major focuses more deeply on interpreting Scripture in its historical, literary, canonical, and redemptive-historical contexts. Students in this major will learn both Greek and Hebrew and will apply their study of the biblical languages to the exegesis of select books in the Old and New Testaments. All courses in this major will impress upon students the need to apply the truth learned to themselves, their church, and the surrounding culture. Students in this major will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable and Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Bachelor of Theology is designed to help working adults complete a once-started but unfinished undergraduate education by transferring as much previously earned academic credit as possible and then focusing remaining degree work on biblical theology and Christian discipleship.

Population(s) Served

The Master of Divinity Apprenticeship Program for Vocational Eldership is a four-year program for those called to vocational ministry as pastors, missionaries, or other full-time Christian workers at the elder level. Those training at this level are called “apprentices.” Only men who intend to complete the entire curriculum should enroll.

We offer a full slate of traditional M.Div. courses: Old Testament and New Testament Studies in the original languages, systematic theology, church history, pastoral ministry, missions, preaching, etc., along with pastoral supervision and relationshihearts more alive to the beauty of Christ, and lives more empowered by the Spirit to shine in our sad world. Our earnest desire is to impart an arsenal of tools that will help apprentices to be life-long learners and proclaimers of the word of God with a maturing Christ-like character. Our prayer is that graduates from Bethlehem Seminary will be exemplary as effective lovers of His church, and passionate about winsomely and boldly inviting men, women and children from every tribe and tongue and people and nation to cherish Christ as the True Treasure.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Bethlehem Seminary offers another graduate degree option, the Master of Theology Apprenticeship Program for Vocational Eldershisystematic theology, church history, pastoral ministry, missions, preaching, etc., with the same expectations for mentored ministry. Additionally, apprentices pursuing the Th.M. degree take a research seminar course in their third year of study and write a thesis of approximately 100 pages during their fourth year under the supervision of a Bethlehem Seminary professor or qualified adjunct professor.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This is a degree program designed for those perceiving a call to vocations in Christian missions service and leadership. Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Global Studies major invites students to examine carefully the historical and contemporary issues affecting cross-cultural ministry endeavors. This major also engages students in close examination of biblical texts, equipping students to study the Word accurately and to teach others from it. In addition, this major gives students theological categories for assessing methodologies proposed by the social sciences so that they might apply these insights to various contexts for missionary service in a biblically faithful manner. Students will learn to exegete both God’s Word and his world for the sake of clear, biblical exposition and faithful discipleship in an increasingly pluralistic world. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided missions internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

Population(s) Served

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Letters major is designed to equip undergraduate men and women with the skills needed to think clearly and accurately about the world in which they live and to challenge them to live faithfully in the home, the church, and the world. This major focuses upon great works of Western Civilization with a view to equipping students to evaluate the seminal ideas in the history of thought in light of the self-disclosure of the triune God. The program will not merely expose students to the great thinkers and ideas of history, but it will equip them to participate in the Great Conversation while growing into mature human beings who are broad-minded and big-hearted, possessing firm convictions and eager to pursue wisdom and wonder for the rest of their lives. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

Population(s) Served

Bethlehem offers three traditional Master of Arts degrees designed for students seeking graduate-level work in theology, missiology, or humanities. All three feature core courses in Christian doctrine and Greek, but the three programs also include the following distinctives:

(1) Theology and Biblical Studies – Hebrew & Ethics
(2) Theology and Global Studies – Missions & Anthropology
(3) Theology and Letters – The Great Books

These MA degrees are available in an accelerated format to Bethlehem college students or as a 2-year, full-time degree to applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults

The Master of Arts in Exegesis and Theology is a 42-credit, two year, one night a week graduate program for working adults, men and women, who are interested in gaining biblical Greek language skills and a better understanding of God-centered reformed theology. This program is not designed to build the foundations for pastoral ministry (i.e. preaching and counseling classes), but rather to encourage effective workplace ministry, flourishing family life, and more theologically minded pastors, ministry staffs, and missionaries.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

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BETHLEHEM COLLEGE & SEMINARY

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sam Crabtree

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Sam Crabtree

Bethlehem Baptist Church

Jim Kragenbring

Aquifer Capital, LLC

Kenny Stokes

Bethlehem Baptist Church

John Piper

Desiring God

Paul Lim

Harpur Memorial Hospital

Justin Taylor

Crossway Books

Tim Johnson

Impact

Thomas Barclay

Covenant Life Church

Juan Sanchez

High Pointe Baptist Church

Joe Rigney

Bethlehem College & Seminary

Tom Dodds

Slashblue LLC

Craig Howse

Howse & Thompson, P.A.