The Bible Seminary

Rooted in the Word

aka The Bible Seminary   |   Katy, TX   |  www.thebibleseminary.edu

Mission

The Bible Seminary exists to glorify God by training Christian believers in a context of biblical community in all 66 books of the Bible so that they can serve the local church and fulfill the Great Commission by the power of God's Spirit.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Dr. K. Lynn Lewis

Provost

Dr. Scott Stripling

Main address

2655 S Mason Rd

Katy, TX 77450 USA

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EIN

27-2190032

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Christian (X20)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Bible Seminary aims to improve biblical literacy and understanding of all 66 books of the Bible for both laity and ministry leaders, and provide Bible-based, Christ-centered, experiential leadership training for ministry professionals.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bible Certificate

The Bible Certificate (BC) program is the perfect place to start ministry training. During the Certificate journey, students gain a perspective of the Bible as a whole, its place in culture and history, and its relevance for life today. The Bible Certificate Program offers maximum flexibility for students and partnering host organizations, also known as Remote Instructional Locations (RIL). Students gain a strong foundation for leading and teaching persons of all ages, as well as being prepared for more effective Christian leadership at home, family, church, community, and even career. Lastly, students engage in a vibrant community with highly skilled instructors and passionate co-learners and gain confidence for serving in ministry and ministry leadership.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Vocational Ministry (VM) certificate program offers vital, graduate-level education beneficial for anyone serving or who wants to serve in Bible-based, Christ-centered ministry leadership. The curriculum includes foundational studies in key subject areas in conjunction with mentored instruction through common educational experiences shared among all TBS degree programs. ​Fundamental skills and topics studied include hermeneutics, church history and theology, ministry leadership, public speaking/teaching, and spiritual formation, as well as a survey of all 66 books of the Bible and in-depth studies of numerous biblical books. Students earn 3-hour, graded credit by attending and participating in course sessions, turning in all regular assignments, and taking the final exam. By participating at this level, students can retain the option to apply their credit hours toward a graduate degree program should they desire to do so.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Dual Degree Completion (DDC) program allows students with an Associate’s degree, coursework toward an unfinished undergraduate degree, and life experiences that may count toward college credit to enroll in The Bible Seminary on a degree track resulting in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Students who successfully complete this program will have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (BACS), and either a companion Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Divinity (M Div) degree. The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is customized for each student to incorporate previous college coursework (such as a 60-credit hour Associate degree), prior learning assessments, additional college studies, and TBS core graduate courses that can serve as dual bachelor/master credits.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Bible Seminary's Master of Divinity (MDiv) program includes 28 courses (84-credit hours) designed to teach all 66 books of the Bible over a 3-year course of study. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Master of Divinity degree. The program is available for FULL-TIME students (registered for 9 or more credit hours per semester), PART-TIME students, and auditors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A 60-credit hour program that offers students opportunities to study under recognized leaders in archaeology and related fields. Students will strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore basic archaeological history, theories, and methodologies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A 54-credit hour program that offers students opportunities to strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore and practice ministry skills related to in-depth knowledge of biblical languages and culture.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A 60-credit hour program that offers students opportunities to strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore and practice a broad range of ministry skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A 48-credit hour program that offers students opportunities to strategically and comprehensively study all 66 books of the Bible; learn basic historical, theological, and practical knowledge critical for serving in professional ministry leadership; and experientially explore and practice ministry skills related to in-depth knowledge of church history and theology.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (Accredited) 2020

Affiliations & memberships

Association for Biblical Higher Education 2012

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who graduate from college with no student loan debt

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Bible eminary aims to graduate all students free of any seminary debt. These numbers correspond to the total number of graduates of all programs each year who graduated debt-free (currently 100%).

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students enrolled in all programs during the academic year referenced (2012-13 equals year 2013 in the table)

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Train at least 5000 persons who each reach at least 200 persons during their ministry to together positively impact 1 million souls who love and serve Jesus Christ as Lord.

Offer comprehensive, strategic educational opportunities to study all 66 books of the Bible ranging from single events to entire degree programs in association with ministry partners who want to offer next-level education in their locations to their communities.

The Bible Seminary has legal approval, organizational administration, and educational programming available at the main campus in Katy, Texas and at an increasing number of regional ministry locations (primarily churches and schools).

The Bible Seminary officially formed in 2010, graduated the first Bible Certificate students in 2011 and the first graduate degree students in 2015, redesigned the certificate and graduate degree programs in 2017 and 2018, has hired administrators and staff and developed key relationships with numerous regional ministry leaders and educational professionals, and now has a full sweep of educational opportunities and people available to carry out the mission. The seminary has successfully completed several steps toward accreditation and is highly engaged in that process, as well as continuing to increase funding and student enrollment.

The Bible Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: [email protected]] having been awarded Accredited Status as a Category III institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on October 26, 2020. This status is effective for a period of five years. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDOE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Bible Seminary

Board of directors
as of 7/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Adam Peters

Air Liquide Group

Term: 2020 -


Board co-chair

Doug Johnson

Retired from Phillips 66

Term: 2017 -

George Armistead

Retired from Unocal/Chevron

Robert Button

Retired from Amoco, BP, and Glori Energy

Harry Chapman

Chapman Schewe

Mickey Ellis

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Julia Dean

The Dean Law Firm

Stan Goss

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Pat Ryan

A Future and a Hope Ministries

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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