Values of the College
The College is committed to the lordship of Jesus Christ and the up-building of His church as the aim of theological education. All courses and activities are centered on the Bible, the foundation of our common faith. The College seeks to help students to be faithful to the Scriptures and to sincerely apply them, holistically, to their own lives and contexts. Thus, prayer, worship, and service are integral parts of the College’s programme. As the College is ecumenical and interdenominational in orientation, students are also encouraged to learn from and participate in the rich traditions of other churches and denominations.
The College follows the syllabus for the B.D. programme as provided by the Senate of Serampore College (revised in 2010). The syllabus is broad in scope and contextual in application. As such, the College and its faculty members seek to apply the latest insights and resources to the instructional process so that students are well-equipped for future ministry and further studies. The College’s library is rapidly developing and is well stocked with both the latest scholarship as well as the best of traditional and foundational works.
Relational and Personal Values
The College and its faculty recognize the dignity and worth of each individual student and seek to serve them in their growth and development. The students and faculty meet in prayer each morning and throughout the day have opportunities for interaction apart from the classroom. In addition, special events throughout the year help the student body to grow together as a community. The College desires for the success of each student and offers career and other counseling as applicable in order to help students make the most of their time at the College.
The College and its faculty believe that while theological education is foundational to ministry, its one true end can only be ministry. Accordingly, while at the College, students are encouraged to discover and exercise their spiritual gifts and God-given talents in order to set out on the path of fulfilling their callings.
Students are given ample opportunities to acquire practical experience during their studies. Bethel Bible College is located near a slum in Guntur, and its life and ministry are deeply connected with the local church, community, and neighboring villages. Students have constant opportunities for ministry in the immediate setting.
In compliance with the stipulations of the Senate of Serampore College/University all B.D. students undergo week-end practical ministry and a six-month internship program. In line with the new curriculum, the six month intensive practical work is normally adjusted with summer holidays and Christmas vacation. This may also be arranged with their own churches and dioceses; the College keeps in close contact with these churches to help ensure that the students progress and develop as needed. Other internship opportunities are also available, as well as occasional ministry field trips to other parts of Andhra Pradesh and other states in India.
The kind of intensive field education that can be suggested is as follows:
First year: To be decided by each College
Second year: Rural field education
Third year: Urban field education
Fourth year: Working with NGO
Fifth year: Pastoral ministry