Some reviews are negative simply because this school did not help them in a secular sense. It didn't help with or provide job opportunities outside of ministry. I just want to say, don't come here if you are expecting it to help in that way. It won't look better on your resume than a secular university. The reason for coming here is to establish your faith, grow in your walk with the Lord, and go into ministry if that is what you are called to. For those 3 things this is an excellent school. Those 3 things are what the school is built around. If you aren't looking for any of that, this school isn't the one for you. If you decide to come anyway and don't have a change of heart, you will walk away feeling let down and disappointed.
On a different note, the staff is fantastic. Each and every one of them is here on missionary support and is not paid by the school. They all are here simply to serve the Lord by pouring into the students and teaching them what the Bible says. They all are very loving, self sacrificing, and godly. They also do their best to create a non-legalistic atmosphere here at the school by making it clear that we do not gain God's love and acceptance by keeping rules and following strict guidelines. Although following God's teachings are important, we are accepted and loved by God based on what Christ did on the cross. What you get out of this school will be what you put into it. You have the potential to walk out of here either bitter and hardened, or in a deep thriving relationship with God, knowing his word and how to use it.
My name is David Snyder. I got my bachelor's degree in Bible with a missions emphasis through this institution. I learned so much about people and the Bible here. I would highly recommend this place for anyone seeking Christian ministry or a competent knowledge of the scriptures for four reasons.
1. The faculty and staff really care about you. None of the faculty or staff are paid. They serve because they love God and the students, and donors give them enough to buy food.
2. This institution is able to focus soley on your Bible education, packing the essentials into three years, rather than dilluting the education with classes on other topics as a liberal arts college would do.
3. Because the staff raise support, tuition is incredibly low, meaning you can work part time and graduate debt-free, as I did.
4. The Christian service assignments force students to join small local churches and learn their gifting, and the fourth year internship lets you put into practice all of the ministry tools you have learned. This makes sure that your education is not divorced from service to real people and churches.
If your desire is not to go into Christian ministry, or you aren't even a Christian yet, or you need to get some big-shot degree, then this school is not for you. If, however, you are a Christian interested in a more complete understanding of God's word and experience in ministry, and you don't want to be shackled with several years of debt, I couldn't recommend this place more highly. These people really know and live out the word of God.
Review from Guidestar
I do not recommend this institution in any way shape or form. I had bad experiences here that led me to a very dark time in my life. It brought violence and hate into my life, and I spent years in recovery. At the conclusion of my time there, I was jobless without any credentials to further my life experience. I had a child that I could not provide for and I had no home. I surrendered my life to this organization and found myself broken. When I approached the leaders of the organization about my situation I was told that I was simply not following Jesus. This is a cult-like atmosphere that should be avoided at all costs.
Review from Guidestar