Launching the Field-Based School of Biblical Studies
In September 2008 I am launching the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) in an e-learning format. This is something I have desired to do for many years and now that I have finished my degree I can finally get to it. Distance Learning Bible Study has been offered for nearly 10 years through The King’s Lodge, but ths e-learning package is accredited with YWAM’s University of the Nations and I believe will benefit those working within the mission.
The idea is to provide staff in YWAM with a way to study yet not have to leave their ministry situation. So each month of our residential SBS is being expanded into a three-month module with the expectation that the student will take about ten hours a week. Many of our staff in church planting or other ministry-type situations are not able to leave their location, but can now take the full SBS without leaving their "field". I have discovered some great e-learning software called Moodle which I am working hard to learn to use, as well as taking the SBS material and presenting it in a format that will work for this course. This is keeping me very busy, I am very excited to finally see this launched.
And don’t make the mistake others have; it is NOT called the "Phil-based SBS"!