Thank you for your interest in attending Accelerate Bible Training College!Here are a few things you should know before you start our online application.
ABTC operates on an academic semester schedule with 5-7 classes per semester (block). Those who can't commit to attending full-time can take classes part-time as their schedule allows.
Full-TimeFull-time students will complete 5-7 classes per block and will complete Foundations in an academic year.
Part-TimeStudents who choose to attend part-time will be able to take classes as their schedule allows. They will be able to complete the entire program in as much time as they would like or enroll in a single class. Students who attend part-time will pay per class.
We want to make ABTC available to as many people as possible, therefore we have the following options available:
OnlineTeaching sessions and Encounter nights are offered online to those who do not live close enough to attend in person or may live close enough but cannot attend in-person due to scheduling conflicts/extenuating circumstances.
Hybrid (A combination of Online plus In-Person)Teaching sessions are offered online, but Encounter nights must be attended in person on Thursday evenings.
FoundationsThis is our first-year program at Accelerate Bible Training College and will provide biblical teaching and discussion groups to help students form a solid biblical foundation. This will be accompanied by regular times of worship and prayer to encourage deeper connection and intimacy with God. Together, these times of the Word and Spirit will bring transformation and lay a solid foundation from which to build life and ministry. Foundations is a prerequisite for acceptance into School of Missions and Ministry.
School of Missions and MinistryMore information on SMM will be coming soon!
Please read the following information about Accelerate Bible Training College, as consent to all is required for acceptance into our program. You will be asked to sign at the end of this application.
Accelerate Bible Training College Statement of FaithThis will also be sent to you after you submit your application for your reference.
THE BIBLEThe Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. In the Word, we find the revelation of God’s eternal and unchanging will for men of all ages. The Word is the divine and final authority for the Christian life. For purposes of church doctrine, the head pastor, with guidance from the board of directors, is LW’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21; 1 Thess. 2:13)
THE TRINITYThere is one God, the creator of all things, who is infinitely perfect and eternally existent in three equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Col. 2:9; Matt. 28:19)
JESUSJesus Christ is the union of God and man. He is true God and true man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and is presently seated at the right hand of the Father as our high priest and advocate. (Phil. 2:6–11; John 1:1, 14, 18, 14:28)
SALVATIONMan was created in the image of God, but fell into sin, which resulted in his spiritual death and separation from God. Only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. This process of regeneration, referred to in the Word as being “born again,” takes place through a combination of faith and confession. As a person makes the decision to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and confesses with his mouth the lordship of Jesus in his life, a miracle of regeneration by the Holy Spirit takes place. A new Christian is born into the kingdom of God. For him, old things are passed away and all things are new! (Rom. 3:10, 23, 5:12, 10:9–10; 1 John 3:8; Eph. 2:8; 2 Cor. 5:17; John 3:3, 5–7)
BAPTISM AND COMMUNIONWater baptism and communion are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are not, however, to be confused with or regarded as a means of salvation. The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for justification and salvation. (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36–38; Luke 22:19–20; 1 Cor. 10:16)
THE HOLY SPIRITThe present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit is to comfort and guide the believer, with the final purpose of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ in the earth. During this age, He indwells, guides, instructs, and empowers the believer for godly living and service. Every believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit, with speaking in tongues as the initial physical evidence. (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16–17; Acts 1:8, 2:4, 38–39; 19:1–7)
PRAYERAll born again, Spirit-filled believers should maintain a consistent prayer life by praying regularly with their understanding and in their heavenly language. (1 Cor. 14:15; 1 Thess. 5:16–18; Eph. 6:17–18)
FAITH & VICTORYWithout faith, it is impossible to please God. The Word tells us that the just—those who have been justified by the blood of Jesus—shall live by faith. The redemptive work of Jesus not only provided salvation for the believer, but also healing and prosperity for our spiritual, soulish, and physical man. We are redeemed from the curse of the law—poverty, sickness, oppression, and any other thing that prevents us from fulfilling His plan. Our lives can be prosperous and healthy in every realm as we walk in the light of this redemption by faith in God’s Word. (Heb. 11:6; Rom. 1:17; James 5:14–15; Mark 16:18; Isa. 53:4–5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24; 3 John 1:2; Deut. 8:18; Gal. 3:13–14)
THE CHURCHThe universal Church is composed of all those who are born again. Through the new birth, we are united together in the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the Lord and head of the Church and has provided leadership for the local church through the ministry gifts, which only He can give. Every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs. (John 3:3; Eph. 1:22, 4:8; 1 Cor. 12:12–14)
MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITYWe believe that marriage is a covenant sanctioned by God to join one man (born as and continuing to be a male) and one woman (born as and continuing to be a female) in a single, exclusive, holy union. This is the only definition of marriage the Church will recognize as a valid marriage. We believe the Church is charged with upholding and protecting God’s original design for marriage. (Gen. 2:2–25)
We believe that sexual activity is a gift from God to be enjoyed only between a married man and woman. Same-sex sexual orientation and sex-nonconforming lifestyles are inconsistent with our faith and doctrine. (1 Cor. 7:2–5; Heb. 13:4; 1 Cor. 6:9–10, 18–20; Gen. 1:26–27)
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND GENDERWe believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. God intentionally and purposefully designed each person to be a particular gender as evidenced at birth (or at the chromosomal level when necessary). Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are, therefore, called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Gen. 1:26–27; Ps. 139:13–18)
THE RETURN OF CHRISTThe premillennial Second Coming of Jesus Christ is two-part in nature; He will come in the air to resurrect the righteous dead and catch away the living saints; He will then come to the earth to establish His physical kingdom and begin His thousand-year reign. (Acts 1; 1 Thess. 4:16–17; Rev. 20:6)
THE RESURRECTIONThere will be a bodily resurrection of the dead— the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord and the unbeliever to judgment and eternal punishment. (Heb. 9:27–28; Rev. 19:20)
Accelerate Bible Training College Code of ConductThis will also be sent to you after you submit your application for your reference.
The Bible teaches us that all who are in Christ are new creations; the old has gone and the new is here! As Christians, we serve as Christ’s ambassadors to the world (2 Cor. 5:17,20). With that in mind, Accelerate Bible Training College asks students to live their lives in a way that honors God and our college, both within and outside the walls of ABTC.
While the list below isn’t an exhaustive list, as a Christian and student of ABTC, you are committing to live in accord with our Statement of Faith and the standards and values found in the Bible, which means among other things: