Distance Education programs:

Course Overview

Certificate in Bible

18 Credits of Bible & Theology

6 Credits of Arts & Sciences

6 Credits of electives

Estimated time to complete: 1-2 years

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Encounter: Certificate in Bible

Ground your faith through a well-rounded introductory program of biblical studies, Christian theology, spiritual formation, and arts and science courses. Our Encounter program provides a solid foundation for anyone seeking to influence this diverse world for Christ.

Who is this for?

  • Lay leaders in the church 
  • Anyone who plans to or has attended a secular university- but also desires an academically solid biblical education.
  • Those interested in pursuing further biblical or ministry education.
  • Anyone who wants to become better grounded in God’s Word. 

Desired outcomes: 

  • Deepen your understanding of the meaning of Scripture and how to apply it.
  • Get practical ministry skills to be an effective Christian in today’s world.
  • Learn and be able to clearly articulate important biblical and theological themes.
  • Develop your unique gifts in local church and ministry opportunities.
  • Understand your responsibility within the global Body of Christ. 

Expanded Opportunities

If you are undecided on a career or ministry path or plan to pursue further education in a secular environment, the training you receive through Prairie’s Certificate in Bible program will prepare you to make wise decisions based on a solid biblical perspective. Although complete in itself, our Certificate in Bible program has also been designed as a starting point for our two and four-year programs since CB credits can be applied to most of these longer programs.

Program Requirements

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible & Theology (18 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts*
NT 221 Reading Paul's Letters*
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
Arts & Sciences (6 credits)
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World*
General Electives (6 credits)
*Available soon; in the meantime, we will offer a substitute.

Note: Arts & Sciences courses include Anthropology (AN), Humanity and Fine Arts (HF), History (HI), Philosophy (PH), Psychology (PS), Science (SC), Sociology (SO), and Social Sciences (SS).

General Electives (3 credits)

*If for any reason a course required for your program is no longer offered, an acceptable substitute will be specified. In some circumstances, you may apply to have one course substituted for another on your program. Contact the Distance Education office for more information.

Timeframe & Fees

Completion of a Certificate in Bible usually takes around 1-2 years for students who are not also working. For cost estimates per program, see the Fees section of our About Distance Education page.