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Encounter: Certificate in bible

Course Overview

Encounter: Certificate in Bible

One-Year Program (30 Credits)
A foundational year of Bible study, designed to make the scriptures come alive through classroom instruction and spiritual reflection in community.  Faculty will walk with you as you come to know the Living Word of God in fresh ways.  You will grow in confidence as you come to know what the Bible teaches and how to view the world by its light

Courses revolve around:

  • Reading biblical texts
  • Thinking theologically
  • Growing as a Christian

The Encounter program also provides an excellent on-ramp to other programs at Prairie College. Students who want to complete their study of the entire Bible can stay a second year and earn a Diploma in Bible or transfer to most of our 4-year degrees.  

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Encounter: In Depth

Through classes, campus experiences and Impact Groups, (small communities of discipleship) your faith will be strengthened for whatever is next. The Encounter program also provides an excellent launching pad to other programs at Prairie College or other universities.  Students who want to complete their study of the entire Bible can stay a second year to earn a Diploma in Bible or transfer to most of our two- and four-year degrees.  If you decide to study elsewhere or enter the workforce, you will be able to do so with a strong biblical foundation.

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop a clear understanding of the basic storyline of Scripture and doctrinal distinctives of Christianity.
  2. Be able to articulate the relevance of the Bible for contemporary Christian life. 
  3. Grow in maturity as a disciple of Jesus in community with other believers.
  4. Demonstrate basic thinking, research, and writing skills for college-level work.

International Travel

Encounter students are eligible to join our Bible faculty on a 2-week study tour of Israel (planned every 2 years).

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)

Note: Students considering transferring into a bachelor's degree program should choose courses required for that program.

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.

 

Carmen Imes  Program Coordinator

For nearly 100 years, Prairie has been known for its focus on the Bible. Today Prairie offers more Bible courses in its core than almost any other college. Students have the opportunity for rigorous engagement with the entire Bible, paired with electives on a variety of related subjects. 

If you are unsure about where God is calling you to invest your life, the Encounter program is a wonderful place to start. In just a year's time you'll encounter God through the Scriptures and gain a better sense for where you belong in his kingdom. If you sense a calling to academic ministry, Bible translation, or Bible teaching in the church, you may stick around for the 4-year degree. If not, you can jump into any of our other programs after your Encounter year. At Prairie we prepare you for a lifetime of study and a lifetime of service. We're eager to encounter the God of the Scriptures with you. Come join us!

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It's all about learning more about Scripture and really diving into it and growing closer to Christ through it.
Taylor
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Be open to God moving in your life. Take advantage of opportunities and get involved with the amazing community.
Desiree
Encounter Student
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I really enjoyed the world religions course I got to take, even though it was an option class. I liked what I learned about people and the field trips to different places of worship.
Kevin
Encounter Student
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Open up, make friends. Your professors are your best resource and want to be your friend. Take advantage of the different things offered at Prairie: student success, committees, and extra curricular activities.
Johanna
Encounter Student
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I would definitely recommend Prairie to a friend, but with the warning that it is quite academically focused. I've grown and learned so much. I think that it would be good for every Christian to spend a year or two in Bible school in order to really establish themselves in their faith.
Chance
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I really only have one goal as a student: to grow deeper with God; to learn about Him and study His Word, but then to take this knowledge further and apply it not only to my life but also to use that knowledge to encourage those around me as well.
Sawyer
Taylor
Desiree
Kevin
Johanna
Chance
Sawyer

Future Opportunities

 

  • Get a solid foundation in your faith no matter where you go. 
  • Transfer into any of our other programs
  • Be better equipped for entry level ministry and Church work.
The Dorms
The Dorms
Inside the Loft
Inside the Loft
Study at the Library
Study at the Library
Parable Place
Parable Place
Outdoor Studies
Outdoor Studies
In class
In class
Workout Centre
Workout Centre
The Atrium
The Atrium
In the Courtyard
In the Courtyard
Group Work
Group Work
General 2
I look back on my time at Prairie and think: "If only I went there now; the campus is so alive these days." Then I remember that my Prairie experience, like anything in our faith life, really is as good as you allow it to be. For me, it was a safe haven in uncertain times, a source of refinement and my best friend forever factory. It was the place where Jesus met me often through the professors, my coaches, and the people within the town of Three Hills itself. I love where Prairie has come, and where it is going. As a mother, I am confident that anyone who attends is being well equipped to impact my son's world with the love of Jesus! 
Tara Williams
Alumni
Tara Williams