Life Ministry Institute

Associate in Biblical Studies

books_smLMI is a program leading to an Associate in Biblical Studies (ABi) degree that can be completed in 2 to 3 years depending on the student’s availability and other responsibilities. Core classes include the study of Theology, Bible, Ministry and selected topics in History, Sociology and Philosophy.

The Ministry and Mentorship program introduces the students to the seven ministry departments at Northwest Church, which are typical ministry areas in most local churches: Children, Youth, Congregational Life, Missions, Pastoral Care, Administration and Worship. The student may additionally focus in one of the ministry areas where they receive greater depth of experience and training.

Basic Overview of the LMI program

  • New students may enter at the beginning of any quarter.
  • Academic curriculum minimum 530 hours and 220 hours of ministry practicum.
  • Program is 72 credits minimum (54 from core classes plus 7 electives and 11 ministry practicum).
  • Program leads to an Associate in Biblical Studies (ABi) degree.
  • Tuition ($110 per credit) and fees for the program without room and board is currently about $6,000 plus books.
  • Scholarships are made available subject to demonstrated need and GPA.
  • Admission requires submission of an application, passing an English writing competency test and agreement to abide by the NWC Value Code and Foursquare statement of faith.
  • Transferability of credits has been negotiated with other colleges.

Ministry Practicum

In addition to formal core training a student will complete a 230 hour ministry practicum in actual ministry assignments. Additional experience and training is available as LMI Plus in one or more of the ministry areas of Worship Arts, Pastoral Ministries, Youth and Christian Education (Children through Young Adults), Resource (Church Administration) and Outreach (Mission). Arrangements can be made to accomplish most if these requirements in the students home church.

Classes Include (usually in this order)

  • Spiritual Formation A – Hearing God’s Calling
  • Introduction to Greek and Hebrew
  • Systematic Theology I
  • Introduction to Biblical Exegesis
  • Systematic Theology II
  • Biblical Exegesis Practicum
  • Systematic Theology III
  • Spiritual Formation B – Character
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Spiritual Gifts and Ministries
  • Introduction to Biblical Preaching
  • Preaching Practicum
  • Cultures of Ancient Civilizations
  • Western Civilization & Christianity
  • Spiritual Formation C – Gifting
  • History of Ancient Israel
  • Acts
  • Multicultural Evangelism
  • Pentateuch
  • Christian Ethics
  • Romans