Never has there been a greater need for the training of faithful men to proclaim the saving message of the gospel to our nation and to the world. At no time in recent history has there been a greater need for the churches of Christ to have qualified, faithful men of the Word of God in the pulpits of this blessed country. Also, there is an urgent need to offer quality leadership training for the local churches as well as provide advanced Biblical Studies to men and women who seek to increase their knowledge of God's eternal Word.

The training of men to reach out to the entire world with the gospel is ever present. We must also meet the new challenge of training Hispanic preachers to handle the growing need for evangelism among the Hispanic people now living in the U.S.

We are excited to introduce to you the Bible Institute of Missouri. It is the culmination of the dreams and commitment of many Christians who desire to see the proclamation of the gospel of Christ to the whole world, to aid in the development of the leadership in the churches of Christ, and to offer the opportunity of study to those who seek a more in-depth knowledge of God's Word.

The Bible Institute of Missouri began operation on August 25, 2003 in our (more than 4000 square feet) facility. Our faculty consists of seasoned, qualified, godly men. The school provides a fully equipped library. The school provides a high standard of training. We endeavor to maintain the highest quality of faculty and students. Auditing of classes is also available.

We invite you to be part of this unique opportunity to study with us the unsearchable riches of the Word of God. You will find our location in Springfield, Missouri exceptional, and you will enjoy being a part of the Kansas Expressway church of Christ, a growing and loving congregation.

Plan to visit with us when you can. We hope to hear from you soon and will be glad to send you further information on this effort.

Because of Him...

Jerry R. Sullins, director

  • Over 2,000 hours of college level instruction.

  • Two year program of study.

  • A curriculum modeled after other preacher training schools.

  • Fully qualified and dedicated faculty prepared by experience and education.

  • Fifty courses in Bible and/or preaching related subjects providing a foundation relative to the life and work of the preacher.

  • The Bible Institute of Missouri emphasizes that the Bible is the verbally and fully inspired word of God, being God's perfect and final revelation to man and that it is completely authoritative, supplying all that man needs to be saved, serve God on earth, and be saved in heaven at last.

  • Students at the Bible Institute of Missouri learn how to defend the gospel (Philippians 1:17) against all errors such as: the Boston Movement, Premillennialism, Anti-ism, various heresies of marriage-divorce-remarriage, social drinking, evolution, and fellowship with denominations. These are issues students learn to confront and deal with from a Biblical and Christ-like perspective.

  • Training is also given to promote the spread of the gospel in local communities as well as around the world. Students are encouraged to be innovative in the realm of methods and expediencies and to fellowship only as directed by the inspired scriptures.

  • The Bible Institute of Missouri is veterans approved.

Who may enroll?

Any brother in Christ who is of good character and life, who has the right purpose, and who is willing and able to do the work prescribed by the administration and faculty is welcome to apply for entrance. Further, applicants MUST be able to speak, read, and write English well enough to do college level work taught in the English language. Such applicants without the required skills in English are strongly discouraged from applying.

Procedure:

Candidates are required to submit an application in time that all references may be received and checked before registration day. Completed applications should be received at the school at least six months, and not less than three months, prior to the expected entry date. Applications may be obtained from and returned to: Bible Institute of Missouri, 2540A N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield, Missouri 65803.

There is no minimum educational requirement for entrance, but one’s stability — emotionally, socially, and spiritually — must be established by information from those well acquainted with the applicant.

If possible, students should arrive at school free from excessive financial obligations. Since students are involved twelve hours each day in studies, they cannot be engaged in secular employment while in school. When possible students should be supported in whole or in part by the congregation where they held membership prior to coming to school.

Students accepted must honor a signed agreement to do all assigned work to enter and remain in school. This agreement is included in the application package and must be signed and returned with the application.

  1. CHAPEL.

    1. Each morning a time of devotion (chapel) is offered unto God.
    2. The chapel program will be planned and will include student participation with leading songs and prayers, guest speakers, and student speakers.
    3. Occasionally a student desires to invite a guest speaker to speak. This should be discussed with the director for proper arrangements.
    4. If occasion warrants, a student may be asked to postpone his lesson in order to allow a guest speaker to speak.
    5. Students and faculty are to end chapel 25 minutes after beginning. Announcements should follow.
    6. In order to keep classes on schedule, all chapel exercises should be concluded not later than 30 minutes after chapel begins except for special occasions.
    7. All students will be critiqued on chapel talks, and readings, or any speaking activity.
    8. All announcements must be written and handed to the director or instructor in charge before the beginning of chapel.
  2. CLASS BREAKS.

    1. All classes will take a break each hour. Each class must be resumed promptly at the end of the break.
    2. No class is to be dismissed early, and all must start on time unless there is a justifiable reason, which must be arranged with the director.
  3. GRADES AND EXAMINATIONS.

    1. Each student must complete every course to graduate. A grade will be given upon completion of every subject.
    2. Students are not to request any changes or variations in tests, or classes or anything that pertains thereto.
  4. DRESS AND CLEANLINESS.

    1. The administration and faculty desires to instruct and advise all students in all affairs while in school.
    2. At any time the administration and faculty feel that a student is not in good taste, they shall discuss the matter with him.
    3. For attending classes, a collared shirt with a tie is required. A coat and tie are required when preaching.
    4. All students are expected to dress appropriately at all worship services. Grooming must be in vogue with community standards of decency as is viewed by the administration and faculty.
    5. Check yourselves daily for body odor.
  5. CLASS MATERIALS.

    1. Bibles: Either the King James, New King James and/or American Standard Versions will be accepted for class use. Memory work will be accepted from the New King James version. Modern versions may be used for reference and comparison.
    2. Loose-leaf notebooks are preferred.
      1. If more than one course notes are kept in one binder, dividers should be used.
      2. Do not place irrelevant matter in with notes, especially those to be turned in for grading.
  6. LIBRARY.

    1. Reference works, such as encyclopedias, concordances and commentaries can not be checked out.
    2. All books should be checked out properly and returned promptly.
    3. No book is to be checked out for more than three days.

REGULATIONS INFORMATION FOR ALL STUDENTS

Students accepted by the Bible Institute of Missouri must honor a signed agreement to do all assigned work to enter and remain in school. The same entrance requirements apply to all courses alike.

CLASS ATTENDANCE.

Each student is expected to be in his respective class on time at every session as scheduled. All necessary tardiness or absence must be arranged for with the director and respective instructor to be governed by the following:
  1. Leave of Absence.Such is granted to students under conditions that are beyond their control, such as road hazards, weather conditions, sickness, death in the immediate family, necessary official business and representing the school.
  2. Absences and Class Cuts.No Absence is permitted, except as indicated in the above paragraph. No class cuts are excused. Each case will be reviewed by the Director and faculty committee. Anyone who’s attendance is determined unsatisfactory will be dismissed. Appointments with doctors and dentists should be made for after school and on Saturdays.
  3. Tardiness.Being late to chapel and classes will not be tolerated. Being tardy three times equals one unexcused absence; three unexcused absences subject one to dismissal. Anyone habitually tardy for classes at anytime at the beginning of class or after break is to be refused admittance to class and readmitted only after permission from the director.
For each unexcused absence, the student’s final grade average will be reduced five points. A written reason for each tardiness or absence must be presented to the instructor. Unsatisfactory attendance will be reported to the director.
  1. Make-up work.Each student is held accountable for work missed due to absence for any reason and will be required to make it up according to the demands of his respective instructor. In view of the intensive work and accelerated program of this school, any student missing as much as two weeks total in any one session may be asked to withdraw. He may re-enter the next or a later term.

RULES OF CONDUCT

  1. All students are expected to assume proper responsibility as citizens. Any student who is convicted of any law violation will be subject to discipline by the school.
  2. Any words or acts unbecoming a Christian will not be tolerated. At all times, the student must conduct himself with proper decorum and display a proper attitude in all matters pertaining to his school work and toward his fellow students.
  3. Students are not allowed to use tobacco or alcohol at any time, and any found doing so will be immediately dismissed. Sexual immorality will also be cause for immediate dismissal.
  4. Though a specific offense may not be committed at any time, if a student’s attitude and/or demeanor are not in harmony with the spirit and intent of this school, he may be asked to withdraw. This decision will not be subject to review by any other person or group outside of the Bible Institute of Missouri, its administration and instructors.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION.

  1. The student must have demonstrated proper Christian character.
  2. Each student must complete satisfactorily all the prescribed courses.
  3. An overall average of "C" (2.0) must be maintained.
  4. Any student having and "F" or "I" on his record must remove such before graduation.

ATTENDANCE AT WORSHIP.

Every student is required to attend all services of the Kansas Expressway Church of Christ regularly unless arrangements have been made with the Director otherwise. This would include Sunday Bible classes, morning worship, mid-week service and all gospel meetings and seminars.

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ THE ABOVE REGULATIONS AND THAT I AGREE TO ABIDE BY ALL STIPULATIONS. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT BY MY FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THE ABOVE REGULATIONS I WILL BE DISMISSED FROM THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI PROGRAM AND FORFEIT MY SCHOLARSHIP FORTHWITH.

SIGNED:


DATE:


Note: One copy of this agreement will be placed in each student’s file. One copy is to be retained by every student.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO:

Bible Institute of Missouri
2540A North Kansas Expressway
Springfield, Missouri 65803
APPLICATION FORM (PDF)

Please open, print, complete this form clearly and answering fully, and mail it to the above address.