We offer both traditional and non-traditional leadership training tracks for quality low-cost, easily accessible ministry preparation.
Schools of Ministry
Open Bible Churches is experiencing a renaissance in the training of a young generation for ministry, recapturing a model of pastor-led schools of ministry that was closely connected with our beginning. Most current education models are expensive and encourage students to acquire loans. However, accumulated debt hinders the ability of many graduates to remain ministry focused and can impede their ability to go wherever God leads. Many education models also require students to take (and pay for) classes unrelated to the student’s field of interest. We are thankful for our official colleges, Inste Bible College (IGBC) and New Hope Christian College (NHCC), but recognize we also need low-cost, pastor-led, ministry preparation. For these and other reasons Open Bible Churches has certified four schools of ministry that remain purposefully affordable, easily accessible, practical, and intentionally hands-on (Discover Ministry School, Harvest Bible College, Legacy School of Ministry, Toledo School of Ministry).
Discover Ministry School
The Discover Ministry School (DMS) is a ministry of Pacific Open Bible which exists to equip passionate followers of Christ in God's Word and create a pathway for missional leadership and lifelong learning.
Harvest Bible College
Harvest Bible College was launched as a ministry of First Church of the Open Bible in Des Moines, IA, to prepare people for the call of God on their lives. HBC will train and equip Bible based, Gospel centered, and Spirit empowered servant leaders who will fulfill the Great Commission.
INSTE Global Bible College
Do you feel a call to ministry but don't want to uproot your family and join a traditional college environment? Most formal educational systems today are based on the Greek didactic model revolving around a lecture. INSTE's model is based on relationships, a Hebrew model that incorporates learning into the life rhythm of the church and learner.
Legacy School of Ministry
Legacy School of Ministry - unique in our targeted, practical approach to ministry leadership preparation (pastors, church planters, missionaries).
New Hope Christian College
New Hope Christian College is a community of Christ-followers dedicated to experiencing "the transformation into Christ's image from glory to glory by the Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 3:18)."
Timothy Fund - INSTE
Inste Bible College (also known as INSTE) is based on a radical idea-that training for ministry can be both excellent, affordable. Our commitment to excellence is demonstrated by our accreditation by the premier distance accrediting association in the United States: the Distance Education and Training Association. Our commitment to affordability is shown by our firm belief that no one should have to go in debt to follow God's call to ministry.
Toledo School of Ministry
The Toledo School of Ministry (TSOM) is a two-year ministry training school combining Inste Bible College academics with practical ministry training in both church and urban settings. Under the guidance of experienced pastors and ministry leaders, students will experience Scripture and its cultural application to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus. Vital parts of the two year training are the discovery of the student's calling and spiritual giftedness as they are trained and deployed into ministry opportunities in the church and the streets.