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We are pleased that you are considering God's work in your future
plans. This is a good step in the right direction, as you get started
in your career planning. The world needs Christian leaders who are
serious about the well-being of the church, and reaching the lost
for Jesus. We believe that in order for the gospel to reach the world
we must have competent leadership in the church. Through a carefully
designed combination of classroom instruction, personal discipleship
by the faculty, and on-the-job training and experience, we intend to
raise up leaders who are effective workmen in the Lord's church.
WHAT IS NCB?
Northwest College of the Bible is a fellowship of evangelists and elders of several northwest churches cooperating in love under the oversight of the elders of Central Christian Church for the training and education of future leaders of the Lord's church. It offers college level courses on a full time or a part time basis for the strengthening of the local churches, and the preparation of full time careers for Christ.
Northwest College of the Bible began operation in 1952 under the leadership of A. Word, Warren Bell, and Lee Turner. It was originally named The Churches of Christ School of Evangelists , meeting in the facility of The Church at 550 N.E. 76th Ave. , in Portland, Oregon. It was intended to be a cooperative effort of the churches of the greater Portland area to produce qualified and dedicated leadership for the ongoing of the Lord's church. When The Church at 550 relocated in its new building as the Crossroads Church of Christ in 1978, the school moved with it, and was renamed Northwest College of the Bible. In 1985 it was relocated in the Duke Street Church of Christ and when Duke Street merged with Central Christian Church , the school has met in the facilities there. Though the school location has changed to fit current needs through the years, it has continued to pursue the constant goals of holiness and academic excellence. The faculty and curriculum remain the same, only the location has changed.
Portland, Oregon, provides an excellent location for this leadership training program. It is the largest city in Oregon, with a population of about one million in the greater Portland area. It is located between the Columbia and Willamette rivers, close to the mountains and the ocean in the beautiful and fertile Willamette Valley. Many other secular and religious colleges and universities are located in the area within easy driving distance. There is a choice of many different congregations with which to work and fellowship. These churches present many opportunities for students to receive practical experience in teaching and preaching while attending school, and a "home away from home" for those who move here from a distance.
PURPOSE AND PHILOSOPHY
The Purpose of Northwest College of the Bible is to:
NCB helps us fulfill God's purpose in the church.
The wisdom of God is to be made known through the church, according to Ephesians 3:10. Leaders are to equip the saints for the work of ministering. If church leaders do not do this within the church environment, then the work will have to be done by para-church organizations. We are resolved to do this important training in the context of the local congregation. Northwest College of the Bible is under the supervision of the elders of Central Christian Church in Portland, and meets in the facilities provided by the church.
NCB helps us fulfill our ministries as Christian leaders.
Timothy was instructed, "The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also'' (II Timothy 2:2). Preachers are to recruit and train other preachers as part of their ministry. We are able to accomplish this part of our ministry through our cooperative efforts at NCB.
This is not a conventional Bible College where the teachers have left the day-to-day ministry of a congregation and have limited themselves to the affairs of the classroom. Our teachers are busy in the duties of their regular ministries, and in addition take time to "commit the word to faithful men.'' This promotes a realistic and practical dimension in the teaching of the Word not found in most other Bible colleges.
NCB is practical and efficient in operation
The student is in class four days each week. This schedule allows time for secular employment, study, and Christian service, while at the same time providing a full college level course of study. Each student has placed his or her fellowship with Central Christian Church or with a cooperating church in the area, which provides opportunity for practice in effective personal work and church leadership. In addition the student will participate in an internship program during the fourth or fifth year, which is an on-the-job training program to enhance his/her service goals.
NCB expects a high level of spiritual conduct among its students.
In the scriptures we are instructed to "commit the word to faithful men" 2 Timothy 2:2. Therefore we conclude that prospective students must live in a way that others can see faithfulness in their lives. This includes regular attendance at the services of the congregation where you now are, and a good reputation among your family, friends, and the church.
NCB is co-educational in scope
Women in the New Testament church contributed much to its success by working within their divinely appointed fields. The Bible school in the local assembly, the work of counseling and encouraging others, and personal evangelism are some of the present opportunities for women who are qualified by training and consecration. Also, wives of the leaders of churches must be women of Spiritual wisdom, and knowledge. To enable young Christian women to prepare themselves for these high callings, we urge them to participate in the classes and Spiritual atmosphere of the school. Women may also earn a degree, even though their field of service is not in church leadership.
NCB is wise in forethought
To maintain our principles, we resolve that this school shall always be the direct work of the local congregations, and we shall avoid having a faculty severed from specific local churches. We shall remain unincorporated since all of our purposes can be fulfilled through the cooperating churches.
If you desire a Bible education for fruitful Christian service, we invite you to inquire further.
CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION
NCB is certified by the State of Oregon to grant degrees. We offer three degrees: a two year Associate of Sacred Literature, a four year Bachelor of Sacred Literature. and a five year Bachelor of Theology. While Northwest College of the Bible is not accredited by any accrediting association, this has not had a negative affect on any of our students' employment opportunities as ministers in Restoration Movement churches. Also, in most cases where graduates have applied to other colleges and universities for further education, their credits have been accepted, when they are in harmony with the degree they are pursuing.
The prospective student should complete an Application for Admission form, and submit it to Northwest College of the Bible. When making application for admission, the student should have a transcript sent to NCB by the last high school attended. Those who have previous college training should also have their college transcript forwarded to Wherever possible, NCB will honor credits earned in another college, if a grade of C or above was maintained in the course. No student will be prohibited from enrolling in the classes because he lacks a high school diploma, but in all cases where the student is working for a Bachelor of Sacred Literature, or Theology, a high school diploma or its equivalent is a prerequisite.
Associate of Christian Literature
64 credit hours as follows:
Four Year Bachelor of Sacred Literature
Five-Year Bachelor of Theology
152 credit hours as follows:
The Internship Program is to be accomplished during the fourth year of school, regardless of whether the student plans to pursue a five year degree. An application form is submitted to the faculty at the beginning of the fourth year requesting the internship program. Assignment is then made to a faculty member for its supervision. The internship program is to be completed, and all papers turned in one month before the end of the schoolyear for evaluation. See the Internship Handbook for details. No degree can be issued until the internship program is completed.
The thesis is required only for the Bachelor of Theology. It is to be prepared in the fifth year of school, and is to be submitted for evaluation one month before the end of the school year. The subject must be approved by a faculty member before work is begun. The thesis is to be prepared using the guidelines of the Modern Language Association Style Sheet which is available from the school library or any book store. It is to be typewritten, double spaced, at least 50 pages in length, and include a title page with the author's name, name of the thesis, the date, and the name of the school. It is to include a bibliography showing adequate documentation for the subject chosen. It must give evidence of original research and constitute a distinct contribution in the field of the subject treated.
DISTANCE LEARNING COURSESToday, there are a number of technological advancements that have made distance learning efficient and economical. There are several courses at NCB that are now available to take through our distance learning program. This is a very flexible program that the teachers work out with individual students. We are constantly adding more classes to this program. If you see a class that you want to take as a DLC, please contact Mike Kennedy or the teacher who normally teaches that course and let them know. The development of a DLC course depends upon the availability of the teacher and the demand from the students. You do not necessarily have to have internet access or an e-mail account in order to take a DLC course.
The following courses are identified by two letters and a three digit number. The two letters identifies the field of study the class is in.
The first digit identifies the degree of difficulty the student can expect in the class. This does not mean that a freshman cannot take a four-hundred level course. It is simply a tool to help students know what to expect from each class.
The final digit indicates whether the class is a full year course or a single semester. A full year course of 32 weeks will have a number that ends with an even digit. A single semester course of 16 weeks will have a number that ends with an odd digit.
OT 101 Old Testament Survey, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
OT 202 Pentateuch, (Genesis through Deuteronomy) 32 weeks, 8 credit hours
An in-depth study of the first five books of the Bible from creation to the wilderness wandering of the Jews.
OT 204 History of Israel, (Joshua through Esther) 32 weeks, 8 credit
OT 302 Old Testament Poetry, (Job through Song of Solomon) 32 weeks, 8 credit
OT 304 Old Testament Prophets, (Major and minor prophets) 32 weeks, 8 credit hours
NT 101 New Testament Survey, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
This is a basic overview of the 27 books of the New Testament. Attention will be given to how the New Testament should be studied and the relevance it has for Christians today. This class is also available as a distance learning course.
NT 102 Life of Christ, 32 weeks, 8 credit hours
NT 103 Acts, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
NT 201 1 Corinthians, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
NT 203 2 Corinthians, Galatians,16 weeks, 4 credit hours
NT 205 Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
NT 207 1 & 2 Thessalonians, and James, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
NT 209 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, 3 John, Jude, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
NT 301 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
NT 303 Hebrews, 16 weeks 4 credit hours
NT 401 Romans, 16 weeks 4 credit hours
NT 403 Revelation and Daniel, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
Theology and Apolgetics
TH 101 Basic Theology, 16 weeks, 4 hours
TH 103 Christian Evidences, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
TH 105 Cults, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
TH 107 New Testament Church, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
TH 201 Hermeneutics, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
TH 302 Biblical Introduction, 32 weeks, 8 credit hours
CH 101 Church History, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
CH 201 Restoration History, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
CH 203 Northwest Church History, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
MN 101 Men's Personal Development, 16 weeks, 4 hours
MN 103 Women's Personal Development,, 16 weeks, 4 hours
MN 105 Personal Evangelism, 16 weeks, 4 hours
MN 107 Homiletics, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
MN 201 Christian Education, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
MN 203 World Missions, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
MN 205 Drama in Ministry, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
MN 207 Worship Ministry, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
MN 209 Youth Ministry, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
MN 301 Pastoral Ministries, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
MN 303 Women's Ministries, 32 weeks, 8 hours
MN 401 Congregational Development, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
LG 101 Practical English, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
LG 103 Bible Language Tools, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
LG 202 New Testament Greek, 32 weeks, 8 credit hours
LG 401 Advanced Greek, 16 weeks, 4 credit hours
Northwest College of the Bible
1844 S.E. 39th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97214
Phone (503) 235-2114