Philosophy of Education
Southern Bible Institute is a biblical higher education institution. We are committed to providing high-quality educational experiences appropriate to a post-secondary institution centered in biblical higher education. Faculty possess appropriate academic qualifications and have experienced ministry complementary to their instruction.
Students are admitted on the basis of their ability to evidence academic preparation commensurate for successful study at the undergraduate level. All instruction involves these non-negotiable fundamentals to achieve our mission.
- The Bible is the primary textbook for all academic programs and practical ministry experience. Servant leadership is the sine qua non indispensible link and essential action emerging from this duality. Freedom of inquiry is encouraged with the Bible as an absolute.
- Faculty are in wholehearted agreement with the essential doctrines of the faith as articulated in SBI’s Biblical and Theological Distinctives.
- Learning in the classroom must complement the priorities of Scripture in areas such as one’s personal relationship with the Lord, family, evangelism, and others. A believer’s first priority in ministry is in and through the local church.
- It is the responsibility of faculty in particular and of the whole SBI community in general to model servant leadership by way of example in word and deed. Accordingly, Christ honoring love is the motivation, manifestation, and ethic of all instruction and practice for the SBI community of believers.
- All academic instruction must be relevant to the cultural milieu of our fast-changing, technologically driven world. Learning is a life-long pursuit. Curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular experiences are intentionally executed to cultivate a desire for life-long learning with a bible-centered worldview.
Academic Programs and Curriculum Overview
SBI’s continuing education and credit academic programs are organized into Certificate, Diploma, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science. These academic programs at SBI are intentionally constructed to fully prepare our students for vocational outcomes flowing from our institutional mission, goals, and educational environment. Life-long learning centered in God’s inerrant revelation contained only in the Bible applicably sums the foundation and goals of all our instruction. Academic programs are organized into these curricular areas: Foundational, General Education, Disciplinary, and Professional studies. As academic programs advance from certificate through degree, so the curricular requirements differ. Certain courses have prerequisites and accomplishments which must be met prior to advancing in course work. This keeps the student focused toward fulfilling requirements for their academic program plan of study.
Through its curriculum and instruction, SBI purposes to engage its students in biblical higher education that will enable and challenge students to:
- Increase knowledge and understanding of the Bible and Christian theology.
- Move toward a maturing Christian life by learning to apply scriptural truths.
- Grow as passionate servant leaders, equipped with marketable skills for service, ministry, and vocation.
- Develop skills for the work of evangelism and world missions.
- Develop the foundation necessary for expressing a bible-centered worldview.
- Develop inquiry and research skills to support life-long learning.
- Progress to further studies in biblical, theological, ministerial, and related fields.
- Degree Graduates: Evidence the ability to integrate a bible-centered worldview with broad general education areas of study.
Assessment of Student Learning
Southern Bible Institute is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for each of our students. SBI publishes expected learning outcomes applicable for graduation candidates with each academic program. Goals are also embedded in the school’s strategic plan initiatives which involve improving curriculum, instruction capacities, and support services. The assessments for all of these areas are administered through the Institutional Effectiveness area in the President’s Office where the objective is to help analyze the level at which institutional education and curricular learning outcomes are being met, and then engage members of the educational community in suggesting solutions for improving student learning and support services exercised through educational and administrative support units.
For more information about our academic programs, click here to download the SBI 2014 - 2015 Catalog.