The Potomac Bible Institute is accepting registrations for the fall session and it’s open to all.
“The two and a half year certification program covers a wide range of topics received at a regular seminary,” says Fred Caudle, pastor of The Church @ St. Charles, and Institute registrar.
Students meet weekly for a time of lecture and sharing. Each course has a separate textbook, although students rely on the Bible as their primary text. Most of the work is done at home through the week studying the material and going through the Bible, he said.
Though it is not an accredited program, graduates receive certificates.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for someone who is busy and can’t go to seminary, or doesn’t have the money for a full seminary education,” Caudle said.
The Institute offers Old and New Testament Survey classes, systematic theology, church history, and a preaching course, though that is modified for those who will not be preaching. There are a total of ten classes.
The upcoming class, “Bible Doctrine Survey,” will be the fourth of the two-year program.
“We encourage people to start where they are,” Caudle said.
Caudle said the Potomac Baptist Association (PBA) invites Bible-believing men and women in and out of the association to attend. “We’re trying to expand so that many people have this opportunity.”
This is not just for men called to preach, but for Sunday school teachers or any ministry leader seeking a well-rounded foundation, Caudle explained.
Courses are from 6:30 to 8 pm on Thursday evenings at a choice of two locations: The Church @St. Charles, Waldorf or Emmanuel Church, Huntingtown. Classes start on Sept. 4. The course fee is $75.