Bethel Christian University Practical Ministry
These instructions are intended to assist the student in the preparation of a life experience and Ministry Resume, to be used in a life experience and academic evaluation by Bethel Christian University. The reason is that we learn many valuable things through work, military experience, projects completed, reading, non-credit seminars and workshops etc., that may be translated into college credit. A student may be qualified for up to 30 life credits in order to qualify, the student must be at least 25 years of age and provide documentation through the life experience resume. This resume is sent to the University and evaluated by the Dean of Studies, who will decide how many life experience credits can be approved. Submitting a resume is not a must to have a credit if not deserved.
The process of preparing a life experience resume is simple. The following guidelines can assist the student in preparation of his or her resume.
Make a comprehensive list of all the experiences you have had in the following areas
Your present occupation – (paid or volunteer), Military duty, Project completed, Seminars and workshops attended/conducted, Awards received, Publications and Writings, Teaching Ministry, Preaching Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Served on Boards, Ordination received, Membership of professional bodies, Working experience with employers with dates, Educational Institutions attended with dates, and qualifications obtained – (secular/theological), Non-credit course taken, Counseling works, Missions work, Ministry of Administration and other useful information that will enhance your credits.
Decide if those experiences should be worth of college credits and express a formal statement your justification of each. Provide adequate documentation of the experiences including letters of commendations, awards etc. The documents should verify both the quality and the quantity of experiences which you have had. List all the courses and subjects you have taken so far, all your employment history and years of experience, your ministry experience or church involvement history and additional life learning experiences and special training you have undergone etc.
The resume/evaluation sheet should be mailed along with the application forms etc, to the office of the Registrar, Bethel Christian University. Students are advised to make additional copy of their resume for file in case the one they submitted got lost in the mail
Practical Ministry Credits
The main objective of our Practical Ministry Evaluation is to help you discover and develop skills necessary in performing your God given ministry. We are dedicated to the task of training men and women of God to serve others. Each level of study requires ministry credits – (on the job training on each field of study).
Practical Ministry credits may be obtained through documentation of Christian service hours (that includes present and past activities) in your Church, Religious organization, non-church ministries, Evangelistic Ministry, Christian Counseling ministry, Teaching and Preaching assignments etc. These service hours must be verified by the Senior Pastor of your Church or President of Your Ministry, or the Senior Counselor on a service evaluation report.
Service examples covers areas such as: Deacon, Deaconess, Sunday school Teachers, Choir Ministers, Music Ministers, Hospital/Jail Ministers, Assistant/Associate Pastors, Nursing Home visitation, and Administrative Ministers etc.
Bethel Christian University requires that church attendance should be on a regular basis, to enable you meet with the requirements set for this practical ministry. This must be supervised by your immediate Pastor or President. Your Practical Ministry service will be evaluated, the credit hours and the grades will be assessed to determine the total credit hours you will have. EG. 1 hour of service per week for 18 weeks = 1 credit hour, 2 hours of service per week for 18 weeks = 2 credit hours.