What sets MBC apart? In what ways is this school unique? While we share many things in common with other Christian universities, we want you to understand a few areas of focus that make this college unique.
Discipleship is the primary emphasis of Montana Bible College. We believe it is critical that students learn the skills to disciple another man or woman and the humility to seek to be discipled themselves. Indeed, discipleship is the means to fulfill the command Jesus gave in His Great Commission “Go and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19). We want students to leave MBC with a vision for ministering to God’s people by living a Godly life and calling others to follow them, be trained by them, even mimic them. We wish for our students to be able to compel other believers to “imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). This is a high calling, but one we believe stems from a humble heart before Christ (Galatians 2:20). We are called to live our lives in such a way that others might be able to follow. The direct process of discipling may look somewhat unique to specific contexts, but all students seeking a degree from MBC will be expected to engage their lives in the training of others.
A Life of Academic Excellence
Every Bible college aims for academic excellence, and we are no exception. In the definition of academic excellence, however, we may be somewhat unique. While not detracting from the importance of mastering information, we nevertheless maintain that the heart of academic excellence in Christian education is application/obedience. Our aim is to present men and women mature and complete in Christ.
Focus on the “How” of Bible Study
While we desire to teach students God’s Word, our focus is to teach students how to study God’s Word. To that end we introduce the tools of Bible study, instruct in the use of those tools, and offer supervised, hands-on experience. Each Bible exposition class incorporates both class sessions and individual assignments revolving around personal study of the Scriptures.
Rural Church Ministry
Recognizing that the majority of churches worldwide consist of fewer than 200 people, and because of the location of Montana Bible College, we are in a position to specialize in rural and small town church ministries. Few schools have that option, and, to our knowledge, no other Bible college has chosen such an emphasis.
Faith Meets Culture
Our proximity to the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman offers us the opportunity to utilize university resources and introduce students into an environment where they must begin integrating their faith with the elements of our culture. Again, we see this focus as a strength seldom incorporated into Bible college education.
Local Church Involvement
We strongly encourage students to get involved in a local church and choose areas in which to minister. Upperclassmen are assigned projects in local churches as class assignments, and seniors participate in a supervised internship in a local church. We believe the Bible college that concentrates on such integration is rendering a service to the body of Christ and to its students.
No Debt and Without Dependence
Montana Bible College has chosen to be debt-free as an institution. We believe this is a matter of faithful stewardship and a God-honoring witness. Therefore, we also want our students to graduate without the hindrances of college loans to pay off. So we require students to pay all outstanding tuition and fees before enrolling for another semester at MBC. Furthermore, though MBC is eligible for Federal Title IV funding, we have chosen not to participate. We wish to remain free from dependence on the government and free from the “strings” attached to government money. We would rather see God get the glory for providing the funds to equip His people!