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Biblical Women's Institute

Biblical Woman's Institute (BWI) offers four programs each designed to meet a different need among women preparing for ministry.

Programs

Students must complete nine BWI classes. Seven classes are from the required courses while the remaining two classes are electives.

Required Courses

  • WST5810 Biblical Foundations for the Minister’s Wife
  • WST0130 Christian Doctrine
  • WST0250 Biblical Theology of Womanhood
  • WST0110 Old Testament Survey 1
  • WST0112 Old Testament Survey 2
  • WST0120 New Testament Survey 1
  • WST0122 New Testament Survey 2

A 3 hour course taken in the Seminary or College may be substituted for 2 BWI elective classes if approved by the Director of Women’s Life.

Students may complete Certificate in less than two years by taking more than one class per term.

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Students must complete twelve BWI classes. Nine classes are from the required courses while the remaining three classes are electives.

Required Courses

  • WST5810 Biblical Foundations for the Minister’s Wife
  • WST0130 Christian Doctrine
  • WST0250 Biblical Theology of Womanhood
  • WST0110 Old Testament Survey 1
  • WST0112 Old Testament Survey 2
  • WST0120 New Testament Survey 1
  • WST0122 New Testament Survey 2
  • WST0160 Ministering to Women in the Local Church
  • WST0140 Church History

A 3 hour course taken in the Seminary or College may be substituted for 2 BWI elective classes if approved by the Director of Women’s Life.

Students may complete an Advanced Certificate in less than three years if more than one class is taken per term.

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Students must complete fifteen BWI classes. Ten classes are from the required courses while the remaining five classes are electives.

Required Courses

  • WST5810 Biblical Foundations for the Minister’s Wife
  • WST0130 Christian Doctrine
  • WST0250 Biblical Theology of Womanhood
  • WST0110 Old Testament Survey 1
  • WST0112 Old Testament Survey 2
  • WST0120 New Testament Survey 1
  • WST0122 New Testament Survey 2
  • WST0160 Ministering to Women in the Local Church
  • WST0140 Church History
  • WST0150 Baptist History & Identity

A 3 hour course taken in the Seminary or College may be substituted for 2 BWI elective classes if approved by the Director of Women’s Life.

Students may complete the Diploma in Women’s Studies in less than three years if more than one class per term.

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According to the IMB Office of Global Strategy, after January 1, 2014, "All apprentice applicants, including head of household and spouse, will be required to have a minimum of 12 hours of seminary credit from an approved, graduated level theological institution prior to being approved by the trustees.

In lieu of the above requirements, the IMB has approved wives of Apprentice Missionaries to fulfill the class requirements through the Biblical Women's Institute. The wives will be awarded a Certificate in Women's Studies with International Missions at the completion of eight courses below. Please note that these classes are available on-campus or online.

Required Courses

  • WST0130 Christian Doctrine
  • WST0250 Biblical Theology of Womanhood
  • WST0110 Old Testament Survey 1
  • WST0112 Old Testament Survey 2
  • WST0120 New Testament Survey 1
  • WST0122 New Testament Survey 2
  • 2 Elective Courses

BWI offers several elective courses that will benefit women who are preparing to go overseas. For example, courses such as Preparing for Missions, Introduction to Missions, Church Planting I and/or II, Women and Evangelism, Spiritual Disciplines, Counseling Women, and Biblical Foundations for the Minister's Wife.

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