Buckeye Brethren Institute


Buckeye Brethren Institute
Academy Certified Training System

Buckeye Brethren Institute will become an Academy Certified Training System that provides a pathway for education that leads to the fulfillment of the ordination requirements within the Church of the Brethren as set forth in the 2014 Ministerial Leadership paper. BBI is designed to be a three year program that consists of 12 classes, as well as other training activities to accomplish those educational requirements to prepare individuals for a life of set-apart ministry. BBI was developed and intended for those students whose life circumstances prevent them from participating in seminary or other traditional ministry training sessions.

Program Expectations

  • Participation in 15 or more contact hours per course (3 meetings, 5 hours per meeting)
  • Attend each class unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances, as approved by director and instructor
  • Must attend all class sessions to receive CREDIT WITH DISTINCTION (in addition to work of exceptional quality)
  • 35-45 hours of course work outside of class meetings (reading and writing)
  • Approximately 400 pages of required reading
  • Completion of a research project(s) outside of class time & all class work within time
    parameter set for the course
  • Attendance at one (1) orientation day (early August) preferably before classes begin or you must attend the following summer in order to take additional classes. You will also
    complete the biblical/theological inventory at orientation.
  • Attendance at three (3) Practice of Ministry Days (Springtime)
  • Attendance of at least one (1) Annual Conference, one (1) District Conference & a
    significant ecumenical, interfaith or intercultural event.
  • Completion of a portfolio of ministry experiences and personal growth.
  • Completion of a supervised ministry experience (internship). 

Financial Plan

Important costs that each student will be expected to pay:

$ 50 - Application fee which must accompany the completed application form

$ 75 - Per course plus Textbooks and materials

$ 25 - Late registration per course (where applicable)

$ 50 - Practice Ministry Day fee (3 required/1 per year)

$ 50 - Graduation fee

$ 25 - Fee to audit a course for CEUs

Travel to and from classes (for those who travel over 150 miles roundtrip please check with Ministry Education Director about a discount)

Click Here for Application Form

Click Here to Pay Application Fee

Ordained Ministers and Lay Persons:
If you are auditing a course for CEUs or observing a course for personal enrichment, you do not need to fill out an application. You will need to pay a $25.00 course fee. See far right column for online registration.

Sequence of Classes

History, Beliefs, and Practices of the Church of the Brethren (H/T)
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting dates: August 19, September 9 and 23, 2017; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Teaching and Learning in the Church (MS)
Instructor:  Tina Hunt
Meeting dates: October 14, 28, and November 18, 2017; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Introduction to Pastoral Care (MS) Instructor:  Tom Zuercher
Meeting dates: January 27, February 10, and February 17, 2018; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

BBI Orientation
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
March 3, 2018; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Biblical Interpretation (B)
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting dates:  April 7, 21, and May 5, 2018; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
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Worship (MS)
Instructor:  Terry Vaught
Meeting dates:  TBD

New Testament Survey (B)
Instructor:  Tina Hunt
Meeting dates:  TBD

Preaching (MS)
Instructor:  TBD
Meeting dates:  TBD

Introduction to Theology (H/T)
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting dates:  TBD

Evangelism/Outreach (MS)
Instructor:  TBD
Meeting dates:  TBD

Old Testament Survey (B)
Instructor:  Tina Hunt
Meeting dates:  TBD

Ministerial Leadership and Administration (MS)
Instructor:  TBD
Meeting dates:  TBD

History of the Church (H/T)
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting dates:  TBD