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

Costs for students enrolled in the program:

$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. Students who travel over 150 miles roundtrip can check with Ministry Education Director about a discount.

Apply for Courses


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 class listings below for online registration.



For more information, please contact:
Paul Bozman, Ministry Education Director
pbozman78@gmail.com or 330-354-7559

BBI Classes


Next Class:  Leadership and Administration (C)

Instructor: Paul Bozman

Meeting dates: 
April 15, April 29, May 20, 2023; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Classes will be held at the Northern Ohio District Office, 1107 East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805.  Classes will also be available by Zoom.  The link will be sent after registration.

Ordained andn Commissioned Ministers may audit this course for CEUs.  Anyone is welcome to join for personal enrichment.

Click here to register.

Course Description

This course will discuss the leadership role of the pastor within the local church, as well as, explain the various administrative tasks that are required to be kept. This course also explains the structure and polity of the Church of the Brethren.


 Sequence of Classes

Classes are on a rotating schedule with three sessions, A, B, and C. You can join the program at anytime by starting with the current session and cycling through the remaining sessions until requirements are met.


Session B


Introduction to Worship (MS)
Instructor:  Terry Vaught
Meeting dates:  August 28, September 11 and 25, 2021
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Old Testament Survey (B)
Instructor:  Tina Hunt
Meeting dates:  October 23, November 6 and 20, 2021
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Evangelism/Outreach (MS)
Instructor:  Brad Kelley
Meeting dates:  January 29, February 12 and March 5, 2022
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Practice of Ministry Day
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting Date:  March 26, 2022
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
(@Ashland First CoB)

Introduction to Theology (H/T)
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting dates:  April 2, April 23 and May 7, 2022
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Session C


New Testament Survey (B)
Instructor:  Tina Hunt
Meeting dates: September 3, September 10, October 1, 2022; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Preaching (MS)
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting dates: October 22, November 5, November 19, 2022; 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

History of the Church (H/T)
Instructor:  Brad Kelley
Meeting dates:  February 11, March 4, March 25, 2023

Ministerial Leadership and Administration (MS)
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting dates:  TBD 2023

Session A

2023-2024: Dates TBD

Teaching and Learning in the Church (MS)
Instructor:  Tina Hunt
Meeting dates:   TBD 2023

History, Beliefs, and Practices of the Church of the Brethren (H/T)
Instructor:  Paul Bozman
Meeting dates:  TBD 2023

Biblical Interpretation (B)
Instructor: Paul Bozman
Meeting dates:  TBD 2024

Introduction to Pastoral Care (MS)
Instructor: Tina Hunt
Meeting dates:  TBD 2024