“We’re wherever you are!’"
Welcome to Joy Bible College and Seminary of LITWChurch. After many years of campus only instruction, we have now moved to cyberspace – a classroom to meet the news of this new world! This is the college you have been looking for and finally you found it. Our approach to Scripture and its application to daily living is unequalled. We have chewed scripture to make it not only simple to understand but make it enjoyable. Our faculty works around the clock to ensure quality is maintained and to ensure students get it right. I believe by the end of your learning in whichever course of study you are pursuing in our school, your level of engagement will reach its peak. To demystify heresy and wrong notions about pastoral work and ministry in general, the college gives you a cogent understanding of what the secular world thinks so that you are able to reason at par! For many years of ministry and study, we have witnessed this college meeting your foundational basics of ministry upon which you can build a successful career. This is the dawn of valor. Stand up and be counted as a man/woman of valor by joining us …Jehovah immekā, Gibbor (“The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”) Judges 6:12.
WHO WE ARE
Joy Bible College and Seminary is an institution that teaches God’s word in its literal form. It is designed to fit into the trainee’s itinerary. Shepherds can take the courses at any time of the year in their places of work without interfering with their calendar of events. The college was born out of the need to train many servants at affordable fee, curb misinterpretation of Scripture, and foster a cohesion battle against the devil. We are non-denominational in approach. We train pastors for your ministry or pastors to go and start their own ministries. Shepherds undergoing training are taught the importance of both horizontal and vertical bonding because we believe the Lord called us into the same Vineyard hence the need for harmony. We now offer all course work in cyberspace, so “We’re wherever you are!”.
We believe all truth is God’s truth and thus God’s word is the all truth. We endeavor to train well-rounded students and capable SERVANTS WHO WILL HANDLE God’s word rightfully. Paul told Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). Properly analyzing God’s word and presenting it in its literal form keeps at bay inane interpretations preached by false teachers in our churches today! We encourage students to take each course seriously and hunger to go further as this will help broaden their understanding of the word of God. This includes a culture of research on emerging issues. It is our belief that students graduating from our college will competently take their space in society and bring the necessary changes. Our focus is to produce ministry-oriented students who will handle church affairs and any other issues courageously and ultimately revere God.
It is the vision of Joy Bible College and Seminary of LITWChurch to impact society with the knowledge of Jesus Christ through holistic training of servant-leaders adequately equipped for the global spectrum.
We embrace the universal call to ministry and the building of the Body of Christ through teaching Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and the redemptive work of Christ as the foundation of our faith.
We train leaders who are:
- Called - To serve God.
- Faithful - To God.
- Courageous - In saying as it is.
- Committed - To ministry affairs.
- Innovative - To advance the Kingdom business.
- Fruitful - In multiplication.
Growing in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18.
The College is located in Kenya and the USA, but courses are now offered online, on campus, and via correspondence because “We’re wherever you are!”. Please contact us any time through the contacts provided.
Joy Bible College & Seminary of LITWChurch
3847 Sun City Center Blvd, Ste 104 #39
Sun City Center, FL 33573-6843
(813) 652-5433 OR (+254) 703 483 640
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in the inerrant and infallible word of God. All scripture is God breathed and 2 Tim 3:16 is our boarding call. We believe God’s word in its entirety originated from Him and used men to write the sixty-six books of the Old Testament and New Testament.
We believe that there is only one true God, eternally existing in three persons—The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All the three possess equal attributes of Deity and personality.
We believe that man is totally depraved. That humankind was alienated from fellowship with God and could no longer please Him. This fellowship was restored through a kaphar (atonement) that was freely given for the forgiveness of sin. The forgiveness is not as a result of good works but comes only by faith.
We believe that Jesus Christ is one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. He is the second in the Godhead. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary, died on a cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven and seated in the right hand of God and that he is coming again to take the believers to heaven and judge the unrighteous in the lake of fire. That whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life (Heb. 9:22).His blood became kaphar, propitiation for our sins. He is the Mediator between God and man.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead. After Jesus ascended into heaven he promised us a helper and Comforter. He also convicts us of sin and reminds us of the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross. He permanently indwells a believer upon receiving salvation and guides the believer through the heavenward journey. He gives gifts to believers in the churches for the edification of the Body of Christ.
6.THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe the believer enjoys the fellowship with God when they have accepted Jesus Christ as savior and live a righteous life through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The pilgrimage to heaven is necessitated by obedience to God through his word and holy living and not by good works alone. We believe we have been called to live and love one another and assist those who do not have especially those of the household of God.
We believe the consummation of all things culminate into heaven for those who lived righteous lives and hell for those who refused to accept him and his saving grace. The judgement of God is just and perfect.
We believe in ecclesia-the holy union and fellowship of believers. The Universal church is composed of all living and dead in Christ. That all should work in harmony regardless of church affiliations. There is need to work together and encourage each other because this world is not our home. Jesus is coming soon to take us home. We do this through church fellowships and other related organizational meetings. The churches exist to glorify Him.
We believe Jesus Christ is the Head of the church. He oversees all the activities of the churches through the Holy Spirit (Col. 1:18). All the churches are pegged on Him.
10.UNITY AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES
We believe in the unity in diversity of all Christians. The Bible teaches us to maintain the unity of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:3). We also believe in the unity of any organizational structure for purposes of administration. Voting should not create a rift in our change of leadership neither should any doctrinal disputes. Christology should be our unifying factor. - Acts 6:1-6; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9.
11. CHURCH LEADERS
We recognize that God has called and gifted bishops, pastors and elders in historic succession to equip all the people of God for their ministry in the world. The order of authority should be upheld at all times so that we give way to mentorship and edify the body of Christ.
12. THE GREAT COMMISION
We gladly accept the Great commission of the risen Lord to make disciples of all nations, to seek those who do not know Christ and to baptize, teach and bring new believers to maturity.
13. ENVIRONMENTAL CARE & SOCIAL JUSTICE
We are mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation, to uphold and advocate justice in society, and to seek relief and empowerment of the poor and needy.
We believe that helping each other is biblical. We strive to make the Society, other Faith Based Organizations and the Body of Christ understand that unity in diversity is the strength against evil and therefore the need to practice Acts 2:42-47.
We believe that Jesus Christ taught the church to observe the following ordinances for purposes of reminding the church of the fellowship with him until he comes; The Lord’s supper, Baptism by immersion, holy matrimony-marriage of man and woman. These are the efficacious sign of God’s grace and obedience for those who love him.
Certificate in Ministry
This is a six months’ course designed to prepare an assistant pastor for ministry. The graduate will also help the youth ministry grow to the next level. It is a startup course towards a diploma level education. Required qualification is basic knowledge in Bible and an English language proficiency.
Diploma in Ministry and Pastoral Work
It is a two-year program designed to prepare students as pastors of local churches. A candidate is allowed to transfer credits of up to 20% from a recognized institution or the equivalent. An English language proficiency is required. A minimum of C- from high school is also a requirement for admission. Mature entry is accepted as deemed by the senate committee.
B,Th (Systematic Theology Option)
A 4 years Bachelor Degree Course program. Required qualification of admission are, an English proficiency and a minimum of a C in high school or the equivalent or a Diploma from any recognized Bible College.
This course is designed to prepare students for a Master’s degree. The graduates can serve as pastors or teach in high schools.
BA Ministry (Pastoral Ministry Option)
A 4 years Bachelor Degree Course program. Required qualification of admission are, an English proficiency and a minimum of a C in high school or the equivalent or a Diploma from any recognized Bible College.
This course is designed to prepare students for a Master’s degree. The graduates can serve as pastors or church leaders.
A 4 year Master’s Degree Course program. Required qualification of admission are, an English proficiency and a Bachelor of Theology degree from any recognized Bible College.
This course is designed to prepare students for a Doctorate degree. The graduates can serve as pastors or teach in Seminary. They can also publish scholarly articles and books.
This is a 2 year advanced ministerial degree designed to prepare students for an advanced level ministry engagement. Graduates can work as lecturers or chaplains in Seminary or University. The requirements are an English proficiency and a Master’s degree from a recognized College.
This is a 3year highest theology degree designed to prepare students for an advanced level ministry engagement. Graduates can work as lecturers or chaplains in Seminary or University. They can also be Seminary professors and authors. The requirements are an English proficiency and a Master’s degree from a recognized College.
LOVE IN THE WORD CHURCH has always sought to bring change and impact society positively through numerous projects. As a ministry we are concerted in our ability to rely on our strength – spiritually- to reach out to as many as the Lord allows us. Joy Bible College and Seminary of LITWChurch, formerly, Joy Bible College & Seminary in Kenya, Africa, mentoring program was born out of the 10 year International Gathering of Christian Leaders Program of The Global Union of Churches’ (of which it was a part) desire to be true to their core values – Transformation of community and nation. Under this program Training and Mentoring and Equipping are our major objectives. As a Ministry we believe that training and equipping the church leadership greatly assists us towards meeting these goals. We have over the years conducted this program through our informal theology program and annual conferences. During these conferences that were held six times a year, we deliberately choose to mentor and train church leaders both in Kenya and in Africa with the aim of equipping them to fully serve in the different areas that God has called them. Most importantly, we carry out this program to help them look at themselves as having a bigger responsibility in society to dispel declension and embrace piety.
Wisdom Abounds – Elderly Pastors Program
Just because one is retired, does not mean that a pastor cannot assist the Body of Christ. There is a plethora of wisdom that leaves the church when seasoned, senior pastors decide to step down. Wisdom Abounds was born out of the Elderly Pastors program that was birthed many years ago by The Global Union of Churches in Kenya, Africa. It is unfortunate that many churches don’t have packages for their retired pastors hence a big disconnect with the rest of the world and more sadly the body of Christ. In their service to their congregations their own children did not get formal education hence an additional burden to the family and particularly the pastor. These and many other obstacles resulted in their current meager circumstances. To bridge the gap, we have endeavored to bring love and care through our trained caregivers to them. Firstly, we do it by providing food, clothes, clean water, medication and shelter where applicable. Secondly, we have introduced money generating projects to their family members to sustain them in the long run, namely, poultry keeping and subsistent farming for those who own pieces of land in order to have food and preserve for future use. The criteria we use to select who deserves to be in the program is such that we involve area residents and churches where they come from and there is a list of items they must fulfil to qualify for the adoption into the program. Currently, the program has adopted 109 pastors from ages 78-96.
This program is now going global and JBCS is doing its part by providing meaningful and useful tasks for our elderly pastors that can still lend Wisdom and a hand to various situations – like sharing their experience, wisdom, and testimony during colloquia that will exist globally. With todays technology, we can assist an elderly pastor participate from home or participate around the world. Using every scrap of help we can find to build the Kingdom of God is just what we do!
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COURSE PACKAGES AND FEES
Prices are determined by the currency for the country wherein the student is domicile. Course Fees are pegged to 5% of the Average Annual Living Wage for Bachelor's Degree and below. Course Fees are pegged to 6% and 7.5% of the Average Annual Living Wage for Masters and Doctorate respectively. Prices may vary or change at any time with the thought of those students who are already matriculated in mind. So different students may pay different amounts based on Foreign Exchange Rate, Average Living Wage, Cost of Living indices, Date of Matriculation, and Financial Assistance status.
|COURSE LEVEL||COURSE DURATION||REGISTRATION FEE||COURSE FEE||NUMBER OF COURSES||COURSE INTERNSHIP||GRADUATION FEE|
|Certificate||6 MONTHS||USD $100 (Paid once)||USD $677 whole package||11||Outreach Experience approved by the college||USD $150|
|DIPLOMA||2 YEAR||USD $150 (Paid once)||USD $2709 whole package||14||3 months under a Pastor, approved by the college.||USD $150|
|Bachelors||4 YEARS||USD $250 (Paid once)||USD $5418 whole package||38-40||Research Paper. assigned by the supervisor||USD $150|
|Masters||4 YEAR||USD $250 (Paid once)||USD $6502 whole package||8||Thesis paper assigned by the supervisor||USD $150|
|Doctorate||2-3 YEAR||USD $250 (Paid once)||USD $4064 - $6095 whole package||6-8||Dissertation approved by the faculty||USD $150|
*CHECK WITH JBCS TO SEE OUR FEE STRUCTURE IN YOUR CURRENCY.
The above courses can be taken at any time of the year. Students are required to register through our area representatives for purposes of accountability and identification. The tutor will agree with the students when to meet for classes every week. This may differ from one school to another. Students are required to obey all the rules and regulations of the college as stipulated in our circular.
COLLEGE AND SEMINARY RULES AND REGULATIONS:
The Lecturer is expected to take the class through the following orientation before they begin each course level. Students are required to obey all the rules and regulations of the college as stipulated in our circular. Let each student have a copy of this student pamphlet.
1). The courses on each level can be taken at any time of the year after paying the registration fee online on our website or by using any acceptable mode of payment. Students are required to register through our area representatives for purposes of accountability and identification.
2). Attend all classes on agreed days. The Lecturer will agree with the students when to meet for classes every week. This may differ from one school to another. A student who wants to do a crash program shall be given consideration upon the agreement of the lecturer and the academic dean.
3). Classes begin at the appointed times (You may make your own local arrangements for a snack at lunch time).
4). Elect a class representative. He/She will keep class register and mediate between the Lecturer and students. No student is allowed to talk directly to the Lecturer about the class concerns. No student is allowed to talk to the headquarters on matters pertaining the satellite school unless he/she feels oppressed.
5). Any student who misses classes three times in a row will be disqualified.
6). Every student is required to take notes besides the course book and the teacher checks them every month. We encourage students to take each course seriously and hunger to go further as this will help broaden their understanding of the word of God.
7). Pay fees on time online on our website or by using any acceptable mode of payment. The Lord wants us to be responsible people and not dependent on handouts. Work hard to earn! You will be proud to have worked for your knowledge. Pastors should be in the forefront when it comes to paying bills which include fees. Fees may be paid in advanced and they may be paid monthly in advance with a modest installment plan fee. Work out any payment plans with the College Cashier’s Office.
8). Any student who talks ill about the college will be discontinued at the discretion of the college Chancellor’s Office. Any appeals are adjudicated with the Chairman’s Office. Talk well about the college and promote it by encouraging others to join.
9). Any student who is found in sin and confirmed by the church leadership will be discontinued until restored.
10). Fees once paid are non-refundable.
11). Respect the Lecturers at all times. Obey his/her instructions. It pleases God when you do so.
12). Obey God and please him in your studies.
Dr. Eric Douglass M.P.H. DMin DD
Chairman- Board of Governors
Dr. Eric Douglass is currently the Faculty Chairman. He is also the Professor of Biblical Studies, and Leadership Development and brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his 40-year career as a Bible teacher. An IT expert and career soldier in the US army his input is immense in innovating. He is involved in writing and research.
Prof. Obed Bett Chelogoi Th.D. PhD DD
Professor Obed is the current Chancellor and doubles up as the Professor of Theology and Historical Theology. He brings with him a vast knowledge of leadership having been a Bishop and C.E.O of various organizations for many years. He has also traveled Globally training and mentoring leaders. An accomplished academic, he has written several journals and Books. He is currently involved in research and curricula development.
Prof Daniel A.M. Ghansah, D.Ch. ED PhD DD
Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs.
Professor A.M. Ghansah is the Dean of Academics and Professor of Missiology and Christian Education. He brings with him immense knowledge both as a career Professor of various institutions of learning and as a renowned Bishop in Ghana. One of the areas of his specialization is Christian Education. He has mentored many successful church leaders. He is involved in curriculum development and ensures all departments run smoothly.
Dr. Mary Doughlass: MA Litt PhD (ABD)
Professor of Communication
Dr. Winy Mbinga BA Th.M. DD.
Dr. Winy Mbinga is the registrar of JBCS and Professor of Pastoral Theology. A motivational speaker and skilled communication expert she brings immense knowledge to the faculty. She is involved in writing with a bias in discipleship training and coaching.
Dr. Ronald Doughlass Sr: BA MA DD.
Dr. Augustine Sukumar LLB MA MSW DD
Senior Lecturer Social Sciences.
Dr Augustine is a Practicing lawyer in India. He has taught many church leaders who are active in the ministry. He has served as Bishop of several churches in India and Pakistan. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge from both secular and ministry experience. He is teaching social sciences.
Dr. Luke Odanibe BA MA PHD
Senior Lecturer World Religions
Dr Luke has been a trainer of leaders for many years. He is also bringing in a wealth of experience having been a Bishop of several churches in Africa. He is teaching World religion. He has authored several books.
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