Skills are, of course, vital—but one look at contemporary corporate culture demonstrates the danger of brilliance without backbone. Any education that is worth its salt does more than just fill a person’s head with knowledge or equip them with skills to be a widget-maker, it prepares them to be clear thinkers who love truth, goodness, and beauty, and who can articulate these realities in speech and writing. But, even now, very few universities pursue those things with the foundation that was common to the earliest and best universities—that there is a ‘unity’ that holds together the ‘diversity’ in the university. That unity is the One through whom and by whom all things were created (Col. 1:15–17) and the one for whom all of our educational pursuits exist.
Bethlehem College & Seminary is a confessional institution that embraces the
doctrinal beliefs set forth in the Bethlehem College & Seminary Affirmation of Faith. We joyfully embrace the historic Christian teaching on the Trinity and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ as set forth in the Nicene and Chalcedonian Creeds. We are reformed in our soteriology and charismatic in our affections. We hold all of our theological positions in submission to God’s inerrant and infallible Word.
Truly well-educated people have the habits of mind and heart to go on learning what they need to learn to live in a Christ-exalting way for the rest of their lives—in whatever sphere of life they pursue.
These habits apply to all objects in the world, but most importantly the Bible.
It is our conviction that adults learn best through asking questions and solving problems. Thus, we seek to limit the amount of direct lectures in our programs and instead utilize Socratic discussions that will provoke deeper reflection the course material. In addition, interactive discussions require students to develop key interpersonal and relational skills such as humility, tact, and patience.
We believe that one of the biggest obstacles facing college graduates is the amount of debt accumulated in gaining a quality education. We will not contribute much to the advancement of the Kingdom if we produce godly theologians, passionate missionaries, and faithful leaders who are saddled with so much debt that they cannot effectively pursue their ministry callings until they have paid off their loans. Therefore, we seek to provide the highest quality education at the most affordable price. To this end, we are working hard to find ways to fund our operations outside of student tuition. We are always seeking generous partners who will help us to establish a healthy endowment so that we can launch students into fruitful, God-centered service without the shackles of college debt.
Bethlehem College & Seminary is fundamentally committed to the coherence of all knowledge in Jesus Christ. Arising from this commitment is the belief that students learn best when they are guided by capable instructors through a systematic body of knowledge. Thus, we believe our students are best served by carefully structured programs comprised of courses which intentionally and logically build on one another rather than a haphazard conglomeration of courses which have little discernible connection to one another. For a complete consideration of the curriculum, please consult the Bethlehem College & Seminary Academic Catalog.
Our faculty and administration are bound together under the Bethlehem College & Seminary Affirmation of Faith and share a common theological and educational vision. All faculty members are committed to instructing the minds, influencing the affections, and shaping the lives of the students under our care.
The library is a non-lending study center with roughly 6,000 volumes and is growing each year. The library staff is available to answer questions and help students with their research. The entire catalog of resources found in our library can be accessed by students here, and library hours can be found here.
All of our program details and academic policies are to be found in our Academic Catalog. Download the PDF version—it’s optimized for reading on your iPad.
Greek Intensive (Req. for all Junior transfers & Yr. 1 Seminary)
Foundations of Interpretation (Required for all HOI Junior students)
New Student Orientation
Fall Classes Begin
Labor Day (No classes)
Last day to add or drop courses with no notation
Fall Break (No classes)
Last day to withdraw from courses
Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)
Christmas Break (No classes)
Intensive Courses (Seminary & College)
Spring Classes Begin
MLK Day (No Classes)
Last day to add or drop a course
Last day for college sophomores to declare major. College & seminary 2020 commencement application and fee due.
Bethlehem Conference for Pastors (No Classes)
Last day to drop a course
Good Friday (No Classes)
Church Planting Concentration Course (Sem. Yr 3 & 4) & Studies in Theology Course (Sem. Yr 3-4 & ThM)
Beginning Greek Intensive (Required for all junior transfers & Yr 1 Sem)
Foundations of Interpretation (Required for all HOI Juniors)