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Our Diploma program prepares men and women for greater service and a deeper level of understanding of God's Word and His plan for His children.  It is also an ideal program for anyone who wants to broaden his or her ministry education. 


 Requirements

  • Sword of The Spirit Bible Institute requires a high school/secondary school diploma or a GED to be eligible to enter the Diploma program.
  • You must have a valid email address, and access to the Internet. 
  • It is a self-paced program ( i.e. you study at your own pace)
  • Program is offered 100% online and course materials are provided at no cost to you. Your Bible is a mandatory program requirement.
  • Program is designed to be completed in one year but can also be completed in as little as six months depending on each person's schedule and ability.
  • Program is designed to allow student to begin at any time of the year
  • Program is tuition free; however enrollment fee is required to begin program and a fee is also required for your final program project and graduation certificate.   Diploma will not be released to student until these fees have been paid to school.  https://www.swordofthespiritbibletraining.org/Payment.php
  • Please allow 3-5 days for your diploma and transcript to be emailed to you. Final projects and exams has to be reviewed and graded by instructors before diploma is issued.

Special Note: ( A great benefit for our Alumni)

Students who have previously earned a certificate in any of the courses listed under the diploma course of studies from our certificate program, can use it to reduce the total units required for the diploma program below.  Similar Certificate courses or units completed at other schools/ministry training programs will be considered on a case by case basis

DIPLOMA OF BIBLICAL COUNSELING & CRISIS CARE

The Diploma in Biblical Counseling & Crisis Care introduces the student to the ministry of counseling and crisis intervention. The goal of this program is to enable individuals seeking to work in this area of ministry  apply the appropriate concepts, techniques and the biblical principles needed to minister to the counselee ( individual) seeking help in life issues and guide them into enjoying a victorious and purposeful Christian life. 

This program is ideal for Church/Ministry leaders, Pastors, Lay counselors,  in christian based rehabilitation programs,  Spiritual mentors,  Life & Marriage coaches and Individuals working in rehabilitation and recovery programs.  

A Diploma in Biblical Counseling & Crisis Care  will be awarded to student upon the successful completion of all ten courses. 

CURRICULUM 
  1. Introduction to Biblical Counseling - BC 101  
  2. Ministry of The Holy Spirit - BS-230
  3. Introduction to Crisis Counseling & Intervention - CC 100
  4. Foundations of Faith - BS-203
  5. Benefits of Godly Wisdom in Counseling - BC 103
  6. Teaching Tactics BS-215
  7.  Addiction & Recovery Counseling - BC 202
  8. Marriage & Family Counseling - BC 205
  9. Altar Counseling - BC 102
  10. Final Project -  FP 500

Total Units  -  10

Please note if you are currently or have taken the certificate program: Counseling God's Way,  any or all of the courses you have completed will count as credit towards this diploma program.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Biblical Counseling - BC 101 

Text: Course Material by Dr. Margaret Olubiyi

Units: 3

 This course introduces the student to the ministry of counseling from a biblical perspective, the role of the biblical counselor and the benefits of biblical counseling within the church. 

Ministry of The Holy Spirit  BS-230

Text: Study Guide Material Through Harvestime International Institute

Units: 3

This study focuses on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, spiritual fruit, and spiritual gifts.  Students are guided in discovery of their own spiritual gifts and position of ministry in the Body of Christ.


Introduction to Crisis Counseling & Intervention - CC 100

Text: Course Material by Dr. Margaret Olubiyi

Units : 3

This course introduces the student to the concept of crisis counseling, how to utilize effective interventions within the context of scripture and our christian faith to minister to those struggling either in your church, small groups or within the community at large. 


Foundations of Faith BS-203

Text: Study Guide Material Contributed by Harvestime International Institute

 Units: 3

This course stresses the importance of proper spiritual foundations for life and ministry by focusing on foundations of the Christian faith identified in Hebrews 6:1: Repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection, and eternal judgment.


Benefits of Godly Wisdom in Counseling - BC 103

Text: Course Material by Dr. Margaret Olubiyi

Units:3

In this study, the student will learn about what godly wisdom is, and the importance of godly wisdom in the area of biblical counseling. 

Teaching Tactics BS-215

Text: Study Guide Material Through Harvestime International Institute

Units: 3

This course examines the methods Jesus used to teach and preach the Gospel.  Students are taught how to prepare and present lessons and how to teach and preach the Gospel.


Addiction & Recovery Counseling  BC-202 ***

Text: Course Material by Dr. Margaret Olubiyi

Unit: 3

This course introduces the student to the world of addiction. By the end of the course, you will understand what addiction is, the different forms of addiction, and the addictive cycle. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the application of biblical principles, the student will know how to plan and deliver the best care possible to those struggling with unhealthy habits in your church or community.


Marriage & Family Counseling - BC 205***

Text: Course Material by Dr. Margaret Olubiyi

Unit: 3

In this course, students will learn how to apply effective conflict resolution, spiritual communication, and other strategies to help the couples they counsel (counselees) within their local churches and communities overcome issues in their marriages, thereby strengthening and building lasting relationships. 

Altar Counseling - BC 102

Text: Study Guide Material Contributed by Harvestime International Institute

Unit: 3

 This training course aims to prepare the student to become an effective altar counselor and work cooperatively with the pastoral staff.    Altar Counselors are specially trained ministry workers. Their role is to come alongside the new converts praying for them and counseling them about the love of Christ and what it means to receive Jesus Christ into their hearts and lives. 

Final Project   FP 500 

Units: 3

This involves a comprehensive writing assignment.  Student will be required to complete a 4-6 pages typewritten double spaced paper.   Project topic(s) will be forwarded to student after successful completion of all courses in program.  Please note: All nine courses has to be successfully completed before student can be forwarded the final project. 



 DIPLOMA OF BIBLICAL STUDIES 

 The Diploma in Biblical Studies gives the student an understanding of the fundamentals of Biblical knowledge which includes Biblical history, Culture, the Old and New Testament and Theology.   It shows the student how to also apply the Bible's teaching to everyday life.

Ideal Program For Bible Teachers,  Chaplains, Pastors, Christian Educators, Christian Non-Profit Leaders, Marketplace Ministry Leaders and Counselors.

A Diploma in Biblical Studies will be awarded to student upon the successful completion of all eleven courses. 


CURRICULUM 

  1. Basic Bible Study: Old Testament OT-204
  2. Basic Bible Study: New Testament  NT-206
  3. Overview of  The  Gospels  GP-301
  4. Ministry of The Holy Spirit  BS-230
  5. Knowing God's Voice BS-212
  6. Teaching Tactics BS-215
  7. Introduction to Christian Ethics CE-201
  8. Leaven Like Evangelism CD-262
  9. Foundations of Faith BS-203
  10. Biblical Theology  BS-240
  11. Final Project -  FP 500

Total Units  -  33


Course Descriptions

Basic Bible Study: Old Testament OT-204

Text: The Bible / Study Outline by Harvestime International Institute

 Units:  3 

This course presents an overview of Biblical history, geography, and life in Bible times.  The course provides an outline for each book of the Bible and teaches outlining skills for expanding these basic outlines into more detailed studies of God's Word. 

Basic Bible Study: New Testament NT-206

Text: The Bible / Study Outline  by Harvestime International Institute

Units:  3 

This course continues the study of the Bible with an outline for each book in the New Testament.  Information presented on each Bible book includes the author, the people to whom the book was written, the purpose of the book, the key verse, a list of main characters, and an outline of the content.

Additional Resources For OT and NT courses: The Legacy Bible Series 


 Overview of The Gospels GP-301

Text: The Bible / Outline and Workbook from the Legacy Bible Outline Series by Harvestime International Institute

Course introduces the following: 

An Introduction To The Gospels , The Synchronized Gospels  ( Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and the Additional Studies in the Gospels. ( Access all links and resources provided)

Units:  3 

Overview of The Gospels  301 is an introductory level course designed to acquaint the student with a general overview of the content of the four New Testament Gospels.  Each gospel provides an in-depth study of the life of Jesus. 

Ministry of The Holy Spirit  BS-230

Text: Study Guide Material Through Harvestime International Institute

Units: 3

This study focuses on the ministry of the Holy Spirit, spiritual fruit, and spiritual gifts.  Students are guided in discovery of their own spiritual gifts and position of ministry in the Body of Christ.

Knowing God's Voice BS-212

Text: Study Guide Material Through Harvestime International Institute

Units: 3

This course explains how God speaks to men today and how to find His general and specific plans for life.  A Christian model for decision making is presented, along with guidelines for overcoming wrong decisions, steps to take if you have missed the will of God, and methods for dealing with questionable practices.


 Teaching Tactics BS-215

Text: Study Guide Material Through Harvestime International Institute

Units: 3

This course examines the methods Jesus used to teach and preach the Gospel.  Students are taught how to prepare and present lessons and how to teach and preach the Gospel.

Introduction to Christian Ethics CE-201

Text: Course Material by Dr. Margaret Olubiyi

Units: 3

This course introduces the student to the branch of Christian Theology that defines right and wrong behavior from a biblical perspective.  It is an in-depth study of the moral principles required by God of His children in their homes, workplaces, local church assemblies, and the communities they live in.

Leaven Like Evangelism CD-262

Text: Study Guide Material Contributed by Harvestime International Institute

Units: 3

The Gospel of the Kingdom spreads throughout the world as leaven in bread dough.  The leaven is small and hidden but its impact is unlimited.  Effective evangelism strategies are taught, including detailed instruction on the deliverance ministry, church planting, and techniques of networking between ministries.


 Foundations of Faith BS-203

Text: Study Guide Material Contributed by Harvestime International Institute

 Units: 3

This course stresses the importance of proper spiritual foundations for life and ministry by focusing on foundations of the Christian faith identified in Hebrews 6:1: Repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection, and eternal judgment.

 Biblical Theology  BS-240

Text: Study Guide Material Contributed by Harvestime International Institute

Units: 3

This is a comprehensive and loaded course on topics relating to theology.   The purpose of this study, however,  is to provide a summary for independent learning and/or teaching of basic theological concepts.  It uses the Scriptures as the primary resource and does not deal with conflicting theological arguments.

Final Project   FP 500 

Units: 3

This involves a comprehensive writing assignment.  Student will be required to complete a 4-6 pages typewritten double spaced paper.   Project topic(s) will be forwarded to student after successful completion of all courses in program.  Please note: All ten courses has to be successfully completed before student can be forwarded the final project. 

DIPLOMA OF CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP STUDIES

 The Diploma in Christian Discipleship program is a one year foundational course that will prepare the individual for work as a missionary, church planter, evangelist etc. This course is for every believer who wants to be rooted and grounded in the Christian Faith and who is ready and prepared to disciple others; teaching them how to become true followers of Jesus Christ. It will help the student understand the fundamental principles of Christianity. 

This course is ideal for church leaders, Sunday school teachers, Bible study teachers, Small group leaders and everyone who wants to grow in their Christian faith. 

A Diploma in  Christian Discipleship Comprehensive Training  will be awarded to student upon the successful completion of all twelvecourses. 

Curriculum


  1. Christian Discipleship - CD 101
  2. Christian Discipleship - CD 102
  3. Christian Discipleship - CD 103
  4. Christian Discipleship - CD 104
  5. Christian Discipleship - CD 105
  6. Christian Discipleship - CD 106
  7. Christian Discipleship - CD 107
  8. Christian Discipleship - CD 108
  9. Christian Discipleship - CD 109
  10. Mobilization Methodologies - CD 110
  11. Leaven Like Evangelism - CD 262
  12. Final Project - FP-500

Total Units: 36


Course Descriptions

Course Materials/Text provided by In Thy Word Ministries Outreach Ministries and Harvestime International Network

Each Course: 3 Units 

Christian Discipleship 101 -Getting started on your journey of spiritual growth. Why, God Bible and You, Prayer, Bible Reading, Who Christ is, what He has done…This course covers the Basics, Why, God the Bible and You, Who Christ is, what He has Done Prayer, Bible Reading...  

Christian Discipleship 102- Growing more in your spiritual growth. This course covers more on the Basics, Developing a Devotional Life, Repentance, Confession, Prayer, and Bible Reading…

Christian Discipleship 103- Growing more in your journey of spiritual growth.  This course covers This section covers more of the Basics, Growing in the Faith, Obedience, Attitude, Spiritual Gifts, Prayer, Bible Reading…

Christian Discipleship 104- Growing more in Christian Maturity and Faith. Fellowship, Basic Character…This section covers how we can make Better Decisions, Worship, Prayer, Bible Reading…

Christian Discipleship 105 - Being devoted to Christ in our spiritual formation.  This course covers Christian Living, More Characters, Love and Relationships, Spiritual Gifts…

Christian Discipleship 106-  Growing more in Christ…This section covers more on Growing in Christ, Forgiveness, Spiritual Warfare, Prayer, Bible Reading…

 Christian Discipleship - CD 107

- Growing deeper in your walk with Christ.  This course covers   Christian Living, Evangelism, Stewardship, Bible Reading…

Christian Discipleship - CD 108

-This course covers Christian Living, Suffering, the Disciplines, Bible Reading

Christian Discipleship - CD 109

-  This Course overs leadership training, Christian living and more disciplines. 

Mobilization Methodologies CD 110

In this course, you will learn the difference between mobilization and manipulation.  You will study the Biblical basis of mobilization and learn how the fire, glory, and worship of God are involved in mobilizing God's people.  You will study Biblical principles of revival and learn their importance in maintaining the motivation necessary for achieving spiritual vision.

Leaven Like Evangelism  CD 262

Most courses on evangelism focus only on the command to "go" into all the world with the Gospel. They emphasize preaching and teaching the Gospel message. This course differs because it also focuses on what Jesus said to do "as you go" and the New Testament Church pattern of what to do "while you are there." The course is divided into three sections.    

Final Project  FP-500

This involves a comprehensive writing assignment.  Student will be required to complete a 4-6 pages typewritten double spaced paper.   Project topic(s) will be forwarded to student after successful completion of all courses in program. Please note: All eleven courses has to be successfully completed before student can be forwarded the final project. 

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