Questions and answers

BIBLE SCHOOL for the NATIONS FAQ

 

What topics do we study?
What is unique about the Bible School for the Nations especially from other YWAM Bible schools?
Where do we go on outreach?
What kind of local outreach will I be involved with during the school?
What is the daily schedule like?
How much homework will I have?
Who are the teachers?
Will the school be bilingual?
Where will we live and what is it like?
What are the prerequisites?
Reduced cost for students from developing Nations
How will this school fit in with my U of N degree?
How do I apply?

What topics do we study?

As we read through the Bible chronologically, we discuss issues that come up, especially relating to the character of God. This is different than a DTS where we cover one topic per week. Through reading the Bible, we not only look at Biblical themes and ideas (God, man, sin and government), but we view these in a larger context of showing how God disciples nations and how we can cooperate with him in that process.

There are, however, a few topical weeks. These weeks include: Biblical worldview, hermeneutics (how to study and apply the bible), discipling the nations, and cross-cultural communication.

We also have a weekly class on how to understand and interpret debated passages, and a workshop on how to tell the Bible as a story. This workshop aims at equipping you to communicate the Bible in a relevant way through story. During the course, you will be assigned to research two books of the Bible (one minor prophet and one epistle) and receive coaching as you develop a teaching from your research. This allows you to develop a depth of understanding of these books  as well as practice teaching and preaching with constructive and encouraging feedback.

BSN is designed to give you a biblical understanding and foundation for your ministry and to understand how God changes nations. The Biblical roots of YWAM’s foundational values are clearly seen as you learn to study the Word on your own and apply the Biblical principles of transforming nations.

These are some of the questions you can expect to discuss during the BSN:

What is truth and how can we know that there is absolute truth? How can I trust the Bible? How can I understand the Bible? Once I understand the Bible, how do I apply it? How can God be good, yet all powerful? What does the Bible say about sin? How are nations changed? Did God choose some people to go to heaven and not others? If he knew, but didn’t choose, why would he still create them? Why is God angry in the Old Testament? Does God change his mind? What is the point of the story in the book of Job? Why was there a sacrificial system in the Old Testament? What does that communicate about God? What is the Kingdom of God and why did Jesus talk about it so much? How can I interpret the parables? What does Paul mean when he talks about women being quiet? Was the book of Revelation written about the future?

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What is unique about the Bible School for the Nations especially from other YWAM Bible schools?

BSN is application driven. The outreach is an integral part of the learning/training process, as are the questions that come up as we read the Bible. BSN makes a very intentional effort to understand and draw out the Biblical basis for our foundational values as YWAM. This will strengthen our foundation as a mission. We are attempting to equip our students with the tools of study but also with an understanding of the applicable principles for transforming nations, and with the ability to communicate truth in relevant and creative ways.


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Where do we go on outreach?

The locations are still not decided, more information will come.


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What kind of local outreach will I be involved with during the school?

During the lecture phase, we connect with local ministries on Flekkerøy and in Kristiansand. There will be opportunities to teach at and connect with local youth groups and children’s ministries, in addition to local evangelism, and outreach to immigrants and students in downtown Kristiansand.


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What is the daily schedule like?

BSN’s weekly schedule includes

One on ones once a week
Class time daily 8am – 1 pm
Worship and Intercession alternate mornings
Hermeneutics class once a week
Local outreach about once a week
Student life activities on weekends – outings, movies, picnics
Work duties daily for about an hour

Homework 3-5 hours a day
Small group/processing groups meet once every week to process the material from class.

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How much homework will I have?

Homework is designed to be approximately 3-5 hours/day

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Who are the teachers?

About half the school is taught by your BSN staff, but we also have Norwegian and international guest speakers teach on selected topics.

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Will the school be bilingual?

Yes, the languages are English and Norwegian. The teaching will be translated to Norwegian for the first few weeks of the school. Then the need for translation will be evaluated. It will be possible for Norwegian students to do the Bible reading and homework in Norwegian, while some of the other reading resources are only in English.


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Where will we live and what is it like?

The BSN is hosted at Skjærgårdsheimen, on an island close to Kristiansand and Kjevik Airport. The base is located close to the seaside and you can enjoy the sunrise over the ocean from our living room and many of the student rooms.

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What are the prerequisites?

The prerequisite for every second level U of N course is successful completion of a Discipleship Training School or Crossroads Discipleship Training School.

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Reduced cost for student from developing Nations

Students who are from developing nations can see significant reductions in their school fees.

Here are the prices for the lecture phase of the BSN in 2016:

A Nation: 100% or full price, approx. $2600

B Nation: 80% of full price, approx. $2080

C Nation: 60% of full price, approx $1560

To find the right category of your country of origin, check the list that you find on this page www.uofnkona.edu/apply/category-of-nations

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How will this school fit in with my U of N degree?

The lecture phase of the Bible School for the Nations gives you 15 credits (CHR 225, CHR 126) and the outreach (CHR 226) gives you 6-8 credits from the UofN.

Bible School for the Nations fulfills the Bible core course requirement that is necessary for every Bachelor’s and many Associate’s degrees in the U of N (equivalent to CCM 301 or 311).
If you have more questions about this, email bsn@heimen.org, or call our office, +47 38106870.

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How do I apply?

You will find our online applicationform on this page:

Apply here

Email bsn@heimen.org for more information and information about how to apply, or simply apply on our webpage.

**It is past the application deadline for students outside of the EU or Schengen area in Europe. This is because non-European (EU and Schengen) residents require a visa to stay in Norway for the length of the school, and it takes at least three months to apply for and process this visa. Please email us at bsn@heimen.org if you want to be on the waiting list for the next school.

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