Through our partnership with the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development, EABST is able to offer fully accredited U.S. programs by the U.S. Department of Education recognized Distance Education and Training Council. Accreditation means that the quality of the Antioch School’s programs has been affirmed by a rigorous peer review process of a respected, independent agency. The Antioch School is listed in the Directory of Accredited Post-Secondary Institutions published by Council of Higher Education in America (CHEA). This will greatly facilitate transfer of credit and acceptance of prerequisite attainments by other academic institutions.
More information about the program is available in the Antioch School Handbook.
Programs offered solely through EABST (hereafter referred to as “EABST programs”) are not accredited in the U.S. or in Kenya. EABST hopes to find some method of seeking accreditation for EABST programs within Africa. EABST offers very similar programs (Certificate, Bachelor, and Master) without the USA accreditation at a greatly reduced cost. The programs are very similar, but differences do exist between Antioch School programs and EABST programs. However, the general objectives, philosophy, curriculum, and methodology remain the same. We believe most churches are not as concerned about the accreditation label as they are about the character, abilities, biblical knowledge, preaching ability, and skill of the pastor. While accreditation is a rather recent innovation to ensure quality programs, it is not the only means of doing so. Contact EABST (EABSTInfo@eabst.org) for more information about the differences between Antioch School programs and EABST programs.
All programs are built on the foundation of a Life and Ministry Development Portfolio System that includes a personal Motivated Abilities Pattern (MAP) from People Management’s System for Identifying Motivated Abilities (SIMA®).
The B.Min., M.Min., and L.D.P. are closely aligned with the competencies developed through Leadership Series I courses on the biblical foundations for church and ministry.
The B.Th., M.Th., and C.Bib. are closely aligned with the competencies developed through Leadership Series II courses on biblical theology and theology in culture.
The major differences between the levels are related to the depth and manner in which competencies are assessed.
- Certificate programs are assessed at a rudimentary level.
- Bachelors programs require a high minimum level of basic competency to be demonstrated.
- Masters programs require demonstration of advanced competency through evidence of extensive implementation in ministry settings.
A normal sequence of study begins with a Ministry program (B.Min. or M.Min.) prior to a Theology program (B.Th. or M.Th.) because the biblical foundation for ministry needs to be in place before a complete study of biblical theology and theology in culture is done. We recommend that most students begin with the B.Min. or M.Min. and proceed to the M.Th. However, students may start with the B.Th. and M.Th. if they wish to include both a core biblical foundation for ministry and a complete study of biblical theology in a single program.