|How long will it take to earn a program?
Most programs require a commitment of 2–5 years depending on your competencies, your schedule and the courses EABST is currently offering. Our training paradigm places an emphasis upon your actively ministering in your local church while participating in academic theological training. Overall, EABST programs require a comparable amount of time to complete as other standard academic degrees.
|Will I be able to work while I attend school?
We strongly encourage you to find outside employment while you are in school. While finding employment can be difficult in Kenya, we believe your ministerial training will be significantly improved by having real experience in the secular workplace. Your current local church ministry may be another source of paid employment.
|Where will I live while I attend school?
EABST does not currently have on-campus housing options available. Ideally, you will be living near the local church where you will be ministering while you progress through the EABST training programs. If you wish to live near the EABST Lavington campus, there are numerous housing options nearby to fit any budget.
|How many hours will I be in class per day?
Most classes meet weekly for approximately two hours. Several additional hours outside of class will be required in order to be prepared for the next class. However, the EABST paradigm of theological training is significantly different than the traditional academic model. Formal classroom time will only represent roughly a third of your program requirement. Attestations are granted not solely on the basis of successfully writing exams but primarily on the basis of rigorous competency assessment in the context of church ministry. While some of your time will certainly be spent in class each week with other students, you will also be heavily involved in various other learning experiences and ministry practicums (e.g. life planning, teaching, discipling, evangelism). All of these experiences will count as credit toward your programs.
|In addition to class time, how will my day be spent?
Because EABST programs include character development, ministry skills, and theological knowledge, your personal schedule is largely up to you to determine. While scheduled class time is required, much of your personal development will take place outside the classroom in your local church and in other ministry or study contexts.
|If I can't pay my tuition, does EABST have scholarship resources?
EABST endeavours to make its resources available to people from every walk of life. Nevertheless, EABST does not have scholarship resources available at this time. While we hope to implement scholarships in the future, we strongly encourage you to approach your church leadership about your desire to minister in the local church and to obtain theological training. Your local assembly stands to benefit most from your personal development, and thus they should also be your best source of financial support.
|Do I pay for my entire education up front or do I pay as I go?
You should plan to pay for your education as you go. The program you are working on will affect when you pay and how much you pay. Consult with EABST administration for the best way to proceed.
|After I graduate, how will I find a job?
Since EABST employs a church-based theological training model, all of our students should be firmly connected to a local church or church network. Your local church and its network of partner-churches is your best starting place for ministry employment both while you study and after you have completed your programs.
|I don't attend a local church, how will that impact my education?
To be a student at EABST, you must be a member of a local church, be recommended by your pastor or school-approved mentor, and be actively engaged in a church ministry that will provide clear avenues for fulfilling the program’s church ministry requirements.