Why Montana Bible College?
What sets MBC apart? In what ways is this school unique? While we share many things in common with other Christian universities, we want you to understand a few areas of focus that make this college unique.
Discipleship is the primary emphasis of Montana Bible College. All our classes are taught with this perspective in mind and it is our goal to train students to such be able to say with humility as the apostle Paul did, “follow me as I follow Christ” (I Cor. 11:1). We believe it is critical that students learn the skills in knowing how to disciple others and cultivate a heart to be discipled themselves. All students seeking a degree from MBC will be trained to engage their lives in the training of others who can then train others (2 Tim. 2:2)
A Life of Academic Excellence
While not detracting from the importance of rigor in study and mastering information, we nevertheless maintain that the heart of academic excellence in Christian higher education is life transformation and Kingdom impact. “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (I Tim. 1:5). Students are expected to apply all diligence in their studies, while recognizing that knowledge alone puffs up and therefore must always be accompanied by spirtual vitality and service.
Focus on the “How” of Bible Study
Our focus is to teach students how to study God’s Word. To that end we introduce the tools of Bible study, instruct in the use of those tools, and offer supervised, hands-on experience. Bible exposition classes incorporate class sessions, individual assignments and personal study of the Scriptures.
Recognizing that the region surrounding Montana Bible College is made up of small towns with a few small cities and that the majority of churches worldwide consist of fewer than 200 people, we intentionally cultivate cultural understanding and ministry practices relevant for our context.
Faith Meets Culture
Recognizing that we live in a post-Christian culture that is increasingly hostile to the message of Christ, MBC trains students to be effective witnesses for Christ in the midst of the culture, living in the world but not being of the world, engaging the people and culture as ambassadors of the King.
Local Church Involvement
We believe every student must have a vital connection to a church “home” during their time with us. This is why we require our students to be involved in a local church. A Bible college which concentrates on such integration is rendering a service to the body of Christ and to its students. We serve the church by training the next generation of lay and vocational leaders and they assist us by providing opportunities for our students to grow, be mentored and utilize what they are learning to build up the body of Christ. There are several great bible-teaching and gospel-centered churches in Billings.
No Debt and Without Dependence
Montana Bible College has chosen to be debt-free as an institution. We believe this is a matter of faithful stewardship and a God-honoring witness. We also want our students to graduate without the hindrances of college loans to pay off. Therefore, we require students to pay all outstanding tuition and fees before enrolling for another semester at MBC. Furthermore, though MBC is eligible for Federal Title IV funding, we have chosen not to participate. We wish to remain free from dependence on the government and free from the “strings” attached to government money. We would rather see God get the glory for providing the funds to equip His people!