Are you ready to deepen your faith, grow in community and lay a foundation of truth that will carry you for the rest of your life?
Word of Life Bible Institute is a collegiate-level program offering intensive Bible study and ministry training designed to help students deepen their faith and discover God’s vision for their lives. Through biblical studies coursework, discipleship, community and hands-on ministry opportunities, WOL BI is an immersive experience that prepares students for the future, whether in a career or full-time ministry. With campuses in New York and Florida and with both one- and two-year programs, WOL BI offers programs tailored to the needs and dreams of students who understand the importance of a year in the Word.
Gain deep biblical knowledge. Live and learn in community with other believers. Make a difference through ministry. Lay a foundation for life.
The Word of Life Bible Institute takes you deep into the Word of God, offering concentrated biblical study that will help you know the Bible like never before. Courses take you through both the Old Testament and New Testament, exploring different books and areas of the Scripture and diving deep into the meaning of God’s Word. You will fill out your knowledge with courses covering theology and Christian living, helping you apply God’s Word to your life. All in a rigorous and dynamic setting where you’ll have access to incredible resources such as our expansive library and visiting professors, speakers and conferences to help you deepen your faith.
What makes it even better? Word of Life Bible Institute is an accredited program, recognized by most Christian colleges, meaning that you will not just carry your biblical foundation with you, but you could also transfer credits to wherever you go next, putting you a step ahead towards your future.
As you are immersed in the Word of God each day, you are given the opportunity to put what you learn into action through hands-on ministry opportunities. You will be trained to share your faith and give the opportunity to do so in cities near the BI. You will be the hands and feet of Christ as you serve in soup kitchens, prisons and hospitals. You will serve as a camp counselor, pouring into the life of younger students and having a summer filled with fun and adventure. Whatever your talent and passion is, whether it’s drama, music, sports or something else, there is a ministry opportunity for you at the BI. Many of our students even have the opportunity to venture overseas and bring the Gospel to cultures around the world.
Your year at the BI is not just about your personal growth; it’s your chance to spend a year impacting others.
The Bible Institute is more than an academic program; it’s a community where lifelong friendships are formed and life change happens through day-to-day interactions.
Ninety-five percent of our students live on campus, and dorm life offers the chance to live and learn together with people from a variety of backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. Dorm life is designed to promote spiritual growth, while encouraging healthy academic habits and providing opportunities for learning how to live in a biblical community.
Discipleship is also a key part of life at the BI. Our staff is there to pour into the lives of our students, not just in the classroom, but as whole people, encouraging growth in formal and informal discipleship settings.
And of course, there is plenty of fun to be had. Our facilities offer great spaces to study, connect and play, including a library, coffee house, snack shack and lounge with entertainment centers. Events and activities on campus include talent nights, scavenger hunts, paintball, go-karting and plenty of other great ways to foster lifelong friendships and unforgettable college memories. No matter which of our campuses you choose, our locations offer access to amazing natural areas and outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, rafting, surfing, boating and more.
Students who spend a year at the Bible Institute don’t just grow in their faith and lay a biblical foundation for life; they also go on to have successful careers in business, healthcare, education, art, film, music and more. Because of their year at the BI, these graduates are influencers in their fields, using their vocation to make a difference and spread hope to the world. Here are their stories.
1. How did your time at the BI prepare for your career now?
Word of Life Bible Institute provided a solid biblical foundation in developing my Christian-Worldview. It established that the Gospel is at the heart of everything I do and that ministry doesn't just take place behind pulpit or on a mission field. Ministry occurs when those rightly dividing the Word of truth use it to engage their world and those around them. My time at the Bible Institute also demonstrated to me what objective truth is and that absolute truths do exist. I knew that I would not work in full time ministry but that never negated the need of knowing the truth and framing what I do through a Biblical lens.
2. What foundational elements from the BI do you still carry with you today?
Aside from the invaluable biblical education I received, there are several components of my Bible Institute experience that I carry with me today. Chiefly, that relationships matter. The Bible Institute is built around relationships and community. Faith and growth in the Christian life happens best within a cultivating community that fosters discipleship and offers accountability. That's why I found it extremely important to get plugged into a local church that provides a small group community and connect with other believers that I can share in the Christian life with.
The high emphasis on personal quiet time and the importance of studying the Word of God on an individual basis is very much something I continue to carry with me. Additionally, the lessons of routine faithfulness and understanding the wiles of the devil, I learned from Charles Ryrie's Balancing the Christian Life, are many that continue to resonate and challenge me personally and professionally.
Ultimately, I've been challenged more lately to not just view the Gospel as something that I use to find good in the unpleasantries of life but really challenge myself to see the Gospel in all things and understand how it transforms a situation.
3. How are you using your career for Christ?
I am humbled that God has placed me in a position where I routinely interact with policy makers, presidential candidates and politicians. Unlike an environment like the Bible Institute, I am confronted daily with worldviews and mindsets that are not Biblically based. It is a tremendous opportunity to shape national discussion through a Christian worldview but also to listen to those that I do not agree with. When you listen, you become far less rigid in your own views and see unity in fundamentals and harmony in areas through which there is disagreement. Constantly, I am blown away that within my own church, Democrats and Republicans all worship Christ and celebrate redemption and our unity in Christ. I also feel that my career constantly challenges my worldview and forces me to Scripture daily to go back to consider not only what I believe, but why I hold that belief.
In a society where more and more individuals are plugged into their smartphones and a twenty-four hour news cycle, it is a great platform to inject faith-based issues and consider the day's top stories through a Christian lens. It is great vehicle to engage culture and our world. Additionally, I see great value in being able to challenge fellow believes in how they engage with their world, engage with it and understand the times in which they live. I feel in many ways God has given me a unique background, having grown up in Massachusetts in more progressive public schools and later attending the Bible Institute, to be able to engage and understand a wide range of people and in turn share my faith with them.
1. How did your time at the BI prepare you for your career now?
I think the biggest thing I took from the Bible Institute was the discipline to get into the Word and to truly study it. Not to take things for granted, not to just accept a popular system, but to actually commit my mind and heart to what the Word says. It may have taken a while to sink in, but seeing the people around me changed and influenced by what the Bible said was hugely influential to me.
I learned a lot about purposeful and intentional relationships at the BI. Having people who didn’t just accept pat and surface answers around me changed my life. My RA’s, those in leadership, even my dorm mates—it wasn’t just the easy stuff. They truly wanted to know what was going on in my heart and my mind. And they wanted to know what was behind it, even if it was messy and gross and hard to work through. They showed me the hands-on love of Christ, and it changed the way I thought of people and relationships. I moved on from the BI knowing that the heart below the surface was where true life change happened—and it’s what I’ve built the rest of my education and career on.
I have the awesome opportunity to work with a ministry called Youth For Christ. It’s similar to Word of Life in so many ways: reaching young people with the Gospel, building genuine relationships, creating opportunities for life change to happen. Because of the things I learned at WOL, and the ways I saw ministry work in so many lives (including my own), I know that I was prepared to take this job. Right now, this is where God has me, and I love the opportunity to do so many of the things I love. I can take what I learned at WOL and I get to use it in my every day job. I think I’m pretty blessed.
Are you ready to embark on a journey that will deepen your faith, lay a biblical foundation and make a difference in the lives of others? Fill out the form below to have someone from the BI contact you, or follow the links to learn more about applying or scheduling a campus visit.