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Nazarene Bible College is one of the ten Nazarene institutions of higher education in the United States. It is one of the two institutions charged by the denomination with the relatively exclusive task of preparing ministers rather than with the broader assignment of providing liberal arts education for both laity and clergy. It is the only U.S. institution of the Church of the Nazarene given the responsibility and funding to deliver multicultural contextual education. Graduates of the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree with a major in Pastoral Ministries meet denominational requirements for ordination to the ministry. The college was authorized by the General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene in session at Portland, Oregon, in June of 1964. The mandate of the assembly was that the college would be created during the following quadrennium. A board of trustees was elected, and Dr. Charles H. Strickland was chosen as the first president. In the providence of God, Colorado Springs was selected as the site. This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Higher education is education provided by universities and other institutions that award academic degrees, such as university colleges, and liberal arts colleges. ... See also minister (government) and minister (diplomacy) In Christian churches, a minister is a man or woman who serves a congregation or participates in a role in a parachurch ministry; such persons can minister as a Pastor, Preacher, Bishop, Chaplain, Deacon or Elder. ... In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprise two groups of studies, the trivium and the quadrivium. ... In religious organizations, the laity comprises all lay persons collectively. ... Clergy is the generic term used to describe the formal religious leadership within a given religion. ... Multiculturalism or cultural pluralism is a policy, ideal, or reality that emphasizes the unique characteristics of different cultures in the world, especially as they relate to one another in immigrant receiving nations. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... This article is about the sacrament. ... Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon, and county seat of Multnomah County. ... Colorado Springs is a middle-sized city, located just east of the geographic center of the state of Colorado in the United States. ...


The college opened in September of 1967 in facilities provided by First Church of the Nazarene. New buildings at the permanent location were occupied by the end of the first school year, and the new campus was dedicated in October of 1968. Dr. L.S. Oliver, chosen in 1972 to succeed founding president Dr. Strickland, served until 1984 when Dr. Jerry D. Lambert was elected. In 1994, Dr. Hiram E. Sanders was elected as the fourth president of Nazarene Bible College.


The college was granted applicant status by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in 1972, candidate status in 1974, and accreditation in 1976. The accreditation was reaffirmed in 1986 and 1996.


Nazarene Bible College was chartered by the State of Colorado as a non-profit educational institution in 1967. It was approved by the Colorado Department of Education to grant degrees under Section 124-21-3 CS '63 (1965 Supp.) in 1970. The four-year Bachelor of Arts in Ministry (BAMin) degree and the two-year Associate of Arts in Lay Ministry (AALM) degree have been approved by the state. State nickname: The Centennial State Other U.S. States Capital Denver Largest city Denver Governor Bill Owens (R) Senators Wayne Allard (R) Ken Salazar (D) Official language(s) English Area 269,837 km² (8th)  - Land 268,879 km²  - Water 962 km² (0. ...


In 1970, the college was approved by the United States Department of Justice for the education of foreign students. It has been certified since 1975 by the Department of Education for eligibility to participate in federally sponsored student aid programs. Justice Department redirects here. ... The United States Department of Education was created in 1979 (by PL 96-88) as a Cabinet-level department of the United States government, and began operating in 1980. ...


Contact Information

Nazarene Bible College
1111 Academy Park Loop
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
719-884-5000


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