What Sets JSBC Apart
Jimmy Swaggart Bible College is more than just an institution of academic achievement and spiritual development, we are preparing the next generation of leaders. I realize that other Bible colleges make this same claim, so let me tell you what sets JSBC apart.
JSBC is not affiliated with any denomination, but rather a movement, a work, founded on the message of this ministry—the message of the cross. What makes JSBC unique is that everything we teach, be it English, science, history, or the book of Romans, is taught through the prism of the cross.
JSBC is a thoroughly Pentecostal Bible college, but it is not denominational, meaning that we are a college for any student from any church background who wants to learn more about Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
With a firm foundation in the Word of God and the opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom through various practicums, students here experience, hands-on, what God-called ministry is all about.
When I took over as president of this college, my vision for JSBC expanded on the original vision my grandfather had—to create a Spirit-filled environment that would serve as a training ground for harvest workers in every area of ministry. To accomplish this, we believed God to send us more professors who would meet our qualifications for faculty members: ordained by God, anointed by the Holy Spirit, ministry that demonstrated what we believe, and work experience in academia.
And God brought them. We now have professors with degrees from Lee University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of North Texas, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and Oral Roberts University—a diversity of scholars who are 100 percent aligned with the message of the cross—a message that permeates everything we do here.
Our professors care about the spiritual and academic development of our students, and that dedication shows in preparing students for success in ministry or other professional fields. Faculty members at JSBC also act as mentors and role models for students, encouraging them in their academic pursuits and personal and spiritual growth. In essence, the JSBC faculty embodies a beautiful blend of academic achievement, spiritual dedication, and a genuine desire to help students achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
JSBC is in the process of becoming accredited. Why? Because accreditation serves as an authoritative seal of approval, and it confirms that JSBC meets and exceeds the demanding benchmarks established by the accreditation body. Accreditation also affirms the validity of JSBC, giving students, parents, and future employers complete confidence in a degree earned at JSBC.
Accreditation is a process that takes, on average, a decade to complete. It is a necessary, rigorous process, and we understand that. With the help of our Vice President of Institutional Compliance, Dr. Jimmy DuPree, we are doing all we can to meet each requirement and accelerate this process.
God has a timing for everything, and I believe that God is moving JSBC forward on His timeline from where it was in the 1980s (which is where it needed to be then), to where we are now, to where JSBC is headed in the years to come. If we try to rush it, it won’t work; and if we lag behind, we’ll miss it, which is why I continue to pray for God’s wisdom, leading, and guidance.
Whether you’re a senior year in high school or a seasoned minister of the gospel, you might be wondering what your next step should be. Let me help you with that. As believers, it’s imperative that we know and understand the will of God for our lives, at each point in life. And His will isn’t always made known to us all at once. Sometimes, He breaks it down and gives it to us a little at a time, here and there, nudging us in the right direction.
Anything that will help you to not only understand the Word of God more, but also teach and minister the Word of God is worth its weight in gold. This is where JSBC comes into play. When you come to our campus here in Baton Rouge, we believe three things will happen (and we believe it because we’ve seen it happen again and again): you will have an experience with God, you will be taught how to live for God, and, if you come here with an open and hungry heart, God is going to show you what He wants you to do and confirm what He has called you to do.
I don’t promise it will be easy; our curriculum will challenge you. But the experience of learning from Spirit-filled professors on a campus connected to a thriving, worldwide ministry will equip, prepare, and train you for whatever it is that God has for you now and in the future. And we believe He has something phenomenal in store for you at JSBC.
A new semester at JSBC is quickly approaching. For more information, or to apply to JSBC, please visit www.jsbc.edu.
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