WHAT IS THE SCHOOL OF BIBLICAL STUDIES (SBS)?
The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) was started over 30 years ago at YWAM Kona (Hawaii) and has been the main biblical training school that YWAM offers worldwide. It is a 12-month intensive course where students will read and study every book of the Bible, starting in Genesis and ending in Revelation. The final three months consist of an outreach phase, where students will spend a minimum of ten hours each week teaching the bible in a foreign nation. The school is offered at several YWAM bases, and is designed to equip missionaries for their future in missions.
The SBS is based on the inductive study method. Students will learn about the context, culture, and history of each book in the Bible. After gaining an understanding of the historical context, students will start to make observations and interpretations of the text based on the author’s original intent and the original reader’s and hearers’ understanding.
Class lectures will be taught by a wide variety of Bible teachers, including Bible scholars, Old Testament archaeologists, New Testament historians, and leaders within YWAM.
For more information regarding the SBS please visit, sbsinternational.org
WHAT WILL YOUR SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
The SBS is a 6-day workweek course. Each week, we will have approximately a 60-hour workweek that includes classes, homework, and base and school events. Having two days off on the weekend happens occasionally during the SBS, but is a rare exception.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO A SCHOOL OF BIBLICAL STUDIES?
David and I have had it in our hearts to do a bible school since we were engaged in 2010. It has always been our desire to pursue full-time missions and knew that a bible school would give us a much-needed foundation. Over the past two years serving with YWAM Houston this desire was confirmed in our hearts. Although David and I have received training through YWAM and my degree in Cross Cultural Studies at PBAU, we still feel the need for education specifically in biblical studies.
As a young, married couple, we feel that this is the perfect time for us to pursue the SBS. In the future, as our family grows, it may not be as easy for us both to participate in such a demanding and intensive school.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GO TO YWAM HONOLULU?
Once we decided to do an SBS, we began to look at several YWAM bases that offered this course, including bases in Florida, Colorado and Hawaii. We were drawn to YWAM Honolulu for several reasons. The first is that we will be close to my (Abigail’s) family. My parents and brother live on Oahu, approximately 45 minutes from the YWAM Honolulu base, where we will be staying. This will be the first time David and I have lived near family in the last seven years. What a blessing! Having lived there while growing up, the island feels like a second home to me.
Hawaii is also the birthplace of the SBS and has a strong YWAM presence, with five YWAM bases (on Maui, Hawaii, Oahu and Kauai), including the largest YWAM University in the world and a YWAM Ships base. Our involvement with YWAM Honolulu opens up doors to work with these diverse bases across the island chain.
YWAM’s strong presence in Hawaii was established to “be a lighthouse to the Pacific and a stepping stone to Asia”. Hawaii is strategically located for missions, as it is surrounded by twenty-five island nations, many of which are whole island chains in themselves. In addition, Hawaii has been called the ‘Melting Pot’ of the Pacific, with over 35 races contributing to its population. This is beautifully illustrated by the SBS YWAM Honolulu ran in 2012, which was comprised of students from Canada, Korea, China, Japan, Finland, Congo and Switzerland.
HOW MUCH DOES THE SCHOOL COST?
The total cost of the school (for both David and I) is $22,600. This cost includes tuition, housing and meals as well as weekly base activities and outreaches.
HOW WILL YOU PAY FOR THE SCHOOL?
Personally: David and I will be selling our furniture and car and putting the money we make towards this school. In addition, we will be taking money out of our personal savings to put towards the school tuition.
Through monthly supporters: We will rely on the continued monthly support that has allowed us to work full-time in Houston, TX to assist in covering the school’s costs.
Through one-time gifts: If you feel led to give a one-time gift (of any amount), you can do so through our SUPPORT PAGE or PAYPAL ACCOUNT.
WHEN ARE THE SCHOOL FEES DUE?
50% of the school fees are due at the start of the SBS. After that time we will be paying by school quarters (every three months).