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What is Central Florida Bible College?

Central Florida Bible College is a low-tuition Bible college specifically designed for the person who believes they are called to ministry in their local church or denomination. Our program is extremely progressive; helping to relieve many of the general stressors that afflict students desiring better preparation through higher education in order to serve in ministry. Our program is purposely one of the most affordable Bible college programs available. There are several different ways we accomplish the goal of making Bible College a reachable and attainable goal to the person who is considering becoming a part or full-time student. We understand that students come from all walks of life, in many different situations. Our drive is to assist those persons who truly want to serve the Lord to their fullest.

Our School History

“Equipping the believer for the work of the ministry” Eph. 4:12 is CFBC’s scripture of origin. The roots of Central Florida Bible College stem back to October 1999 in Ridge Manor Florida. The Founder, Pastor Fred Puentes was given the vision of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry (Kingdom of Christ). Anchor Church Ridge Manor, evolved into the teaching and training center for believers from the day it opened its doors.

Pastor Fred’s philosophy about service unto Christ is that “every believer is called to minister the gospel.” No matter what level of accumulated knowledge, understanding or comprehension one may have, they should be ministering Christ in some capacity. A person does not have to be ordained by an institution or be a licensed minister in order to share the information that has impacted their lives and caused a manifested change. CFBC exist to provide a more profound level of study, understanding and balance of the Word of God in the believer’s life in order to support and affirm the personal experience in Christ.

Curriculum of Studies and Degrees offered by Central Florida Bible College

Central Florida Bible College has established a rotating two year course work in 30 credit-hour programs. Each program is made of 9 courses and 1 Ministry Practicum for 3 credit-hours each. A Practicum report is required for licensing

This course of study provides the student with a solid biblical foundation through studying, interpreting, and applying God’s Word, the Bible. It provides basic doctrinal and theological qualifications and prepares the student to serve as an effective minister in the Kingdom of God.

Upon completion of this course of study (A.A. degree), the student will earn a Ministerial License to work in the various areas of the ministry. It will also prepare the student to continue towards their undergraduate studies in Pastoral Studies, Christian Education and related fields. The undergraduate classes begin in the fall of 2016 online.

(Simply click on our third year Undergraduates classes on the menu, to see the exciting new classes offered.)

  • Program #1, First Year

The first year program is foundational and required for all Central Florida Bible College Students, especially for those that will continue towards their associate and undergraduate degree.

Upon completion of the first year, the student will be awarded with a Diploma of Biblical Studies and an assistant Ministerial License.  The student will be able to work in the local church in their specific area of ministry, or any other church-related ministry, under the supervision of the local Pastor or any other minister or leader assigned by the Pastor.

  • Program #2, Second Year

The second year is designed to help students achieve a greater degree of effectiveness in their specific area of ministry or any other church-related ministry.

Upon completion of the second year of studies, the student will earn an A.A. degree and a Diploma in Biblical Studies. Their previous Assistant Ministerial License will be upgraded to a Ministerial License.  Under this License the student will be able to work more independently in their area of ministry, or any other church-related ministry as directed by their local Pastor.

  • Program #3: Third Year

The third year is designed for those students who will continue their education toward their B.A. degree majoring in any of the two major courses of study offered by CFBC. It is a prerequisite for Program #4. The courses provided in this program are geared for students’ major course of study and will also help them become more effective in their specific area of ministry, or any other church-related ministry.

Upon completion of the third year the student’s current Assistant Ministerial License will be renewed during an award ceremony. The student is encouraged to continue to work more independently in their area of ministry, or any other church-related ministry as directed by their local Pastor.

  • Program #4: Fourth Year

The fourth year is the most intensive, where students will be working mostly in the major course of study they selected. The program is divided in two parts. During the first part of the program (first semester) the classes are geared for both major course of study (4 courses, 12 credit hours). The second part of the program (second semester) provides a subject concentration focused on the student’s major course of study (5 courses, plus Ministerial Practicum, 18 credits hours for each course of study).

Upon completion of this program the student will graduate with a B.A. degree and will receive a diploma in their major course of study. The student will be ordained in their major course of study or other specific area of ministry and will receive an Ordained Minister’s License.

Licensing

Ministerial Licenses awarded through Central Florida Bible College need to be renewed every year. Students are required to be part of the College Fellowship and attend conferences and/or organized College events in order to renew and keep their ministerial license.

It is the goal of Central Florida Bible College to keep in communication with all graduates to continue to help them in their spiritual and ministerial growth, as well as assisting with ministerial placement as The Lord opens doors for ministry.

How long does it take to complete the Central Florida Bible College program?

The curriculum has been assessed for college credit, so a college-equivalent experience is expected. Depending on your availability to study you may be able to complete 1-2 courses per month as each course differs in length. Students should expect to spend approximately as much time on each course as on an equivalent college course. We will schedule one class a month with two classes available for those who desire to work faster. Students will finish the Associates program in 1-2 years of school.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE

A Bachelor’s degree is awarded to a student who has successfully completed the four-year program for college credit, accruing a total of 120 credit hours. Students wanting to continue their studies toward a Bachelor’s degree MUST complete all required course work for programs #1 and #2.

Central Florida Bible College offers two major courses of study toward a Bachelor’s degree: Pastoral Ministry and Christian Education.

Students are required to complete Programs #3 and #4. Each program is made up of 9 courses and 1 Ministerial Practicum of 3 credit-hours each. All Ministerial Practicum requirements must be met for licensing. A minimum of 72 hours of Ministerial Practicum must be completed by the students in any area of ministry, preferably, in the area of ministry they are majoring in. During the fourth year, at least 50% of the Ministerial Practicum must be directly related to the student’s major course of study.

A student transferring credits to CFBC from another institution of higher learning must have an official, sealed transcript sent directly from the institution to CFBC. A minimum of thirty (30) credit-hours of study in one of CFBC’s programs are required to earn a Bachelor’s degree and graduate from CFBC.

Transfer Students or Credits

Students transferring credits to CFBC from another Institution(s) of higher learning must have an official, sealed transcript sent directly from the Institution(s) to CFBC. The student is responsible to follow up with the Academic Dean to determine whether all transcripts have been received.

Students are required to complete a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours in one of CFBC programs toward the Bachelor’s degree or graduation.

Transfer of Credits to Another Institution

The student should inquire directly with the school, which he/she plans to attend to determine if they will accept credits from CFBC. All credits will be forwarded at the completion of 30 credit hours for each program.

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