Welcome to Becker Professional Theology Academy
Letter To Students - July 2023
Kathy L McFarland, MDiv
Last semester, our students enrolled in BI113 hit a wall and had extreme difficulty in moving forward. We examined that study, and compared the results of non-English speaking as first language compared with our American students. We recognize that culture differences and difficulty in understanding English might have an effect on the difficulty in learning. Further, we discovered that allowing students to take multiple tries at completing the worksheets resulted in many students in all classes taking the opportunity to cheat the system to ensure a good grade at the expense of learning God’s Word deeply. By the time students reach BI113, they are unprepared to tackle the difficult learning required to master the deep typologies and mysteries of God.
We are spending this summer vacation changing the classes to better prepare students to reach and conquer the difficult studies starting with BI113. We have removed the multiple tries for quizzes and worksheets in all the modules and classes; from this point forward there will be only one attempt allowed for each. We will expect full participation in Discussion Boards and grades will be expanded in that area to encourage strong, Biblical, Christian effort. You will be required to answer each Discussion Board in detail, and answer two others of your classmates postings before you can receive a successful grade and move on to the next module. It is critical to your success that you follow our lesson plans, worksheets, quizzes, exercises, and discussion boards with acute attention to details. If you do, you will be prepared for BI113. If you do not, you will hit that wall, and be lost in learning the deep things of God through this Academy.
For the students participating in the September 2023 enrollment, the classes continue to be free without charge. From this point forward, to receive the free classes, you must attend each semester and pass the courses. If you are unable, you must make arrangements with me and get my approval to skip or repeat a semester.
We require an email from each student that wishes to attend Becker Professional Theology Academy before September 1, 2023. Please state your name, and the course you expect to be enrolled in next and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to repeat a course because you did not learn what God wanted you to learn, let us know. All students must attend classes in order, starting with BI100 and moving forward.
We have contemplated, prayed, and adjusted the things we can and still comply with God’s Work in teaching you the deep things of His. However, unless students put in the absolute best effort in learning these things, they will fall by the wayside in the Academy.
Let us all be serious in our endeavors, prayerful in our attitudes, and supportive of each other.
God’s blessings in all you do to bring glory to Him.
Mission Statement and Vision Statement of Becker Bible Ministries, Inc.
Becker Bible Ministries, Inc. objective is to define, develop, and establish the new field of Professional Theology and train conservative Christian Theologists to educate those seeking to meet Christ within the marketplaces that are outside traditional religious gatherings.
One day all people seeking the Lord Jesus Christ will have opportunity to learn about God and His inerrant Word without exclusion, threat, rejection, ridicule, or judgment through the leadership of Professional Theologists trained to guide chosen sinners toward personal spiritual relationships, lives, and works directed by Him.
We are in the process for developing the Becker Professional Theology Academy to train Christian leaders to participate in ministries within the marketplace to the unchurched. Sadly, more and more Christians are falling away from participation in churches across America. Though they are leaving the churches, or rejected by them, we believe that Christ intends all to gather together to learn and nurture and build upon His Things.
It is the nature of modern day activities, especially the Internet, that we believe has changed the way people gather information and learn new things. About twelve years ago, we started putting Becker Bible Studies on the Internet, free of charge, to reach the unchurched. Within ten years, we had missionaries (many underground in dangerous places) that used our teachings in every country of the world. We also supplied the same studies to the U.S. Army Chaplains on the front lines during war. I always include this history not to elevate our status, but to relay that God's movement was quite apparent, in that we operated for that entire period without charging money for our studies yet they were dispersed everywhere.
We gathered many Christians outside the church setting during this period. We always tried to get those we could connected to Christian fellowship. But, soon we discovered that many of the soldiers, especially those broken from PTSD, were coming back to the states and unable to participate in regular worship in neighborhood churches. Then God brought us many, many broken seekers of Christ that had been sexually or physically abused as children; their experiences commonly left them unworthy to even come toward the cross of Christ. Outliers soon followed as the ones we were ministering to brought society's rejected, oppressed, persecuted, misfit, and lonely to our door. Quickly we realized that these different ministries required much more skill and knowledge than what we and our associates had.
So we all went to school while we ministered as best as we could. Several of us graduated from Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with degrees in religion and counseling and continued on with Master degrees in Divinity. Now that we are equipped with the knowledge we need to do the next part of our ministry, we began to develop Becker Bible Ministries, Inc. with hopes that all of the fruits we first gathered, can be expanded to bring seeking Christians to the salvation of Christ and then mature into strong Christians that can begin works that will glorify Him.
We are conservative in faith. We believe that the Bible is inerrant. We believe that it takes the acceptance of Christ as Savior and the washing of sin with His blood and New Birth through the Holy Spirit to bring salvation, justification, and eternal life. Basically, all that we believe, is believed by most Baptists everywhere.
But, our ministry takes us to places that normal Baptists do not go. While most Christian leadership in Baptist churches must take care to keep their churches sanctified and protected from the heavy-duty sinners within the world, Becker Bible Ministries, Inc., go in the midst of the marketplace to minister to those seeking to know Christ. Many of those we minister to, are not only outside the regular church parameters, but also, rejected by many in the conservative religion base. This has led to some accusations against us that we cater to sinners that should not have the Gospel of Christ until they have changed.
Which gets us to a major principle of our ministry. We absolutely believe that sins within people cannot go away because they wish it, or wrestle with it, or deny it. We believe that only Christ, and his sacrificed blood, and acknowledgement of Him as Lord and Savior can remove the sin from a person. We believe that any religion that demands a sinner to drop their sins before they meet Christ is contrary to His Gospel. We have witnessed many heterosexuals, homosexuals, asexuals, murderers, abortionists, thieves, rapists, abusers, and just plain ornery folks accept Christ, begin a walk with Him guided by our studies and leadings, and keep on their journey as their sins began dropping from them. As the sins loosened, God's grace and Christ's love would replace it and cause the sinners to turn away from darkness and desire the light more and more.
We believe becoming a Christian is more than an event that takes place once. Though we believe the saving grace of God is all it takes for eternal life, we believe to walk as a Christian and mature spiritually in order to do great works of God that it is a gradual, ever-increasing process. We believe that a steady increase of spiritual growth, with a good foundation of Scripture, and an encouragement for a personal relationship with Christ creates super Christians that God can use for His things. Certainly, those coming from our ministry have experienced a great deal of hardship. Those arising and becoming strong Christians with relationship with Christ are the type of people you hope to find when the tough times come.
We are just beginning the process of Becker Bible Ministries, Inc. and the formation of professional theologists who are able to take these concepts into the marketplace and offer Christ's teachings to those that are unable to receive them in a church setting. It is a brand new walk for us. We find ourselves in a position that we have never been in before. It is crucial that we develop workers, volunteers, and funds for God's works to be completed fully. In the midst of the preparation of this newest ministries, many of our leaders in scary places overseas are facing daily persecutions and some, sadly facing death and destruction of their families and their ways of life.
Contact UsBecker Bible Ministries Inc.
301 S. Main Street Suite 212
Moscow, ID 83843