The Bible Extension Institute

For nearly 40 years, the Evangelical Church Alliance has offered a correspondence curriculum called the Bible Extension Institute, (BEI). The BEI serves those who do not meet the ECA’s educational requirements for ordination or licensing or those who have not had opportunity to attend Bible college or seminary yet want to increase their knowledge of the Bible and aspects of Practical Ministry.

The BEI, in cooperation with Global University (GU) in Springfield, MO, provides quality course materials to students of the BEI. GU produces its own independent study textbooks and study guides that provide instructions on how and what to study. These self-study courses are designed to help the student master the content of each subject.

GU has been writing degree level courses for 26 years. GU materials are used by more than 90 colleges and universities. GU undergraduate program services more than 14,000 students from over 125 countries. GU is accredited by the (DETC) Distance Education and Training Council U.S. Office of Education; however, courses taken through the BEI are not accredited.

A person completing courses through the BEI would not receive credit through GU but would only meet the minimum educational requirements for ordination and licensing through the ECA. The DETC is a voluntary, non-governmental, educational organization that operates a nationally recognized accrediting association, the DETC Accrediting Commission.

Minimum Educational Requirements for Licensing:

New Testament Literature

Old Testament Literature


Evangelism Today

Preparing and Preaching Bible Messages

Principles of Biblical Interpretation

Ministerial Ethics

Guidelines for Leadership

Plus 2 Electives

Minimum Educational Requirements for Ordination:

New Testament Literature

Old Testament Literature


Evangelism Today

Preparing and Preaching Bible Messages

Principles of Biblical Interpretation

Ministerial Ethics

Guidelines for Leadership

The Work of the Pastor

Church Business

Expository Preaching

Introduction to Missions

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Plus 3 Electives




Christian Education Leadership


Church History

(The) Church's Educational Task

Cross-Cultural Communication

Galatians and Romans (Paul's Salvation Letters)

Life of Christ

Pastoral Ministries


A Strategy for Church Growth

Teaching in the Church

Worship of God

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply to the Bible Extension Institute.

1. Those seeking Licensing or Ordination through the Evangelical Church Alliance and have been approved for the process but do not academically qualify may be automatically enrolled in the BEI upon completion of an ECA Application for Membership. Once your application has been approved, you will be given instructions on how to proceed with ordering your BEI Materials and completing the courses. These instructions will include steps 3 through 8 below.

2. Those desiring to enroll in the Bible Extension Institute without the intentions of receiving ministerial credentials may apply using the following procedure:

  1. Complete and submit an Enrollment Form for the Bible Extension Institute (A BEI Enrollment Form is available by clicking the link below.)
  2. Submit a $25 check payable to the ECA for a one-time Enrollment Fee (You may pay the Enrollment Fee online on our Contributions Page.)
  3. Complete and Submit a BEI Materials Order Form by clicking on the "Print Form" button which is located on the upper-right-hand corner of the document and sending it by postal carrier or you may click on the "Submit By Email" button which is located on the upper-right-hand corner of the document. Please do not attempt to edit the form or email it in any other way. (A BEI Materials Order Form is available by clicking the link below.)
  4. Submit Payment by check and mail with your BEI Materials Order Form, or if you have submitted your form by email, you may submit your payment from the Contributions Page.
  5. Proceed with taking courses at your own pace but within the outlined completion time.
  6. Complete the Unit Exams in the presence of a Proctor (detailed below).
  7. Return the Unit Exams by postal carrier for grading. (Exams may not be altered, faxed or emailed.)
  8. When all of the Unit Exams have been successfully completed, you will be notified that you have been given credit for the course.

Form of Payment: Payment for all materials must be received before course materials are shipped. Residents of Canada and overseas countries must submit payments in U.S. dollars using a U.S. Postal Money Order.

Course Costs
Costs included for each course include the course *textbook(s), a course Study Guide, a $25 per course Administrative Fee, plus **shipping and handling.

*Some courses do not require a textbook.

** US Postal Service at the Media Mail rate. Materials shipped to foreign countries and those wanting items shipped through a faster service will have to contact the ECA to make different shipping arrangements at a higher cost.

Completion Time:
Students completing courses through the BEI must complete one course every four months to remain active. (A request for an extension must be mailed in writing to the ECA International Headquarters one month prior to the due date. A $10.00 extension fee must accompany the request. Courses not completed will receive a failing grade.)

Components of a Course:
Most courses consist of a carefully selected textbook(s) plus a study guide. In some cases the textbook and study guide are incorporated.

Exams: Satisfactory completion of each course is based only on standardized Unit Exams which are taken in the presence of a proctor (pastor, professor or supervisor). Each course has from two to six Unit Exams. More than one exam may be taken at a time. Exams are to be returned to the Bible Extension Institute for grading.

Course Descriptions

(Listed Alphabetically by Title)

Acts / Author: George O. Wood, B. D., D. Th. P. / The Continuing ministry of the resurrected Christ in the world, through the Holy Spirit, is shown at this course analyzes the major reasons for the growth of the church.

Apologetics / Author: William Menzies, M. A., Ph. D. / This is a study of the relationship of faith and reason with its application to the concepts of God, the Word, and Christian experience.

Christian Educational Leadership /Author: J. E. Pearson / Leadership is vital to any area of ministry or service. In Christian education, it is one of the most important aspects of training. The student is asked to evaluate various styles of leadership exampled in Scripture and to find examples in today’s Christian education circles that perform in a similar manner. Styles of leadership, expertise in functioning as a leader, and the factors of compassion and caring are considered as important parts of the process of leadership.

Christology / Author: L. Thomas Holdcroft, M. A. / This is a systematic study of the person of Jesus Christ in His past, present, and future work. Controversial historical and contemporary views of Jesus are presented and related to the Word of God.

Church Business / Author Joseph W. Kilpatrick / Church Business is an introductory study of many of the principles, procedures, and techniques used in today’s business world as they apply to the local church and its leadership. In this Independent Study Textbook (IST), pastors, church business administrators, and other church leaders will find the problem-solving approach to these subjects of practical value. The course first introduces the student to the organizing and staffing functions of the church that enable it to operate effectively. The student then learns practical methods of raising money for the church’s expenses. Other emphases include the importance of keeping good records and ideas on better management of the church’s money, facilities, and equipment.

Church History
/ Author: George R. Stotts, M. A., Ph. D. / A general survey of the Church from the Day of Pentecost to the Reformation with special emphasis of the Church's origin, nature, purpose, organization, doctrine, literature, problems, and progress

The Church’s Educational Task / Author William P. Kuert / Creative Bible Teaching, 3rd ed./ Author Lawrence O. Richards and Gary J. Bredfelt / Pastors or those responsible for the educational program in the local church will find The Church’s Educational Task a valuable course. It examines what the Bible has to say about such concepts as teaching, training, and religious instruction. In general, the course discusses the church’s role and responsibility to train and instruct its members and families in the Word of God.

Cross-Cultural Communications / Author: Delbert H. Tarr, M. A., Ph. D. / This course deals with the relationship between communication and culture, especially as this relationship affects evangelism of peoples of other cultures. This student is encouraged to appreciate and understand differences in culture and communicate effectively outside of his own culture.

Evangelism Today
/ Author: L. Jeter Walker, M. A. / Biblical principles and modern techniques of effective evangelism are examined in this course with illustrations of examples from around the world. Emphasis is given to help churches organize programs of personal and mass evangelism.

Expository Preaching
/ Author: George Batson, M. A., M. Th., D. Min. / This practical guide to the methodology of preaching emphasizes the step-by-step process of constructing expository sermons. The student builds sermons from the Gospel of Matthew and the book of Ephesians.

Galatians and Romans
/ Author: Anthony Palma, M. A., M. Div., M. S. T., D. Th. / The purpose of this course is to give an interpretive survey of Galatians and Romans. It also investigates key issues related to the doctrine of salvation taught in these epistles.

Guidelines for Leadership
/ Author: John W. Kirkpatrick, M. Miss., D. Miss. / The goal of this course is to provide the student with a contemporary theology of Christian leadership. Modern leadership science is overviewed and then compared and contrasted with principles of leadership taught in the Bible.

Introduction to Missions
/ Author: Paul Pomerville, M. A., M. C. M., Ph. D. / In this course, the author presents a study of the biblical basis for missions and qualifications for an effective missionary. He also outlines various types of missionary work and the responsibilities of the individual Christian and the local church in missions.

Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
/ Author: Fred J. Greve, M. A., Ed. D. / A basic course in pastoral counseling with a strong biblical orientation. The student will study and practice such techniques as listening, interviewing, bringing correction, and marriage and family counseling.

Life of Christ
/ Author: Mike McClaflin, M. A. / This course is an introductory study of the life of Christ. It integrates material from the four Gospels' accounts of Christ's life and presents it in a chronological approach from the annunciation to the ascension.

Ministerial Ethics
/ Author: T. Burton Pierce / Challenge of the Disciplined Life / Richard J. Foster / A Guide for Spirit-Filled Leaders / Author: T. Burton Pierce / This course traces the development and history of the ethical thought of the leaders of Israel and of the Christian church from the giving of the Ten Commandments, through the era of John the Baptist, to the twentieth-century Holiness Movement. Current moral/ethical issues and the ethical aspects of major Pentecostal doctrines are outlined. Guidelines for proper relationships with the congregation and with fellow ministers are highlighted. The course concludes with the practical application of ethics to the minister’s home life and ministry.

New Testament Literature
/ Author: Jesse Moon, M. Div., D. Min. / This course introduces a panoramic survey of the New Testament including the life of Christ, the rise of the early Church, the life and teachings of Paul, and the remaining books of the New Testament. Programs of the LIVING WORD video series have been designed to accompany New Testament Survey and other New Testament courses.

Old Testament Literature / Author: Fred Greve, M. A., Ed. D. / This study surveys the entire Old Testament from the beginnings of man through the rise and fall of the kingdom of Israel and the return. Special emphasis is given to the historical background and prophetic context of each period of Israel's history.

Pastoral Ministry / Author: Jack V. Rozell / This course developes a model of pastoral ministry that will present all of the components of preparation, basic relationships and responisibilities of the pastor and how they relate to one another. Two excellent textbooks have been chosen to accommodate the Study Guide: The Minister as Shepherd byCharles Jefferson and The Preacher's Portrait by John R. W. Stott.

Pentateuch / Author: George Assad, M. Div. / In this analysis of the first five books of the Bible, the beginnings of many great Bible themes are examined. This study also traces the development of the nation of Israel from Abraham to the preparation for entering the Promised Land.

Preparing and Preaching Bible Messages
/ Author: Ian Hall / The intention of this course is to give a clear understanding of the basic principles of Christian preaching. It stresses the prime place of biblical exposition in authoritatively communicating the Christian message. It deals with practical matters such as preparation of the sermon, the sources of materials, the construction of the components of the sermon, the variety of sermon types, and the delivery of sermons. It also stresses the importance of the preachers themselves in the effective communication of their messages.

Principles of Biblical Interpretation
/ Author: Bernard Ramm / This course is designed to teach the student the science and art of interpretation. As a science it treats the basic rules for discovering the meaning of a document. As an art, it deals with the skills and methods used to interpret the scriptures.

/ Author: Daniel B. Pecota, M. Div., Th. M., D. Min. / The work of Christ in bringing lost man into fellowship with God is studied in this course on the doctrines of salvation. Included are studies on the doctrines of repentance, faith, conversion, regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification, and prayer in the life of the Christian.

Strategy for Church
Growth / Author: Benjamin P. Shinde,
M. A., M. Th., D. Miss. / The course deals with the spiritual, cultural, and social dynamics of church growth. The student will learn how to make a diagnostic study of a local church and discover the causes of its growth or lack of growth.

Teaching in the Church / Author: J. E. Pearson, M.Ed. / A theologically based, creative approach to teaching is presented that draws from the best modern ideas of teaching and learning.  The theory is then applied to practice with varying age groups in a variety of ways.

The Work of the Pastor / Author: Eleazer E. Javier, M. A. / The focus of this course is on the pastor's call to and preparation for Christian ministry. It is based on the Pastoral Epistles and enables the student to recognize and apply biblical principles to various situations that are common to ministry in the local church.

The Worship of God / Author: Forrest Beiser / This course is designed to give a clear understanding of Christian worship as it is directed by the Holy Spirit. Basic to an understanding of worship is an understanding of who God is, what He is like, and why He wants us to worship Him. Worship of God discusses the necessity, value, and results of worship and presents biblical models of worship as guidelines for both individual and corporate worship. The author gives practical instruction in leading group worship by following
biblical guidelines. He also encourages personal development
and growth in devotional worship.

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