The in-depth theological study and practical ministry activities push you intellectually, physically, and spiritually
William Kidd / Preparation for Ministry / 2020
The fellowship of the student body and the staff is a crucial aspect of life at IBC and the relationships I have formed have been a tremendous blessing and positive influence throughout my time here, as I am sure they will be in the future. I am also certain that the foundation which we have received under the experienced academic and pastoral instruction at IBC will equip and sustain us for whatever ministry or vocation the Lord has awaiting us in the future.
The teaching has really enriched my understanding of God and His word
Paula McCall / Ladies Study Fellowship / 2020
I had wanted to do a course in IBC for a long time and, after hearing Edwin Ewart speak in Ballykeel on the work of the college, I joined the Ladies Study Fellowship (LSF) in Jan 2018 with my best friend. From the first few minutes of the first lecture, we knew we were going to love it. The LSF is a great opportunity to learn from the wisdom and experience of IBC lecturers who include Pastors, missionaries and Baptist Women. The modules are so varied – some examples include World Religions, Introduction to the Bible, World Mission, Back to Basics, Communicating the Gospel and History of the Church as well as individual books of the Bible and some character studies. The teaching has really enriched my understanding of God and His word. The optional essays are challenging but so rewarding as much is gained from the reading and research.
I have found the devotional time, led by full time students, very precious and personal as the Lord has continually spoken to me through very timely messages. I have loved meeting the other ladies doing the course. We are all of different ages, stages of life and from different churches and denominations. It has been a joy to become friends and to pray for each other’s lives.
The LSF has challenged and encouraged me in my personal walk with the Lord, I highly recommend it. In fact, I would encourage anyone to study at any of the courses in IBC – you will thoroughly enjoy it and benefit immensely from it.
If you are considering any kind of ministry, or if you just want to grow deeper in the truths of the Bible, this course is the perfect place to start
Thomas Harpur / Christian Education Course / 2020
If you are considering any kind of ministry, or if you just want to grow deeper in the truths of the Bible, this course is the perfect place to start with its diverse subjects covering Old and New Testament studies, World Religion, Cults, Family Matters and Discipleship to name but a few.
Our class is a real mix of younger and older Christians coming from different denominations and backgrounds but with one common goal: to know our Lord and Saviour more and to study His word so we can be a light shining for Him in the darkness of today.
I chose the Irish Baptist College because of their excellent combination of both academic theological training and practical Christian living
Nathanael McCabe / MA / 2019
After this, I decided to continue my three years of study by undertaking postgraduate study at IBC. The College’s firm commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture and the exclusiveness of the gospel; the strong community of Christian students (where you can make lifelong friendships); the staff members who have had practical ministry experience were all reasons that I wanted to continue studying here. I would highly recommend IBC to anyone who is seriously considering ministry of any kind, from missions to the pastorate, from religious education to practical service in church.
...lecturers have a real depth of knowledge in their topic and challenge you to think about what God is saying through His word.
Alex Boyd / Christian Education Course / 2019
I have no doubt that the course will help increase my knowledge and help me better serve my local church
Michael Thompson / MA / 2019
So far I have begun the Study Skills and Theology of Worship modules. Each module has involved three days in class and this has proved to be very enjoyable, with good lectures from the staff and good interaction with fellow students, several of whom have become friends. While a lot of reading is required, the assignments are interesting and enough time is given to complete them. I have no doubt that the course will help increase my knowledge and help me better serve my local church.
this has widened my appreciation of how God is working in our lives and throughout the church, both locally and internationally
Mark Foster / Christian Education Course / 2020
I have been studying at Irish Baptist College for the last 18 months. I’m looking forward to completing a three year, part-time evening class called the Christian Education Course at Strandtown Baptist Church. At the time of writing we are currently studying Romans, the Gospels and Basic Christian Beliefs.
IBC has shown me that the Christian church is much more diverse than I thought it was. Each of us comes from a diﬀerent church family and this has widened my appreciation of how God is working in our lives and throughout the church, both locally and internationally. I feel very privileged to have tutors who come from a wide Christian background who are passionate and caring in teaching God’s Word.
If you have a desire to serve God I would strongly recommend that you consider studying at the Irish Baptist College.
...I have been challenged and encouraged through my time at LSF as well as the added bonus of making really good friends...
Lorraine Young / Ladies Study Fellowship / 2020
God has used the combination of meticulous theological study and invaluable ministry opportunities
Alex Stephenson / Preparation for Ministry / 2017-2020
After several conversations, thoughtful prayer and the interview process, I commenced the BD Preparation for Ministry course at the Irish Baptist College in September 2017. God has used the combination of meticulous theological study and invaluable ministry opportunities to provide the tools necessary for a lifelong pursuit of my mission statement.
I am thankful to my shepherd Jesus who has and continues to lead me; for the faithful dedication of the lecturers at IBC; for the gospel partnership formed with my fellow students; for the fruitful placement at Magherafelt Baptist Church; and for the sustaining prayers of my home Church, Bethany Baptist.
I am excited to see how God will use my training at IBC to expand and strengthen his kingdom.
The training I received at IBC has been a great help in my pastoral ministry
John Kimber / Bachelor of Divinity, Diploma in Ministry Studies / 2008-2011
The preparation for ministry course appealed to me more than any of the other courses I had seen at other colleges; I was particularly attracted by the practical elements of the course such as church placement. I applied to the college, was accepted and we moved from England to Northern Ireland with a great sense that we were in the will of God.
I enjoyed three years on the preparation for ministry course and graduated with a BD. I am now serving as the Pastor of the church where I did my placement (Portadown Baptist Church).
The training I received at IBC has been a great help in my pastoral ministry so far and I believe I will continue to benefit from my time at IBC for as long as the Lord sees fit to use me in His service.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and the invaluable teaching which I know will be of such benefit wherever God places me
Elvin Gilmore / Christian Education Course / 2020
I was thrilled to discover the Christian Education Course was offered at Ballymena where there was a welcoming atmosphere. It has had a great impact as lecturers have sought to bring deeper insights to the Scriptures in overviews and book studies, plus many other relevant subjects. The opportunity to write essays encouraged wider reading and this has given me a greater understanding of the topics.
At the time of writing we are covering Basic Bible Doctrine, What is the Bible and What is Mission. The challenge is to ensure we know the truth-filled basis of our faith. Personally, I found the mission lectures to be deeply moving. I am now in my third year and I have thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and the invaluable teaching which I know will be of such benefit wherever God places me in the days ahead.
I have learned so much and have undoubtedly grown in my faith
Alison Cathcart / Ladies Study Fellowship / 2020
The response was very reassuring “no specific requirements…just interest and a desire to grow in faith and knowledge. Your church and [length of] time at it does not pose a problem.”
I am halfway through the second year and have enjoyed every minute of it! Last year the lectures included Missionary Work, The Life of Paul and The Life of Moses. This year we have just completed an overview of the Old Testament, a study of Matthew, and a study of discipleship.
My Bible knowledge was limited when I began and I found some lectures slightly more challenging than others. However, I have learned so much and have undoubtedly grown in my faith. The support and friendship within our group has been amazing. I can honestly say that every time I have walked through the doors of IBC I have been greeted with a friendly smile both from the staff and the other students.
...I received a grounding in how to think theologically and serve pastorally
Andrew Roycroft / Master in Theology
Thanks to the dedication and theological acumen of those who taught me at undergraduate and postgraduate level, I received a grounding in how to think theologically and serve pastorally. Time and again in my current ministry context as Pastor in Millisle Baptist Church I find myself drawing on what I learned during my time at IBC, and giving thanks for the privilege of having been able to be part of the life of the College.