Biblical Studies Program


Through our partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), the Biblical Studies Program is custom designed for 12Stone by University Professors.  Each of the 5 courses offered are equivalent to a 1.5 credit hour undergraduate college level course.

Students who complete the full 5-course program with passing grades will receive a ’12Stone Certificate in Biblical Studies’. Enrollment in the program is open to adults 18 and over.

Each course is 10 hours of on-site lecture followed by 8 weeks of online learning.

Professors:

12Stone has hired top-tier University professors from Indiana Wesleyan University to teach the courses. Full descriptions below.

Tuition:

$89.00 per course, plus textbook costs.

Tuition is non-refundable if withdrawal occurs within 30 days of on-site date.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Biblical Studies Program or the courses offered, please contact: Robin.Ritchie@12Stone.com

Fall 2014 Enrollment:


Due to high demand for these courses, students are limited to one course enrollment per semester.
If you would like to be informed as soon as classes are available, please click below:

Early Registration

Professor: Dave Ward, Ph.D. – Associate Dean, School of Theology & Ministry

Course Description: Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is one of his most beloved letters for good reason. It gives us a beautiful overview of God’s character, Christ’s church, and a Spirit led way to live with each other in this world. It is not surprising that some have seen Ephesians as an unsurpassed encapsulation of Paul’s heart and teaching. In this interactive and dynamic course we will explore together how to learn and teach from biblical books like Ephesians for a life time.

Location: John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church

On-Site Sessions:

  • Friday, September 26th: 7-9pm
  • Saturday, September 27th: 8am-5pm

Attendance of both on-site sessions is required.

Online Learning: September 29th – November 22nd (8 weeks)

Refunds: No refunds will be provided for withdrawals within 30 days of on-site date.

Dave Ward, Ph.D. – Associate Dean, School of Theology & Ministry

Dave Ward

Dave Ward, Ph.D. – Associate Dean, School of Theology & Ministry

Dave Ward is an Associate Dean and professor of homiletics (preaching). He began teaching at IWU in 2006 and is an ordained minister of the Wesleyan Church. Dave received his doctorate in homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has two other theological degrees from Asbury Seminary and Indiana Wesleyan University. Dave is the recipient of preaching awards from Indiana Wesleyan and the Acton Institute, a regular camp and conference preacher, and a member of the convening committee for hermeneutics at the Academy of Homiletics. He is married to Holly and has three children: Ella, Zoe, and Dawson.

Professor: Chris Bounds, M.Div, Ph.D. – Professor of Theology

Course Description: While knowledge of God and a relationship with God are not synonymous, they are intimately connected. The purpose of theology is to provide knowledge that leads to a greater understanding of the Christian faith and with it a greater love, worship and service of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this course we will explore who God is, what God has done, God’s ultimate goal for our lives, and its relevance for our lives. Join us as we probe questions you have always had about God and questions you didn’t even know you had!

Location: John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church

On-Site Sessions:

  • Friday, September 26th: 7-9pm
  • Saturday, September 27th: 8am-5pm

Attendance of both on-site sessions is required.

Online Learning: September 29th – November 22nd (8 weeks)

Refunds: No refunds will be provided for withdrawals within 30 days of on-site date.

Chris Bounds, M.Div, Ph.D. – Professor of Theology

Chris Bounds

Chris Bounds, MDiv, Ph.D. – Professor of Theology

Chris Bounds is Professor of Theology at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has taught since 2002. Before coming to Indiana Wesleyan, he served as a pastor for eight years in Arkansas.  He has published articles in popular and scholarly venues, including The Asbury Theological JournalCatalyst: Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians, East-West Church and Ministry ReportExpository TimesGood News Magazine, Religious Studies ReviewStudia PatristicaThe Wesleyan Theological Journal, and Wesley and Methodist Studies.  He has also contributed chapters or articles to several popular and academic books. Chris presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Asbury University and the Board of Trustees for One Mission Society (OMS International).  He and his wife Tamara have two children, a daughter – Maris and a son – Morgan.

Professor: Bud Bence, M.Div, Ph.D. – Professor of Religion, Emeriti

Course Description: So many things seem obvious to us today that took centuries for Christians to get clear (like the Trinity).  We assume that what we are doing is what the church was doing in Biblical times without realizing how Christianity has shaped our culture, and how culture over the centuries has shaped our understanding of the faith.  Learn the story of the faithful witnesses who have gone before us and helped the Church to be a witness for Christ in every age and every place in the world. Church history helps us see ourselves in ways we have never seen ourselves before.

Location: John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church

On-Site Sessions:

  • Friday, September 26th: 7-9pm
  • Saturday, September 27th: 8am-5pm

Attendance of both on-site sessions is required.

Online Learning: September 29th – November 22nd (8 weeks)

Refunds: No refunds will be provided for withdrawals within 30 days of on-site date.

Bud Bence, M.Div, Ph.D. – Professor of Religion, Emeriti

Bud Bence

Bud Bence, M.Div, Ph.D. – Professor of Religion, Emeriti

Bud Bence is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Indiana Wesleyan University.  After 23 years of teaching, he has retired from full-time teaching but continues to teach part-time in the Religion Department at IWU and at Wesley Seminary. He has interrupted his teaching career on two occasions to serve as Academic Dean at Houghton College and Indiana Wesleyan University.  He has been a frequent speaker at Wesleyan camps, pastors’ conferences and college campuses. He has written a commentary on the book of Romans, a Bible study guide for the Soul Shift series and contributed chapters to several books.  In recent years, he has taught church history courses at mission schools in Japan, Burma, Jamaica and Zambia.  He and his wife Carol have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Professor: Ken Schenck, Ph.D. - Dean, Wesley Seminary

Course Description: Sometimes we are so used to reading the Bible that we only see what we have always heard and thought. This journey through the New Testament tries to hear each book with fresh eyes, while also trying to gain insights into the New Testament from the world to which God first revealed it.  Most of all, we want to be transformed all over again by the Holy Spirit as he opens our eyes and hearts to become what he wants us to become.

Location: John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church

On-Site Sessions:

  • Friday, September 26th: 7-9pm
  • Saturday, September 27th: 8am-5pm

Attendance of both on-site sessions is required.

Online Learning: September 29th – November 22nd (8 weeks)

Refunds: No refunds will be provided for withdrawals within 30 days of on-site date.

Ken Schenck, Ph.D. – Dean, Wesley Seminary

Ken Schenck

Ken Schenck, Ph.D. – Academic Dean of Wesley Seminary at IWU

Ken Schenck is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.  He has taught at Indiana Wesleyan for over 15 years and is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church.  He received his doctorate in New Testament from the University of Durham, England, and has other degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary, the University of Kentucky, and Southern Wesleyan University. He is the recipient of two Fulbright awards and is the author of over 15 books, including Paul: Soldier of Peace, Jesus is Lord: An Introduction to the New TestamentMaking Sense of God’s Word, and Jesus: The Mission.  He is married to Angela and has four children: Stefanie, Stacy, Thomas, and Sophia.

Professor: Steve Lennox, MDiv, Ph.D. – Professor of Biblical Studies

Course Description: Almost two thousand years before Jesus came to earth, God began to get the world ready by calling Abraham and his descendants, the people of Israel. He inspired the prophets to show them the way of righteousness and to point them in the direction of Christ. He gave Israel the Law to foreshadow the good things to come in Christ. God inspired the Old Testament not only to get his people ready for Jesus, but to speak to us as God’s people even today.

Location: John C. Maxwell Leadership Center at 12Stone Church

On-Site Sessions:

  • Friday, September 26th: 7-9pm
  • Saturday, September 27th: 8am-5pm

Attendance of both on-site sessions is required.

Online Learning: September 29th – November 22nd (8 weeks)

Refunds: No refunds will be provided for withdrawals within 30 days of on-site date.

Steve Lennox, MDiv, Ph.D. – Professor of Biblical Studies

Steve Lennox

Steve Lennox, MDiv, Ph.D. – Professor of Biblical Studies

Stephen J. Lennox, Ph.D. has taught Bible at Indiana Wesleyan University since 1993. Ordained in the Wesleyan Church, he pastored for ten years before coming to IWU. He holds degrees from Houghton College, Evangelical School of Theology and Drew University. Dr. Lennox has written numerous articles and is currently working on his fourth book, a commentary on Joshua. He also serves as Associate Editor of Religious and Theological Abstracts. Steve and his wife Eileen have two grown children and one grandchild.

FAQ’s


What are the dates, times and location for the on-site teaching?

Please see course description above for dates, times and locations specific to each course.

Is there a beneficial or preferred order for taking these courses?

Each course stands alone and can be taken independently of the others and in any order.

If I’m not sure I can commit to taking all 5 courses, can I take just one?

Absolutely! You can even skip a semester (or longer) and then enroll again.

How often will the courses be offered and how many can I take at a time?

It is our intent to offer all 5 courses in the Biblical Studies Program every Spring and Fall Semester; however due to high demand for the courses, currently we are limiting student enrollment to one course per semester.

How much time should I anticipate investing in these courses?

The time investment will vary for each student; however, for 1.5 credit hour level courses, the professors suggest the following based on USDE* regulatory requirements: 10 hours Pre-work prior to the On-Site Event; 10 hours Attendance in the On-Site teaching, and 4-5 hours Weekly in required reading, video viewing, written papers and/or tests and discussion board postings/comments.

*Completion of all 5 courses in The 12Stone Biblical Studies Program qualifies for 6 hours course articulation credit with application to Indiana Wesleyan University, therefore course work requirements per credit hour have been kept consistent with current accreditation practices and U.S. Department of Education (USDE) regulatory requirements.

What can I expect in the 10 Hours of on-site learning?

You will experience in depth teaching from incredible IWU professors combined with interactive table talk, all wrapped into a casual relaxed learning atmosphere. To quote several students who attended courses in our inaugural launch weekend of the program: “This absolutely blew me away!”

Light snacks and beverages will be provided at breaks; lunch on Saturday is on your own.

What can I expect in the 8 weeks of online learning?

To maintain a personalized forum for students throughout the 8-week online experience, your professor will post brief teaching videos, speaking into the discussion forum content, or bringing new insights into the course.

Students can anticipate investing 4 – 5 hours per week in the on-line course work, including required reading, video viewing, written papers and/or tests and discussion board postings & comments. While there is flexibility within each week to accomplish the on–line course work, each week’s assignments must be completed during the assigned week.  A student who is completely absent from on-line class participation for 4 weeks will be automatically withdrawn from the course.

When will the Course Syllabus be available?

Within 6 weeks of your course on-site date, registered/paid students will be notified of their specific 12Stone course enrollment link on www.coursesites.com, the website that hosts the on-line portion of these courses. At that time, your course syllabus will be posted on that site, and will provide further course details including textbook(s) to order and any required reading or pre-work due at the on-site date.

Can I receive any college credit for this program?

Possibly, depending on each student’s individual academic circumstances.

IWU: Through an articulation agreement with Indiana Wesleyan University, students who complete the full 12Stone Biblical Studies Program of 5 courses, may apply to receive up to 6 credit hours toward IWU adult undergraduate biblical studies.

Other Colleges/Universities: Will require you to submit an independent articulation request, along with transcripts and coursework.

If I don’t care about a grade or college credit, can I just ‘audit’ a course, or possibly attend only the on-site portion or only the on-line portion?

Sorry, but no. Due to the high demand for these courses and the limited seating available, there is no ‘audit’ option in this program. Students who cannot fully engage in the course, or who have a schedule conflict with the on-site dates, should wait to enroll until such time as their calendar clears.

If I pay full tuition, can I just attend the weekend on-site teaching and skip the on-line part?

No, these courses are designed for the student who intends to fully engage and experience the richness these courses offer over the full 8-week period. While we understand your interest, we suggest waiting to enroll at another time, so you will also receive the most benefit from your and the professor’s time investment.

If I am unable to attend a few hours of the On-Site teaching, or would like to refer back to some of the professors teaching, can I arrange to video or audio tape the Professor?

Sorry but no, students may not record the course professors. It is possible however, that we can make an audio recording available if a student misses a couple of hours due to an emergency situation. (Be sure to consult your Course Syllabus regarding point deductions for absences.)