Is this Bible School just going to fill me with head knowledge?
Holy Fire Ministry Training School is not just about intellectual knowledge. Academics is important, but more important is God's work in your life. Our desire is that you encounter God and that he changes you from the inside out. This has been the testimony of the students: "Holy Fire School is a life transforming experience". We love God, his Word and one another. In this environment real heart-transformation happens, equipping you for both life and ministry.
How long is the school?
The school runs in three year cycles, modeled after Jesus’ example of discipleship. We meet one evening a week (Monday evenings in our main school) and do two twenty week semester-blocks a year (approximately Feb-Jun & Aug-Dec). To become a student you need to commit to finishing at least one semester-block, but our goal is to fully equip you through three years of training. After finishing three years, you graduate with our Holy Fire Certificate of Biblical Studies and Practical Ministry. You also may earn unit certificates after finishing a semester-block. Some graduates also help serve, lead and teach after graduating .
How long is a semester?
A semester is one unit in our Bible School. For example, the Foundations Unit is one semester. A semester goes for twenty weeks (approximately a half-a-year). Each semester is divided into two terms and each term is eight weeks long followed by a two week asssessment block. So there are eight weeks in class, then two weeks at home to study for and complete your mid-semester assessment. This is followed by another term of eight weeks in class. Again, after these eight weeks, there is another two week period at home to study and complete your final assessment.
Summing up, a semester/unit = 20 weeks, or 2 x 8-10 week terms.
When can I join?
You can join at the beginning of any semester. Our semesters usually begin at the start of February and August. We are limit our intake to thirty students per semester. In rare occasions, we may take a couple of students in the middle of a semester.
What's the format of your Bible School evenings?
We begin our Monday evenings at 6:30pm with worship and prayer. You are also welcome to come from 5:30pm for questions, help and fellowship. From 7-8pm we begin our first teaching session. We then take a short break. Our second teaching session is from 8:30-9:30pm. We finish up our evening with seeking God and letting his Holy Spirit make real what we've just studied. We usually end around 10-10:30pm. The time always feels like it flies by.
Can I visit?
Yes, you can visit to get a taste of the school. If you are thinking about doing the course, the first night of each semester is always open to you. Also, it is possible to visit at other times. If you'd like to visit on a night that is not an open night, please contact us.
What about parking in the city? Isn't it expensive?
Parking is actually inexpensive at night in Brisbane city. After 4:30pm, it ranges in price from $5-$15 for the whole evening. One of the best parking places is the King George Square Car Park on Adelaide & Albert St. It's very close to the school and only $5.
Please check out this video for directions from the King George Square Car Park.
What if I miss class?
We record video and audio of all of our classes and our notes are often in PDF form. We also live stream. If you miss a class, you can catch up online through on-demand video, audio files or live streaming. You can also use the recorded classes to review past sessions and notes to help you study. However, consistent attendance is needed to earn credits.
Are you accredited?
Holy Fire Ministry Training School and its associated schools have their own accreditation system based on international standards of university credit hours. Each semester successfully completed earns you eight credit hours. A total of forty-eight credit hours are needed for our graduate degree in Biblical Studies & Practical Ministry.
We are an official nonprofit organization registered under the Australian government, but we are not an RTO and do not offer government accredited diplomas and certificates. We do this to keep your costs low and maintain a high quality of Biblical teaching. Otherwise, our time and money would be taken up with extra administration costs and fulfilling obligations that do not relate to our mission.
We are very grateful that the quality of students coming out of our school has made them very much sorted after in churches, ministries and the business world. Transcripts can be provided if you would like to transfer credits to other Bible Schools, but it is at the discretion of the Bible School of whether they will receive these credits.
What does it cost?
We do our best to keep your costs to a minimum. The semester's costs can be found on our payments page. You can get an 'early bird' special when you pay early, or you can commit to a payment plan. We also award scholarships to students with genuine financial need. We see ourselves as a family helping one another, rather than as a business trying to make money. Our goal is to make disciples, not profit.
Does the school help me get into full-time ministry?
Yes, this one of our major focuses. We will help bring spiritual guidance and direction to help you fulfill your unique calling in Christ. Yet, there is no need to enter vocational ministry (ministry as your income). We recognize that there are other important calls upon our students. Some may be called into the business world, the field of education, youth work and other types of ministry besides full-time pastoring. Whatever your purpose, we are here to help you get there.
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