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School of Biblical Studies

2025 School Dates: TBA

Get to know all 66 books of the Bible in-depth by studying the Word inductively over the course of 9 months.

Grow your knowledge in the Word

The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is a 9-month course where students study Scripture using the inductive approach. Students learn to observe, interpret and apply the Word. This contextual approach helps the Scripture come alive and equip students to deeply study the Bible for the rest of their lives. During this school, students work, study and live in a close-knit community.

The school is broken down into three quarters, each quarter being three months long.  Quarter 1 will cover the Epistles, Acts, and some of the Gospels.  Quarter 2 will wrap up the New Testament, and will introduce the Old Testament with the Pentateuch and wisdom literature.  Quarter 3 will cover the rest of the Old Testament, mainly the Prophets and close with the Gospel of Matthew.

PREREQUISITE: Completion of a Discipleship Training School

Quarter Breakdown

Gospels, Epistles, and Acts
In the first quarter, students will learn the basics of the inductive method, which will be the method of Bible study that will be used throughout the school.  Students will then follow Jesus, His life, His teaching, and the birth of the Church Age ushered in by the gift of the Holy Spirit. The apostles live out the New Covenant and model life with the Holy Spirit. False teachers are exposed as the young Church is pastored to maturity.


Old Testament: Pentateuch, Historical and Wisdom Literature

In the second quarter, students complete the New Testament books, with the exception of the Gospel of Matthew. There is then a week-long seminar introducing Old Testament background, genres, and artistry of the literature. Students study Genesis through Samuels and some of the Wisdom books.  We go back to the beginning, the Garden, the fall of mankind, and God’s plan to redeem us to Himself through one man, one nation, to all nations.

Prophets, Matthew

The third quarter completes the study of the Old Testament, including the Prophets. A seminar precedes the Prophets, giving students the skills necessary to understand the message of these books. We follow God’s interaction with His people through the prophets. God calls His people to repentance and promises redemption if they do so. The focus is not on a physical kingdom, but on the promises of the coming Messiah and the Kingdom He will establish.  After completion of the Old Testament, we end our study in the Gospel of Matthew, seeing the whole of God’s redemptive plan for humanity.

Cost Generator

[Please note: the total cost for SBS is $10,185 USD].

Use the generator to get an estimate of how much each quarter will cost. Costs vary by country and significant discounts are available for students from developing nations.

SBS isn't just about gaining biblical knowledge; it's about seeking the face of God through his word.

Carolina ParrSBS

When you become living and active after the Word of God, you embody the very aspects of God's word.

Alexis WackerSBS

Reading the Bible in it’s entirety shows us the beautiful redemption story God has been weaving together since the very beginning.”

Hannah LarkinsSBS

Frequently Asked Questions

How many credits does a SBS apply for the University of the Nations?

U of N Credits: 36. These credits may be applied to a U of N degree program or transferred to other participating colleges or universities.

What are the costs for this program?

To find your estimated costs (excluding outreach phase), please use the estimator found on this page. Training phase costs includes housing and food. At registration, you will be notified of your remaining balance, which will be due in full at registration. You must inform your school leader prior to arrival if you have incomplete fees. Payments can be made by Visa, Mastercard, cash in person, or a US check addressed to “YWAM” at YWAM KC, Attn: Training Staff PO Box 616 Grandview, MO 64030

How do I pay for this program?

You are responsible for covering all of your school fees. To help with fundraising, we recommend “Friends Raising” by Betty Barnett and “Daring to Live on the Edge” by Loren Cunningham, available at YWAM Publishing.

What if I need a visa?

Visa processing times vary according to the nation from which you are applying. Students from Developing Nations should allow 3-6 months for the visa application process. Other nationalities should allow 1-3 months, depending upon US embassy processing times. YWAM KC is not able to process any staff or student visas. We are able to send you an invitation letter that can be used for your visa application process. Please do not book your airline tickets until you have your US visa. YWAM KC will not be liable for any airfares booked that are canceled/missed due to visa denial or cancellation.

What is the housing situation?

YWAM Kansas City is a live/learn community as we value the relational aspects of learning together. This means that we are primarily a residential campus and campus housing is dormitory style. Families and married couples are given their own room. There is limited storage space in the rooms so please bring essential items only. Room assignments will be given to students on Arrival Day. Housing costs are included in your course fees.

What is your refund policy?

The application fee is non-refundable. Refund policies for are 100% prior to arrival, 95% during 1st week of classes, 85% during 2nd week of classes,70% during 3rd week of classes, 60% during 4th week of classes, 50% during 5th week of classes, and 0% beyond 5th week of classes.

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