Fall doctoral modules draw range of students to BBS

Fall doctoral modules draw range of students to BBS

Pavel Togobitsky came a long way to become a better teacher and pastor.

A teacher at Novosibirsk Theological Biblical Seminary in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Togobitsky traveled nearly 6,000 miles in October to attend a one-week on-campus module for the Doctor of Philosophy program at BBS. He intends to use the knowledge and degree to help raise the level of education offered at NTBS.

Even though he is far from home and family, Togobitsky said the BBS experience is dream come true.

"It has been wonderful," Togobitsky said. "This has given me useful information and encouragement. I will be able to use this in the classes I teach and to improve my ministry in my church."

See pictures from the week here.

Doctoral programs
Doctoral-level programs at BBS include the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. These help students increase their capacity to serve in a current ministry or prepare them to excel in a new one, such as teaching at the seminary level.

Five different D.Min. concentrations enable students to focus on an area of their choice, such as counseling and spiritual development, pastoral ministry, theological studies, global ministry, and communication.

Doctor of Philosophy students are well prepared for research, writing, and leadership. Also providing flexibility, the Ph.D. program allows students to focus in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, or Bible Exposition.

Baptist Bible SeminaryInternational learners
BBS' doctoral programs draw students from around the world. Along with students from Jamaica and Canada, Togobitsky was joined by colleague Evgeny Bakhmutsky from Moscow, Russia.

Bakhmutsky is the Vice President of The Union of Evangelical Christian-Baptists of Russia.

"I'm really blessed. I like being here," Bakhmutsky said. "I like the professors, their wisdom, their openness and the good spirit. Everyone is very friendly and programs are ministry-oriented. The faculty is open to students and students' questions."

Bakhmutsky came to Clarks Summit despite some concerns he had for the safety of his church at home. Churches in many areas of Russia are in the midst of a persecution by government officials. Some churches practicing outside the government supported Russia Orthodox Church have been destroyed.

Many Options
Students in doctoral or master's level programs at BBS have many options from which to choose. Academic programs range from a 30-credit Master of Ministry -- available in a totally online format -- to the terminal Ph.D. and Doctor of Ministry degrees.

Online, on-campus, and hybrid options are available at each degree level and include the Master of Divinity program, which offers a totally online option with a unique one-year paid internship.

The new M.A. degree in Biblical Apologetics is a dynamic program fully accredited online 30-credit hour program. It is designed to strengthen and equip pastors and ministry leaders to better understand, articulate, defend, and contextualize the Christian faith in a credible, compassionate, and contemporary manner.

Baptist Bible Seminary offers students a genuine blend of rigorous academic content and transformational hands-on applications. A total of six advanced degrees are available in several affordable and flexible formats.

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Posted on: 10/19/2012 10:24:28 AM

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