Bethany Divinity College & Seminary
2573 Hodgesville Rd.
Dothan, AL 36301
Tel: 334-793-3189
Fax: 334-793-4344












Bethany's Credence

Bethany is cognizant of the high cost of the traditional classroom approach to teaching, and the difficulties so many students have in attending regular college classes. Although Bethany offers a traditional on-site program of study, its main objective is to provide a quality non-traditional education. This program was designed for those in the Christian community who find the on-campus approach impractical. Often it is not realistic to uproot the entire family, leave a current job, or resign a church or school employment to attend college.

Because of the need for a non-traditional methodology, Bethany developed a high quality, self-motivating and self-disciplining curriculum for the off-campus approach. The courses consist of conservative Bible teaching through textbooks, research, assignments and deductive reasoning.
To have an effective external program of study, it is necessary to have contact with the students . This is accomplished by requiring each student to maintain contact with the college every thirty to forty-five days. This gives an opportunity to report on progress, answer any questions, and discuss future goals.

Although there is much debate over the validity, methodology, and credibility of external studies, like other institutions, Bethany stands firm on this approach. The institution believes that the non-traditional approach offers one ingredient that is often missing in many traditional schools, self-discipline. With the proper tools and guidance, off-campus programs are as valid and credible as any other method of study.

Bethany exists for one purpose. That purpose is to establish and maintain a religious institution offering Christian educational programs. These programs include Bible, Pastoral Ministry, Christian Education, Theology, Christian Counseling and other related subjects. The main object is to prepare persons for full or part-time Christian service.

  1. Bethany provides professional educational programs for the practitioner of ministry, the evangelist, the missionary, the education director, and those engaged in other areas of Christian service.
  2. Bethany strives to equip these leaders with educational skills for the practice of ministry and Christian service, just as one would study for a vocation in Dentistry, Chiropractic, or Jurisprudence. While the education programs offered by Bethany are vocational by nature, it is recognized that the work of the ministry is of Divine calling.
  3. Bethany's program is flexible and attempts to provide sound training regardless of one's educational background.

The philosophy of Bethany Divinity College and Seminary is rooted in the Bible, which is the standard that under girds the curriculum of this institution. Bethany believes that the knowledge of the Word of God must be first in the education process for Christian workers. All students are encouraged to study to show themselves approved unto God, in accordance with II Timothy 2:15; to read the Word of God, in accordance with I Timothy 4:13; and to share the Word of God, as demonstrated in Acts 8:26-35.

Bethany recognizes that God is the source of all knowledge; therefore, its curriculum includes some non-Biblical courses. When it is necessary to study these subjects, it is done so for the purpose of obtaining certain information and knowledge which will aid the student in ministry application. Although these courses may be taught, the educational/research programs are Christ centered and reflect Biblical principles and not humanistic interpretations.

It is the desire of Bethany that the Alumni use the educational experiences for personal Christian growth, leadership in local Christian service, and to carry out the Great Commission as set forth by Christ in Matthew 28:18-20.

Bethany recognizes the Holy Spirit as the ultimate teacher and the Bible as the supreme authority. A love for God's Word and a thorough knowledge of it are prerequisites for any effective ministry. Bethany exists to nurture and develop these principles in the student.

In keeping with our stated purpose, it is the objective of Bethany to prepare students for vocational or lay Christian ministries. Bethany seeks to assist the student in development to spiritual maturity, Bible knowledge, and ministry skills. This is accomplished by undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs of academic instruction.

  1. It is our goal to produce a graduate who has a deeper KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST; one who KNOWS the WORD and is approaching a mastery of its content and an understanding of its meaning; one capable of assimilating and applying its truth, having developed skills in the use of study tools.
  2. It is our goal to help students KNOW THEMSELVES through an increasing awareness of spiritual gifts and personal potential: to KNOW OTHER PEOPLE by becoming sensitive to their needs; and to KNOW the SKILLS required in a particular area of ministry.