BCI School of Theology is an academic institution of higher learning offering both traditional resident programs and online educational delivery system. This methodology allows for the provision of multi-track training for 21st century Christian service that remains committed to the time honored traditions of biblical orthodoxy, yet leverages the leading technology tools order to make relevant application of these eternal principles.
BCISOT’s concept of distance education was once considered impractical, but it has now been adopted by leading institutions of higher education as a standard for training in the field of higher education, not only for ministry preparation, but also for other disciplines as well. In many seminary settings, excessive time is inherent in the delivery process of educating the students and much emphasis is placed on repeating information that is common knowledge to most. Today’s learners need the challenge of leading- edge material in the context of a challenging environment to make the material work in the local church and the marketplace.
The leadership, faculty and staff of Aidan are not disconnected from the pulpit or local church pressures of this modern world. The faculty is involved in local church ministry through special seminars, church consultation, researching of new trends, and with a personal commitment to a local church when not out on the field.
Because we recognize that a sound Christian education is an important part of life, the programs of BCISOT are varied and always growing. We currently offer degrees in Biblical Studies, Christian Counseling, Christian Education, Leadership & Organization and Theological Studies.
As a whole, the BCISOT experience involves a rich combination of academics, community, and sharing a commitment to one another and the Kingdom of God.
In short, Aidan provides a unique opportunity for students to prepare themselves academically, professionally, and spiritually to serve God in the ministry & professions to which they have been called. As an independent, educational ministry that is thoroughly biblical in its philosophy of education, Aidan is a servant to both the local church and the individual student; providing curriculum, consultation, and direction for the accomplishment of his/her educational goal.
Aidan recognizes the authority and autonomy of the local church and therefore, will not interfere with the local church’s life, its discipline, or its doctrinal emphasis.
PHILOSOPHY AND STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Apostle’s Creed is one of the earliest statements of faith adopted by the church. This creed is the most popular creed used in worship by Western Christians. Its central doctrines are those of the Trinity and God the Creator. It has been called the Creed of Creeds, and most clearly defines the statement of faith the vast majority of the Church have embraced over the centuries. We recognize that some denominations and fellowships have organizational nuances and distinctive, however within this earliest of creeds one may find critical foundational elements upon which ell believers in Christ can agree. Specifically, we affirm and believe the following elements as central to the Christian faith:
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
HISTORY OF AIDAN UNIVERSITY
Many Christian leaders across America have made substantial contributions to the life and growth of BCISOT, For their selfless and visionary investment, we at BCISOT are eternally grateful. Through the merger of several small schools, we are today an international Christian educational ministry with over 20years of combined dedicated leadership in Christian education.
BCISOT was raised up with a prophetic mandate to serve the body of Christ through an educational commitment to the local church. With 20 years of combined service, that mandate continues to be our clarion call. The current administration and faculty are ever conscious of the deep responsibility that has been passed on to us. To all who have gone before and to those who will follow, we express our gratitude.
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
Our degree programs are designed to be practical as well as academic, preparing people for ministry and service in the fulfillment of their call. In line with the goals and philosophy expressed, Aidan continues to attain higher levels of both academic and institutional recognition; however, our primary goal is a Christian education that builds a solid foundation in the life of the student for both secular and ecclesiastical service.
To that end, BCISOT is committed to:
DEGREE GRANTING AUTHORITY
The Florida Department of Education Commission on Independent Education has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions, and is responsible for the licensure of independent postsecondary educational institutions in the state of Florida, where Aiden university calls home.
BCISOT is authorized by Aiden University to confer Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees.
The degree programs of this college are designed solely for religious vocations.
BCISOT classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting for local students and electronically via a web-based learning management system that is made available to all students. We are also exploring several ground-breaking methodologies to deliver learning via non-traditional methods in areas of the world where access to the Internet (or to good quality Internet services) precludes the delivery of electronic content in a reliable manner.
All BCISOT courses are available via distance learning or external studies to anyone, anywhere. Requirements include the following: