Few would challenge the assertion that the Bible college movement has been a bastion of biblical vitality within American evangelicalism for decades. A large percentage of the evangelical clergy and missionary force are Bible college or Bible institute graduates. Evangelical churches are blessed with biblically competent, committed, earnest, and faithful Bible college graduates who serve as laypersons to anchor and augment the work of the church. By the 1970s, Bible colleges, lightly esteemed by more mainstream higher educational institutions, began to find their place within the higher education community.
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