The History of the Bible College Movement

The Seeds Are Planted

Bible colleges are institutions of postsecondary education that feature extensive study of the Bible accompanied by curricular and co-curricular emphasis upon personal devotion and consecrated service. The Bible college movement originated during the time of North America’s Third Great Awakening. Early Bible institutes emerged as both products of and catalysts for revival and missionary movements. The first such institutions include Nyack Missionary Training Institute, founded by A.B. Simpson in 1882, and Moody Bible Institute, founded by D.L. Moody in 1886. These earliest Bible institutes typify the character and origin of scores of other such institutions that proliferated across the North American continent during the latter two decades of the 19thcentury and the first three decades of the 20th century.

— Ralph Enlow | 4thoughtleaders Blog

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