New Online Foundation Year Certificate: Grow in God’s Word, Wherever You Are

Posted On June 15, 2020

Our new online Foundation Year program launches this fall. Starting on August 17, you can spend a year studying with RBC’s trusted faculty, wherever you are.

The Foundation Year certificate is for students seeking to develop a deeper, more mature walk with the Lord before finalizing their career path. You will participate in live classes, interact directly with professors and classmates, and earn your certificate from the comfort of your home. Over the course of a year, students will complete 24 credits in two semesters, growing in their knowledge of the historic Christian faith, modern philosophy, and biblical theology.

“This is a significant step forward in the life of our young college,” said Dr. Stephen Nichols, our president. “With the help of technology, we’ll be able to train students through a comprehensive program of biblical studies and expand the borders of our RBC community beyond central Florida.”

“As a parent myself,” he added, “I cannot imagine a better way for my son or daughter to deepen their knowledge of Scripture while learning from faculty that I know will care for their academic and spiritual growth. It is my hope for every online Foundation Year student to experience the power of God’s Word and to hold onto its truth and promises for their entire lives.”

The Certificate in Theology will serve young Christians by equipping them for a lifetime of service in God’s kingdom. In the fall semester, students will study apologetics with Dr. Nichols, learning how to defend their Christian faith in a world of competing truth claims and other religions. Dr. Matthew Dudreck will guide students through the essential teachings of the four Gospels to help interpret and apply the New Testament to their lives, and Professor Aaron Garriott will help students develop vital communication skills to think, write, and speak more effectively.

In the spring, Foundation Year Online students will review the development of Christianity from the Reformation to the present with Dr. John Tweeddale, examining how modern church history informs Christian beliefs, practices, and worship today. Students will also study the Old Testament texts known as the Writings with Dr. Ben Shaw to apply the biblical wisdom offered to their lives, examine the existence and attributes of the triune God in The Doctrine of God with Dr. Keith Mathison, and more.

Upon completing the online Foundation Year program, students will be well prepared to pursue their chosen vocation or continue their education with an undergraduate degree program on our campus in central Florida.

We are now accepting applications for Foundation Year Online. In addition to no application fee, we are waiving the $300 enrollment fee for applicants who complete an online application and submit all required documents by Wednesday, July 15. The regular application deadline for Foundation Year Online is August 3.

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