IS BASBL for me?
If you are currently leading in any capacity at Bay Area Community Church and are interested in growing in your spiritual influence, then yes, BASBL is for you!
do i have to be interested in vocational ministry to participate in the school?
Absolutely not. This program is specifically designed for those who want to grow in leadership wherever they are currently planted. We know many leaders in the church are never going to go to seminary, but we want to create a place and environment for you to be challenged and take the next step in your leadership journey.
If you are interested in vocational ministry, reach out to Brian (email@example.com) to learn more about the residency program at Bay Area Community Church.
When and where does BASBL meet?
Annapolis: Tuesday evenings 6:30 - 9 PM, 884 Chesterfield Rd., Annapolis MD 21401
Odenton: Will join the Annapolis campus class (see above)
Easton: Monday evenings 6:30 - 9 PM, 29000 Information Lane, Easton MD 21601
For both campuses, there will be "online" meetings in the off weeks where students will have to submit homework and participate in online discussions.
HOW OFTEN DO NEW SESSIONS START?
Each class begins in September and runs until May, just like a normal school year. We accept nominations and applications June - July. One orientation event is held in August.
how much does the program cost?
$200. This covers your enrollment fee, pre-purchase of books and resources, guest speaker costs, and dinner in every in-class session (about 18-20 class sessions). The $200 covers both semesters in full. There are scholarships available for students who need them.
are there additional costs involved?
Yes, you will be responsible for the costs of some of the resources and books, although we intend to curb these costs as much as possible. These will be made known to you during the application and acceptance process.
Can I participate if I work full time?
Absolutely. Most of our participants are not in vocational ministry. Our class times are in the evenings and we provide dinner to help take that load off your plate. While the school work is intended to be challenging, if you manage and balance your priorities well, you should be able to manage all elements of your life.
WILL I HAVE TO STOP LEADING IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE?
In most cases, you’ll be able to continue leading. Our goal is to supplement your leadership and create an environment for you to grow, so you’ll bear more fruit where you’re currently leading and become more effective for the ministry you impact.
how much time commitment is involved?
Classes are held bi-weekly, so you'll dedicate about 5 total hours in class time each month. In addition, there is about 8 hours of homework each week (reading, videos, responses, and interactions with your cohort leader). While this might seem daunting, it will vary throughout the course of our year together. We do our best to help you maintain balance in your life as you participate.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Take a look at our testimonials page to get a taste of what this experience was like for our previous students. If you’re interested in speaking with a former student to ask about their experience, let us know and we’ll match you with someone - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.