The purpose of One Flesh Ministries Bible Institute (OFMBI) is to Biblically mentor, equip, and release those who are willing to accept the CHALLENGE of advancement and excellence in the Kingdom of God. OFMBI is an institute without walls, proclaiming the world as our its classroom. OFMBI is dedicated to providing its students with quality and affordable educational programs allow the students to become effective in Christian service and prepares them for the challenge reach the world for the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is OFMBI’s goal to provide a curriculum rooted in sound Biblical instruction for achieving advancement and excellence in ministry.
A degree awarded through OFMBI by ICW Bible College & Seminary covers the major taken with that degree. A student or potential student must understand that credits courses taken in one type major program may or may not transfer to another type program major. Should you desire to transfer your credits to another institution at some point in the future, acceptance of those credits will be determined by the receiving institution.
The job market is highly competitive. Training is specialized in most fields. A graduate in one field may have difficulty in being hired in a field for which they have not been certified.
Persons whose professional career goals require a certification by a state or federal governmental agency should inquire of OFMBI in advance to determine whether a degree from ICW Bible College & Seminary would be acceptable accepted by that agency. Individuals needing to earn a regionally accredited degree in one of our disciplines may wish to investigate comparable programs at more traditional Institutions accredited by a regional association by the U.S. Department of Education.
One Flesh Ministries Bible Institute is governed by the corporate umbrella of One Flesh Ministries, Inc., which is incorporated as a nonprofit organization in and under the laws of the State of Illinois. One Flesh Ministries Bible Institute and is a Satellite Teaching and Testing Center (STTC) of the Institute for Christian Works, headquartered in the state of South Carolina and additional campuses in Hawaii and Lagos, Nigeria.
All programs currently offered are accredited by the World Council of Postsecondary and Religious Education (WCPRE). We also have additional accreditation through the World‐Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions (WWACCEI). Both WCPRE and WWACCEI are private organizations and are not associated with the U.S. Department of Education.
Concerning accreditation or certification: The value of any accredited university, accredited bible college or accredited online seminary degree is subjective. It relates to the amount of work that goes into earning the degree, the student’s attitude and aptitude, and external circumstances related to the school itself. Other contributing factors are the student’s surroundings environment, including home life and daily schedule, and his/her experience.
Accreditation is common in the United States of America, as all other countries regulate colleges and universities through government approval. In the United States, accreditation is a voluntary process governed by independent accrediting agencies that are either recognized by the federal government or not. The license to operate a college or university is regulated by the state government and is not considered accreditation. Each state has different guidelines concerning universities, seminaries, and Bible colleges.
Letʹs clear something up that has resulted in the persecution and disrespect of many good Bible Colleges and Seminaries. There are some who believe that a school should not to be recognized unless it is accredited by a government‐approved accreditor. This is unfair and untrue. While there are accreditation mills and degree mills, there are also good non‐governmentally regulated colleges, universities and seminaries; as well as good non‐governmentally regulated educational evaluation organizations. There exists today several qualified organizations that offer certification to educationally qualified Bible Colleges and Seminaries.
So, whether recognized by governmental agencies or not, this does not disqualify the fact that their are quality Bible Colleges and Seminaries which are not governmentally approved through governmentally‐approved accreditation. There are many pastors, ministers, evangelists, missionaries and Christian counselors, who have not graduated form from a governmentally approved college or university. Yet, they have received exemplary education through a Bible College or Seminary that was not regionally accredited or approved by the government. These same educationally qualified individuals have gone on to fulfill successful careers and have been a blessing to many worldwide.
The following quote is taken from the web site of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ʺThere are accrediting organizations that may not be recognized but are not accreditation mills. For example, the accreditor may be seeking recognition, but the process is not complete. Or the accreditor does not meet the requirements of CHEA or USDE for reasons that do not relate to quality.ʺ The following quote from the United States Department of Education. ʺIt should be noted that some institutions have chosen not to participate in the federal student aid program and therefore do not have to be approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the Department. While these institutions do not appear on the Departmentʹs list, they may be legitimate schools.ʺ
A quote from the former executive director of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education), stated as follows: ʺThere are hundreds of Bible Colleges and Seminaries in the United States and Canada that are offering good solid theological training, yet they are not accredited.ʺ
But, will a degree from OFMBI/ICW be accepted by your Church or place of employment? While there certainly are some situations when only a degree from a government‐approved school will qualify one for certain positions and privileges, for the most part, you are judged and accepted based on how you present yourself, not solely by the image represented by the school from which you graduated. Example: Are you already in ministry? If so, when was the last time a member of your church asked you if you had a degree at all, much less if it was from a regionally accredited university, college or seminary?
Education and Ministry: Your ministry avocation is one of those areas where God’s will and plan is more important than anything else. In fact, for those already serving in ministry who want to receive a quality online seminary education for a fraction of the expense associated with regionally accredited schools, a degree from a highly credible, though governmentally unrecognized school, may be your smartest choice.
U.S. Department of Education Accreditation USDE accreditation is not necessary for the theological degrees in which we offer. Individuals seeking employment in government-licensed positions such as public school teachers, state-licensed psychologists or psychiatrists, and non-church-related counselors will more than likely need USDE accredited degrees. Generally speaking, people working in ministry positions do not need a USDE accredited degree. If you are pursuing education at CBIS with the intent of obtaining employment or for some other reason, you should check with that organization BEFORE applying for enrollment in CBIS. CBIS assumes no liability of any kind.