The Ascension Life School of Ministry (Bible College) has a two-fold purpose in meeting the requirements of the Associate of Applied Ministry degree (A.A.M.) and Bachelor of Applied Ministry Degree (B.A.M.). First, special emphasis is given to the fields of applied/practical ministry, where students are introduced to subjects that are purposed to help with their spiritual walk, as well as their ability to do the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11–16; Mark 16:15–18). Second, a strong biblical foundation is laid so that students will be equipped to give a reasoned defense for their Christian beliefs and practices (1 Pet 3:15; 2 Tim 3:16-17), as well as the ability to articulate a biblical/Christian worldview that (1) gives glory to God, (2) exalts the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and (3) promotes the gospel of grace, coupled with miracles, signs, and wonders.
Objectives and Outcomes
The Associate of Applied Ministry degree (A.A.M.) and the Bachelor of Applied Ministry degree (B.A.M.) is a one-year and three-year degree program that meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays (6:30pm), at Ascension Life Church, Athens, TN. Monday nights focus on spiritual development (e.g., spiritual formation, forgiveness, prayer, inner healing, etc.), as well as the applied/practical ministry side of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry (e.g., missions and evangelism, Spiritual gifts: healing the sick, faith, prophecy, etc.). Wednesday nights focus on biblical studies, as well as the key doctrines of the church (e.g., the ordo salutis (the order of salvation), the Trinity, Creation, the Atonement, the Authority of Scripture, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, etc.). The Associate of Applied Ministry degree (A.A.M.) is a one year course. The Bachelor of Applied Ministry degree (B.A.M.) is a two-year course. The prerequisite to the B.A.M. is the successful completion of the Associate of Applied Ministry degree (A.A.M.).