Under the CURRENT SCHOOLS link at the top of this page is a list of 135 satellite schools in 45 states 4 countries. We realize this is not a complete list of active schools but we need your help to update and expand it.
If you have an active satellite school and we have not posted your school please e-mail or call us so we can add your school to the list. This will help us and others refer contacts and potential students to you.
We have now posted the digital PDF version of the Sunset Extension School catalog for downloading. Right mouse click here to download your copy today. (Right click and select “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” to download.)
Inside you will find our most up-to-date listing of courses, textbooks, and reference materials. The catalog also has a large assortment of other DVDs, CDs, and print materials. These include older Sunset classroom classes, topical studies, sermon series, messages from the Sunset Church of Christ pulpit, commentaries, reference works, popular books on many subjects, and Sunset materials available in Spanish.
As of January 1, 2012 the fees for each course taken are. Toward a ‘Bachelor of Biblical Studies Degree’* each student will pay $90.00 per course; those studying toward an ‘Advanced Certificate of Biblical Studies’ each student will pay $60.00 per course and those working toward a ‘Certificate of Basic Bible Studies’ each student will pay $30.00 per course. Fees are due the first week of each course.
*Credits toward A bachelor degree are not granted in some states in which our degree program is not recognized or authorized. Check with Sunset International Bible Institute if you are not sure on your state.
This is a question I am asked very often. Actually, no, you cannot have too many satellite schools within a local area. Here are the reasons why. The satellite school program and its curriculum are flexible enough to be tailored to the specific needs and goals of each congregation. Suppose one congregation needs to train some to teach or to equip future teachers through a deeper level of study of God’s word. So, they decide that to do this most effectively, a Wednesday evening class should be conducted because this is the most convenient time for those involved. Suppose another congregation wants to use the program to teach and ground new Christians in the faith. So, they have decided to streamline their studies for that purpose and make it a part of their community evangelism. Still another congregation sees the need to reach those on the outer fringe. So, they use Sunday mornings to re-introduce Christ to members who have lost their way. The purposes for these satellite schools are different and they may not all intend to bring other congregations together. Instead, they are specialized and structured for different needs. This way, two or three congregations may be within twenty minutes of each other and each one be involved with a satellite school of their own. What specialized area of ministry needs special attention in your congregation? The satellite school program can offer that special needed energy, organization, materials, and opportunity to assist in achieving your goals.
Posted by Darrell Wallace
The Keller School of Biblical Studies is part of the work of the Keller Church of Christ in Keller, Texas. Begun in September 2008, George Carman is the administrator. By April 13, 2010 they had successfully completed all the requirements to be recognized by Sunset International Bible Institute as a Certified Satellite School. Keller is the 17th school to be certified by Sunset. The church’s website is at www.kellercofc.org.
Above is the Fall 2009 class of Fulton Bible Institute in Fulton, Mississippi. Administrator Russ Crosswhite reports they average 51 students per class coming from 15 different area congregations! They have just finished the Bible History II course.
by Jen, age 35 – now a part of the Erie Church of Christ in Erie, Pennsylvania
I had never heard of the churches of Christ. I was not a Christian when I came to Erie Bible Institute (EBI), but I was seeking God. I prayed for direction, not knowing where to go, and went to the Yellow Pages, (I had to start somewhere!) and found a lot of division and confusion. Have you ever read the headings there? I didn’t understand most of the classifications…Apostolic (?)…Baptist–the "just Baptist groups" , Independent, Southern (in Erie, PA?)…Evangelical (and no one else is?)…Full Gospel…Gospel (apparently the just "Gospel" group were missing something)…etc. I believe under "Non-denominational" I found an ad for Erie Bible Institute and the church of Christ.
I didn’t trust the doctrine of men, but I did want to study the Word of God. The first week I attended a worship service at the church of Christ, "just happened" to be the first week of the EBI semester. It was through study at EBI, and the love of the people I met there and the support of the church (not to mention the work of the Holy Spirit who made it possible) that I became a baptized believer and disciple of Jesus Christ. So, yeah, I guess you could say I think it’s beneficial.
What I love about EBI:
• Undemanding learning – Although we attend class in a building belonging to a church, as a non-believer I wasn’t worried that I’d be asked to place membership or take on a responsibility or role I didn’t want or for which I wasn’t ready. I was there solely to study the Word of God. The classroom is a known and comfortable environment for many people in the world—unlike participating in worship services with an unfamiliar religious group.
• Focused studying on the Word of God – We have an agenda and we stick with it. Read the rest of this entry »
Begun In 1995 the Satellite School Program started with courses produced in our studio with VHS tapes of the instructors of Sunset School of Preaching. As technology progressed, the tapes were replaced by CDs and DVDs. More than 135 churches have successful Satellite Schools, training hundreds of people to be more effective disciples and soul-winners.
Those of you with Satellite Schools, are “partnered” with something much bigger than you dreamed – world-wide! Subsequent posts will try to describe each of your partners with God – stay tuned!
If you don’t have access to a Satellite School near you, consult with your elders about this effective way to “feed their flock”. We will help you – if desired we will come and speak with your elders or address your congregations. Just ask us! We will come.
In Him, Jerry D. Pruitt
In 1962, Cline Paden, a missionary to Italy and Denmark, returned to West Texas with his wife, Jo. He asked the Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock to support his efforts in starting the Latin American Bible School to train Spanish speaking preachers. (The first class of students is pictured here.) They did and it grew over the years to become the Sunset International Bible Institute.
The Sunset congregation now numbers around 1,200 members, and is considered an evangelistic congregation by any standard. The Sunset International Bible Institute (SIBI) with its many diversified programs is all under the oversight of the Sunset Church of Christ elders.
In addition to the original residental preacher training school, SIBI also includes the External Studies Division, the Adventures in Missions Program, the International Division, the Senior Adventures in Ministry Program, and the American Sign Language department. We can also speak of the SIBI trained missionaries supported by the Sunset congregation. Isn’t it amazing, so truly marvelous, how God has spread His word and story throughout the world with a handful of His people? To God by the glory!!
More to come, so visit this site often – and leave a comment if you desire.
– Bill Powers