What more noble way to spend your life than giving a people group the Scriptures in their own language? Translation ministry is a high calling!
For the best foundation to a lifetime of service, enroll in Appalachian Bible College's accredited bachelor's degree program which includes a double major in Bible / Theology and Missions with a Language concentration.
The ABC Advantage
In order to undertake Bible translation, you will need highly-specialized training from a Christian college. Many translators prepare by taking graduate-level courses in linguistics. But the primary thing a translator needs is a passionate commitment to God's Word.
The Missions - Language degree at ABC will nurture your love for Scripture and for those who do not have access to it. This program will equip you with a strong understanding of the Bible, theology, and missions. Since you will take classes to begin learning the original languages (Hebrew and Greek), this accredited degree will also give you a jump start on further studies.
Mr. Phillip Peterson -
Several centuries ago, William Tyndale recognized that translating the Bible into a people's mother tongue was necessary to establish them in scriptural truth. You and I treasure our English Bibles; why should others not have the same privilege: the Bible in their own language?
The Language Concentration provides an undergraduate foundation in the biblical languages, enabling the future translator to pursue the great task of making God’s Word available to all people.
Why Missions - Language?
Of the 7,000 languages actively used today, 6,469 do not have a complete Bible. That represents 1.3 billion people. Further, over 4,000 languages do not have even a portion of Scripture.*
Perhaps God is calling you to change this sobering statistic! Appalachian Bible College could be the first step. Immerse yourself in God’s Word, learn from instructors with years of experience on the mission field, and begin tackling the basics of biblical languages.
Career Ministry Opportunities
- Global Missions
- Tribal Missions
- Inner-City Ministry
- Translation Ministry
- Medical Missions
- National Missions
Objectives & Outcomes
|You will be trained in…||Leading to…|
|Identifying the biblical patterns and means for fulfilling the missionary mandate||determining where and how you can serve God in worldwide missions.|
|Examining the biblical methodologies for church planting and growth||implementing the appropriate steps to establish an effective church ministry.|
|Knowing the basic presuppositions of major 20th century religions||intelligently communicating the Gospel of Christ to followers of other belief systems.|
|Discovering the critical nature of relationships in ministry||establishing strong relationships for the purpose of evangelism and discipleship.|
|Discerning which cultural differences are biblically permissible||effectively ministering to people of diverse cultures.|
|The fundamentals of the biblical languages||a foundational knowledge for Bible translation work.|