Calendar & Schedule
When does the school year begin and end?
For the 2016-2017 school year, Move-In Weekend will be August 19th-21st and GCBI will begin Orientation on August 22nd. The students’ graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 7th.
When are the holiday breaks?
There are a number of breaks during the course of the year: Thanksgiving Break runs from November 18th-28th, Christmas Break from December 16th-January 9th, and Spring Break will be announced later. Students are welcome to travel home or stay in the dorms over breaks.
What and when is the internship?
There are no specific dates for an internship. We request that students commit the summer following the program to ministry. Students in the past have worked at summer camps, been a part of discipleship training programs in Nicaragua, and worked with children in local ministries. The options are limitless – and each student will be expected to choose an internship based on his or her personal gifts and calling.
When are classes held?
Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-4:30pm. We will also be having a Sunday evening class this year from 6pm-8pm.
What is a typical Israel itinerary?
Day 1: Depart from east coast (USA) gateway.
Day 2: Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport. Transfer to hotel via Jaffa. Arrive at our hotel in Tel Aviv in time to enjoy the Mediterranean beach and a swim before dinner. (1 night)
Day 3: Four Conflicts during Jesus’ Ministry: Caesarea Maritima, Mt. Carmel, Tzippori, Nazareth (cave homes); overnight at a kibbutz on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. (3 nights)
Day 4: Characteristics of the Disciples: Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Ancient boat video (at Nof Ginosar), Mt. of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Chorazin, climb Arbel (cliffs that overlook the Gospel Triangle)
Day 5: Rabbinic Style and Private Teachings of the Disciples: Gamla overlook, Katzrin (reconstructed Talmudic village; also Achnai’s Oven video), Quneitra overlook into Syria, Caesarea Philippi, Tel Dan (hike through the beautiful nature reserve with its rushing waters flowing out of Mt. Hermon; see the representative altar of Jeroboam; overlook into Lebanon; and then see the nearby Abrahamic mud-brick gate)
Day 6: Perean Ministry: Jordan Valley (Perean Ministry discussion), Bet Shean (magnificent Roman excavations), Jezreel Valley, highway south to the Negev, arrive bedouin camp by late afternoon … camel trek, bedouin hospitality, bedouin meal, desert tent accommodations with modern facilities (1 night)
Day 7: Wilderness Places: Massada (walk up the stairs next to the Roman Ramp; descend by cable car), hike to Ein Gedi waterfall, Qumran, swim in the Dead Sea, Jericho tel, up to Jerusalem (5+ nights)
Day 8: Messianic Expectations: Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Galicantu (House of Caiaphas), Upper Room, walk through the Jewish Quarter (eat lunch in one of the many food options), South Wall excavations (Davidson Center), including the South Wall steps & the Hallel psalms.
Day 9: Hebrew Backgrounds and the Shephelah: Yad Vashen, Sorek Valley (Sampson), Azekah & Elah Valley (David & Goliath), Bet Guvrin (Bell caves), Lachish (Assyrian & Babylonian invasions)
Day 10: Setting of the Birth of Jesus … and Psalm 125:2: Bethlehem, Shepherds fields, Herodion, Haas Promenade
Day 11: Free day
Day 12: Journey to Calvary: Temple Mount, Bethesda, Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Garden Tomb, (keep hotel rooms until dinner) … night flight
Day 13: Arrive home late in the morning.
Am I allowed to work?
Yes. We all know that bills still need to get paid. While we don’t allow students to hold full-time jobs, we’ve incorporated about 15-20 hours into the program weekly for students to work. We are excited about the opportunities that the students will have to build relationships within their working environments. Students will be encouraged to use their jobs as real life ministry experiences. Ministry happens everywhere and working environments are as real as it gets. There will be specific guidelines and expectations for choosing a part-time job, so that students are able to earn necessary finances without a detrimental effect on their participation in the program.
What about dating?
This program is a rather intense one. We want your focus to be on learning the word of God, serving others and being discipled in order to disciple others. We hope that you are able to enjoy the year without the pressure of romantic entanglements. However, we realize relationships are a part of life and are allowed as long as they do not become a distraction from the program or alienate those involved from their team.
Where am I going to live?
We have spent the last number of years renovating the upstairs of an old 1920s hotel. Students will share dorm rooms with one or two others. In both the male and female wing there is a small kitchenette and a common room.
What is the Bible Experience?
As part of our orientation process, the students and site coordinators read through the Bible in 10 days. I know, I know! “What? Read the entire Bible in ten days?!” Our goal in this project is two-fold: first, we want every student to get a sense of the big picture of God’s story; second, we want to create an opportunity for students to dive right in and work together to accomplish a rather large goal. We read through the Bible chronologically, following a strict daily reading schedule. Students and ministry directors read aloud, taking turns and sharing the “burden”. The reading schedule provides for many stretch breaks, meal times, and intentional family time as well! Many students come into the program having the standard Bible stories under their belts, but have never experienced the full story of God in this way. We want to create a unique and challenging experience for our students, to get whet their appetites for the intense study of God’s Word that is to come.
Do I earn college credit at GCBI?
The educational standards of the program are such that many Christian Colleges and Universities may be willing to accept much of our coursework as applicable credits for their programs. Though we do not offer and “credit”, our students can receive college credit if they transfer to Grace College, Winona Lake, IN. as a Bible major in the Bachelor’s program.
Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. will allow (24) twenty-four transfer credits to our graduates if they transfer to Grace College upon completion of their year in Florida, and enroll as a Bible major in their program. That allows a student to have COLLEGE CREDIT without paying COLLEGE TUITION (since at GCBI we are a tuition free institution). Since all our courses are Bible or Bible-related, the credit is only available to students either majoring in Biblical Studies (42 hour major) or Bible (30 hour major). This includes the following 8 classes:
In a note from Grace College they shared the transfer would be as follows:
Gen Education requirement for all Grace College students:
- BIB 1050 Exploring the Bible
- BIB 2010 Scripture and Interpretation
- BIB 3300 Essential Doctrinal Themes
Plus, courses that are part of the Biblical Studies and Bible majors:
- BIB 2010 Understanding the Old Testament
- BIB 2020 Understanding the New Testament
- BBL 3140 Biblical Backgrounds
- BIB 3290 NT Bible Exposition
- BIB OT Bible Exposition
How does graduation work?
After the students have successfully completed their fall and spring semesters, they will be given a certificate for completing GCBI. The local church with which we partner will hold a commencement ceremony in place of a Sunday night service. Family members are encouraged to attend, along with the church body.
Why is there only one textbook?
How much does GCBI cost?
Tuition is free! Basic living costs are all that are required to attend GCBI. We have worked that out to be $6,000 for the year ($5,500 if paid in full before the start of the program or in 2 installments; one at the beginning of each semester), which includes a $400 deposit upon admission. This accounts for room and board, a substantial meal plan, gas and insurance for our school van, as well as any domestic ministry-related travels for the year. This fee is payable to the Great Commission Bible Institute. We are committed to working closely with each student to develop a payment plan that is suitable to his/her individual needs, thus we have created month-to-month payment plans in both 12- and 24-month agreements.
How much does the Israel trip cost?
The cost of the Israel trip is $3,950 + the cost of any domestic travel. This price is subject to change based on ticket prices. Payments can be made to Christian Travel Study Programs. Ltd.