Are you wanting to grow deep in your relationship with God? Are you looking to build strong, Christian friendships? Maybe you’re needing a strong foundation on God’s Word before heading off to college or before jumping into a career.
If you want to understand the Bible better and know how it applies to your life, then you’re looking in the right place.
At AFLBS, we educate students in the Bible so they can grow in their relationship with God, make lifelong Christian friends, and serve God with their lives.
In our two-year college level program, students receive in-depth instruction in books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, along with studies in doctrine and theology. Students also learn about church history, missions, evangelism and discipleship, and several practical ministry studies.
We believe and teach the Bible as the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God, which is powerful to transform lives by the power of the Gospel. This Word of God provides a firm foundation for our lives as believers and practical applications for every part of life.
AFLBS is nestled on the shores of Medicine Lake in the beautiful suburb of Plymouth, Minnesota, just 10 miles west of downtown Minneapolis.
Head over to the Academics Page to see what students learn during their time at AFLBS.
At AFLBS, you’ll quickly experience authentic Christian fellowship. Community life at AFLBS is refreshing and Christ-centered. It’s a chance to develop deep friendships that will last a lifetime.
Life on campus is a highlight of the AFLBS experience. Living in the dorms allows students to journey together through life’s ups and downs. Friends are able to laugh together, pray for one another, and wrestle through Biblical and theological topics as they study the Word of God together.
Life in the Twin Cities
AFLBS is located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, home to Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Twin Cities is the largest population center between Chicago and Seattle. With nearly every religion represented, the urban setting is a mission field for students who long to share the love of Christ with their neighbors.
Each Tuesday and Thursday at 11:10 a.m., the student body gathers for worship and the preaching of God’s Word. Songs of praise fill the chapel, Scripture is read, and students are challenged and encouraged by solid, Biblical preaching. Special events are also a highlight during the year, such as Revival Conference, Missions Conference, and late-night vespers services.
The Student Life Handbook provides details regarding student services, residence life, and community lifestyle expectations and policies. The handbook is meant to serve as a guideline for student conduct and campus life.
At AFLBS, students find many ways to put their faith into practice.
Whether it’s through a choir or gospel team, partnering with an inner-city ministry, or volunteering in a local congregation, students grow and are stretched. Many get plugged into a local church by teaching Sunday school or teaching Wednesday night kid’s club. Whatever their gifting, AFLBS students learn to serve through countless ministry experiences.
Choir is a great opportunity for students to minister to individuals and congregations. Through concert tours, the Concert Choir and Proclaim Choir minister through Christ-centered music, personal testimonies, and home stays.
AFLBS Gospel teams share the love of Christ through music and testimonies, puppet and drama ministry, and nursing home outreach. These groups travel on weekends to bless congregations, youth groups, and children.
During the summer, anywhere from 30 to 40 AFLBS students are scattered in teams across the U.S. These summer ministry teams focus on teaching children Vacation Bible School, ministering to youth at Bible camps, and performing music concerts for spiritual encouragement and spreading the gospel message.
Each spring, several students pack their bags and head out on a two-week missions trip to Ecuador. As part of the Cross-Cultural Ministry class, students gain exposure to what God is doing around the world. They find ways to serve, share the gospel of Jesus, work with children, and teach Bible stories. This experience cultivates a heart for missions in students and many consider future missions work.
Christian Service Credit
Each student at AFLBS participates in Christian service, earning one college credit for 20 hours of service. Some students teach Sunday school in a local church, others lead youth groups on Wednesday nights, and many serve in children’s ministry. Other students have volunteered at crisis pregnancy centers, counseled at youth lock-ins or weekend retreats, or partnered with inner-city homeless ministries.
1. How do students pay for school?
In order to help fund their schooling here at AFLBS, the majority of our student body finds part-time employment in the Twin Cities area. The consistent morning class schedule at our school gives students open afternoon and evening availability to work, and the host of job opportunities in Minneapolis offers them many options, whatever their interest and gifting. Students can set up a payment plan to help them make regular tuition payments throughout the year. Scholarships are also available by application. Students are eligible to apply prior to their first year, then each semester after that. Many students receive scholarships from their home congregations. Ask your pastor or a church leader if your congregation will help with Bible school scholarships.
2. How much does it cost?
Approximately $10,440 for one year. (2016-2017 Tuition, Room and Board, and other fees)
3. Can students find jobs nearby?
AFLBS students normally have no problem finding jobs off campus. Different types of work include warehouse jobs, nanny positions, daycare programs, retail shops, coffee shops, etc. Several students work at Bill Hicks gun warehouse, Step by Step Montessori School, Grainger warehouse, and Caribou Coffee. There are plethora of part-time job opportunities within a 10-15 minute drive of AFLBS. Visit the Job Opportunities section for more details.
4. Are there jobs available on campus?
A limited number of jobs are available on campus in food service, maintenance, custodial, office support, and the library. Priority is given to international students, since they are unable to work off campus. After international students have been placed for a job, any remaining jobs are typically given to students who do not have a vehicle and have greater financial need for campus employment.
5. Is AFLBS accredited?
The AFLC Schools have been approved as an applicant for accreditation by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). The Schools’ total program is being developed according to the standards of this national accreditation agency.
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6. What schools accept AFLBS credits?
Cooperative Transfer Agreements are in place with the following schools (the schools listed below accept AFLBS credits):
Other colleges that have accepted or are currently accepting AFLBS credits are:
Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, CA
Concordia University - St. Paul, MN
Concordia University - Irvine, CA
Geneva College - Beaver Falls, PA
Jamestown College - Jamestown, ND
Minnesota State University - Moorhead, MN
Northland Community & Technical College - Thief River Falls, MN
Oral Roberts University - Tulsa, OK
Trinity College of the Bible - Newburgh, IN
University of Minnesota - Morris, MN
University of Minnesota - Crookston, MN
Wheaton College - Wheaton, IL
7. What kinds of scholarships are available?
All students may apply for AFLBS scholarships and alumni grants. These are awarded to our students primarily on a need basis during the summer (for incoming students) and in the middle of each semester. A growing band of supporters who believe in the ministry of our school have helped us build a Scholarship Fund. AFLBS does not guarantee these scholarships and grants to every applicant. We also encourage our students to explore other scholarship options such as their home church or community support, Dollars for Scholars, or through websites such as www.fastweb.com.
8. Can AFLBS students apply for government aid?
AFLBS will not be participating in government financial aid for students.
9. How many students attend AFLBS?
During the 2015-2016 School year there are approximately 105 students.
10. Are there any sports at AFLBS?
Yes! AFLBS basketball is part of the NIAC conference, which is made up of Christian and technical colleges in the Midwest. There is intramural softball in the Fall and Spring and countless pick-up games of volleyball and ultimate Frisbee. And don’t worry if your skill level lacks—AFLBS is a great place to grow and learn in a fun and Christ-centered atmosphere!
11. How much will I need to spend on textbooks?
The amount varies, depending on what/how many electives you choose to take, but expect to pay around $90-120 per semester. Many students in the past also find used books that they can buy or borrow from friends or family members who have already attended AFLBS. Amazon.com and half.com often sell books for a cheaper price.
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You may also find out more by calling the AFLBS office at 763-544-9501.