AFLBS is unique in that all our classes are centered around the Bible. Whether it’s studying Genesis, the Minor Prophets, Romans, and Revelation, or going through Church History, Bible Doctrine, and Intro to Youth Ministry, you can be sure that each class will point you back to God’s Word. Download the catalog to view sample curriculum, classes offered, and course descriptions.
Graduates of the Free Lutheran Bible School, through the study of God’s
eternal and inerrant Word, will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of Scripture, subscribing to its inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy without reservation, confessing its authority and demonstrating the ability to accurately interpret it.
- Communicate the assurance of personal salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by explaining the basis for their faith and be able to explain the Lutheran perspective of the Means of Grace.
- Demonstrate growth in spiritual maturity that is informed by the Law and motivated and empowered by the Gospel.
- Understand and embrace the New Testament model of the congregation and its commitment to scriptural evangelism, discipleship, worship, education, servant leadership, and stewardship, as guided by the AFLC Fundamental Principles.
- Describe and communicate God’s work in the past through His Church, and exhibit a willingness to participate in making disciples today, especially through involvement in the local congregation.
Mr. Andrew Abel
Rev. Peter Franz
Rev. Jason Gudim
Ms. Ruth Gunderson
Rev. Jason Holt
Mrs. Laurie Nash
Rev. Paul Nash
Mr. Larry Myhrer
Rev. Kevin Olson
Rev. James Rasmussen
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 $9,560 for one year. (2014-2015 Tuition, Room and Board)
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.
5. Is AFLBS accredited?
The AFLC Schools (AFLBS and AFLTS) are in the process of pursuing accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). The accreditation application was submitted in March of 2013. AFLBS hopes to reach accreditation candidacy status by October of 2014 and be fully accredited shortly thereafter.
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
North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND
Northland Community & Technical College - Thief River Falls, MN
Oral Roberts University - Tulsa, OK
Trinity College of the Bible - Newburgh, IN
Trinity Lutheran College (formerly LBI – Seattle) – Everett, WA
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?
Since AFLBS is currently unaccredited, students are unable to receive government aid. However, a growing band of supporters who believe in the ministry of our school have helped us build a Scholarship Fund that enables us to give scholarships to a many of our students during their time at AFLBS (as mentioned above).
9. How many students attend AFLBS?
In the 2013-2014 school year, there are approximately 115 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.
12. What is “VISION,” formerly called “Vision 2004?”
VISION is the ministry expansion project formed to meet the needs for future growth for the AFLC Bible School as well as the AFLC Seminary. VISION currently includes plans for a campus gymnasium, a new dormitory, and a scholarship endowment fund.