Be the Change
Here at WOLBI, we love to learn. We also love to put what we learn into practice. One of the most significant aspects of your Bible Institute experience will be the ministry opportunities you take part in. This is not just your run-of-the-mill work and service program. At the Bible Institute you have a chance to do the work of a missionary.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.- Romans 1:16
Ministry is a part of life here at Word of Life Bible Institute. This video gallery will give you the opportunity to hear to what our students have to say about what ministry means to them and see some of these ministry opportunities taking place firsthand.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.- Proverbs 11:30
Completing the education process at Word of Life Bible Institute are the ministry opportunities which combine the students' knowledge of Scripture and their own personal Christian life to influence the lives of others. Through various means, we provide opportunities for students to work out their faith as Christ would have them to do. Just as evangelism was very close to the heart of Jesus, it is very much an important part of the ministry of Word of Life. The students are not just taught principles of God's Word, but they also learn how to apply these principles in everyday life through specific ministries.
We take a very strategic approach with our freshmen students to provide them with classroom learning and hands on ministry opportunities. Every first year student will learn from a classroom setting how to personally share their faith one on one. We will provide a 10 hour accredited course on how to take everyday conversations and direct them towards spiritual matters ultimately culminating in the sharing of the gospel. Each student will then be given opportunities to make it practical as we take them to heavily populated areas for Open Air Evangelism, send them to youth activities/retreats and provide opportunities to serve and interact through various service outreaches.
Since we consider our sophomore program to be a ministry foundation, we provide many more opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their God given gifts and abilities. From Crisis Pregnancy Center outreach, Senior Citizen home outreach, and consistent weekly local church involvement, to ministries that students create themselves, we believe that students are provided with a wide range of opportunities that will best prepare them for future service
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.- Philippians 1:21
A unique aspect of the Ministry Department is the area of Service Assignments. Service Assignments provide each student the opportunity to develop: team work, a godly work ethic and hands on training in various areas. Service assignments cover every area from maintenance to housekeeping and from food service to administration. Each individual student is key in ensuring the operation of the Bible Institute as a whole. Manthano a derivative of the Greek means, "to learn by putting what one learns into experience." Perhaps one of the greatest lessons that we teach others is not so much in what we do, but in how we do it.
Ministry offerings vary by teaching site.
Each weekend during the winter, Word of Life Bible Institute hosts up to 440 teens at our New York campus and 100 teens at our Canadian campus for Snow Camp. Each student will have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to practical experience as camp counselors. Our students will be involved in every aspect of running the camp from counseling, to working maintenance, to running the program.
In New York, students may audition at the beginning of the fall semester for the Word of Life Collegians (our choral group). Trios, quartets, small group ensembles, and drama teams are formed from the members of the Collegians. In Florida and Canada, students will have the opportunity to audition for our ensemble/drama groups.
The sports ministry provides incredible opportunities for discipleship and evangelism through the avenue of sports. This ministry is available for those students who have special abilities in the area of athletics. Tryouts are necessary to select the students who will form the teams that represent Word of Life Bible Institute. Sports offered:
This program allows students to use their dramatic abilities to minister in churches, Christian schools and elsewhere. Students must try out during the first week of school. The drama teams practice at least once a week. Performances include both short skits and more specialized, longer presentations regarding salvation and dedication.
Students on Ministry Teams will assist in various ministry outreaches and events both on and off campus primarily focusing on teen ministry. In addition students provide support to other organizations or businesses in the community and on campus.
Opportunities to work within the local church are available. This program is run as a ministry of a local church and gives opportunities to work with both saved and unsaved boys and girls.
Students who wish to be in the Ensemble or Trio must audition at the time of registration in the fall. Group members will be involved with weekend meetings, and singing for special campus events during the year. The students selected for these ministries will participate all year long, including the summer at one of Word of Life's camps.
Training in street evangelism is offered under the supervision of Word of Life's Open Air Evangelism Ministry. Students spend time in urban areas such as New York City, Tampa, or Toronto, learning to be a witness and share their faith personally with both children and adults.
Students on these teams will partner with Spanish youth ministries of New York City. They will be scheduled for one trip of ministry and will also be required to attend a training session before you leave.
This ministry provides opportunities to work within the prison system teaching Bible studies and holding in-prison seminars. This ministry takes place during the week and is only available to men.
This is a ministry to elderly Schroon Lake NY residents in assisted living facilities. It is an opportunity with room to grow for those who have a heart for creative ways to minister to elderly people!
While serving on the AMC team, students will have the unique opportunity to interact with children staying at the Albany Medical Center. This team will be responsible to plan activities and crafts for the children. Students will also have the opportunity to serve at the Ronald McDonald house to be a testimony to the families and employees working there.
Release Time is an established after school ministry in the Schroon Lake Central School. Each week teams will have the opportunity to lead games, songs, teach a lesson, or help children with Scripture memory.
The Capital City Rescue Mission of Albany NY will provide teams with the opportunity to serve through a work project, leading chapel services, and serving the guest's dinner.
This team will travel every other Monday to serve meals and interact with those in need in the Glens Falls NY area.
The Summer Institute of Camping (SIC) is one of the unique aspects of the Bible Institute training. Supervised counseling experience and on-the-job training are available to the student through opportunities to work with every age group: children, junior high, senior high, and college and career young adults. This summer program is the capstone of their year of training, as it utilizes the classroom learning accumulated during that year.
Training in street evangelism is offered under the supervision of Word of Life's Open Air Evangelism Ministry. Those chosen to serve with OAE for the summer term will spend it with a small group of OAE staff and volunteers in and around New York City. Students will also assist in the teaching and supervision of outside groups to help aid and instruct them in how to share their faith more effectively with those around them.
Students have the oppurtunity to apply to work with a group, ministry, church, or orginization other than Word of Life for their summer ministry. This option must be pre-approved with the Ministries Department several months in advance of the summer season.