The English site for WBI is now up and running largely thanks to William Lambert, our new Associate Director of English Studies. Even though I hope to make several additions to the website and William has more database work to do, it is now possible for students to begin studying.
There are two separate online classroom sites. One of these sites is for leaders and members of the churches of Christ. The other is for all other interested contacts. We hope this second site will serve as an evangelistic tool as well as provide basic biblical knowledge.
The courses available for both church leaders and members within the churches of Christ are the same through the first 20 courses. After that time, in the graduate program, we only offer courses to leaders. One of the exciting things we are doing with the English site is to provide each new student with a teacher. In most cases these teachers will be returned missionaries or those involved in fulltime ministry or retired from such work. They will be responsible for keeping the students motivated, answering their questions concerning course content, and also have the opportunity to share other materials with their students, especially supplementary materials for the courses being studied.
One of our primary needs at the moment is to get the word out about the availability of the English program, particularly to those living outside the U.S. Although we will gladly accept students living here, there are many other resources available here that are not available in many parts of the world. Please let anyone you know (especially those who are working outside the U.S) aware that this program is available and free-of-charge.
Our second urgent need is to find full support for William Lambert to help in this effort. In order for the program to function as it needs to and to reach out across the world to the great numbers of potential students, we need the technical expertise that William can and has provided. Let us know if your congregation might be interested in helping out. We can provide much more detail about job description, etc.