Classroom Courses >> Classroom Courses Description
SHBI offers courses in the evenings during the fall and spring (late August to mid-December and mid-January to mid-May). Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Each course at SHBI meets only once a week, making it easier for people who drive from a distance.
Homework and examinations are given. However a student may also audit a course without homework and tests. Course grades are recorded and a student may request a transcript of his classes.
An SHBI completion certificate is given for completing 36 or more courses. We are not accredited and so our courses do not transfer to other schools.
You can view our three-year curriculum here.
A classroom student can also take Distance Learning courses to reach 36 courses.
A new student may begin at the beginning of any semester. Only a few of our courses require a prerequisite course. Our teaching is at a college level. However since we are not accredited, we can admit a student who is not a high school graduate as long as the student can do the class work.
There is no tuition charge for any of our courses. In classroom courses we do suggest a $20 donation per course to help cover the cost of paper handouts in the class. If a person cannot afford this, they may register anyway. We don't want anyone to miss a course for financial reasons. The student may also make other voluntary contributions to the institute if he or she chooses, but this is not required in order to take courses. We do ask the student to pay our cost for textbooks used in some courses.
SHBI offers training for personal Christian growth and lay ministry as well as for career ministry. Our courses are open to all people regardless of race, nationality, sex, or religious belief. Our Biblical position is conservative, Christ-centered and Bible-based. Our studies are offered in a non-denominational spirit. We have students from many denominational backgrounds. We always treat students with love and respect regardless of religious background.
Though we discuss many topics as we meet them in scripture, our focus is on the great central truths of the Bible. A student does not have to agree with teachers or other students on every controversial issue in order to be welcome at SHBI. We have a passion for uniting believers around the cross of Christ and the basic, core teachings of the word of God. One of the best things about SHBI is the common devotion to Christ and his teachings in spite of racial, cultural, denominational and other worldly differences.
You may bring to class whatever translation or version of the Bible you are accustomed to. We will often compare translations as we study. You will receive extensive study handouts in many of our classes. We will inform you of any textbooks required.
Our semesters open in late August and mid-January. Latecomers can do make-up work up to a point. Register from this site, or ask us for a registration form or register for a course when you first come to class.
Our physical address is: 1020 Bay Area Blvd. Suite 224. (near the intersection of El Camino Real), Houston, TX 77058, These offices are in the Zeta Building,
Our mailing address is: PO Box 891246, Houston, TX 77289-1246
Phone (281) 990-8899 or (800) 584‑1431. Fax (281) 990-8877. Email email@example.com.
As part of our ministry to our students, a short weekly email devotional called "Nuggets" and a periodic electronic newsletter, "The Servant," are sent out. You may unsubscribe at any time, but we hope you will read the devos for a few weeks before deciding.