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Continuing the Conversation: Race & Theology Webinar

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Join Prof. Lanny Hubbard, PBC Advisory Board Member Eunice Makinde, and Pastor Asim Trent as they have a discussion about Race and Theology.

In response to recent events, Mannahouse has launched a webpage devoted to continuing the conversation on race, diversity, and reconciliation. This page hosts a series of webinars, in addition to a vast library of resources including podcasts, videos, teachings, books, movies and more.

As part of the webinar series, Lanny Hubbard, Professor of Theology, sat down with PBC Advisory Board Member, Eunice Makinde, and Mannahouse pastor, Asim Trent, and had a conversation about race and theology.

You can view the webinar by clicking the link below:

Race & Theology Webinar

For additional resources, go to the Mannahouse website.

Online Program Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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Portland Bible College is celebrating the 10th year anniversary of our online degree program! 

In 2010, with the approval of the Eldership of Mannahouse, PBC piloted a few courses with the ambitious goal of replicating decades of in-person classroom impartation through an online environment. Since then, the Online Program has grown to a six-member team hosting more than 50 courses in three different languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese). Today, a student can complete their entire Bachelor of Theology degree online from anywhere in the world.  

Since 1967, Portland Bible College was founded in the hopes of training leaders in God’s word for the local church all around the world. God’s faithfulness and favor on the online program has contributed to it being a strategic piece for PBC to fulfill this mandate. Today, our online family includes over 1800 students, representing 25 different countries such as Japan, Brazil, Uganda, Germany, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, and so many more. 

Dean Ken Malmin says, “Over 10 years, we’ve proven that the online program can match the live experience in quality of education, can successfully impart the heart and values of our school, and most importantly produce the fruit that we desire to see in our graduates.” 

The online program has allowed PBC to train people where they are at right now – in all kinds of jobs, seasons and walks of life. Our students vary from Lead pastors, stay-at-home parents, those in support ministries, high school graduates and those simply desiring to deepen their understanding of God and His Word.  Many of our students have shared their excitement over the accessibility to PBC impartation and content as well as the flexibility of our program. 

In the case of recent graduate, Josh McCann, PBC Online allowed him to fulfill a personal core value, “the desire to be a life-long learner.” As a lead pastor and father of four, “busy” would be an understatement. Josh stated, “The beauty about PBC’s Online Program is the flexibility. There were times where I had to take one of my sons to his football practices, and I would sit in the back of our Suburban with the back hatch up, watching his practice for a few minutes and then doing homework for a few minutes.”

For Donna Jameson, who attended PBC in the 80’s, the online program allowed her to complete her bachelor’s degree in theology while raising her family and serving in ministry.  Donna commented, “I have thoroughly enjoyed learning through the online program. While getting my BTh was the end goal, what I gained along the way was so much more valuable – a deeper hunger to know God and His Word. You are never too old to learn and study the Bible.”

In commemorating this 10 year mark, we look back and celebrate all those who dared to dream to further the reach of God’s kingdom and who worked hard to lay the foundation for this program’s success. We honor the faculty who developed time-tested and relevant curriculum and poured their heart and time into caring for and investing into our online student body. We celebrate each and every single online student who has prioritized and fought hard to create space for God to equip them and speak to them; investing time and money into the future God has for them. Most of all, we remember God’s goodness and faithfulness in blessing the small seed we sowed in faith ten years ago. 

Special thanks go to our past and current team members over the last 10 years:

Jeneisha Anderson, Rachel Arnold , Carlos Campa, P. Samuel de Sousa, Eugene Greco, P. Alessander Guimaraes, Letícia Henriques, P. Justin Jaquith, Steve Jimenez, Ashish Joy, Daniel Lont, P. David Lont, Bryana (Lopez) Pytaris, Marina Martins, Leandro Martins da Silva, Hana Ng, Marcos Quiñonez, Rashmi Shrestha, P. Lucas de Sousa, P. Ramon de Suze, P. Miriam Trolese, Natalie Wilcox and many others who volunteered their time and expertise to make this possible.

We also honor Sarah Nashif-Tan; her steadfast and faithful leadership has built the program from its inception to what it is today.

Happy 10th year anniversary PBC Online! Here’s to the next decade! 

Graduate Profile: Josh McCann

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Pictured: Pastor Josh McCann with his wife and children.
Below, Josh shares his story of how he succeeded as a online student, all while being a father and working full-time as a pastor in a local church.

The first time that I had taken a class at PBC was 2011. However, when I started then, getting a degree was not on my mind. I only took a class because of a personal core value I have – “I desire to be a life-long learner.” So because of that mindset I only took a class here or there.

I am not sure exactly how many years I have been attending because I didn’t always take a class since 2011. I took a few years off between 2011 and probably around 2015. However, it wasn’t until I was looking at the classes that were required for the Church Leadership degree program, and I realized that I would love to take all of those classes that I decided to go ahead and get that degree. I finished that up in 2017 or 2018; but that was only after I really decided to get serious and start taking almost a full credit load each semester; even taking some summer classes to knock out requirements. Once I finished that degree, I decided to finish up my BA in Theology.

I am a part of Columbia Heights Assembly of God and when I first started taking classes to just grow I was the youth pastor at the church. I was on staff full-time, while being a husband and a father as well. Once I started getting serious about finishing up the Church Leadership Degree I was the associate pastor at the church, and now, I am the lead pastor.

I will be married for 18 years in just a few weeks and we have 4 incredible kids, 15, 13, 10, 8. The elder’s at our church have been a huge support for me, allowing me the grace and latitude to study and take classes to further my education all while being on staff full-time. 

When I decided to get serious about finishing out a few degrees, I had to really be intentional with my time. The beauty about PBC’s Online Program is the flexibility with doing the classes. There were times where I had to take one of my sons to his football practices and I would sit in the back of our Suburban with the back hatch up watching his practice for a few minutes and then doing homework for a few minutes. I did that several times so that I didn’t miss out on my son’s practice, nor get behind on homework.

I remember when my younger son played football for the first year, I would get done with the office take my oldest son to his practice; take him home eat dinner real fast and then take my youngest son to his practice until about 7:30-8:00pm at night. I would sit in the car and do homework at both places making sure I had a view to see them practice. If it was nice I would sit on the sidelines as well. My younger son had all of his games on Saturday’s and had to be there about 2 hours early. Other games would be going on before his game but parents couldn’t leave, so I would bring my laptop and whatever homework I had and do it in the stands up and till his game started. I remember some of the other parents just giving me looks because I wouldn’t pay attention to the other games, I am sure they thought I was a dad that just couldn’t put work down for even a short time to watch their kid play. They just didn’t know that my kid wasn’t even on the field yet to play his game. 

There were several times I had to say no to some things in order to make sure that I didn’t get behind or even get what I would say is a bad grade. My wife over the last several years would say, “Oh, look kids daddy got another bad grade an ‘A-‘.” My kids loved teasing me that I was still in school at my age.

Graduate Profile: Donna Jameson

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Photo by Federico X. Photography

Below, Donna shares her journey of coming to PBC, and how her life has changed since.

I became a student in the Spring semester of 1981. My father, who is now in heaven, was a professor at PBC when Ken and Glenda Malmin, Lanny Hubbard and Frank Damazio were students so that is how I first came in contact with PBC. Years later I was with my parents attending a conference at Bible Temple (at the time) and was drawn in by the worship. I had never experienced anything quite like it before. After the service I met with one of my Dad’s former students, Barbara Scott, who was a professor at PBC at the time. I signed up that day to be a student. I attended PBC for 2.5 years before receiving my associates.

I originally started in the music program and then switched to theology. I met Robert who was a year ahead of me and we got married. He had one year to finish his Bachelor’s so I worked full time so he could finish. We settled into married life and started having kids and it never seemed like a good time to finish. Of course, there was no PBC online program yet. I worked at PBC 2 separate times and always had a desire to someday finish my degree. I started taking classes here and there for credit but then in theFall of 2018 really dove in with the intent to finish my degree online.

I attend Mannahouse and have been at this church for 40+ years. I have been involved in kid’s ministry, jr. high, youth ministry, choir, led women’s groups, couples groups, been a lay pastor and co-pastored the Downtown Campus of Mannahouse with my husband for 10 years. I am currently leading the Women’s Ministry with Lisa Trent for the Downtown Campus, leading a small group of 15 women, a couple’s group with my husband and working in Kid’s ministry. I also am passionate about mentoring and counseling women and have done that my whole life.

My husband, Robert has been my biggest support and encourager in this journey to earn my Bachelor of Theology degree. Beyond that, my 4 adult children have cheered me on along the way. 2 of my daughters, Karina Clarence and Kandice Serrano both received their BTh from PBC as well as met their husband there, who also received there BTh from PBC. I have to say that I have many friends who have pushed me to finish this life long goal!  I am very proud of my kids who are also my closest friends, oldest to youngest, Kaley Hambelton (married to Connor) Karina Clarence (married to James) Garrett Jameson and Kandice Serrano (married to Fed). I have thoroughly enjoyed learning through the online program. While getting my BTh was the end goal what I gained along the way was so much more valuable – a deeper hunger to know God and His word. You are never too old to learn and study the Bible. 

COVID-19 Response

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We are deeply grateful to God for His protection and care of each one of us. Our pastors, faculty and staff love each of our students and we are encouraged by their trust and reliance on Him in this time of trial.

The health and safety of our PBC family is our number one priority. We also are committed to the welfare of the larger Portland metro community we are a part of. As of today, we have no known cases of COVID-19 within our Portland Campus. ⁠At the same time we are committed to assisting our students in completing their semester courses and graduation requirements.

In light of the State and Federal guidelines issued. We are taking additional steps to ensure the continued safety of our students, faculty and staff. PBC took the following actions:⁠

  • For Portland Campus students, we are extending remote instruction of our courses for the remainder of the school year. These is in an effort to agree with the current plans for both Washington and Oregon public schools.
  • From an academic standpoint, there are very few program course outcomes that are only able to be accomplished through in-person instruction. Any class session that requires meeting in person will meet virtually through various online platforms. Students in such classes will be notified directly.
  • We are encouraging students to move out of their dorms and return to their permanent homes. We will leave campus housing open for students who have limited options. The cafeteria will remain open with take-out service only. A housing check-out system has been made available for all resident students needing to return home.
  • Although the pandemic is necessitating physical distance, we want to stay connected relationally. Staff will continue to work and will be available to students remotely. Essential staff are on a rotation schedule with their supervisors to ensure office services remain open with minimal employee presence on campus. Our deans and campus pastors live on-site. Students remaining on-campus will be served by people who love them and have their best interest at heart. Counseling and personal care services will remain available to all virtually. CDC hygiene guidelines will be strictly followed at all times.
  • All campus events are canceled until the campus re-opens. We will also have to postpone our graduation ceremony to a later date. We are currently surveying our graduates before making a decision concerning rescheduling. Those meeting requirements for graduation will be awarded their degrees as of May 15.
  • A Student Life Facebook page will remain updated and we will host Chapel prayer times at 10:30 on Fridays and our senior sermons on Mondays and Wednesdays on that page.
  • We were made for this. We are the Church and have a great opportunity to be the salt and light we are called to be. We encourage all students to remain vitally connected to their local churches. For those staying on campus here is a link to how we will accomplish this at Mannahouse.

We are so grateful to each student, parent, pastor and friend of PBC that is walking through this season of uncertainty and constant change with us. We remain committed to equipping each student with the character and competence to rise to the world’s needs and become catalysts for Kingdom impact even in the darkest of times.

Together, we will rise out of this stronger, more resilient and victorious.

In Him,

Ken Malmin
Dean

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NEW YEAR PROMO CODE!

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OFFER: 70% OFF COUPON CODE FOR ONLINE AUDIT COURSES

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to do a deeper study of the Bible this year? We would love to help our friends and alumni and offer a discount on one of our independent study courses online.

  • Browse over 40 available courses in our Curriculum Store.
  • Add your course choice to the cart and proceed to checkout.
  • Use code HAPPYNY2020 for a 70% off (code expires 1/31/19)
  • Courses are not for credit and access is granted for six months

Students Emcee Sessions at MFI

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This month hundreds of pastors and leaders from churches all over the world gathered together at the Mannahouse Rocky Butte campus for the recent MFI Conference. Ministers Fellowship International, established in 1987, is comprised a network of pastors and churches that gather annually for a time of community building, and inspiring sessions that encourage and refresh the leaders that attend.
This year our students had the opportunity to facilitate some of the sessions, introduce the speakers, and put into practice many of the skills that they learn while attending Portland Bible College. It was an opportunity to build connections with pastors and leaders, and glean from their wisdom on leadership, church planting, and team work. Students were so grateful to have the chance for a hands-on learning experience as they emceed for the sessions.Ana Julia, a Junior at PBC emceed for one of the sessions, and mentioned how MFI Conference impacted her life this year more than ever before. Ana and all of the students that attended the conference felt like they were part of what God is going all over the world, and were honored to represent the PBC community.

“To Women Called by God…Please Don’t ‘Go Home'” by Bryan Davis

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If you’ve been online or talked to any leaders at all in the last few days, you’ve likely heard the recent comments made by John MacArthur telling Beth Moore to “Go home”. This has stirred up a number of different opinions and emotional reactions regarding the idea of women in ministry. Now, I can appreciate that as leaders we may land on different sides of the fence theologically, but when we make it our aim to demean, criticize, belittle and devalue another leader or those from either gender, then we are not operating in a God-honouring way. In fact, we are doing quite the opposite. We are attacking the very image and nature of God expressed through His creation.

WHY IT HURTS

Honestly, as a male leader and pastor, I may not always personally feel the tension of this issue. In my mind and the minds of the leaders I serve with, our Father clearly created men and women in his image and commissioned each and every one of us to “Go and make disciples…” Period. End of story. Let’s go do this.  So when I heard the comments, I shook my head, didn’t even give them any credence, and could have simply moved on. But then I saw how the words affected my wife, the woman I pastor with, admire, lean on for wisdom, and live out this God-calling with. I thought of my own daughter, who at a young age, already has a strong and wonderful call of God on her life. I thought of my three sons, who I pray would never try to demean any other person called to have a voice out of fear that it might diminish their own voice. And I thought of the women I know who are mighty and skilled leaders and preachers in my own church and churches around the world…and the pastor in me could not stay silent.

I love the church. It is God’s plan to spread the good news and proclaim redemption to mankind. So any attempt to devalue half of that mankind created in God’s own image is an attack on the very plan of God and the church. And this is why I am grieved.

JESUS SAYS “COME HOME”

Though this short blog post doesn’t lend itself to fully developing a doctrine of women in ministry, it is important to note that Jesus’ regard for women was much different than that of the contemporary culture of his day. He regarded them as beings made equally in the image of God (Genesis 1:27 Matthew 19:4), and addressed them as such. He spoke publicly with women throughout His ministry (John 4, John 8, Luke 7, Luke 8, and Luke 11 are just a few examples). He gave them worth and value in a culture that regarded them as second-class citizens.

The language of Jesus’ ministry here on earth was COME.

 “Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest. Follow My teachings and learn from Me. I am gentle and do not have pride. You will have rest for your souls.” Matt. 11:28-29 NLV

“At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’” Luke 14:17

 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17

The heart of His message was “COME HOME.” Come, be who you have always been called to be. Come, live on mission and be part of my glorious story. Come, and let me breathe life on those dreams I have put in your heart. Let me stir up the gifting and anointing you have to bring others home. Come Home. This is the heart of our Father. I grieve to think that women would hear any other narrative and disqualify themselves from coming to the one place that can truly set them free. Come Home.

So today, I celebrate and honour the call of God on every woman in the kingdom of God! You need to know that we can’t do this without you. You may have been silenced in the past, but that day is no more. Rise up and fulfill the call of God on your life to lead, to preach the gospel, to bring others to Jesus, to train and equip, to prophesy and pastor. There are too many lives at stake for us to discount anyone from walking out what God has called them to do.

You are home.

Bryan Davis
http://localchurchleader.org/to-women-called-by-god-please-dont-go-home/

Bryan Davis is a graduate of Portland Bible College (BTh ’06), lead pastor of LifeSpring Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and author of the Local Church Leader blog.

“The Ordination of Women” by Lanny Hubbard

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The subject of ordaining women into positions of church authority is one of varied opinions and deep emotions. Many women see the traditional model of male leaders as one that has contributed greatly to the oppression they have experienced. In order to eliminate much of that they are striving hard to promote the concept of gender equality into many areas of leadership structure. The force of this endeavor is now putting great pressure on the Church to adjust its traditional understanding of church government.

When debates on women in church government occur, the final word for many people rests on a few key passages in the New Testament. These passages, viewed by themselves outside their literary and historical context, appear to offer a clear-cut argument that women can not hold authoritative positions within the Church. It is on these passages that the traditional male lead model has rested. Many, however, are beginning to challenge the methods of biblical interpretation that have fueled these models, seeing them as incorrect and in need of reconstruction.

The three most used sections of scripture used to restrict women from positions of leadership are 1Cor 11:3-13, 1Cor 14:33-36, and 1Tim 2:11-14. As was stated earlier however, most of the time these passages are used they are quoted without a consideration of their historical or literary contexts. When they are studied in light of the time, geography, and culture in which they were written they do take on a different emphasis.

In reading through the whole book of 1Corinthians, it is obvious that Paul is laying out directives that will help the church of that city function the way it was supposed to. He makes some clear points. First, every member of the Body of Christ is to contribute what God has given them for the benefit of the other members of the church. Second, God pours out various gifting on people according to His will. And finally, everything done with these gifts is to have the intended goal of edifying all the other members of the assembly. Paul never limits gifting to males alone, but gives permission for women to pray and prophecy as long as it is done in an edifying way.

1Timothy also addresses situations that were present in the environment of the Ephesian Church. False teachings, marital conflicts, and competitiveness were all part of that city’s characteristics. The new believers coming into the church already had these in their lifestyle and thinking. As a result, the atmosphere within the church was affected by what they brought with them. Paul has to address these issues in order to help maintain a peaceful, orderly quality within the church gatherings.

Both the passages in 1Corinthians and 1Timothy appear to be addressing specific problems that had arisen in the Christian assemblies of two great cities. The directives that Paul gives in these passages also appears to be addressing specific problems in these two cities and not just general statements meant to be enforced in every congregational setting. A statement that Paul would make to a particular local problem in one geographical setting can only be applied to a church in another location if the same particular problem existed in that congregation also.

My conclusion is this. Paul’s restrictions of women functioning in authoritative roles within a church congregation are directed at the specific ways the gifts were being used in specific local congregations. Once women ceased to function in a manner that would lead to conflict or confusion, they were free to function in a way that would edify the church. The prohibitions in these passages are not against women functioning, but against women functioning improperly.

Lanny Hubbard

To read Mannahouse Church’s full doctrinal position paper on this issue, please click here.