Most frequent questions and answers about FLBI
Mission: The most fulfilling life for you as a Christian is to walk in the perfect will of God. Our mission is to help you develop a greater understanding and knowledge of the Word of God that provides a strong foundation to stand on and enables you to live that fulfilled life.
Vision: Faith Landmarks Bible Institute (FLBI) was birthed out of a vision God gave Pastors Randy and Cherie Gilbert.
In September 1989, FLBI opened its doors in further fulfillment of that vision. Our purpose is to reach the world for Jesus by equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry.
Together we will fulfill the commission of Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The school has a three-fold purpose:
- To provide education in the Word of God
- To equip the saints to do the work of the ministry
- To prepare ministers
At Faith Landmarks Ministries, we are committed to serve, to reach, and to touch people’s lives with the message of the great Gospel of Jesus Christ! FLBI is an extension of this commitment. It is dedicated to training you to be a part of this vision through education and Bible study.
The Essentials We Believe:
- In one God, the maker of all things, and in the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
- The Son of God, Jesus Christ, became incarnate, was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.
- The Bible, in its entirety, to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and conduct.
- In the resurrection of the dead, the eternal happiness of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost.
- In personal salvation of believers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
- In the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- In sanctification by the blood of Christ, in personal holiness of heart and life, and in separation from the world.
- In divine healing and divine health through faith; in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
- In the baptism of the Holy Ghost accompanied by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance, as distinct from the new birth, and in the nine gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12.
- In the Christian’s hope – the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- In intensive world-evangelism and missionary work in accordance with the Great Commission with signs following.
FLBI’s accreditation is through The Transworld Accrediting Commission International.
For over 32 years, Transworld Accrediting Commission is an international, non-governmental, educational accrediting body, federally recognized as a non-profit church organization. Transworld has established high standards of excellence and shared Biblical Doctrine. Transworld accredits and assists Theological Schools, Seminaries, Universities, Colleges and Programs throughout the World. On Campus, Online and Distance Learning.
Philosophy: The Transworld Accrediting Commission International (Transworld) is a professional, federally recognized, non-profit church educational organization whose philosophy is to demonstrate accountability to the consuming public for education obtained in non-traditional evangelical educational institutions. This accountability is demonstrated by institutions that are accredited by Transworld, having documented evidence of compliance with Transworld standards of structure and governance, material resources, policies, faculty, and curriculum.
- To provide a mechanism whereby evangelical educational institutions demonstrate that they meet at least minimal standards of performance.
- To provide consultation services that enable educational institutions to meet accepted standards of performance.
- To provide the consuming public with the current status of institutions which have applied to Transworld for accreditation.
- To provide a centralized information and referral source for issues that concern accredited institutions and non-traditional students.
- To disseminate information about non-traditional educational options to the general public.
- To promote academic excellence and accountability.
The basic course of study at Faith Landmarks Bible Institute consists of a two-year program. The first year lays the foundation, with a concentration of the basics of Christian doctrine, plus an overview of the Old and New Testaments. The second year guides the student into a deeper study of the Word of God and the practical aspects of ministry.
A certificate is awarded after successful completion of the fifteen (15) first year courses, and a diploma is awarded when the additional fifteen (15) courses from the second year program are completed successfully.
All awards also require the following two (2) qualifications:
- The student demonstrates a Christian character which the school can recommend.
- The student has settled all financial liabilities to the school.
Students may choose to complete the two-year program using our On-Site format, our Online format, or our Correspondence format.
FLBI is available online! The fees, curriculum and requirements for course credits and graduation are the same as the on-site school; but now courses may be taken at your own pace as long as the course is completed within 90 days of purchase.
FLBI is available through a correspondence format. The curriculum and requirements for course credits and graduation are the same as the online and on-site schools, except that there is no time limit for completion.
The desire to serve God and fulfill His commission is the main requirement for entrance into FLBI. While we do not feel that a high school or college diploma is necessary, the course of study will require sincere commitment from the student, as well as reading and writing skills.
- Application – An application form must be completed which includes the Christian Standards of Living. The application form must be submitted prior to the registration deadline.
- Registration – At least two full weeks will be set aside at the beginning of each trimester for registration. Students failing to register during the allotted time will be charged a late fee of $25.
- Tuition and Fees – $50 per course
- Scholarships are available for full and part-time students, veterans, active-duty military, and first responders. Contact the Registrar for details.
- Auditing of classes is allowed; however, all registration and tuition fees are applicable and must be paid as if courses were being taken for credit. We reserve the right to limit audits based upon space availability.
- FLBI accepts the transfer of credits from other institutions. Contact the Registrar for details.
All students are required to maintain a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in order to qualify for a certificate or a diploma. If a student maintains a 2.0 grade point average, a grade of D will be acceptable for successful completion of a course. A grade of F is not acceptable for the completion of a course for graduation. The grading system is as follows:
A grade of “Incomplete” is given when a student has not completed all the requirements for the course before it concludes or when a student has not fulfilled the attendance requirements for the course.
When a student fails to successfully complete a course required for graduation (due to an “incomplete”, a failing grade, or an overall grade point average less than 2.0), the course will need to be re-taken to graduate. Failing grades will remain on the student’s grading record and will affect their final grade point average.
Students receive report cards at the end of each trimester. It is the student’s responsibility to report any grading errors to the registrar’s office in a timely manner. If no errors are reported within the five weeks following the receipt of the report card, the registrar’s office will assume that all records are accurate.
In order to drop a class, the Registrar must be notified. It is not sufficient to notify the instructor only. Forms for dropping a class are available and must be filled out and submitted to the Registrar prior to withdrawing from the class. Refunds on tuition will only be made on a pro-rated basis for class time not attended up through the fourth week of classes.
When adding a class, the student must follow the same procedures as above. However, the completed form must be approved by the Registrar prior to the student’s attendance of that class.
It is the responsibility of the student to complete all exams and special assignments within the time specified. If, due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, exams or special assignments cannot be completed by the required date, the student may request an extension through the Registrar in writing. All requests will be reviewed by the FLBI board.
However, any request for an extension must be made by the student, in writing, prior to the class in which an exam or special assignment is due. No consideration will be given after the date that the exam or special assignment is due. This could result in failure of such class.
Each course will consist of eleven (11) class sessions, including a final exam. We expect students to attend all classes, however, two (2) absences may be allowed in order to still receive a passing grade. Three (3) absences for any particular course, including the final exam, may disqualify you to receive graduation credit for that course. Attendance records will be kept by each instructor.
It is our desire that each class begin on time. To that end, a student is considered tardy once the instructor begins teaching the material. Two (2) tardies will be considered an absence. A tardy is also recorded when a student leaves class prior to dismissal by the instructor.
To participate in a Graduation Ceremony scheduled the first Sunday in June, first and second year students are required to submit a graduation application by February 1st and to pay all required fees by March 1st. All online courses needed for graduation must be completed by May 1st. Graduation fees are non-refundable. Students who have paid graduation fees but fail final exams will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.
In order to obtain the most desirable atmosphere for receiving instruction, we ask all students to observe the following guidelines:
– No food or drink is allowed in class.
– Neither guests nor children are allowed in class.
– Students should not “chat” with other students during class.
– For questions, please raise your hand and wait for acknowledgement from the instructor.
– Turn off sound and vibration on all cell phones and electronic devices.
Online and Correspondence: Students are expected to report any technical issues with online courses to the Registrar in a timely manner. Technical issues are not a viable excuse for not completing a required lesson, exam or course if left unreported.
All lessons in a course must be viewed in their entirety to receive full credit for the course. Fast-forwarding through a lesson, you have not viewed in its entirety, is a violation of the attendance policy and may result in a grade of “incomplete”.
We believe that all students of FLBI are called by God to be here, and we, the faculty and staff, want to assist in any way that we can. But YOU, as a student, also have responsibilities. These few, simple guidelines will help you as you go through the program:
- Spend time everyday reading your Bible and in prayer. The course of study should not replace your personal time with the Lord.
- Attend Orientation.
- Be on time to class, and don’t miss any classes if at all possible. This is your anointed time with the Holy Spirit.
- Take good notes in class, according to what the Holy Spirit is teaching you.
- Pay your tuition bills on time or talk to the registrar.
- Keep files on each class and your grade sheets. This will help you plan your course of study from year to year.
- Review course outlines thoroughly and consistently, during each course session. (2 Timothy 2:15)
- Notify the registrar of changes to your contact information.
- Stay informed of changes that may affect programs and requirements by reading emails and listening to announcements from the Registrar’s office.
Graduation from FLBI with a Certificate or Diploma does not automatically qualify students to teach or to begin a licensed profession. Students interested in teaching should seek licensure through their appropriate state department (In Virginia: Department of Teacher Education and Licensure). Students interested in a professional license should seek licensure through the appropriate state office, circuit court or county/city licensing agency that handles licensure for that profession.
BASIC BIBLE CERTIFICATE – 1 YEAR
DOCT1101 – Blood Covenant 1
DOCT1102 – Realities of Redemption 1
DOCT1103 – Dynamics of Healing 1
DOCT1104 – Righteousness 1
DOCT1105 – Faith by Line & Precept 1
DOCT1106 – The Ministry of the Holy Spirit 1
DOCT1107 – Spiritual Warfare 1
PRAC1101 – Following Jesus 1
PRAC1102 – New Testament Living 1
PRAC1103 – God’s Will for Your Financial Life 1
SURV1101 – New Testament Survey 1
SURV1102 – Eschatology 1
SURV1103 OT Survey – Pentateuch & History 1
SURV1104 OT Survey – Poetry & Prophets 1
SURV1105 – Study of Romans 1
BASIC BIBLE CERTIFICATE – 2 YEARS
DOCT2101 -Financial Redemption 1
DOCT2102 -Forgiveness & Judgment 1
DOCT2103 -Ministry of Christ 1
DOCT2104 -The New Man 1
DOCT2105 -Servanthood 1
DOCT2106 -New Testament Prayer 1
DOCT2107 -The Christian Family 1
PRAC2101 -Practicalities of the Ministry 1
PRAC2102 -Helps Ministry 1
SURV2101 -Study of Hebrews 1
THEO2101 -Ministry Callings 1
THEO2102 -Theology 1
THEO2103 -Local Church Ministry 1
THEO2104 -Leadership Training 1
THEO2105 -Ministerial Training 1
Bible Doctrine – 1st Year
Description: To bring a working, biblical knowledge of the Blood Covenant into view for practical application by a believer.
Realities of Redemption
Description: Covers vital specifics of redemption, which is important to all believers.
Dynamics of Healing
Description: To lay the scriptural foundation for healing available to New Testament believers; to teach the use of faith as the means of walking in divine health.
Description: To lay the scriptural foundation of man’s need for righteousness, and God’s means of providing righteousness for man.
Faith by Line & Precept
Description: This course will provide the student with a complete study of faith, from both the Old and New Testaments, so that one can gain an understanding of the significance of living by faith as a Christian and as a minister of the Gospel.
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Description: The purpose of this course is to teach the student about the mission and the operation of the Holy Spirit in the earth and to the Church.
Description: Instructs and guides a believer in spiritual warfare from a novice position, all the way to “comfortable veteran.”
Bible Doctrine – 2nd Year
Description: Biblical foundation for deliverance from Poverty. Keys to living in Abundance
Forgiveness & Judgment
Description: To teach the student about God’s divine mercy and forgiveness through the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ministry of Christ
Description: Using Biblical topics to detail the Ministry of Jesus Christ in all aspects.
The New Man
Description: To provide a scriptural base, in a teaching format, for the Pauline Revelation, instruct in the practicality of “walking in the New Man”, and illustrate from the New Testament “what God hath wrought in Christ.”
Description: To obtain a Biblical understanding of servanthood, and to learn the difference between slavery and service.
New Testament Prayer
Description: To instill a biblically based, New Testament basis, for successful prayer life.
The Christian Family
Description: To teach the student about God’s plan for the family. It emphasizes the significance of submitting the whole family to the Word.
Bible Practicum – 1st Year
Description: To lay a biblical foundation for the student and all believers to make right choices.
New Testament Living
Description: To instill biblical truths and practical implementation on Lifestyle for Believers.
God’s Will for Your Financial Life
Description: To lay a Scriptural Foundation for a Believer’s Life.
Bible Practicum – 2nd Year
Practicalities of the Ministry
Description: To impart a general scriptural understanding of the practical and natural side of the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Description: To fully develop a scriptural understanding of Helps Ministry.
Bible Survey – 1st Year
New Testament Survey
Description: A concise overview of each book of the New Testament; designed to expand the student’s concept of the complete work that Jesus began here on the earth.
Description: To teach the scriptural truth of the end times, emphasizing the time of the Rapture of the church through the establishment of the New Jerusalem. The course includes both doctrinal and chronological elements, as presented in the Bible.
Old Testament Survey – Pentateuch & History
Description: This is a survey course designed to present an overview of each Old Testament book from Genesis through Esther, how they relate to each other and how they relate to you as a Christian.
Old Testament Survey – Poetry & Prophets
Description: This is a survey course designed to present an overview of each Old Testament book from Job through Malachi, how they relate to each other, and how they relate to you as a Christian.
Study of Romans
Description: To instill an appreciation for great Bible truth. It is said in literary circles that the Book of Romans ranks at the top of works done by man. We know it to be given by Inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
Bible Survey – 2nd Year
Study of Hebrews
Description: To equip the students of this course with the Book of Hebrews, giving them a “working knowledge” of the biblical truths laid out in Hebrews.
Bible Theology – 2nd Year
Description: To instill the Biblical basis for God’s building of the Church.
Description: This course provides a systematic approach to the theology of the Bible to be used as a guide for the lifelong journey of “rightly dividing the Word of God”. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Local Church Ministry
Description: To establish a biblical perspective of the birth, structure, and operation of the local church and to replace traditional opinion with Bible truth in the life of the local church.
Description: To lay a biblical foundation for leadership.
Description: To lay a biblical foundation for ministerial training to believers intent on fulfilling their calling in the Body of Christ.