What is the The Bible Initiative?

The Bible Initiative provides the opportunity to Bible leaders, Sunday school teachers and small group leaders, who desire to increase Bible knowledge, to take classes at Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary without the stress of time restraints or grades. All courses are online. Upon completion of the outlined course of study, the student will be presented with a certificate.


Why choose The Bible Initiative?

  • Quality Bible Courses
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Easy Accessibility
  • No Workshops or Trainings to Attend
  • Low Cost – Only $85 Per Course (Plus Books)
  • No Grades


How does The Bible Initiative work?

This is a two-year online program designed for the student to take at least one course in each of the three semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) of the school year.  Once a student completes 6 courses, they are awarded a certificate.


Overview of Bible Survey & History
Overview of Bible Backgrounds & Geography
Survey of I & II Timothy, Titus
Exploration of the Gospels
Survey of Romans/Galatians
Survey of I, II, III John & Jude
Survey of Ephesians-Colossians
Survey of James
Overview of the Pentateuch
Exploration of the Prophets in the OT
Intro to Christian Doctrine I
Intro to Christian Doctrine II
Intro to Teaching Methods
Exploration of Western Civilization I
Intro to Homiletics I
Intro to Discipleship II
Overview of Leadership
Intro to Personal Evangelism & Church Growth
Intro to Biblical Youth Ministry


What is an online course?

Online courses are conducted over the Internet and do not have meetings in a designated physical space.

What computer skills do I need to take an online course?

You will need to know how to:

  • send email
  • download files
  • save and upload assignments
  • use Zoom
How much does The Bible Initiative cost?

Each course cost:

  • $85 per course
  • Cost of Books
Does The Bible Initiative qualify for the ABA student scholarship?

Each course is already reduced in cost, so no discounts apply.

Would I have to be online at a certain time for class?

All of the work will be done on your own time according to your schedule – this gives you flexibility and the responsibility to stay on task.

What kind of technology would I need for an online course?

You will need:

  • laptop or tablet with webcam and microphone
  • reliable internet connection
How do I enroll for an online course?

You register for an online course as you do for any credit course. All students must logon to Populi for registration. You will find a link to Populi on the Texas Baptist homepage.

When does class begin?

Your course begins on the date specified on the Texas Baptist calendar.

TBI Calendar
How do I drop a course?

You may drop a course on Populi. You can find instructions in your student portal ( or contact the office if you need any help with this.

Who do I contact with questions about taking online courses?

Send questions concerning the use of the online software (Populi) to The Bible Initiative Coordinator, Dwain Knight at

How do I know the courses I have completed or need to take?

You may locate current and past course information by choosing the STUDENT tab in Populi. Choose DEGREE AUDIT to see courses completed and not completed towards The Bible Initiative.

Who monitors and submits my required assignments?

You are in charge of submitting assignments when due. The Bible Initiative coordinator monitors your progress but you are responsible for all of these submissions.

What if my Internet is not working?

A reliable Internet service is required. Please plan and submit assignments so as to allow for potential service interruptions. Contact The Bible Initiative coordinator with concerns or questions when necessary.

Who updates my profile information?

You must update your profile information and keep all contact information current.

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