What will my BU@NMC experience look like?

As a BU@NMC student, you’ll come to the NMC campus four days a week and follow a block schedule with intentional time dedicated for:

  • Heart Prep and TAWG (time alone with God)

  • Accredited Bethel University classes, both online and in-person

  • Student development activities

    • Chapel

    • Real Talk Sessions, a large group discussion

    • Real Talk small groups

    • Community life activities

    • Monthly outreach experiences

  • Homework

  • Practical experiences through internships, practicums or field experiences

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A week at a glance

MONDAY // On-site Hours available

TUESDAY // Heart Prep, Chapel, Seat Hours

WEDNESDAY // Heart Prep, Real Talk Session, Seat Hours

THURSDAY // On-site Hours available

SATURDAY // Monthly morning outreach

See Calendar

The BU@NMC program follows a weekly block schedule layout. This layout gives you the ability to make your own flexible, pre-selected schedule for each 7-weeks of classes. Included in the calendar rhythms are weekly Chapels, Real Talk Sessions, designated morning Heart Prep hours, and monthly outreaches on Saturday mornings.

BU@NMC Staff

Pastor Terry Bley and Pastor Andrea Helmuth are the BU@NMC site directors, who you will see weekly. They’ll be a supportive presence and provide leadership throughout your time with BU@NMC. Maryann Brandt and Troy Phillips serve as the BU@NMC Student Life Coordinators. You’ll see both Maryann and Troy every day, as they guide your daily activities, answer your questions, and give you support and encouragement. Terry, Andrea, Maryann and Troy can’t wait to welcome you as a student and journey with you through your college experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO SHOULD APPLY TO BU@NMC?

If you are a recent or soon-to-be high school graduate who wants a low- or no-debt college path that will give you an accredited degree AND one-on-one biblically-based leadership development, this program is for you. If you want intentional guidance that will help you grow in your relationship with the Lord, grow in community, grow in your purpose, grow in your strengths and give you confidence about your life after college, apply today or schedule a campus visit.

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Students are admitted in either the fall (classes begin in August) or spring (classes begin in January) semesters.

IS BU@NMC HOUSING AVAILABLE?

Unfortunately, housing is not available through the BU@NMC program.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WEEK LOOK LIKE AT BU@NMC?

Check out the calendar at the top of the page to see what a typical week would look like at BU@NMC.

IS THIS AN ACCREDITED PROGRAM?

Yes, this program partners with Bethel University. Bethel University is a fully accredited institution authorized to award associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees.

DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER FINANCIAL AID OR STUDENT LOANS?

BU@NMC enables enrolled students to pay for their college experience using federal financial aid. To know if you are eligible for such funding, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.studentaid.gov and maintain 12 credit hours each semester.
Many scholarships received from organizations outside of Bethel University can be applied to the cost of your education.
Bethel University will assist you in understanding all of your financial options.

WILL CREDITS FROM OTHER COLLEGES TRANSFER OR CAN I TRANSFER CREDITS FROM BU@NMC TO ANOTHER COLLEGE?

Yes, although each school varies in what they will or will not accept, most general classes will transfer in or transfer out to other schools.

WHO IS TEACHING THE CLASSES?

Bethel University will provide online courses for students, meaning you will be taught by BU professors.

WHAT DO I RECEIVE IF I FINISH?

There are both two-year associate degrees and four-year bachelor degrees available from Bethel University. Both degrees offer valuable life experience, leadership development, and ministry training from serving at Nappanee Missionary Church.

DO I GET TO FOCUS MY PRACTICUM ON A CERTAIN TRACK?

Yes. Each student will have the opportunity to focus their ministry experience in either Kid Ministry, Student Ministry, Adult Ministry, Worship Ministry, Care Ministry, or Business (provided only to Business Administration majors).

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