Monday was the day they started a new school.The Rev. Perry Stone and Dr. Bryan Cutshall launched a new online bible college, the International School of the Word, Monday afternoon in Cleveland. …
Monday was the day they started a new school.
The Rev. Perry Stone and Dr. Bryan Cutshall launched a new online bible college, the International School of the Word, Monday afternoon in Cleveland. Stone is president of ISOW, and Cutshall chancellor.
The new, online college will be housed in the historic T.L. Lowery Building just off Paul Huff Parkway.
The old building is facing a major roof repair project, but will house the international, online learning opportunity. It is already a tribute to the famed evangelist.
The T.L. Lowery Memorial Room is located in the eastern section of the building, and is filled with with memorabilia from the life of the late religious leader.
ISOW's launch was followed immediately by registrations on its international website. There were more than 100 enrollees in the first 10 minutes the site went online.
A majority of the registrants were from the United States, but there were others from Australia, Great Britain and even two from Poland.
Stone and Cutshall explained the two years of preparation for the new college to a crowd of around 100 witnesses, which was followed by a celebration with confetti, balloons, and treats during the launch.
The two leaders introduced several members of the staff. "These are the people who have made this happened," said Stone. This was followed by a drawing, where several staff members received cash awards.
Stone began the day by saying that getting the getting the college ready for launch, "Was like planning my wedding day!"
He and Cutshall emphasized the primary purpose of the affordable online Bible College is to "Connect the Word with the World."
They said obtaining a biblical education is cost prohibitive for many students, leaving them with a loan debt and many struggling to finish school.
With this understanding, they said, they believe they have developed an institution to provide sound theology, good doctrine, and practical teaching at a reasonable cost.
ISOW's certificate courses (52 at this initial stage) are in a range of $60 to $150 (based on content). No course fee is more than $150.
While traditional online courses for biblical studies can require 17 hours or more per week, ISOW offers a wide variety of course content that allows students to study how they choose, and when they choose. For the Certificate Program, there are no limits to the time a person may take in completing the course.
The students may also take extended time off between courses.
ISOW's cutting-edge teaching style is geared toward the technology-driven, fast-paced culture of today. Students are able to choose subjects a' la carte, and watch dynamic teaching from qualified professors, largely uninhibited by prerequisites, or large weekly time commitments.
IT technician Denver Morton walked the audience through the simple registration, and into a course on The Revelations. At the end of his presentation, the audience took a quiz, which was graded online.
During an actual course, you can retake the quiz, once you been given the results of your initial question-and-answer session. ISOW is partnering with another Christian college and will be offering accredited courses later this year — and eventually an associate or bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies.
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