School of Biblical Studies

As followers of Jesus, we believe in the importance of knowing and understanding the Word of God on a deeper level, and that every individual have that opportunity to learn how to study, discover, and apply the truths of God’s Word to their own lives. The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is a nine-month course in which students study all 66 books of the Bible. An inductive approach is taught, in which students observe what the text says and then let it shape their beliefs. During the school, students will be working, studying, and living in a close knit community of fellow students who are on the journey through the Bible together. They are given hands-on instruction in the principles of observation, interpretation, and application. They will survey each book and discover the big picture, while also digging into the details paragraph by paragraph. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural and historic background of each author and original reader of a book. The student will be interpreting Scripture with the mindset of the original reader, then they will take the timeless truths and apply them personally. Students will have opportunities to live out what they are learning; this is not a school of simply head knowledge, but also of practical application. SBS missionary members will meet weekly with the students to aid in their personal growth, understanding of Scripture, and application of the inductive method.

The SBS is offered in a series of three-month phases:

School of Biblical Studies I:
This phase begins with a three-week seminar teaching the principles of inductive Bible study. Books studied are the Synoptic Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline Epistles and the book of Hebrews.

School of Biblical Studies II:
In the second phase, students complete the New Testament books, and after an introductory seminar to the Old Testament, study from Genesis through Samuel.

School of Biblical Studies III:
The third phase of Bible Study completes the study of the Old Testament’s historical books, the Prophets and Wisdom Literature. A seminar precedes both the Prophets and Wisdom Literature, giving the students the skills necessary to study these parts of the Bible.


Upcoming Schools

  • Fall 2017

    • Start Date:09/18/17
    • End Date:06/22/18
    • Total Cost:USD 8,700
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Discipleship Training School

Weekly Schedule

Lectures 9 Hours/Week

9 Hours/Week

In depth lectures of all the books of the Bible.

Small Groups 1 Hours/Week

1 Hours/Week

Students are placed in a small group that meets for about an hour weekly, this is meant to provide a safe place to process what they are learning, what God is doing in their lives, as well as enjoy fellowship with other SBS students and YWAM missionary members.

Worship & Intercession 5 Hours/Week

5 Hours/Week

At YWAM Montana, along with YWAM International, we value Worship and Intercession. During the course of your school students will spend time in worship and in prayer for others.

Study & Assignments 45 Hours/Week

45 Hours/Week

Depending upon the book and the assignment a student will spend about 8-10 hours of personal study in a day, it is in these moments that students use the inductive method to walk through each book.

Work Duties 6 Hours/Week

6 Hours/Week

Small tasks around the campus to assist in day to day operations; the UofN believes it is creating a "live/learn" environment.

School Leaders

Ryan Horwath

Ryan Horwath was born in Chicago Illinois, but moved to Denver Colorado when he was one year old, much to the tears of his grandma. He is the oldest of four and graduated from Metro State College of Denver with a bachelor in music, minoring in philosophy. He did his DTS in Matamata, New Zealand from 07-08, and his SBS in Montana, and started serving with the SBS directly following his school. He is a big fan of ska music, especially Five Iron Frenzy, and has a pretty sweet mohawk. He is writing this spiel in third person, because he feels it will give him more prestige.

Sally Jo Vanderyacht

Sally Jo grew up in the small Dutch farming town of Lynden, Washington. Her love and passion for the Bible came during her DTS in Fall 08'. She wanted more Bible in her life so after DTS she came back to Montana to do her SBS in fall of 09'. She has been serving with the SBS ever since. She loves seeing the Bible not only change her life but also the lives of so many others.

Nathan Hughes

Nathan is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada and has been involved in missions with his family since he was 13. He completed DTS in Perth, Australia and SBS here in Montana. He has been staffing SBS since 2010 and has a passion for the Word and seeing people grow in their understanding of the bible through the SBS program.

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Lakeside MT, 59922
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