Regarding the 2020-2021 Academic Year
After much prayer and discussion, the Board of Directors has decided not to enroll students for the 2020-2021 academic year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more than thirty years, the Institute has sustained its commitment to discipling young adults in the context of a Christ-centered and caring community. We remain fully committed to our mission and to the unique dynamics of our program that have made it so formative for our hundreds of alumni. The entire BICS experience is based in relationships that are built through daily interaction in a close-knit community. While distance learning can be a useful tool, it is no substitute for the intimate environment that makes the BICS classroom and dorms instrumental components of the discipleship process. Rather than compromise our program to fit within current and future restrictions, we have decided to use the coming year as an opportunity to enhance our program and prepare for a full reopening in August 2021.
Despite the disappointment caused by this change, we are looking forward with great excitement to welcoming our next class. Students accepted for 2020 will have the opportunity to defer until 2021, and we are already getting to know some of the students who will join us next August for an exciting and transformative year of discipleship in our BICS community.
Though the coming year will not be what we anticipated, we remain confident in God’s good purposes for BICS, and we resolve to redeem this year for the good of our mission. May God continue to raise up a generation of young believers who love Jesus and who are committed to using their lives in service of His Kingdom.
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