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Open House upcoming at
Pneuma Bible Institute

 

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent
 

  Pastor Andrene Monk said her goal in bringing Pneuma Bible Institute to Henry County was to “develop godly leaders in all areas of life.”

Pneuma Bible Institute will hold an Open House in Stockbridge July 19. Among those affiliated with the school are l. to r.: Patti McNorton, Larry McNorton, Pastors Donnie Keith Monk and Andrene Monk.                                                Special photo

  “I realized that there was a real need for people to understand the Bible in its correct context, and to obtain a well-rounded education on the Bible, including historical background,” said Monk.

  An Open House at the institute, located at 45 Parkland Drive in Stockbridge, is slated for July 19 from 2-4 p.m. As part of the event, Monk will introduce the institute’s curriculum and professors, and provide a tour of the facility.

  Pneuma will offer ministerial and Christian education classes beginning August 18. Classes include Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Public Speaking, Prayer, Church History and Comparative Religions.

  The institute first launched in 2005 in Fayetteville, where it operated until moving to Stockbridge in March. Monk runs the school with her husband, Pastor Donnie Keith Monk, and said she felt led by God to make the move to Henry.

“I just felt like I was supposed to do it,” she said.

  Pneuma offers a variety of courses. Associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as one-year certificates, are available in theology, biblical studies, Christian education, Christian Counseling and early childhood education.

  “We offer an average of four courses semester,” said Andrene Monk. “If a person does not plan to get a degree or a certificate, they can sign up for various topical seminars throughout the year.”

  The institute is accredited by Accreditation Commission International. Monk emphasized that ACI has more schools than any other Christian accreditation organization.

  “The schools in ACI are worldwide,” she said. “They’re not just nationwide.”

  Larry McNorton, director of High Point Christian Academy in Stockbridge, will serve as Pneuma’s dean in the fall. He said Pneuma’s focus is to equip students in the pulpit and in the classroom.

  “Ministry, to me, is a family thing, and you have to educate the children along with the parents as you grow,” said McNorton. “We need Christian teachers as much as we need Christian preachers. They’re both callings of God, and that is biblical.”

  He said while Pneuma offers Christian education, prospective teachers attending classes at the institute will learn everything that any other teacher would learn at any other institution.

  “For example, they will know to teach, reading, math, science, and social studies, with this one exception: everything they teach will be derived from a Christian perspective,” said McNorton. “If our perspective is correct that God created the world, then in order to teach World History, for example, we must go back to God from the beginning. We have to go back to Adam and come forward to present history. Otherwise, we do not teach World History, but we teach a false form of history.”

  He said true education isn’t just about disseminating facts, but that it teaches people who they really are and gives them a purpose in life.

  “If we don’t know who we are and we do not have a purpose in life, we’re not truly educated,” said McNorton. “I just want them to have the power to make choices for themselves. I don’t want them to have to depend on anyone else, but they will be able to say, ‘I know what’s right and I know what’s wrong. I have the education to make the choices to be me.’”

  A full listing of classes offered at Pneuma can be found online at www.pneumachristianchurch.com. For more information, call 404-916-1572.

 

 

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