PAS is an approved educational alternative for the preparation of ordained ministers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. This denomination has a long history of innovative efforts to provide the maximum possible preparation for persons who are called by God, who are gifted for ministry, and who find a seminary education inaccessible.
The heart of the PAS program is the Summer Extension School, a fifteen-day intensive on the campus of Bethel University in McKenzie, TN each July. Here students take the bulk of their classes. This period of intense study, worship, and fellowship that has come to be referred to as the PAS experience!
The school is divided into three five-day blocks of course offerings. Students may take up to three courses per block (9 total). Most instructors require a significant after-class project or paper. Only after this homework is successfully completed does the student get credit for the course.
The remaining courses are taken in a series of Weekend Schools held across the country throughout the year in various locations. Beginning in 2014, some PAS courses will be made available in an online format to be completed in the context of the student wherever he/she may be.
It takes 35 courses in all to complete the program. Graduates who have completed the required work receive their certificate in an official graduation ceremony held at the beginning of each Summer Extension School.
In recent years the benefits of the PAS experience have been recognized beyond just those seeking ordination as Cumberland Presbyterian ministers. PAS and seminary graduates, aspiring clergy from other denominations, and lay-leaders have found great value in taking courses of interest. Anyone may audit classes of their choosing.
Tuition: $370 per course
Books: $ 40 per course (ave)
Room & Board: $ 33 per day (Bethel University prices)
Travel expenses and Weekend School room & board are the responsibility of the student.