BEE World

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BEE World (Biblical Education by Extension World), an interdenominational missions organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, promotes Christian education primarily in countries where Christianity is restricted. Today BEE World's mission work is primarily in Asia and the Middle East.[1]

BEE World addresses the growing worldwide leadership crisis by providing seminary-level biblical training to pastors and church leaders who otherwise have no access to biblical education.

BEE World's Mission[edit]

The purpose of BEE World is to help the church fulfill the Great Commission by providing biblical training that results in the multiplication of servant leaders, with priority given to countries with limited access to training. [2]

BEE World's Method[edit]

BEE teachers, or facilitators, travel to various restricted-access countries globally, starting small discipleship groups that methodically study BEE's seminary-level doctrinal curriculum.

BEE facilitation methods involve modeling the facilitation itself, so that by the end of each course, each student in the group can imitate the process he witnessed in the facilitators. By the end of the second course, BEE World requires each student in the “first-generation” group to have his own group before he can continue the training. This method sets forth a multiplication philosophy and seeks men and women who will implement it in their own country. This method also stimulates exponential growth. [3]

BEE World's Curriculum[edit]

BEE World, in partnership with the Internet Biblical Seminary, publishes seminary-level doctrinal curriculum students can access via printed book, CD-ROM, or online study.[4]

These courses include studies of the Old and New Testaments, various books of the Bible, and facets of Christian living (such as marriage, raising children, and church dynamics).[5]

History[edit]

In 1979, key leaders from twenty missions organizations and several national leaders working in Eastern Europe met to launch a united effort to advance biblical training behind the Iron Curtain. Five of those organizations initially agreed to cooperate to develop a comprehensive training program for laymen in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union who desired to become church leaders, resulting in the formation of Biblical Education by Extension (BEE).

Dr. Joseph (Jody) Dillow and Rev. Al Bridges were appointed to lead this new organization with staff and resources from the following twelve organizations:

With the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1992, by 1994, the BEE Board of Directors authorized the formation of BEE World, a new ministry that would utilize the same philosophy, curriculum, and discipleship strategy and expand the BEE training model to countries of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.[6] Since BEE’s inception, more than fifty thousand students in fifteen countries have taken BEE courses. At least half of these have completed the seminary curriculum and continued to train others in the pattern of 2 Timothy 2:2: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”[7] In 1998, the first BEE Women’s Ministry track was launched in several countries of southeastern Asia, emphasizing the equipping of women in ministry to develop their roles as wives, mothers, and Christian leaders. This has resulted in more than a thousand women leaders being trained in Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, northern India, and East Asia.[8]

Accreditations[edit]

BEE World is given high marks from two evangelical Christian rating organizations. One is Ministry Watch.Com. BEE World is given an overall "A" grade. In the "Financial Efficiency" category Ministry Watch gives it four stars out of a possible five. This means BEE World is careful to use its resources wisely. It was found that 82% of its monies went to conduct its programs, while 11% went to administrative expenses and 7% went to fund-raising activities.[9]

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability also gives a favorable evaluation of BEE World, although it does not provide a rating. It confirms the organization puts 82% of its resources into providing ministry services.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BEE World website, http://www.beeworld.org
  2. ^ BEE World website, http://www.beeworld.org/#/about-us
  3. ^ BEE World website, http://www.beeworld.org
  4. ^ BEE World site, www.beeworld.org
  5. ^ BEE World site, www.beeworld.org
  6. ^ BEE World website, http://www.beeworld.org
  7. ^ Biblegateway.com, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Tim%202:2&version=NASB
  8. ^ BEE World website, http://www.beeworld.org
  9. ^ Ministry Watch.Com website, http://www.ministrywatch.com
  10. ^ Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability website, http://www.ecfa.org