First Year Program


The Bible School program exists to provide Bible, theology and ministry classes designed to train and equip Christians for life and ministry.


From September to May the Bible School program offers an intense college-level study of the Bible. Upon completion of one full school year students will have surveyed the entire Bible and had a concentrated study of many individual books.

Contemporary issues of Christian living will also be studied in light of God’s Word. Through these studies students have the opportunity to develop a firm foundation for their Christian lives.

The Bible School features a weekly schedule consisting of in class Bible teaching as well as various small group meetings and outreach opportunities. Classes are taught by resident faculty and guest teachers who are in residence for one week.

Guest teachers are either staff members at one of our other Torchbearers International centers or other experienced Christian leaders.

To see what a typical week looks like at Ravencrest, please open our Sample Weekly schedule.

Second Year Program

Leadership Training Course (LTC)

Ravencrest Chalet offers a year of study and service opportunities to a limited number of students who have completed one year of studies at a Torchbearer school. Ravencrest’s goal for the Leadership Training Course (LTC) is best captured in Ephesians 4:14-15:

"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine .... but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ."

As an extension and application of the first year of study, LTC is committed to developing practical leadership principles in every area of the Christian life.

From personal devotional life and living in community with others to principles of ministry and work, the student will be challenged to take initiative not only in knowing the Word of Life but also in Living the Life of the Word.

Leadership Training Course students will assist the Ravencrest Staff by working with the first-year students to make their program as meaningful as possible. Fewer hours will be spent in the classroom; however, the study environment will be more challenging as personal research and preparation will be required as they exercise leadership roles amongst their fellow students.

The classroom format for the Leadership Training Course will involve lectures from resident teachers, visiting lecturers, local pastors, special guests and ministry workers as well as video and audio presentations.

The Leadership Training Course curriculum includes the following:

Classroom Courses

Ministry Requirements

Leadership Practical Duties at Ravencrest Chalet
Principles and Application of Teaching Training for Ministry
Overview of Doctrinal Issues Leadership in Weekly Outreaches
Old Testament Book Studies Organizing Special Outreaches
Progress of Redemption  
Exegesis of New Testament Epistles

Video Presentations

Missions Major W. Ian Thomas "Rediscovering Christ"
Key Leaders from Church History Walter Martin - "Study of Cults and World Religions"
Apologetics Larry Burkett - "Finances"
Human Development and Ministry Implications R. C. Sproul "Holiness of God"
Hermeneutics "Steeling the Mind of America" Series
Communication for Ministry Phil Yancey Series

Topics of Study

Ministry / Practical

Biblical / Theological

Youth Ministry Personal Devotions
Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution Theology Proper - Study of God
Knowing God's Will for Your Life Ecclesiology - Study of the Church
How to use Study Resources Angelology, Demonology, Satanology
Evangelism Apologetics
The Christian and Business Views of Santification
Ministry Mindedness Eschatological Positions
Christian and Politics Creation vs. Evolution
How to Relate to Your Church's Pastor Values, Priorities and Worldviews
Worship Hermeneutics
Missions Prayer
Media: Music, Movies and Video Old Testament Book and Character Studies
Relationship with Parents Application of Scripture, Normative and Cultural
Counseling Spiritual Warfare
Materialism Ethical Dilemmas
Body Life Cults
Torchbearing in the World Today Soteriology - Study of Salvation
Spiritual Gifts Theological Issues
Marriage and Family New Testament Epistles
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Apply Online now!

Apply today to attend a First year or Second year Bible School program at Ravencrest Chalet, find out how to apply.

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Ready to study?

So you want to study at Ravencrest? Take a look through our Bible School section - it’s the easiest way to find out the most information!  

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Retreats/youth weeks

If you haven’t got a year to spare at Ravencrest, try attending one our retreats. There’s something for everyone, young and young at heart!