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A Spirit-filled Residential Ministerial Training Institute
Zion Ministerial Institute
a Zion Fellowship ministry
PO Box 70 • 54 County Road 60 • Waverly, New York 14892
Phone: (607) 565-2801 • Fax (607) 565-3329
Website: www.zmi.edu • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revision: January 2014
ZMI Waverly Campus Student Catalog
Zion Ministerial Institute Student Catalog
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Zion Christian Publishers PO Box 70 54 County Route 60 Waverly, New York 14892 Phone: (607) 565-2801 Fax: (607) 565-3329 Zion Ministerial Institute a Zion Fellowship ministry ZMI Waverly Campus Student Catalog Contents A Message from the Founding President The Spiritual Vision of Zion Ministerial Institute 1 Zion Ministerial Institute in Profile History Founder Mission Purpose Statement of Faith The Educational Vision of Ministerial Training The Advantages of Ministerial Training Accreditation & Affiliation Status Administration Staff Board of Directory Faculty Location & General Information Contact Information Facilities 2 Admissions Entrance Requirements Nondiscriminatory Policy Application Process Review Process Enrollment Trial Period Enrollment Process Submission of Secondary Transcripts Transfer Credits Academic Calendar For International Students: The Educational Objective 3 Student Living Student Body Elective Activities Statement of Responsibilities Disciplinary Action / Dismissal Living Arrangements Outstations Work Duties Working Off-Campus Student Motor Vehicle Policy ZMI Waverly Campus Student Catalog 4 Academic Policies Graduation Requirements Refund Schedule Enrolling in Subsequent Semesters Leave of Absence Withdrawal From Enrollment Integrity of Scholarship Monitoring Student Progress Academic Probation & Dismissal Grading System Academic Transcripts Family Rights & Privacy Act Student Complaints 5 Financial Information Expenses Program Costs Payment Policy Textbooks Refund Schedule 6 Educational Programs and Courses Curriculum Credit Hour System Educational Programs Diploma of Ministerial Training Certificate of Completion of Audit Part-Time Audit Course Requirements General Course List Course Descriptions 2013 Calendar ZMI Waverly Campus Student Catalog
According to medieval tradition, the prophet Samuel presided over the world’s first university, which consisted of “the sons of the prophets.” It was organized in the colleges at Bethel, Kirjath-sepher and Kirjath-sannah (cf. 2 Kgs. 2:3-5). The puritan fathers of Harvard University accepted this with uncritical alacrity. In fact, Nathaniel Rogers made mention of this tradition in his valedictory oration at the Harvard Commencement in 1652.
In more modern times, the University of Paris (called the First School of the Church) was the pattern from which all the great universities of the world, such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard, modeled themselves.
The University of Paris was established by the Church, and all masters and scholars were either priests or potential priests. Medieval universities were distinctly purposeful in that they sought to train students for the ministry, and with the Reformation, this goal was seen as the proper function of a university. In the conception of the University of Paris, no land or buildings pertained to the University. Teaching was carried out in various churches (St.
Julius le Paurve in Paris; St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford; Great St. Mary’s in Cambridge).
In medieval Europe, a college was a corporation established within a university to provide board and lodging for small groups of students. By the 1600s, however, these colleges had absorbed the responsibility for most of the teaching, and the universities granted degrees to those who had satisfactorily met the requirements of the university. One of the great battles that ensued over the ages was between those who espoused liberal arts and philosophy and the pious Christians, who were not slow to point out that Aristotle, the father of philosophy, was a pagan. These devout Christians, therefore, saw no reason to include his teachings in their curriculums.
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The goals of Zion Ministerial Institute are as follows: to incorporate a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, to teach and interpret the Holy Scriptures under the mantle of the Teacher, the Blessed Holy Spirit, to glorify God the Father, and to know and teach His ways at all times.
God has raised up Zion Ministerial Institute to propagate the vision of Zion. By the grace of God, we seek to impart this vision to all of our students. Therefore, we, the Board of Zion Ministerial Institute, submit the following Curriculum to teach the ways of Zion, which are the ways of a Holy God as Scripture so clearly sets forth. Our purpose is to give a very sound education in the areas of character, ability (with respect to the Holy Scriptures), and productivity—seeking to encourage the students to live a very productive and purposeful life by fulfilling God’s will for their lives.
One of the preponderant complaints dating way back to the early thirteenth century was that students want a degree without doing any work. May we say that Zion Ministerial Institute does not endorse such lackadaisical standards. Hard and diligent study is enjoined upon all of our students so that they might be thoroughly equipped for the service of the Master. Our prayer is that you will give Zion Ministerial Institute the opportunity to help you further your education in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. God bless you!
The Spiritual Vision of Zion Ministerial Institute I would like to give you a brief summary of the spiritual vision of our Ministerial Training school. We seek to impart this vision to all of our students through our courses.
First of all, we need to realize that the Lord desires to plant an onward vision within all of His people. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.” We all need a clear, God-imparted vision in order to hit God’s mark for our lives.
This vision will enable us to look beyond our present spiritual experience. It will sustain us and give us purpose in life. Proverbs 29:18 warns, “Where there is no vision [or progressive vision], the people perish.” Without an ongoing vision, people wander aimlessly through life.
Therefore, one’s spiritual vision is very important.
We are living in the last days, and whenever “the last days” are mentioned in Scripture, Zion is also very often mentioned as well. Virtually all of the promises of God in Scripture will come upon the Church that is dwelling in spiritual Zion in the last days.
Zion is the ultimate goal of the Church of Jesus Christ, as the Apostle Paul states in Hebrews 12:22: “But you have come unto Mount Zion…” Geographically, Mount Zion is located in the southeast part of the city of Jerusalem. In ancient times it was called the city of David, and prior to that it was inhabited by the Jebusites. Let us now consider the spiritual significance of Mount Zion.
The Journey from Egypt to Zion To gain an understanding of the spiritual journey that we as believers are on, we need to study the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land, and eventually to Mount Zion. This historical journey undertaken thousands of years ago is a type of our spiritual journey as believers from earth to heaven, and from newborn babes in Christ to mature fathers and mothers in the faith. It serves as a roadmap to show us where we have come from, where we are at presently, and where we are going.
Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.” Psalm 78:54, 68 confirm that this mountain was Mount Zion. Zion was their ultimate goal from the very beginning of their journey!
The Apostle Paul speaks of the journey of Israel in 1 Corinthians 10:11: “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” Paul clearly states that the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to Zion was recorded in Holy Scripture to serve as an example or pattern for believers.
First of all, the Israelites were delivered from Egyptian bondage through a series of ten plagues that God used to punish the Egyptians. As they prepared to leave Egypt (a symbol of this world), the Israelites celebrated the Passover, which speaks of Christ, the Lamb of God, who died for the sins of the world (1 Cor. 5:7).
After leaving Egypt, they crossed the Red Sea, which separated them from the Egyptians.
The Red Sea represents water baptism (1 Cor. 10:1-2). Water baptism is an act of obedience (Mt. 3:15), and it breaks many ties with the world.
Mount Sinai The Israelites came to Mount Sinai in the third month of their journey (Ex. 19:1). The feast of the third month in the religious calendar of Israel is the Feast of Pentecost. From this, we understand that Mount Sinai represents the Feast of Pentecost, and as such, the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is clear since the Early Church received the baptism of the Spirit and began to speak in other tongues on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.
The Pentecostal experience, represented by Mount Sinai, is wonderful. Yet Paul tells us in Hebrews 12:18-22 that we are not called to Mount Sinai, but to Mount Zion. So we must realize that the final destination of our spiritual life is not the Pentecostal experience. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is given to us to help us along our journey through the wilderness and on to spiritual Mount Zion.
The Lord said in Deuteronomy 2:3, “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough.” God told Israel that they had camped around Mount Sinai too long and that it was time to move on. I believe the Lord is speaking the same thing to His Church today: “It is time to move on!” ZMI Waverly Campus Student Catalog Many churches today have camped around the Pentecostal experience, and are content to remain in it and not progress in their spiritual journey. We must not stop anywhere along our journey and camp around a particular blessing or experience; we must progress and move on with God until we reach Mount Zion. We must go on to the fullness of what God has in store for us.
The Wilderness After the children of Israel left Mount Sinai, they journeyed through the wilderness. We see this same pattern in the life of Christ. After He was water baptized (as the Israelites were, in type, in the Red Sea), the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus and led Him into the wilderness (Mk.
1:12). The wilderness speaks of the trials and testings that God leads us into in order to teach us obedience. Deuteronomy 8:2 tells us that the Lord led Israel for forty years in the wilderness to work within them humility, obedience, and purity.
In Hebrews 5:8, we read about the same experience in the life of Christ, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” There is only one way that we can learn obedience, and that is through suffering and chastisement.
Crossing the Jordan River After the wilderness, the Lord raised up Joshua to lead the children of Israel across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land. The crossing of the Jordan spiritually speaks of being crucified with Christ. When the Israelites crossed over the Jordan River, they placed twelve stones in the river and took twelve stones out. This speaks of dying to self and walking in newness of life.
When we give our hearts to the Lord, He forgives us of all our sins and makes us as white as snow. However, we still need to die to the carnal desires of our old nature. This is not a quick process. It takes self-denial and much prayer.
When the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they were out of Egypt, but Egypt was not out of them. Throughout their wilderness journey, the Israelites wanted to return to Egypt.
Thus they were “out of the world, but the world was not out of them.” However, when they crossed the Jordan River, the Lord took the love for Egypt (the world) out of their hearts and they did not want to return to Egypt after that time.
ZMI Waverly Campus Student Catalog After they crossed the Jordan River, they camped at Gilgal where they were circumcised.
The Lord declared in Joshua 5:9, “This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you.” We all need to know experientially that we have been crucified with Christ and that our old Adamic nature has been put to death so that we no longer have to serve sin, but we are free to serve the Lord in righteousness and holiness (Rom. 6:6).
Conquering the Inheritance The Israelites then began to conquer and possess Canaan, the Promised Land, which was not an easy task by any means. There were many giants in the land that they had to overcome. In order to possess this beautiful land, they had to dispossess its inhabitants— seven nations that were mightier than they. In our Christian walk, we have to fight against unseen forces—principalities and powers in heavenly places—in order to possess our inheritance.
Mount Zion was the last and most difficult stronghold the Israelites captured. It was the fortress of the Jebusites, who retained control of it for many centuries until the time of King David. They arrogantly boasted that King David and his army could not conquer them even if the Jebusite soldiers were blind and lame.
Nevertheless, David took Mount Zion and the city of Jerusalem after his third anointing.
Possessing Zion requires a new anointing! David made Mount Zion his capital and pitched a tent there for the Ark of the Covenant.
This little mountain in Jerusalem became the dwelling place of the Lord. It is an earthly replica of the heavenly Mount Zion (Rev. 14:4). Several hundred years after they began their journey, David finally led the children of Israel to Mount Zion. As we have already stated, this is the ultimate goal of every believer.
The Apostle Paul said, “First the natural, then the spiritual” (paraphrased, 1 Cor. 15:46).