What's involved in coaching?
With coaching, we take the initiative to help you see your course to the end. When you enroll in a course, you will let your coach know the best ways to be in contact with you. Your coach will typically check-in every couple of weeks until you finish Lesson 1, since we have found that, often times, the toughest part is getting in a rhythm and not being intimidated by the assignment. After Lesson 1, your coach will continue to track you, usually on a monthly basis, while also giving you personal feedback on your assignments. When you come to the final assessment, your coach will be praying for you and rooting you on. And whether you pass or fail, your coach will reach out to discuss your next steps.
Of course, working through the lessons and completing the assignments still falls on you. And you must also be responsive to your coach. (After a reasonable number of attempts to reach out without success, the burden will fall on you to reconnect with your coach to let him know you are back in communication.) But we believe you will find that having someone intentionally encouraging you and praying for you will serve your success in our courses.
How do I contact my coach?
Your coach will be in contact with you on a regular (typically monthly) basis. Feel free to respond to those communications and interact with your coach. Please just keep those interactions focused on questions and topics related to the course.
I have turned in the first assignment. Can I move on to the next lesson even before I receive feedback on my work?
Yes. You will be alerted via email when there is feedback on your assignment. Just be careful not to move too far ahead: it is important to act on the feedback you receive.
Is there an order to the Path Courses that I should follow?
Yes. Both the series (designated by color) and individual courses are ordered from easiest to most advanced. That being said, which series you choose is dependent on your needs, and within a series everyone is welcome to take any available Path Course along the spectrum unless a specific prerequisite is listed. We also have developed suggested tracks which you may want to consider.
We recognize that people with a variety of experience and proficiency in Bible study take our courses and therefore have tried to provide options that will allow everyone to take a step forward in their path to deeper study of the Word.
When do courses begin?
Right now! You can begin a course whenever you wish and go at a pace that fits your schedule. But this does not mean our courses are without accountability or motivation. You will be provided with an individual coach to encourage you, answer questions, and help you keep moving forward. You will also receive personal feedback on your assignments.
What are my options if I am midway through a course and need to take a few months off?
Good news! Your progress and completed work are preserved, even when your Online Courses subscription add-on is not active. Thus, you have the option of freezing your progress by temporarily cancelling your Online Courses subscription add-on. Then, when you are ready to begin again, you can reactivate the add-on and pick up where you left off.
I would like to restart from the beginning including all assignments. How do I restart the course and have a fresh start?
No problem. Just contact us and explain the reason for your request.
After I have completed a course, can I go back and review my work and the course material?
General course content is public and can be viewed anytime, with or without a subscription. After completing a course, your work and instructor feedback will continue to be accessible to you indefinitely, even if you cancel your Online Courses add-on.
There are books and other resources referenced in my course. Am I required to read/buy them?
There are no required purchases for any courses. However, we do recommend several resources throughout the lessons which you may want to consider.
Is a Facebook account required to enroll in courses?
No social media accounts are required to participate in any of our courses.
Can I use the course material as a basis for a class at church?
Absolutely. You are free to use all public content on our courses (the parts you can see when not logged in) so long as it is a local class and not offered online. Check out Gospel Paths for more information about offering our courses with coaching through your local church.
What Path Courses are coming next?
We have three new Path Courses currently in production!
This course teaches principles of interpretation that are derived from the Bible itself, to help students better understand each text they read there, all to the glory of God.
This course aims to teach students how to rightly use commentaries and other resources in both their personal Bible study and in preparing a message to teach or preach.
Our Greek courses equip students to read and understand the NT in Koine Greek, its original language, as well as the LXX. This next Greek course picks up where Greek I left off and teaches students about indicative verbs.
We have more several more courses planned, including Markup, Word Study, another Greek course, and a second-level Hebrew course.
Subscriptions and Rewards
Are scholarships available?
If you live in the Majority World and are unable to enroll without a scholarship, we invite you to contact us with your request.
What is the best way for members of a family to take a class together, if all members want to do the assignments?
Each person who wishes to receive individual feedback on their assignments will need their own subscription.
I am enrolled on the old platform. Will I be able to complete my course there?
Beginning on January 1, 2021, students will no longer be able to complete their courses on the old platform. If you would like to transfer your course to our new platform, please contact us. Do proficiency badges earned on the old platform count toward reward #4 (subscription for life)?
What does a proficiency badge look like and how do I know when I earn one?
Proficiency badges are visually based on the signpost of the course they are associated with. After your assessment attempt is evaluated, you will receive an email telling you whether you have passed or failed. For those who pass a course evaluation, the associated proficiency badge will appear on the about square of their published pages feed and on each of their published pages. It will also appear within the main app menu on Biblearc.com.
How can I work with Biblearc?
Great question! Here are the positions we are currently looking for.