Studying at NABA

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Who can come?

Most of our students have been Native Americans from eighteen different nations. Non-natives are also welcome. Adult men and women of any age can come, with or without previous college or high school education. Students may attend as many courses as they want even if they are not planning on getting a Bible diploma.

Where is it?

Please see our map on the home page for details on our location.

What if I live nearby?

You are welcome to drive in for classes or stay in the dorms. Refrigerators are available for storing packed meals. You may also have the opportunity to cook and eat with other students staying in the dorms.

What if I don’t live nearby?

You are welcome to stay at NABA if you want. As a student, we would love for you to be able to bring your family, but we have limited space, so please let us know in advance so we can try to make arrangements.
We have housing in a few different dorm rooms. Each one can sleep four people and has a bathroom. There is a shared kitchen with all the utensils. You can expect to bring or buy your own groceries and cook your meals. You will also want to bring linens for the bed and towels.
Ringold is a very small town about a mile’s walk from the school. There is a general store and a café in the town. You can bring a vehicle, walk, or ride along with a staff member or other student to the store.

How much will things cost?

The price of NABA operates on a sliding scale for those with lower incomes to price is roughly as follows: Each week-long course is about $25.
Living in the dorms (not including groceries) costs about $20 per week per person.
Scholarships may be available. Please contact us for more details about pricing.

What are the different levels of courses?

Students choose which level they would like to take a course so that each person can learn in ways that are comfortable for them. There are two levels of attending courses:
Audit: A student is able to sit through the course and choose how much to participate.
Credit: A student fully participates in a course. After a two-year program, a student can earn a non-accredited Bible diploma.

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What are your classes like?

Classes normally have three to ten students and lots of discussion. Some have homework, papers, or exams and some don’t. Each course is led by a different teacher. Each teacher has a different style, but all of them come because they are excited to teach inside and outside of class. Some teachers have had advanced degrees and some have had years of experience, but all have a passion for loving God and loving people.

Will I get to do anything but study?

In many cases, each student will decide how he or she would like to use time outside of class. You will be able to hook up to the internet here if you want, and there is mini-golf, horseshoes, and tetherball on campus for recreation.
There are also local opportunities to develop and use your spiritual gifts, if you choose, by participating in services, worship, and various work projects.

When are the courses?

Courses are grouped together into sessions: six courses in the fall (October/November), six courses in the winter (January/February), and four courses in the spring (April). Please see our calendar on the home page for the dates of upcoming courses.

What time are classes?

We have class Monday through Friday, each day as follows:
9:00 - 10:15am - Class
10:15 - 10:30am - Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30am - Class
11:30am - 12:00pm - Chapel
12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch Break
1:00 - 3:00pm - Class

How do I sign up?

Introduce yourself to us via e-mail, phone, or letter using the contact information provided at the bottom of the page and we can talk more about the application process.

Two Year Diploma

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Our two year diploma consists of 32 courses: 11 Bible courses, 4 Christian Life courses, 6 ministry courses, 5 theology courses, 6 electives. The courses have been carefully selected to provide a firm grasp of the Bible and to lay a solid foundation for Christian life and service in Christ Jesus.
Courses are taught by local and visiting instructors and may have different instructors from year to year, but the overall purpose and content of each course stays the same.

Bible Courses

A Panoramic Overview of the Bible - BI101
This course presents the student with a panoramic overview of the Bible. Students will come to understand how the separate parts of the Bible, including events and people, make up a divinely designed timeline of the whole story of God’s redemptive relationship with man.

Bible Introduction - BI102
This course examines the nature and history of the Bible. Students will consider the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. They will also investigate how the canon was identified, how it was passed down, and how it has been translated for our use in modern times.

Life of Christ - BI124
This course examines the chronology of Christ’s ministry, miracles, parables, teachings, and various personal relationships. This course also includes an analysis of the unique and complementary contributions of each of the four gospels.

Pentateuch - BI125
This course surveys the first five books of the Bible. It considers the origin of creation, God’s relationship with rebellious mankind, God’s selection of Israel, and His establishment of a covenant and Law with them. Students will identify the purpose and focus of each book and examine the place of the Law in the lives of God’s people.

Acts - BI126
This course surveys the book of Acts. Students will explore the establishment and expansion of the New Testament Church, while giving special attention to the workings of the Holy Spirit. This course acquaints students with the major events and people described in the book. The study of Acts is foundational to an understanding of the Church and of other New Testament writings.

Old Testament Historical Books - BI127
This course surveys the twelve historical books of the Bible, Joshua through Esther. It follows the continuing story of Israel through the conquering of the land, the cycle of judges, the establishment of a king, the division of the kingdom, the exile of Israel and Judah, and their return to the land. Students will analyze the purpose and contribution of each book.

Paul’s Letters - BI214
This course surveys the New Testament letters Paul sent to various churches and individuals. The survey includes information about the author, the recipient, the place in the chronology of Paul’s ministry, the context, and the purpose of each letter. Students will examine how the truths of these letters impact Christian life today.

Old Testament Prophets - BI215
This course surveys the Old Testament books of the prophets. The survey includes information about the author, the recipient, the time of the prophecy in Israel’s history, the context, and the purpose of each book. Students will consider how these books show God’s justice and mercy and His plan for His people.

Old Testament Wisdom Literature - BI216
This course surveys the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Students will consider the authorship, historical context, and purpose of each book. They will examine how to interpret Hebrew poetry and proverbial truth. They will connect the teachings of these books to the life of a godly person in suffering, in worship, in wisdom, and in romantic love.

General Letters - BI217
This course surveys the New Testament letters of Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude. The survey includes information about the author, the recipient, the date, the context, and the purpose of each letter. Students will examine how the truths of these letters impact Christian life today.

Revelation - BI218
This course surveys the book of Revelation. The study includes information about the author, recipients, date, context, and central purpose of the book. It examines literary elements, prophecies, and eschatological frameworks of Revelation. This course is designed to bless students with hopeful and reverent trust in God’s ultimate plan for the ages.

Christian Life Courses

Spiritual Disciplines - CL101
This course introduces the student to foundational habits for the development of the personal Christian life. It explores both the purpose and the practical application of these habits so that students will be equipped to use them in daily life.

Bible Study Methods - CL102
This course looks at a variety of methods and approaches for studying the Bible. It examines the basic framework for observation, interpretation, and application. Various exegetical and topical methods of study will also be considered.

Spiritual Warfare - CL103
This course recognizes that all Christians committed to serving Christ are engaged in a spiritual battle against the Adversary. Students will examine the Bible’s teachings about who the enemy is, how he works, and who his associates are. The study emphasizes how to overcome this enemy from our position in Christ and with the biblical weapons Christ has provided for our use.

Identity in Christ - CL201
This course considers the Bible’s teachings about who the Christian has become in Christ. It includes a study of every Christian’s position in Christ and how this position sculpts thinking and character. Each student will be required to write a statement that answers the question, “Who am I?”

Ministry Courses

Discipleship - MI101
This course considers the meaning, importance, responsibility, method, and processes of discipleship.

Teaching the Bible - MI102
This course is designed to train students to prepare and teach Bible lessons to all ages. It investigates how to focus on the Bible passage, how to develop an aim and an outline, and how to present an appropriate application. It considers the use of helpful materials and various styles of communication.

Preaching the Bible - MI103
This course focuses on the preparation and delivery of sermons. It investigates how to focus on the Bible passage, how to develop an aim and an outline, and how to present an appropriate application. It considers expository, topical, and narrative styles of communication.

Evangelism - MI201
This course is designed to equip students for a lifestyle of sharing the Good News of Jesus. It considers the meaning, importance, responsibility, method, and processes of evangelism. It also identifies the marks of a cult and shows how several major cults exemplify these marks.

Leadership and Mentoring - MI202
This course is designed to prepare students to be biblical leaders and mentors. It includes a study of the Bible’s mentors and trainees as well as a study of the Bible’s qualifications for leadership. Each student will develop a personal plan for being a part of the cycle of discipleship.

Worship and Music - MI203
This course examines biblical teaching about worship of God and how music is an essential expression of worship. It explores Old Testament and New Testament passages that define and exemplify worship. It investigates music’s contribution to individual and corporate worship.

Contemporary Issues in Native America - MI204
This course examines contemporary issues in Native America that may influence ministry among different nations. It studies stereotypes, syncretism, and sovereignty. It considers social issues, including drugs and alcohol, sexual abuse, gambling, and suicide. Students will evaluate how to respond biblically to each issue as it relates to personal life and ministry.

Theology Courses

Doctrine of God - TH101
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the existence, Triune nature, attributes, and names of the God of the Bible. This study is presented as the foundation to all other studies of theology.

Doctrine of Man - TH102
This course analyzes how mankind relates to God. Students will consider Adam’s creation in the image of God, Adam’s fall and the guilt of sin passed on through him to mankind, the salvation available in Christ as the second Adam, and the recreation of man in the likeness of God.

Doctrine of Christ - TH103
This course will explore the Bible’s teachings about the person of Jesus Christ. It addresses His eternal existence, His divine nature, His pre-incarnate appearances, the purpose and nature of His incarnation, His present ministry, and His promised return.

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit - TH201
This course examines the person and work of the Holy Spirit. It reviews the Spirit’s attributes and role in the Trinity and dispels common misconceptions about His personhood. Students will examine the Spirit’s multiple ministries and His administration of spiritual gifts.

Doctrine of the Church - TH202
This course explores the biblical doctrine about the universal and local church. It examines the definition, nature, and purpose of the universal Church. It also investigates the practical implications of these doctrines for local church congregations under the headship of Christ.


The elective courses offered vary from year to year so not all of the electives will be available to every student. Six electives are part of the core requirements of the two year diploma and they will be chosen based on student interest and available teachers.

Christ in the Tabernacle - BI135
This course examines the biblical description and teaching of the Tabernacle as presented in the book of Exodus. It emphasizes the discovery of how Christ is variously portrayed in the types associated with the Tabernacle.

Ephesians - BI224
This course studies Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Students will explore the content of the letter in its original context, analyze its central themes, and relate these themes to personal and corporate Christian living.

2 Corinthians - BI225
This course is an overview of the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. It investigates the background history of this letter as well as its main themes and principles.

In the School of Prayer - MI120
This course studies the Bible’s examples and specific statements about prayer. It addresses the definition, purpose, means, types, and results of prayer. It also provides students with practical ideas for fostering a life of prayer.

Essential Resources for Effective Ministry - MI125
This course studies seven specific resources that God makes available to Christians so that they can be effective in whatever ministry He places them. The resources include Scripture, the Holy Spirit, prayer, people, finances, equipment, and faith.

Storytelling - MI210
This course covers various techniques for identifying, developing, and communicating appropriate stories to convey biblical truth and lessons. In class, students will practice telling stories and critiquing them.

An Introduction to Animism - MI215
This course studies the major beliefs and practices of animistic societies.

Cultural Anthropology in the Native American Context - MI224
This course familiarizes the student with basic theories and terminology of cultural anthropology while using illustrations and applications drawn from various Native nations.