Being in a close-knit community like PBC is a great advantage to someone desiring to grow. Having so many friends who are headed in similar life directions and who possess the same values is an amazing advantage when trying to stretch oneself. Mutual encouragement and accountability are great resources and often relationships formed while in PBC become strategic later in life.
PBC is constructed to be a place where personal and spiritual growth is accelerated. It is intended for people who are serious about becoming Christ-like, self-disciplined and effective in their calling. Comfort and ease are not valued as highly as change and growth. It is assumed that a student entering PBC is deeply committed to personal and spiritual growth and will view all instruments of this process to be allies in this pursuit. Equally as important as an individual walk with God is a person’s ability to flow together with other believers in the Body of Christ. PBC provides a variety of organized opportunities to foster spiritual experience. Friday chapel services are spiritually intense times of worship, prayer and ministry and often allow plenty of room for the moving of the Holy Spirit. Most courses incorporate prayer and worship into the class times. There are a variety of additional student led prayer and worship times on campus.
PBC Chapel Services
Are Anything But Boring – Chapels at PBC are a unique and vibrant part of the spiritual culture and campus life. Each week ends with the entire student body gathering together at the Chapel for a time of passionate student-led worship, prayer and intercession, and challenging messages from faculty and guest speakers. The atmosphere is alive and full of expectancy. For many students, some of the most pivotal and defining moments have come in a Chapel services.
Weekly chapel services vary week to week. There are times students are receiving from guest speakers, praying for the nations, or having what we call an “Open Chapel”. Open Chapel is simply an extended time of seeking God in worship, with frequent prayer and prophetic ministry – passionately pursuing the presence and heart of God.
Since Chapel times are student-led, the opportunity for hands-on experience and practical training is part of every service. Student musicians and worship leaders grow in their ability to flow and lead worship in a Holy Spirit-driven atmosphere. Students can also grow in their ability to follow the leading of the Spirit in prayer and prophetic ministry, and also learn how to facilitate and emcee a service.
Each dorm divides into Small Groups. This is a great way to go deep with dorm-mates and ensure support will be there during difficult moments. Life-long friendships very often result from Small Group connections. One way peer leadership is emphasized and put into practice is through the means of small group leading. As a peer leader facilitates the small group, each member is able to discuss issues ranging from academic and Biblical questions to expressing aspects of their own personal journey. Students are able to support each other through open discussion, accountability and prayer.
We hold a strong value for peer leadership. At the end of each semester, students are anonymously surveyed to nominate who they feel out of their peers could lead them. The faculty takes time to examine the survey results and prayerfully consider the suggested names. Along with leadership abilities, academic and financial prudence is also considered. We’re not looking for perfection, but rather students who have a willing heart to model moving in the right direction.
All-Night Prayer and Worship
One of our most popular activities is All Night Prayer. This is student-led and organized. Students gather at the Chapel and devote all night to seeking God, lifting up specific areas of prayer, praying for each other, and intently devoted worship.
Each semester the men and women each take a turn to organize and host “Dorm Warm”. This is the only evening when girls and guys are allowed to enter each other’s dorms. The hosting dorm chooses a theme and plans a night full of games and entertainment. Entirely student-run, this is when you can really see student’s creativity
Parking on Campus
There is ample parking available on our campus for both on-campus and communiting students. All students must have a parking pass to park on campus. Parking permits are required to be renewed every semester.Learn More
Student Resource Center
The Portland Bible College Resource Center is a theological library. Students have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources, old and new, filled with information to help our students be as successful as possible. There is also access to computers, printers and study spaces.Learn More
All on-campus Portland Bible College students have access to the fitness center. The fitness center has a selection of different exercise equipment including elliptical/treadmill machine, free weights, weight lifting stations, aerobics room and more.Learn More
Cafeteria meal plans are already included in the room and board cost for all on-campus students. Off-campus students can add on a meal plan by contacting the finance office.Learn More
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