Being part of a close-knit community like PBC is highly beneficial for personal growth. Sharing similar values and life goals with friends in the community provides valuable support and accountability. These relationships formed at PBC often become strategically valuable in the future.
PBC accelerates personal and spiritual growth for those serious about becoming Christ-like and effective in their calling. Comfort takes a backseat to change and growth. Students are expected to be deeply committed to their growth and view all resources as allies. PBC emphasizes individual walk with God and unity in the Body of Christ. Chapel services and classes integrate worship and prayer, while students also lead additional prayer and worship sessions 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 Campus Pastors.Learn More
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