PMI Center for Biblical Studies
POB 177 - Battle Creek, MI 49016-0177 - (269) 282-9381 - Email
"The promise of life which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 1:1)
Right Division Bible and Ministry Training
for prisoners through Distance Education since 1981
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the doctrinal position of the PMI Center? A: We stand without apology as independent, fundamental, dispensational King James Bible advocates in the Old Scofield Study Bible tradition.
Q: Can I receive credit for my ministry experience or from other Bible courses Iíve taken or taught? A: Yes. This is called Advanced Standing which allows students to matriculate into- as well as graduate at- an advanced study level. Please request a DEGREE AND CREDIT EVALUATION (DACE) form to submit to PMI for an analysis.
Q: You said this is a tuition free school so why are you asking for funds? A: Tuition-free means we donít charge per credit hour tuition fees to pay expenses. That being said, please hear me dear friend. Isn't it time we quit looking at giving to the Lord's work with disdain and began viewing it with delight instead? Paul commanded: Let him that is taught communicate unto (share with) him that teacheth (Gal. 6:6). Just as Moses asked for money (Ex. 35-36), David asked (1 Chron. 29:1-20), King Hezekiah asked (2 Chron. 31:4), Nehemiah asked (Neh. 2:7-8), and Paul asked (1 Cor. 16:1-4) for ministry money, we likewise ask for $20-$30 per month per student to help pay our ongoing ministry expenses. NOW Iíll be brutally honest: If that offends you, give this application to a winner and by all means DONíT GO INTO THE MINISTRY!
Q: Iíve put my family and friends through enough. I won't ask them to help me or contribute to PMI. A: Think carefully about this! The Bible teaches everything belongs to God (Job 41:11) and Christians are merely stewards of what the Lord owns (Luke 12:42-48; 1 Cor. 4:2). We are all therefore expected to give to the Lord out of that which He has loaned to us. Let me say that another way: we donít own anything. Therefore, what we give isnít really ours, itís all His!! Now this is exciting. When we obey God by giving tithes and offerings from His money, He not only promises to provide seed to the sower (2 Cor. 9:10) but He blesses us for distributing WHAT HE HIMSELF PROVIDED. (Luke 6:38). Now hereís the caveat: When we donít give to Him and His work, we are stealing from Him (Mal. 3:8-10); and God canít bless a thief! Now, the question at hand isn't "should your friends and relatives give tithes and offerings to God's work?" but rather "where shall they give them?" Since 1981 PMI has proven to be a faithful and trustworthy storehouse for tithes and offerings. Therefore, when you deny your family and friends even an opportunity to receive a letter explaining our ministry and giving them a chance to help, you are actually usurping the work of the Holy Spirit by removing any opportunity whatsoever for God to touch their hearts and bless them for helping us help you.
Q: I believe in tithing and I want to help PMI and sponsor myself. How much do prisoners usually pay? Can I give stamp offerings? A: Thank you very much for your willingness to partner with us. You CANNOT EVER OUT GIVE GOD! But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6). The fact is, our inmate students are among the most obedient, generous, and willing givers on the planet. As the Lord speaks, these committed brethren respond with integrity and joy. We have students who give $100 per month, and some with a few dollars. God speaks to every heart and those who are obedient do what the Holy Spirit directs them to do. Stamps are always needed and very welcome.
Q: What happens to students with no sponsors? A: I wish this were not so, but if funds are not available in PMI, they may be placed in a hold file until money is available.
Q: Do you ordain women? A: No. Women students are offered and provided with non-pastoral studies.
Q: Does PMI offer degrees? A: No. PMI offers diplomas. Degrees are available without any additional work from our co-op college Calvary Christian where Dr. Van Impe is a graduate. PMI will provide and handle all paperwork at the appropriate time.
Q: Can I work on more than one study program at a time? A: No! We used to allow this, but it didnít work out.
Q: Can I continue my studies when Iím back in the Free World? A: Yes. Be sure to call or email Dr. Mike when released.
Thank you to all who have asked. We will gladly accept stamps, printer and copy paper, KJV Bibles (preferably Old Scofield) , Bible reference and doctrinally sound enrichment books (we send to chaplains for prison libraries) and of course money donations- check, money order Payable thru the following link:
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHATEVER HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE.
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