How Distance Learning Works

A pioneer in Biblical study by distance, Phrear School of Theology has been delivering education at a distance for more than 50 years. Providing a quality Biblical education, with the Bible as the central textbook, Phrear School of Theology Distance Learning allows for a continuation of career building, family life and ministry growth to flourish with little to no change while study is in process.

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Beginning in 1962, as Full Gospel Bible Institute, the correspondence division began to enroll students just like you, those looking for a quality Biblical education. Building upon the more than five decades of ministry training, we are placing the Phrear School of Theology education opportunities within reach for all learners unable to attend classes on campus or commit to a full-time enrollment. Today, dedicated students from around the world are able to earn their ministry degrees through Phrear School of Theology-Distance Learning.

Anywhere, Anytime….. Distance Goes With Your Schedule

As a Distance Learner, you may complete your degree program at your own pace. You will find PST offers an asynchronous format – meaning you do not need to be concerned with attending online classes at a scheduled time. Students will use a combination of self-study, ministry participation, observation and practicum study, and instructor / facilitator interaction within the PST network to accomplish course goals and outcomes. Weekly assignments, research, readings, and periodic online discussions molded together with ministry opportunities, as well as exams and other activities provide a design to enhance learning outcomes, all at times that go with your schedule.

What to Expect

Through the availability of chat, video conferencing, phone calls, email, social media, bulletin boards, and more, you will be able to stay connected with fellow students and faculty, building a lasting personal network of relationships throughout your PST educational experience.

Your courses have been developed and enhanced by faculty and qualified ministry leaders who understand the specific needs of learners in a distance learning setting. Special consideration is given to planning and setting realistic expectations, so each curriculum is outlined in a syllabus distributed at the start of the course.


The concept of distance learning can sometimes feel overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with the procedures and environment. You may ask: Will I be learning completely on my own? What is the experience like? How do I take an exam? Will this take more or less time than attending a traditional campus? See our FAQs for a few of the common questions that prospective students ask. If you don’t find an answer to your question, contact us.