FAQ’s

Carroll at a Glance

What is the mission of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute?
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is a graduate-level community of faith and learning that equips men and women called to serve Christ in the diverse and global ministries of His church.


What are the purposes of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute?
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute provides theological education in innovative, creative ways that make ministerial training more relevant, practical, effective, as well as affordable and accessible to students and all Christian workers. Using a nexus of scholars, teaching churches, and learning centers, Carroll Institute mobilizes the Body of Christ to minister and serve an increasingly lost and needy world. With a focus on the Great Commission, this approach commits a maximum of resources to intellectual capital and learning technologies. The faculty is now comprised of 4 senior fellows, 8 fellows, 22 distinguished fellows, and 85 resident fellows located in 25 teaching churches in both national and international sites. Carroll Institute uses a broad range of media to connect with the churches and students and provides theological education that is biblically based and practically oriented.


What is the vision of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute?
Through an integrated network of Fellows, Teaching Churches, and Learning Centers, the Institute seeks to mobilize the priesthood of believers for service in society. It provides, through appropriate media, theological education that is both biblically based and praxis oriented. The Institute develops Christ-centered leaders who are committed to academic excellence, life-long learning, and transformational ministry. The Institute works collegially with other evangelical Christians. Its confessional basis is the consensus of opinion concerning those articles of the Christian faith and practice that have been most surely held and expressed in historic Baptist principles and practices.


With whom and where did B. H. Carroll Theological Institute begin?
Actually the institute was created from the vision and words of the great Baptist leader, B. H. Carroll, in the 1890s. The specific concepts behind the Institute have been years in the making. The most recent impetus for B. H. Carroll Theological Institute began in 2004 with a small group of Baptist educators.


Why is it named B. H. Carroll Theological Institute?
It is named for B. H. Carroll, whose vision was to make theological education and the teaching of the Bible available, accessible and affordable to all Christian men and women, in order to mobilize them all for ministry within and through the churches.


What is the confessional position of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute?
The sole authority for faith, practice, and teaching in B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is Jesus Christ, whose will is revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. The confessional position of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is the consensus of opinion concerning those articles of the Christian faith and practice that have been most surely held and expressed in historic Baptist principles and practices.


Where is B. H. Carroll Theological Institute located?
The administrative hub of the B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is located at 6500 N Belt Line Road, Irving TX 75063. Carroll Institute has Teaching Churches in several locations.


Where are the Teaching Churches located, and how many of them are there?
Most of the teaching churches are in Texas and are located in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Midland, Houston, Bryan/College Station. There are two teaching sites in Arkansas (Arkadelphia and Little Rock), and three international sites. The number of churches varies from term to term according to the needs of students and availability of professors.


Who teaches in B. H. Carroll Theological Institute?
The faculty of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is made up of persons of genuine Christian character, attitude and behavior who are active members of churches; who demonstrate a call for teaching; who have adequate academic, normally doctoral, preparation and experience in their discipline; who model scholarly excellence and practical ministry; who teach consistently with the Bible and historic Baptist principles; who work collegially together and who are committed to building constructive and collaborative relationships with all constituencies of the Institute, especially local churches. The core faculty members are located at the administrative hub in Irving, Texas, and mentor-teachers are located near Teaching Church sites, and some online teachers are in remote locations. Directory of the hub faculty/administrators and the instructional staff (Distinguished and Resident Fellows).

Degree Programs


Does B. H. Carroll Theological Institute offer doctoral degrees?

Carroll Institute offers both the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is a professional program intended for persons who are in full-time vocational Christian ministry, such as pastors, associate pastors, Christian educators, ministers of worship, missionaries, workers in denominational or parachurch organizations, evangelists, etc., both domestic and international.

The PhD degree in Research is designed to equip persons for vocations of research and teaching in theological schools, colleges, universities, and teaching churches, or for scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice. It also enables students to develop a sense of and a commitment to the vocation of theological scholarship in teaching, learning, and research. Admission to this program is extended only to persons who have demonstrated the intellectual ability, preparation, and motivation for a scholarly vocation. Successful completion of this course of study requires the student to demonstrate: a comprehensive knowledge of a selected discipline of religious study; the capacity for critical thinking and evaluation; competence to engage in original research and writing that advances theological understanding for the sake of church, academy, and society; and a breadth of knowledge in associated theological and religious studies and in other related academic disciplines.



Does B. H. Carroll Theological Institute offer bachelor degrees?

No.

B. H. Carroll Theological Institute offers the Diploma and the Advanced Diploma in Christian Ministry. It also confers certificates for “Readers” in the lay theological training program (4-Mat).



How is the curriculum base design of Carroll Institute configured?
There are four learning clusters in the curriculum design: (1) Scripture and Witness, (2) Faith and Heritage, (3) Ministry and Formation, and (4) Worship and Mission. The traditional, classical theological disciplines are offered within this new configuration.

Admissions, Enrollment, and Student Fees

Who can be admitted as a student of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute?
Students will be expected to be active members of Christian churches; persons of genuine Christian character, attitude, and behavior; have sufficient academic qualifications; and exhibit a call to serve Christ in the diverse and global ministries of His church, or who are committed to preparing and mobilizing as disciples for more effective ministry through His church. Students will include lay persons seeking academic and spiritual enrichment. B. H. Carroll Theological Institute will encourage diversity in race, ethnicity, national origin, and gender and will be open to persons from any Great Commission church.


What is the cost of tuition?
For a master-level course, the cost per credit unit is $295, so a typical two-hour course would be $590. Carroll Institute also charges a Technology Fee of $75 for each term of enrollment. Doctoral fees are paid by semester: DMin is $1,500/semester and the PhD is $2000/semester. Doctoral students also pay a $150 Technology Fee per semester.


Do non-Baptist students pay a different tuition rate than Baptist students?
No. Non-Baptist students will pay the same tuition rate as Baptist students.


What is the Technology Fee and what does it cover?
The Technology Fee provides resources to cover the cost for the online learning system (The Carroll Learning Center), the online library subscriptions (like Questia) and resources, and the cost of the Logos Bible Software.


Why are there different Logos Bible Software fees for master-level and doctoral students?
Doctoral students need a more extensive Logos Bible Software package than diploma and master-level students. Doctoral students pay a higher one-time fee to compensate for the additional cost of the larger software package.

Online Learning and Library Resources

What is Questia?

Questia is the world’s largest online Library of books and is the first online library that provides 24/7 access to the world’s largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles. You can search each and every word of all of the books and journal articles in the collection. You can read every title cover to cover. This rich, scholarly content -- selected by professional collection development librarians -- is not available elsewhere on the Internet. Undergraduate, high school, graduate students, and Internet users of all ages have found Questia to be an invaluable online resource. Anyone doing research or just interested in topics that touch on the humanities and social sciences will find titles of interest in Questia.

To complement the library, Questia offers a range of search, note-taking, and writing tools. These tools help students locate the most relevant information on their topics quickly, quote and cite correctly, and create properly formatted footnotes and bibliographies automatically. Questia provides a comprehensive research environment to meet students’ academic needs.

A subscription to Questia is provided for all Carroll Institute students enrolled in a degree or diploma program.

Graduates of Carroll Institute will have free, lifetime access to all other The Carroll Learning Center online learning resources.



What is the Logos Bible software and what does the Logos Fee cover?
The Logos Bible Software (LBS) is an extensive electronic library of biblical and theological resources including books, texts, and tools designed to meet the needs of seminary students and ministers. Beginning in 2010, all new doctoral students are required to have LBS to use in their coursework. Carroll Institute has made arrangements with the Logos Bible Software company to help students purchase the software packages at a greatly reduced price and to pay for the software through fees paid to the Institute. Students pay a one-time Logos Bible Software Fee that covers the initial payment for the software. Then, over the next two years, the student will pay the remaining balance though the Technology Fees paid to Carroll Institute. At the end of two years, the software belongs to the student. If during the first two years a student were to drop out of Carroll Institute and cease paying the Technology Fee, the student would be required to pay the remaining balance directly to the Logos Bible Software company in order to continue using the software. Doctoral students receive the Scholar’s Library Gold Edition that contains over 875 books, commentaries, and tools. Diploma and master’s students have the option to request the Scholar’s Library, a collection of almost 475 books and commentaries.


What type of library does Carroll Institute have and where will it be?
The Carroll Library is a graduate academic library that exists in several forms, but these forms can be grouped into two major parts: electronic and print. The Electronic Library is accessed through the The Carroll Learning Center system, and includes periodical databases (such as ATLAS and ERIC), e-book databases (such as Questia and Books.Logos.com), reference databases (from Oxford and Cambridge), and handpicked websites (such as our Google Book and Online Resources collections). A collection of print resources (including the John Newport Collection) is housed at the Irving Hub facility. The Library also participates in OCLC Resource Sharing for InterLibrary Loan. You can learn more about the Library by visiting the Carroll Webpage of the Director of Library and Information Resources or by contacting him directly.


How are classes taught, i.e., in what forms/media is course content delivered?
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute organizes and operates at a primary learning site inter-connected with other learning centers at several Teaching Churches under the direction of mentor-teachers. Content is delivered in four ways: (1) traditional classroom settings, with students and professors (or mentor-teachers) meeting face-to-face; (2) instruction by professors (or mentor-teachers) using electronic means (Internet) to interact with classes of students at other locations; (3) on-line classes conducted by professors with classes of students communicating with each other and the professor (or mentor-teacher) over the Internet; and (4) corresponding studies through electronic retrieval of content stored at the main server of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute.


What is the The Carroll Learning Center?
The The Carroll Learning Center is Carroll Institute’s online learning system. It is a Moodle-based learning environment used to distribute class materials and to facilitating a variety of course activities for both online and face-to-face courses.

Accreditation, Governance, and Oversight

Is B. H. Carroll Theological Institute incorporated?
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Texas on 1 May 2003.


Does B. H. Carroll Theological Institute have tax exempt status?
Carroll Institute has had 501(c)(3) status with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service since 2004.


Does B. H. Carroll Theological Institute issue 1098-T statements (a.k.a. Education Tax Credit)?
Carroll Institute does not issue 1098-T statements given that it does not meet the stated eligibility requirements as defined by the IRS and consequently does not have a “school number” issued by the DoE (Department of Education):

An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. (information from IRS Publication 970)

On first reading the definition appears to include any accredited postsecondary institution. The key phrase however is “institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education.”

Although accreditation is a requirement for Title IV eligibility, accreditation status in and of itself does not automatically certify a school as an eligible institution for handling Title IV funds. Carroll Institute’s stated policy of non-participation in Title IV funding serves to exclude it from being certified as an “eligible institution” as it relates to DoE programs. Accreditation and Title IV certification are two separate processes.



How is B. H. Carroll Theological Institute governed?
The B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Governors -- up to fifteen in number.


What is the composition of the governing board?
One-third of the Board are patrons or donors to B. H. Carroll Theological Institute; one-third of the Board have educational or corporate experience; and one-third of the Board are from church constituency or cooperative groups.


Is Carroll Institute certified by the State of Texas?
Carroll Institute achieved certification by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on February 1, 2007. Carroll Institute is now exempt of certification in the state of Texas because of our status as a religious degree-granting institution.


Is Carroll Institute accredited?
Carroll Institute was accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) in February 2012. ABHE is an officially recognized "national accrediting association" by both the Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation . These are the two oversight organizations that accredit all of the regional accreditation councils (SACS, NACS, etc.) Actually ABHE is the oldest accreditation council for higher education in the United States, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2007. ABHE is also part of a global network that relates to regional or continental higher educational agencies through the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education.


Where does the Institute get its funding?
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute is funded by donations from individuals; gifts and offerings from local congregations; development programs of its teaching churches; grants from foundations; tuition from students; and income from endowments.


What are the funding priorities of B. H. Carroll Theological Institute?
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute invests minimal funds in capital development. Funding priority is given to four areas: (1) intellectual capital; (2) technology--electronic delivery systems; (3) library resources; and (4) curricula--development of content that is competency-based and compatible with electronic delivery.

Denominational Relationships

Why another Baptist seminary?
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute was formed in January, 2004 by a group of Baptists who observed three key problems confronting Christian churches, particularly in Baptist life, as they try to meet the challenges of a radically changing world: (1) a decrease in the proportion of ministers trained to serve in the churches; (2) a decline in the effectiveness and relevance of ministerial training; (3) and a diminishing commitment by church members to prepare and mobilize for Christian ministry. Recognizing at the same time that ample technological and human resources are available to meet the challenges, these Baptists decided to reinvent theological education in an innovative and creative way that makes it more relevant, practical, affordable, accessible, and effective.

How is B. H. Carroll Theological Institute related to Baptist groups?
B. H. Carroll Theological Institute seeks to build collaborative and collegial relationships with all Baptists, with all conventions in the worldwide Baptist family, with state and regional groups, and with local churches in order to provide trained leaders for any Baptist church, convention, or other agencies within Baptist life. The Institute is free standing and independently funded by all Baptists and other like-minded Christians who have a common vision for Christ and His church.

How is B. H. Carroll Theological Institute related to other Evangelical groups?
The Institute works collegially with other evangelical Christians in the diverse and global ministries of the church. The Institute is a response to a pressing and growing need for a more effective, efficient, and appropriate way of providing theological education in a radically changing world. The focus of the Institute is to recruit students who have a commitment to the gospel and a desire to continue ministering in their own local congregations while pursuing theological education. We respond to and consider for admission all qualified prospective students.