Life on campus is a highlight of the AFLBS experience. The campus community provides an atmosphere where students are known and cared about. Through classes, meals, chapel services, and campus activities, a sense of community is developed and students grow together spiritually. As friendships grow, students are able to laugh together, pray for one another, and wrestle through Biblical and theological topics as they study the Word of God together.
Living spaces in the dorms provide social interaction and shared life experience among students. Devotional gatherings and prayer meetings unite students spiritually. The weeknight schedule brings students back under one roof and gives time for students to interact with dorm staff mentors who lend spiritual guidance and support.
Regular times of worshipping together strengthen, challenge, and encourage the student body. Each Tuesday and Thursday at 11:10 a.m., the student body gathers for worship and the preaching of God’s Word. Songs of praise fill the chapel, Scripture is read, and students are challenged and encouraged by Biblical preaching. Special events are also a highlight during the year, such as Revival Conference, Missions Conference, and late-night vespers services.
Life in the Twin Cities
AFLBS is located in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. The Twin Cities area is the largest population center between Chicago and Seattle.
The Twin Cities are a hub for arts, culture, ministry opportunities, food, sports and business. AFLBS students enjoy exploring places like the Walker Art Center, the downtown Sculpture Gardens, or trendy coffee shops in Uptown. Students can catch a Twins game at Target Field or head to the Target Center for a Timberwolves game.
On the weekends, many AFLBS students participate in urban ministry projects and street evangelism in downtown Minneapolis or Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus. With nearly every religion represented, the city is a mission field for students who desire to share the love of Christ with their neighbors.
The vast majority of students find part-time employment during their time at AFLBS. All core classes at AFLBS are scheduled in the morning hours, from 8 a.m. to noon, leaving the afternoons and evenings open for part-time jobs. A growing job market in the Minneapolis area offers many options for employment. Different types of work include warehouse jobs, nanny positions, daycare programs, retail shops, coffee shops, and office work. Throughout the years, AFLBS students have maintained a great reputation among local employers for having a good work ethic, solid character, and being responsible. Many of these employers recruit AFLBS students year after year. Check out the job opportunities page for more information.
Student Life Handbook
The Student Life Handbook provides details regarding student services, residence life, and community lifestyle expectations and policies. The handbook is meant to serve as a guideline for student conduct and campus life.
At AFLBS, students find many ways to put their faith into practice. Whether it’s through a choir or gospel team, partnering with an inner-city ministry, or volunteering in a local congregation, students grow and are stretched. Many get plugged into a local church by teaching Sunday school or teaching Wednesday night kid’s club. Whatever their gifting, AFLBS students learn to serve through countless ministry experiences.
Choir is a great opportunity for students to minister to individuals and congregations. AFLBS features two choirs, named Concert Choir and Proclaim Choir. Concert Choir tours for two weeks during spring break and ministers through Christ-centered music, personal testimonies, and home stays. Proclaim ministers in a similar way during two extended weekend tours during the spring semester.
During the school year, AFLBS Gospel Teams share the love of Christ through music, testimonies, puppet and drama ministry, and nursing home outreach. These teams travel on weekends to minister to congregations, youth groups, and children’s activities.
During the summer, anywhere from 30 to 40 AFLBS students are scattered in teams across the U.S. These summer ministry teams focus on teaching children Vacation Bible School, ministering to youth at Bible camps, and performing music concerts for spiritual encouragement and spreading the gospel message.
Each spring, several students pack their bags and head out on a two-week missions trip to Ecuador. As part of the Cross-Cultural Ministry class, students gain exposure to what God is doing around the world and experience a different culture. They participate in service projects, share the gospel through drama, work with children, and teach Bible stories. This experience cultivates a heart for missions and many students consider missions work in the future.
Christian Service Credit
Each student at AFLBS participates in Christian service, earning one college credit for 20 hours of service. Some students teach Sunday school in a local church, others lead youth groups on Wednesday nights, and many serve in children’s ministry. Other students have volunteered at crisis pregnancy centers, counseled at youth lock-ins or weekend retreats, or partnered with inner-city homeless ministries.
Bible Camp Ministry
AFLBS students often find positions at Bible camps in the summer. These campus have included the Association Retreat Center in Osceola, WI, Park River Bible Camp in Park River, ND, Camp Okoboji in Milford, IA, and Inspiration Point in Clitheral, MN.