Required Equipment and Software
Laptop Computer (PC or MAC)
Today's classroom is a different environment that it was in days of the past. The need for a good laptop is a must for taking notes, writing research papers, do exegetical work using Bible software, and much much more. We realize this is not an inexpensive investment, but it is necessary.
What do I need to buy?
There are many laptop options on the market today. Whether you decide on a Windows PC or a MAC, the key is to make a good investment. Buy the fastest laptop, with the most RAM and hard drive space that you can afford. The old adage "buy the best and only cry once" applies here. Be sure to buy something strong enough to effectively run the Logos Bible Software (see minimum system requirements).
A word of caution - many times members of the church will offer to give you an older, out-of-date, used laptop for you to use in school. Often times these are not adequate for the work you need to do. While these people are well intentioned, these laptops usually don't make it through the program. You need an up-to-date machine that has enough power to run the software you need. Purchasing a current laptop is often a better choice.
This is a item that should last you beyond your two years at school. It is a major tool that you will use all day everyday - do not skimp on this purchase.
Logos Bible Software
Today, Bible study software offers incredible tools for digging deeper into God’s word. Part of your training here at Bear Valley includes learning to use these powerful tools effectively. We now require each student to purchase the Logos Bible Software. We recognize that there are other programs on the market that can help you study the Bible. We have chosen Logos because of the vastness and quality of the resources available and its depth and ease of use dealing with the original Bible languages. You will have a class early in your studies here that will provide detailed, in-depth training on how to use this software. We are also aware of the financial investment required to purchase this tool. We have purchases a number of custom Bear Valley licenses for our students. This new custom Bear Valley Library is crafted with out students in mind and would cost over $3500 if purchased directly from Faithlife. Our students will be able to purchase this Bear Valley Library from us directly for $950.. We offer easy payment plans to extend the cost of the purchase over time to help reduce the financial burden. In order to purchase this tool at our academic discount you need to apply for academic status at http://www.wetrainpreachers.com/logos
When compared to building a traditional reference library with paper-based books, the cost of this software is very reasonable. When you look at the power and integration these electronic resources provide this software becomes an indispensable tool for ministry.