A study group is a group of students who enroll in a course together and are guided through that course by a local facilitator.
What are the benefits to becoming a study group?
When you open a study group and provide students with an opportunity to study in a group setting, you and your student benefit in many ways.
You provide training for local church members to become potential future leaders in your church.
You provide students with an opportunity for accountability and motivation to continue their studies.
You provide guidance for students through courses of study prepared by competent, Spirit-filled writers who are recognized for their commitment, experience in ministry, and understanding of the Word of God.
You provide an occasion for students to share in stimulating and guided class discussions led by an approved facilitator.
You will have the use of an online Berean Study Group Portal that provides easy access to your students' academic records and allows you to place orders for your group.
You will receive periodic newsletters and email updates on changes in courses and policies, including stories on other study groups and tips that have been successful in other groups as they become available.
You will receive a discount of 20% on individual course materials and tuition with no minimum order amount.
You will receive a discounted shipping/handling rate of approximately 7% of your total order ($10 minimum).
How do I begin a study group?
Once you have received approval from your local church to begin a study group, you will need to fill out the Agreement Form and fax it to 417-862-0863.
How long does it take to get approval for a study group?
All study groups who are sponsored by an Assembly of God church receive automatic approval. The Agreement Form processing can take up to one week from the date it is received at Global University.
All study groups who are not sponsored by an Assembly of God church are required to have the local Assembly of God District Office's approval. This process can take up to two months.
What is the cost to become an approved study group?
There is no charge for applying to be an authorized study group. In fact, School for Evangelism & Discipleship (SED), Berean School of the Bible (BSB) Study Groups, and Undergraduate Study Groups receive a 20% discount on Tuition and Materials.
What is a facilitator?
A facilitator is someone ideally from the local congregation who can guide the students through their course materials using prepared objectives, interactive questions, and other materials provided in the course. The facilitator need not have advanced degrees in theology, however having ministry or teaching experience will only enhance the learning experience for the students.
How do we receive material for a facilitator?
You may order an additional copy of the IST and the collateral reading text for your facilitator's use. These materials are available for purchase at the 20% discount.
How do I place an order?
You may place your order using any of the following methods (listed in order of preference). You will need to include your account name, account number, billing address, shipping address, materials to be ordered, and the students to enroll (names, and Student ID or SS number)
Internet: Through the Study Group PortalFax: Send to 417-862-0863, ask for confirmation of receipt or call a few hours later to confirm receipt of fax
Email: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 1-800-443-1083 option 4
Standard Mail: Mail order to the attention of U.S. Student Services
When should we place our order?
You should place your order at least 2-3 weeks before the start of your first class session. Ordering early ensures the material will arrive on time even if there are shipping delays.
Who is authorized to place an order for our group?
Orders will only be accepted from the individuals listed on your Global University Agreement Form. If you authorize additional people to place orders, then your coordinator will need to notify Global University in writing.
Do we receive the 20% discount on all orders?
The discount is automatically given on tuition and individual course materials. Fees (application fee, retake fee, etc.) are not discounted. Package plans do not receive the 20% discount either because they are already being sold at a discounted price. You must pay your invoices within 30 days or you will no longer be eligible for the 20% discount.
Why do we need to submit a Student Registration Form for each student?
Due to federal regulations, we are unable to discuss a student's file with a third party without the student's written consent. You will only be able to enroll a student, check on grades, request retakes, request diplomas, etc. once we have this form for the student. Once you have submitted the form, we will activate his/her BSB record for your viewing on-line as well.
When do we need to submit a Student Registration Form for a new student?
You need to mail or fax the form to Global University either before or with the student's first enrollment. Please be sure the student has signed the form. You may fax the form to (417) 862-0863.
How can we transfer a course from one student to another?
A course that is still in progress may be transferred to another student in your group within the 6-month enrollment period. The student receiving the course will then have 6 months to complete it. Courses that have expired cannot be transferred to another student. All course transfer requests must be sent in writing. A course transfer fee is charged for each course that is being transferred from one student to another.
How do I receive my students' grades?
Final Grade Reports (FGRs) will be emailed to the student's GU email address and a copy will be emailed to the primary study group email address on file. You can also access your BSB students' FGR online through the Study Group Portal.
What e-mail address do we use if we have questions?