Our Vision

Be immersed in and transformed by the Word of God for nine months. Get a systematic study of each of the sixty-six books of the Bible. Be a Christian with a fairly in depth overview of the whole Bible. It helps any ministry that seeks to fulfill the Great Commission of discipling the nations.


Take away a balanced view of the Scriptures as a whole and get exposed to the richness of the Word. The School of Biblical Studies teaches the Inductive Approach to Bible study, which gives you tools to continue a lifetime of Bible study. We study all sixty-six books of the Bible during the nine-month school. This enables a panoramic view of the entire Bible in context.

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September 18, 2024 – June 25, 2025


September 28, 2023- June 26, 2024


September 29, 2022 – June 28, 2023


September 30, 2021 – June 29, 2022


$3,995 per quarter for three quarters

Scholarships and discounts available for all SBS Kona students who qualify. Email for more information.




Successful completion of a Discipleship Training School (DTS) and Field Assignment are required for acceptance to the SBS

In accordance with State Law, all students and student children must present proof of age appropriate vaccinations in order to attend any program at the University of the Nations—YWAM Kona. Please click here for the vaccination requirements.


Basic hermeneutical principles

How to do a word study

The types of literature used in the Bible

The chronology of events in the Old and New Testaments

Significant historical background

How to use maps, the concordance, Bible Dictionary, interlinear, etc.

How to think epistemologically

How to find answers for themselves.

OUTREACH -- (optional)

There is only one truth that sets the world free, Jesus Christ. Our desire for studying the Bible is to know that truth with all of our heart, mind, and soul; so that we can bring God’s truth to the nations.

After spending nine months being renewed by the living Word of God, students will have the opportunity to go on a three month outreach. It will be a time of bringing Bible training, teaching, and discipleship to nations that have little to no access to biblical training or resources.

We believe the Bible is the book that transforms nations!

Christer Bergus

Christer Bergus is passionate about seeing an end of Bible Illiteracy amongst the body of Christ in his generation. This passion sparked when he first joined YWAM in 2009 and was himself struck with the necessity of knowing and living God’s word. He has been involved with SBS since 2013, helping to pioneer SBS in Cambridge, England and Lausanne, Switzerland, and now leads the SBS in Kona with a confidence that SBS is one of the best ways to educate Christians in the word of God.


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