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The VISION Came in 1995

Our STORY

ARIZE Institute of the Five-Fold Ministry and Bible College is a Facilitated Driven Independent Study formulated To Equip and mature the Individual chosen in the gifting offices as seen in Ephesians 4:11-16. 

Many people do not know what to do when they receive a call to perform and participate in ministry. People desire to know immediately where they should go and what the Lord wants them to do. Usually, all will proclaim at one time or another as the prophet Isaiah states in Isaiah 6:8 (talking to the LORD) saying,

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”." 

When you don’t understand what you’re supposed to do with your call, you stand in danger of circling the mountain for so many years. Don't panic, you are not alone. That is why we are here to assist you in discovering your calling or gifting, supplying learning with your burning!

     More than 20 years had passed since I had said to my father, Deacon Zion Hall Berry (deceased) that God had called me to do an assignment for Him, the one remark that he said to me was: "You are going to have a hard time." At that time I did not know what he was referring to, but I at present understand totally what he meant.

When the initial vision of starting a school that would house and train individuals selected by Christ to do His assignment as the Apostle Paul describes in Ephesians 4:11, that is, those selected (some) who were called to be an apostle, a prophet, an evangelist, a pastor, or a teacher for the perfecting of the saints of Christ in their walk, talk, and changing of the world around them for the betterment of Kingdom Building, my initial thought was, this (the school) would create prosperity for individuals, groups, etc., that are dedicated and willing to move forward in their calling to be all that they could be in the government of the church for Jesus Christ.

Now at this junction in life, in Mebane, North Carolina, amid Bishop Apostle Dr. Zella Berry Case's office, a resounding voice and past vision given by Christ more was birthed. In other words, the vision came back to her remembrance, e.g., before entering seminary at Apex School of Theology, which was located during that time in Durham, North Carolina, to someday have a school that would train and motivate individuals to listen carefully to the call of Christ in the gifting of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. 

"This vision says Dr. Case came clearer throughout every year I spent preparing for this assignment of planting a school that would train those in the Five-Fold Ministry gifting." What a task. 

      When the vision was initially given, at that time, I was freshly ordained (The Reverend Zella Berry Case) and was residing in one of the most influential cities in North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the home of the Tarheels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ARIZE was birth in the heart, mind, and soul of then, Reverend Case.  Although the school was not referenced as ARIZE but was known as MOP, Ministry of Preparation, she became committed to doing this assignment given by Christ, i.e., (of one day fully opening up an institution that would lean towards the training of those in the Five-Fold Ministry and beyond).

     Progressing in preparation and growth for the school, ARIZE has gone beyond just implementing Biblical principles but is now creating a school to perfect and train those chosen by Christ in the giftings of the apostle, the prophet, the evangelist, the pastor, and the teacher, all of which are for the perfecting of the saints of Christ. 

     All of the schools of the Five-Fold Ministry, i.e., that of the apostle, prophet/tess, evangelist, pastor, and teacher, are fashioned with God-given mandates to shift the student, the minister, and the Believer into the deepest part of their relationship and calling in Jesus Christ. This is accomplished through Biblical teaching and foundational applications in ministry and by equipping each student to hear the Voice Of God and live an active lifestyle of communication with the Holy Spirit.

   The degree studies began with an entry exam to qualify for each degree.

The Associate's Degree (two-year program) with intensives, assists the student in discovering the teachings in the Bible, the doctrine of Jesus Christ, their Five-Fold Ministry foundation, the integrity of ministry, and the development of their spiritual maturity in Christ. This is a two-year program.

         The Bachelor's Degree is a 4-year program with intensives.  This degree is offered after completing the Associate's in Biblical Studies or Associate's in Biblical Studies with emphasis on the Five-Fold Ministry or have obtained an Associate's, Biblical Degree with another qualified and agreed upon institution that will be approved by  Arize Institute of the Five-Fold Ministry and Bible College Academic Dean. (If the latter is the case, the candidate may proceed to the Bachelor's degree program, as sanctioned in a review process by the Academic Dean. 

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Hi, I'm Dr. Zella Berry Case the Founder of ARIZE Institute of the Five-Fold Ministry and Bible College, which was established in 2019. 

First and foremost I give my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for entrusting me with this vision and it is my intent along with the team of deans and the Vice-President, Dr. Jospeh D. Cohen to develop this biblical institution as one that Christ would be pleased with for the saints of God.

We at this school of higher biblical learning make the Word of God come alive in the individual's life. We are rooted in biblical truth and designed to strengthen theological knowledge. 

Our goal and mission is to “educate students to communicate the gospel effectively, serve the church faithfully, and minister with integrity at home and abroad.”

Our associate and bachelor’s, ready students to be true servant leaders in their community while teaching them to prepare the next generation of disciples and as the representatives of the Five-Fold Ministry described in Ephesians 4:11.

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