About Us


     *  Mission Statement

     *  Statement of Faith

     *  History

     *  Why Study by Correspondence?


Mission Statement


ECS Ministries exists to glorify God by providing doctrinally sound resources and structured study materials for the purpose of teaching people from every nation to know Jesus Christ as Savior and to live in a way that is consistent with God’s Word.


Mission Verse:
“That we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” (Col. 1:28)


Statement of Faith




The Bible is inspired of God, inerrant in the original documents and of final authority in all matters of faith and practice.


There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.



The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin and is sinlessly perfect. His sacrifice is substitutionary and representative. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended to His Father’s right hand, where He now ministers as our Great High Priest. He will come to rapture His Church and subsequently return to reign over the earth.

Each member of the human race is fallen, sinful, and lost, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of man. Redemption is wholly by the blood of Christ, and salvation is by grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
5. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer, who is thus empowered to live a godly life.
There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost, of the saved unto eternal life, and of the lost unto eternal and conscious judgment.

The Church began with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and is composed of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. These believers are united to Him and to one another by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The Church’s calling, hope, and destiny are heavenly, and its chief functions are to glorify God and to witness for Christ until His return.

Christ, the risen Head, is the Giver of spiritual gifts to all believers. Gifted individuals such as evangelists, pastors and teachers, are responsible to Him for their service, and they are given "for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ."

There are two Christian ordinances, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism by immersion signifies that the believer, having died with Christ, is buried with Him in baptism and also is risen with Christ to walk in newness of life. The Lord's Supper is a memorial feast, instituted by the Lord Himself exclusively for His own.
Every true child of God possesses eternal life and being justified, sanctified, and sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity.

The personal, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ to translate His Church will be followed by the Tribulation and the inauguration of Christ’s reign over the earth; He will then deliver up the Kingdom to God, the Father, that the Triune God may be all in all.




In 1938 the Lord gave Ed Harlow, a young missionary in the Belgian Congo, a desire to establish a Bible school in North America. Shortly after, Harlow left his mission station and traveled to Toronto, Canada where, in 1941, he (along with John Smart and Ernest Tatham) founded Emmaus Bible School. During the first year of classes, 144 students enrolled to study God's Word.


After that first year it became obvious that many other people wanted to learn from the solid Bible teaching that Emmaus Bible School offered. However not everyone could attend the school in Toronto. So the Lord led Harlow and Smart to create correspondence courses from the material being taught at Emmaus. The first three titles offered were Doctrine, The New Testament, and Child Study.


Within a few months, 137 students (from Alberta to New Jersey) were reading and studying the Bible lessons. The Correspondence school continued to grow, and by 1948 there were 17 titles available with over 2,000 courses distributed.


In 1949, two developments significantly expanded the correspondence ministry. First, William MacDonald recognized the opportunity of reaching the lost by using the study courses. This led to the writing of What the Bible Teaches, which provides instruction about the basic truths of the Gospel. The second development was the idea of Cyril Brooks (a missionary in the Philippines) to broadcast sections of What the Bible Teaches over the radio, and then to offer the full printed coruse free to anyone who requested it. This free-offer promotion launched the overseas correspondence ministry.


The Lord continued to bless and ECS grew through the 50's and into the 60's. By 1965 there were more than 35 titles available, 3 million courses had been distributed worldwide, and 80 languages had at least one course in print.


But it didn't stop there. In 1977, William MacDonald wrote Born to Win. This course (specifically written to address issues relating to prison inmates) was an instrumental tool that brought about a tremendous time of growth in the prison ministry during the 1980's.


Emmaus Correspondence school (which had always been a part of Emmaus Bible College) became an independent organization in 2002.


ECS Ministries now administers three major areas: The correspondence school, the prison ministry, and a variety of publication activities. With the correspondence school now 65 years old, the Lord continueds to bless. Nearly 20 million courses have been distributed, bring the Gospel message to men, women, and children, as the Lord uses ECS Ministries to bring "the Word to the world."


Why Study by Correspondence?


Distance Learning is not a new idea. The Apostle Paul used it when he wrote courses in the form of circular letters. His respondents studied the “course” and communicated back to him in areas, which they did not understand. Paul then wrote another course or letter to clear up the cloudy issues. Distance Learning education is a form of teaching that contains an organized course of self-study with a two-way communication between student and instructor over a distance. It may be completed by mail, over the Internet, or even face–to-face.


ECS Ministries has been helping students study the Bible by mail since 1942. Leading educators recognize study by mail as an effective method of learning. Students frequently achieve better results from home study than through classroom instruction. It has been shown that students often experience a greater degree of retention of material studied through correspondence than through other means.


A Bible correspondence course is not a substitute for the Word of God, but rather a helpful tool that leads the student, a step at a time, into some of the great truths of scripture. Through the examination technique, it seeks a response, enabling the student to express themselves and the instructor to evaluate the student’s needs and respond in turn with appropriate counsel or instruction.


There are other advantages, too. Home study is convenient; the students arrange the study to suit their own schedule. Home study is inexpensive; there is no loss of earnings or expensive tuition and living costs that are associated with being a resident student.


In addition, when the student enrolls in an Emmaus course, the student receives Biblically sound Christ centered study materials. The student is able to select from a wide range of courses from a constantly expanding curriculum to meet his current needs or interest.


In summary, when the student enrolls in an Emmaus course they receive much more than an ordinary tract, book or study guide can offer. Included in his enrollment fee are not only the services and counsel of a personal tutor, but a continuing interest in their spiritual growth and welfare. Come join the millions who have benefited from the help of Emmaus Correspondence Courses in their personal study and ministry to others.


Ten reasons to study with
Emmaus Correspondence School


     1.  The courses are Biblically sound

     2.  They are instructional
     3.  It is systematic
     4.  They test for comprehension

     5.  The Student receives personalized instruction
     6.  Flexible studying times

     7.  Over 60 courses to choose from
     8.  They are excellent teaching tools
     9.  They are inexpensive 
   10.  The Student receives certificates for successful completion of courses




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