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With the foundation of an intimate covenant relationship with Christ Jesus

Study New and Better Covenant Theology to Grow the Kingdom of God

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AN Affordable TWO or FOUR year

bible Academy

Finish our two year academy and transfer credits to Crown Institute of Theology for your Bachelor of Theology degree. All classes are online.

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Two year course in New &

Better Covenant Theology

Certificate transferable to

Crown Institute of Theology




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We train Pastors, Church Leaders, and Bible Scholars to be transformed by the renewing of their minds into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

THEY Learn how to bring revival, church growth, and an intimate covenant relationship with Christ Jesus into their lives and church.

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Announcement about 2023 fall trimester

Due to illness and an accident, we will not be able to offer year one of the New and Better Covenant Academy at this time. However, if you want to start your Bachelor's Degree program in Theology we are accepting completion of year one of Spirit School of Ministry to fulfill the first year of New and Better Covenant Academy. Spirit School of Ministry does not offer a degree program. With special pricing, this is less than half the normal cost of the first year of N&BC Academy. Registration for Spirit School of Ministry ends Aug. 19, 2023. Act now,

Spirit School of Ministry offers online and on-campus classes. A two-day on-campus orientation is available Aug. 18-19 2023.

For a description of the New and Better Covenant Academy degree programs go to

Bachelor, Master, Doctor of Ministry, and Th.D programs are available in conjunction with Crown Institute of Theology.

If you do choose to enroll at Spirit School of Ministry please let me know at so I can follow your progress, thanks.

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What is the one thing that hobbles revival and church growth

in western churches, and what are the many forms it takes?

How reviewing the fundamental, foundation principles of

the doctrine of Christ will bring worldwide revival.

How to break through the barriers separating you from an

Intimate covenant relationship with Christ Jesus.

How to be free of the shackles of fear, depression,

unworthiness, ill-health, and spiritual attacks.

God's three keys to the kingdom, the Gospel of Salvation,

and His seven-step plan to full maturity ... to be conformed

to the fullness of the stature of Christ.

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Inside of this fREE e-Book,

you will learn:

Inside of this fREE e-Book,

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At the New and Better Covenant Academy, You will receive an excellent education in theology, and learn how to become activated in the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the Word of God. When you are born again of spirit and of water, you become one spirit with Him. Just knowledge about the Bible and Christ Jesus does not make you able to minister. You must become His ambassador, His hand extended. While on Earth, He was fully man. He did only what He saw the Father do, and as a man only could work through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. He has given us all the tools and power that He had as a man. We must grow in Him to learn how to use the tools He has given us. We must be conformed to His image and likeness (Rom.8:29). Like Him during His earthly ministry, our knowledge and power come only through His indwelling Holy Spirit.

We must "grow up into Him in all things which is the head even Christ" Eph. 4:15. Our calling is "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unit of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ". Eph.4:12-13.

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New and Better Covenant Academy

Two Year Certificate Course Curriculum

A 60 credit course with all classes on line. 120 to 150 hours

of class videos, about 300 to 500 hours to complete.

  • Overview of New and Better Covenant Theology
  • The Gospel and the Gospel of the Kingdom
  • The Keys to the Kingdom
  • The Principles of the Doctrine of Christ
  • Old Testament Survey - A Covenant View
  • Jesus Seen in the Tabernacle of Moses
  • Developing a Covenant Relationship
  • New Testament Survey - Gospels and Acts
  • New Testament Survey - The Letters
  • What are the End Times? - Three Views

  • Prayer
  • Hearing the Voice of God
  • The Fruits of the Spirit
  • The Gifts of the Spirit
  • Praise and Worship
  • The Bible - How did We Get it?
  • Bible History and Church History
  • Five Fold Ministry - Church Structure in New and Better Covenant Theology
  • Discipleship and Ministry

Crown Institute of Theology - Bachelor of Theology Curriculum

Completion of New and Better Covenant Academy or two years of active ministry is required to apply.

Core Classes - Required of All Students

  • Introduction to the Kingdom-The Messiah’s Reign 103
  • Atonement Based Healing 105
  • Introduction to Theology 107
  • The Book of Hebrews 209
  • World Missions 304
  • Theological Covenants 306
  • Kingdom Promises and the Olive Tree 308
  • Christus Victor 310

Elective Courses

Select Classes to fill the Required 90 credits

  • Book of II Peter 211
  • The Person and Ministry of Jesus: 213
  • The Azusa Street Revival 215
  • The Christian Hope 217
  • The Book of Revelation 219
  • Christocentric Hermeneutics 221
  • The King of the Kingdom-How Jesus Became King 347
  • The Book of Galatians 349
  • Introduction to Preaching 351
  • Youth Ministry 355
  • Organization and Administration of the Church 357
  • Theology and Practice of Worship 359
  • The Lord’s Table 361
  • Matthew 24: Past of Future 363

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You can join the first semester of N&BC Academy

The first 13 classes are offered separately as a fundraiser for Crown Africa to train pastors in Central Africa. Take it to see the quality education we offer. Contact for special Pricing.

Do you need training and a mentor to help you to grow in Christ, start or expand your ministry, or earn a degree in theology, but can’t imagine it fitting into your busy schedule?

We’ve built an online Bible academy that provides you with the benefits of live training, but without the constraints. Take individual courses, receive a certificate in an area of study, or earn a Bachelor of Arts in New and Better Covenant Theology.

New and Better Covenant Academy offers high quality online video training that you can watch on your own time. You can learn on your own time — and grow on your own time. We pour passion, knowledge, and activation into our classes. Which means the course won’t just engage you; with activation you will find a higher place in the Kingdom of God.

You’ll become more knowledgeable, and more capable, empowered by His Holy Spirit to be a representative of Christ Jesus and an Ambassador of the Kingdom of God.

Furthermore, we’ve worked hard to make our content is both easy to understand and easy to implement. We approach the Scripture with a contextual and historic viewpoint. We allow scripture to define scripture. We look at the whole arc of the Bible narrative to find the meaning of a concept. We walk you through step-by-step until you complete the entire online curriculum.

Think about it … There’s never been a better time to grow your knowledge of the Word and transform your life, putting on the mind of Christ. There’s never been a time in history when world-class education was so accessible! The internet has changed everything. The path to personal growth, revival and spreading the gospel wide open. And so now is the time to train for ministry, to fulfill your calling as a Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist, Teacher, or missionary.

Your Teacher, Dr. Richard Yarbrough

In 1963, I realized that although I was baptized, I had not been born again. A bible teacher, later to be my Pastor, led me in a true salvation experience. The infilling with His Holy Spirit, and power came a week later.

In 1969, I became a founding member of Word of Life Fellowship in Redwood City, California. I became a Bible teacher in 1971, a licensed minister in 1978 and, in the mid-80s, I was ordained as an elder in that Church, an honor I still hold. I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Crown Institute of Theology.

Dr. Yarbrough is an Amazon Kindle best-selling author. He has completed the Word of Life Fellowship School of Ministry. He also has completed the Praise Tabernacle correspondence Bible course taught by Apostle Kelley Varner. He has graduated from the S.P.I.R.I.T. School of Ministry and has completed four years of Welton Academy Supernatural Bible School. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Crown Institute of Theology at 74 years of age. He is currently volunteering with a group of graduates and staff of CIT to write a series of textbooks for use in missions in several African nations. Richard Yarbrough has been married for 47 years to his life and ministry partner Cheryl Yarbrough. They have three children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grand children.

What People are Saying About Dr. Rick

Dr. Stan Newton

president, Crown


of Theology

"Rick, well you have outdone yourself this time, great paper! ... At this stage, you become the teacher, and I am the one that needs to be taught.

This is certainly "A+" work. You have enough materal for a whole degree Program.

What you have outlined looks like a total theological rebuild of Better Covenant Theology, which I am in favor of ... Carry on - you have a great outline.

Assistant Pastor

Ronnie Mainville

Harvest fellowship

My wife wanted me to attend Rick Yarbrough's baptism class with her at her childhood church. I'm glad I did. Rick explained the doctrine of baptisms in a way I have never heard before. He covered the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, as well as water baptism, with an understanding of what it means to be born again. He opened scriptures I had skipped over before because I didn't see where they fit in. His class changed my understanding of what it means to be born again."

pastor Pat Macdonald

mi wuk village


For over 20-years, Rick Yarbrough led our Water Baptism classes, here at Word of Life Fellowship. During that period of time, Rick taught literally hundreds of hungry new believers and prepared them for one of the greatest life-changing experiences in Christianity – Covenant Water Baptism. And he did not restrict his courses to the basic “outward-sign-of-an-inward-work” teaching.The depth and magnitude of the revelation on this subject, and the way it is threaded throughout the entire Bible is nothing short of remarkable.

If you’re hungry and thirsty for greater depth on the subject of Water Baptism, get ready to drink from “the Firehose”!

elder Ken dow

oakhurst california

My name is Ken Dow. I have known Rick Yarborough for over forty years. His work on the doctrine of water baptism over the years has been very commendable. His commitment to studying the word and teaching this doctrine has been well received and a blessing to many in the Word of Life Church and elsewhere. His dedication and commitment over the years has blessed many. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Rick has followed biblical principles in his ministry. I am very honored to put my name to honor Rick Yarborough. Ken Dow, a brother in Christ.

Services that New and Better Covenant Academy Offers

Affordable TWO or FOUR year

bible Academy

Finish our two year academy and transfer credits to CIT for your Bachelor of Theology degree.

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New and Better Covenant Academy offers high-quality online video training that you can watch on your own time. So you can learn on your own time – and grow on your own time. We pour passion, knowledge, and practical pointers into all of our videos. Which means the trainings won’t just engage you; they’ll also change you.

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1 on 1 or group coaching for pastors and leaders

Overwhelmed, Burnout, or Discouraged? We can guide and coach you through it.


New and Better Covenant Academy gives practical support by offering advice and counselling with a view to improving areas that have hindered you. Whether counseling is a new experience for you or something you've done before, it is common to have questions about how counseling can help you and what to expect. Learn more about how we can help you with effective therapy, knowledgeable support, and the opportunity to develop the skills you need to succeed.

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When you want your event to be a success, you need to be able to rely on your speaker to deliver a message that will inspire, entertain and create positive change. You want more than temporary motivation… you want to create permanent transformation! After all, it’s your responsibility to make the event memorable, and you don’t want to leave anything to chance. New and Better Covenant Academy delivers skill-building content and cutting-edge insights that will educate and energize your audience.

1 on 1 or group coaching for pastors and leaders

Overwhelmed, Burnout, or Discouraged? We can guide and coach you through it.


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at your church or function.

A renowned teacher, Rick Yarbrough

will bring new clarity and exciting understanding to the fundamental truths of the gospel. Education will not advance the Kingdom without activation. What is blocking your church or fellowship from revival and growth? Allow this powerful teaching to release the glory and power of His Holy Spirit. Enter a true intimate covenant relationship in Christ Jesus.

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The most popular engagement is a two or three day seminar on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Water Baptism as the entrance to the New and Better Covenant. Be prepared for Holy Spirit fire and water!

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