It is our strong recommendation that you spend a year focused full-time on your core education. Once you have taken these core classes, then we encourage you to get more involved in ministry and complete your learning in a continuing education model.
These eleven classes, along with the nineteen in Continuing Education, form an industry-standard 30 class program.
Biblical Content and Methodology
Preparation for ministry begins with a thorough knowledge of the biblical text, an understanding of its overall structure and themes, and a detailed knowledge of specific key books.
Choose one of our New Testament sequences.
How to Read and Understand Biblical Content
Biblical and Systematic theology helps us synthesize biblical content, learning the overall truths of the biblical text, and pushing those truths into our hearts.
Biblical Theology. This three-part class will walk you through the theology of the Old Testament (by Dr. Miles Van Pelt), the Gospels (by Dr.Craig Blomberg), and then Paul and the rest of the New Testament (by Dr. Thomas Schreiner). As opposed the Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology asks the question of what a particular book, or group of books, teach on different topics, showing emphases of the different parts of Scripture.
Part of the process of growing in Christ and being prepared for ministry involves taking all this information you have been learning and internalizing it, asking what you have learned about God, yourself, and others. This is the process of true sanctification, of biblical spirituality.
It would be great if all we needed to do in the church was to learn the Bible, study hard, and love people. But sadly that is not enough, and there are a series of skills you will need to develop in order to handle the challenge of people and the church.