Core Classes

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.

Old Testament

Dr. Douglas StuartOld Testament Survey
Dr. Douglas Stuart

New Testament

Choose one of our New Testament sequences.

Dr. Robert SteinNew Testament Survey: The Gospels
Dr. Robert Stein

New Testament Survey: Acts – Revelation
Dr. Robert Stein

Dr. Craig BlombergIntroduction to the New Testament: The Gospels and Acts
Dr. Craig Blomberg

Introduction to the New Testament: Romans – Revelation
Dr. Craig Blomberg

Dr. Darrell BockLife of Christ
Dr. Darrell Bock

Dr. Thomas SchreinerNew Testament Survey: Acts – Revelation
Dr. Tom Schreiner

How to Read and Understand Biblical Content

Dr. Robert SteinBiblical Hermeneutics
Dr. Robert Stein

Biblical Theology

Biblical and Systematic theology helps us synthesize biblical content, learning the overall truths of the biblical text, and pushing those truths into our hearts.

Dr. Miles van PeltBiblical 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.

Dr. Bruce WareSystematic Theology I
Dr. Bruce Ware

Systematic Theology II
Dr. Bruce Ware

Biblical Spirituality

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.

Planned classes:
Discipleship
Spiritual Formation

Dr. Gary ParrettWorship
Dr. Gary Parrett

Ministry Skills

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.

Dr. John JohnsonPrinciples of Effective Leadership
Dr. John Johnson