Intensive Courses

Theopolis offers weeklong intensive courses every year in Bible, theology, liturgics, or some aspect of culture. Courses run Monday through Friday. Mornings are devoted to lectures, afternoons to seminar sessions with Certificate students, and close with a late afternoon lecture or discussion. Each day’s course work is punctuated by worship – Matins, Sext (noon), and Vespers.

Here is a typical daily schedule:

- 8:30 AM: Matins
- 9:00-noon: Lectures
- 12:00-12:30 PM: Sext
- 12:30-2 PM: Lunch
- 2:00-4:00 PM: Seminars for Certificate students
- 4:00-5:00 PM: Final Lecture
- 5:00-5:30 PM: Vespers
- 6:00-7:30: Dinner
- 8:00-10:00: Informal discussion

Certificate and Non-Certificate Options

Students attending Intensive Classes can sign up for one of two levels of class work.

Certificate Program: In addition to attending lectures and participating in worship, certificate students are required to A) complete readings assigned by the instructor(s), B) participate in small-group seminars during the intensive course week, and C) submit a paper after the course.  When a student has completed six intensive courses, he or she will receive a Certificate of Completion from Theopolis Institute. Each course costs $500 for certificate students.  Adults or students who have completed at least two years of college qualify to take certificate courses. Students who are not pastors must submit a letter of recommendation from a pastor or session of the local church of which they are members. When a student has completed six intensive courses, he or she will submit to a comprehensive oral examination*. Those who pass the oral examination will received a Certificate of Completion from the Theopolis Institute.

Non-Certificate Program: Non-certificate students are free to attend lectures, participate in worship, and engage in informal discussions.  Each course is $300 for non-certificate students.

Supporting Church Tuition Waiver Policy

Eligible churches may receive student tuition waivers under certain conditions as described in our Supporting Church Tuition Waiver Policy. LEARN MORE

2019 Intensive Class Schedule

In 2019 Theopolis is offering two intensive courses, each named for a different season of the church year. Click through to see course descriptions, instructors, and scheduled dates.

Easter   Pentecost

Classes are held at

Beeson Divinity School
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama
Rooms S009 and S013

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Theopolis Institute admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies or scholarship programs.
*This requirement was added in July 2016. For those who entered the Certificate Program earlier than that date, the oral examination is voluntary.