What does Theopolis seek to produce? What are we selling? We sell courses like the ones described below. But our final product is people, men and women who know the Scriptures and communities that teach the Bible with depth and imaginative power, sing Psalms and chant the liturgy, Eucharistic assemblies that gather every week at the Lord’s table. We measure success by the number of vibrant churches we shape, churches that are reformed and always being reformed by the Word of God.
We offer low-cost seminary-level instruction that fits the lives and current ministries of non-traditional students. When we start our yearlong program in the fall of 2016, we’ll keep the costs down so that students who spend a year studying with us don’t accumulate mountains of debt.
We don’t pretend to offer all the pastoral training students will need. We know that they need to follow a pastor on his hospital rounds, watch how he handles a tense counseling session, learn from example how to persuade a congregation to embark on a particular ministry opportunity.
We do provide a crucial component of that training for students who out of necessity are cobbling together a combination of classroom study, apprenticeship, online instruction, reading, and on-the-job training that will prepare them for future leadership in the church.
Theopolis Intensive Courses
Theopolis offers three weeklong intensive courses a 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
2016-2017 Intensive Class Schedule
During each academic year, Theopolis offers three intensive courses, each named for a different season of the church year. Click through to see course descriptions, instructors, and scheduled dates.
Classes are held at
Beeson Divinity School
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.