Intensive Courses

Theopolis offers weeklong intensive courses every year in Bible, theology, liturgics, or some aspect of culture.
Intensive Courses
Daily Schedule
A service forming part of the traditional Devine Office of the Western Christian Church, originally said (or chanted)at or after midnight, but historically often held with lauds on the previous evening.
09:00A - NOON
Lectures on the topic at hand.
12:00P - 12:30P
Noon Prayers with Psalm-singing and Scripture reading.
12:30P -02:00P
During lunch, a student will read from the church fathers.
02:00P - 04:00P
Certificate Students will engage in a faculty-led discussion on a book, paper, or topic from the course.
04:00P - 05:00P
Final Lecture
05:00P - 05:30P
An evening prayer service with the sermon being tied into the topic for the week.
06:00 - 07:30P
08:00P - 10:00P
Informal discussion in the evening gives us a chance to build relationships and further discuss the topics of the week.
Certificate and Non-Certificate Options

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

Certificate Program:

To complete the Certificate Program, a student must pass six courses registered as a Certificate Student. The student must then submit a final paper, which may be an expansion of a course paper, and publicly defend the paper. This defense will either be held in Birmingham, AL or virtually on Zoom. Students who pass their defense will receive a Certificate of Completion.

At least four of the required courses must be in-person Intensive Courses (see below).

The remaining two courses may be directed studies or Online Courses offered by Theopolis. For more information and available Online Courses, see the Online Courses page.

Adults or students who have completed at least two years of college qualify to take courses as a Certificate Student.

Certificate Students must submit a letter of recommendation from a pastor or session of the local church of which they are members. (Students who are pastors do not need a letter of recommendation.)

Each Intensive Course costs $500 for Certificate Students.

Non-Certificate Program:

Non-Certificate Students are free to attend lectures, participate in worship, and engage in informal discussions.

Each Intensive Course costs $300 for Non-Certificate Students.

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

Easter Term
John Ahern
Mar 11 - Mar 15

God has created the world musically.

Pentecost Term
Drew Knowles and Mark Brians
Sep 30 - Oct 4

A biblical theology of hospitality, and practical application for the local church.

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.

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