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How Do I Become a Trained Disciple?

Everyone is called to learn the Bible and to disciple others to Christ. You might be feeling a tug to engage that person in your workplace or in your neighborhood about what’s most important to you. But perhaps you are not as confident as you would like. You desire to increase your knowledge of Scripture and theology. You might be attending a small group and may even have a desire to start or lead your own group.

When you pray for others you may have witnessed the work of the Holy Spirit in you. You desire to line up your experience of ministry with the context of Scripture. Loving Him and letting Him love you and others through you is your comfort zone. If this sounds like what you are thinking or feeling, then journey with us to become a trained disciple – we will guide you.

The Journey to become a Trained Disciple

We all have a responsibility to become well-rounded disciples so that we can respond to God’s call on our lives to share the gospel and spread the good news.  In order to do this well – we recommend you choose the Certificate of Biblical Studies path which will focus your training around knowing and growing in the Word of God, but you will also experience transformation in your life at the same time.  

Below we have highlighted the required tracks for this program.  We hope you enjoy learning and growing as you journey with us through the Old and New Testaments.

  • Kingdom of God Track - 5 Units +

    Story of the Kingdom Croasmun & Williams
    Understanding the Kingdom Morphew
    Demonstrating the Kingdom Various Instructors
    Spiritual Formation Summerell
    Kingdom of God: Capstone Howitt & Morphew
  • Old Testament Track - 5 Units +

    Hermeneutics (required)
    Choose 3 courses from the following:
    • OT Theology
    • The Pentateuch
    • Latter Prophets 1
    • Latter Prophets 2
    • Restoration Literature
    • Wisdom Literature (Q2 '19)
    Capstone: Old Testament (required)
  • New Testament Track - 5 Units +

    Hermeneutics (required, only to be taken once between these two tracks)
    If Hermeneutics has been completed in the previous track, then choose 4 courses from the following:
    • OT Theology
    • Luke-Acts
    • 1 Corinthians
    • The Book of Hebrews
    • Johannine Literature and Theology (coming Q2,'19)
    • Pauline Literature
    • General NT Letters
    Capstone: New Testament (required)
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Student Expectations

We want to make sure you have all the facts about your upcoming course experience so you know how to prepare and be able to set appropriate expectations of the next 2+ years (depending on part-time or full-time course load) with us and to be able to set aside the right amount of time for each course of study. Click here to see the highlights of your course experience.

We encourage you to get involved in service work in your church community during your journey with VI, where you can apply and develop practical ministry skills.

Requirements for Graduation

  • 15 Course Units (2 or 3 years to complete)
  • 2.0 or higher GPA

Certification upon Graduation

Certificate in Biblical Studies