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Frequently Asked Questions 

Why VI

Who is VI for?

Why should I enroll in Vineyard Institute?

What sort of training do you offer?

What's New at VI

What is the Learning Block format?

How much time does each course take? 

What if I just want to take courses and not take exams?     

When can I join Vineyard Institute?

Cost

How much does it cost to attend?

Transcripts

I am a current VI or former VLI student, how can I get an official copy of my transcript sent to an institution?

How can I obtain a copy of my transcript for my own use?

Can I receive credit for the VI classes that I take?

Location of VI

What is a Learning Community?

I am the only one at my church currently interested in taking VI courses.  Can I take courses online?

Is there a minimum of students required at my church site?

Who is supporting the ministry of Vineyard Institute?

Instructors

Who are your instructors?

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Why VI?

Who is VI for?

Everybody!  You don’t need to be a leader (or potential leader) to engage.  In the Vineyard movement, “everybody gets to play”, and this is certainly true of VI.  Whether you’re a person just wanting to understand the Bible better, a lay leader wanting to become more effective in ministry, a pastor wanting to become a better preacher or multiply leaders in your church, or if you are feeling called to plant a church, the Vineyard Institute program is designed to train, equip and empower you.     

Why should I enroll in Vineyard Institute?

We live in an anxious world that is rapidly changing.  As Christians, we are not unaffected by this sea of change, being influenced by media, in our jobs and neighborhoods, and by friends and family.  How do we find grounding as Christians and leaders, being empowered to answer God’s calling on our lives in today’s world?  Vineyard Institute exists to help you radically deepen your understanding of the Bible, move forward in your imitation of Christ and learn how to live and lead effectively for the long haul.  

What sort of training do you offer?

Vineyard Institute has something for everybody!

We offer a library of over 35 courses with a variety of training topics, from Kingdom Theology to courses in specialized ministry areas such as missions, local leadership or evangelism.

  • If you are called to be a missionary, pastor, ministry leader or church planter, visit the Callings pages on this site and it will give you a recommendation for which courses are design for you.
  • If you are unsure of your calling or you just want to grow in your walk as a disciple there are specific pages for you with recommendations for courses that will help you grow. 

What's new at VI?

What is the Learning Block Format?

  • Uniformity for all Courses! We have redesigned and upgraded all courses* and they are all in the same format:
    • Learning Blocks – Each course is broken down into an average of 8 learning blocks – one topic per block – each block has a video lecture or set of video lectures to watch
    • A quiz after each learning block – no longer have larger mid-term or final exams but a quiz at the end of each topic
    • Practical application exercise - Some courses include a final exercise at the end that will give you a chance to apply what you’ve learned and tell us about it
  • Convenience to Fit with Your Busy Schedule. Within each quarter, a student can go at their own pace of each course – no longer are assignments dictated by which week of the course you are in.  You can finish in one week with all 8 learning blocks or can take as much time as you need to fit your schedule.
  • Easier to Manage Taking Multiple Courses at the Same Time.  With the new Learning Block format – it is now easier to take 2 courses in the same quarter but only do the work one course at a time.  For example, taking course 1 for the first 5 weeks and then taking course 2 for the next 5 weeks….go at your own pace within the 10 weeks of the quarter.
  • Consistent Studying…Smaller exams with each learning block enables a student to study on a more consistent schedule instead of cramming for big mid-term and final exams.

How much time does each course take? 

On average, you can expect to spend about 4 to 5 hours a week reading, writing, collaborating, and studying for exams.  It is important to note that though you will spend some time interacting with other students and mentors, much of the content can be scheduled around your schedule, taking advantage of times when you’re available, in 30-45 minute bites online over 10 weeks. 

What if I just want to take courses and not take exams?     

That’s ok, too. If you’re not interested in a grade or receiving credit towards a certificate, VI is still for you, and you can choose to audit courses. You will not have to take exams or write papers, but of course, no credit would be earned towards a certificate in the future. To audit a course, apply to VI and every quarter during registration you will be able to indicate your desire to either receive credit or take courses as an audit student.

When can I join Vineyard Institute?

Anytime! Students can start VI at any time during the year by registering for a class. Once you register, you will receive an email from us with your log-in credentials and then can go into the library and pay for a course at any time. The course will stay open until you are finished.

Cost

How much does it cost to attend?

VI is designed to be affordable for those with limited resources. Click here to go to read about our Tuition costs and Fees.

Transcripts

I am a current VI or former VLI student, how can I get an official copy of my transcript sent to an institution?

You can pay VI $10.00 USD for one official, sealed copy of your transcript to be sent to an institution by completing the online transcript request form.

How can I obtain a copy of my transcript for my own use?

If you are a current VI student you can login to myVI and click on Transcript in the Resources menu.  You can print an unofficial copy for your own records.  If you are a former VLI student you can fill out the online transcript request form.

Can I receive credit for the VI classes that I take?

VI no longer offers credit for a certificate program. Each course you take is for your own personal benefit in being trained as a disciple in the kingdom of God.

Location of VI

What is a Learning Community?

A learning community is a group of students studying together in the local church.  Each LC is led by a local church pastor or appointed student leader, who engages the students in dialogue about the courses they’re taking in a small group style environment. 

When Learning Communities are hosted at a local church, the site pastor/delegated leader is invited to collaborate with VI to shape both the curriculum and ministry mentoring opportunities around their particular church.

I am the only one at my church currently interested in taking VI courses.  Can I take courses online?

Absolutely.  We have cutting edge software tailored for effective ministry training.

Is there a minimum of students required at my church site?

No.  But we encourage churches to build a learning community of students and leaders who meet regularly to pray, worship, and discuss what they are learning in the course material.

Who is supporting the ministry of Vineyard Institute?

The global Vineyard family. For the first time in history, Vineyards from around the world have come together to create and own Vineyard Institute. Currently, seven AVC’s are supporting and implementing Vineyard Institute in their countries or regions: Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands & Luxemburg), Norden (Norway, Denmark, Finland & Sweden), South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, UK / Ireland, and the USA.

Instructors 

Who are your instructors?

Our adjunct faculty comes from all over the world under the leadership of Derek Morphew, our Academic Dean, who is from South Africa.  Our goal is to employ the best theologians and practitioners both in and outside the Vineyard movement to equip and empower you to effectively answer God’s calling on your life and leadership in today’s world.  See our faculty web page for more information.

 

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