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Frequently Asked Questions 

Why VI

Who is VI for?

Why should I enroll in Vineyard Institute?

Length of Certificates in VI

How much time does each course take? 

How much time will it take to receive my certificate? 

Do I need to enroll in a full certificate program, or can I take a single course?

How many courses should I take each term?

When can I join Vineyard Institute?

Cost

How much does it cost to attend?

I took some classes in Vineyard Leadership Institute (VLI) in the past.  Will my work in VLI carry forward into Vineyard Institute?

Can I receive credit for prior work?

What do I receive upon graduation?

How is VI different from VLI, seminary, and other Bible colleges?  Why VI?

What do I receive upon graduation?

Are the certificates in VI accredited?

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?

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?

I would like to teach for VI.  How do I initiate this?

More information?

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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.  

Length of Certificates in VI

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. 

How much time will it take to receive my certificate? 

It’s totally up to you!  Vineyard Institute is designed for people trying to juggle life, allowing them to move at their own pace, taking as few as one or as many as several courses per term.  For those who are able, each certificate could be completed in 8 terms (2 years). 

Do I need to enroll in a full certificate program, or can I take a single course?

Either.  VI is totally flexible.  You can enroll in single courses of your choosing, or set out on a prescribed path to complete one of the certificate programs.  The choice is completely yours. 

How many courses should I take each term?

While VI does not require you to take a certain number of courses each term, we do make recommendations, depending on your time availability.  Students usually take between 1 and 4 courses a term  

When can I join Vineyard Institute?

Anytime!  Students can start VI at any term during the year by applying at least three weeks prior to the start of the term   Once accepted into the program, students can select which courses they want to take each term out of those offered.

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.

I took some classes in Vineyard Leadership Institute (VLI) in the past.  Will my work in VLI carry forward into Vineyard Institute?

Absolutely!  Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to initiate the transfer process.  You will receive a custom graduation plan detailing what is required to graduate in Vineyard Institute.

Can I receive credit for prior work?

The Vineyard Institute (VI) makes provision for Prior Experiential Learning – this refers to any prior learning experience that was not obtained as part of a college or university course/program and does not-in or of itself-carry academic degree credit. VI will award prior experiential learning credit provided the applicant can demonstrate that his/her prior learning experiences are equivalent in nature and level to the learning
 outcomes VI stipulates for ONLY the Ministry Courses in its Biblical Leadership programs. A maximum of 3 credits can be awarded for prior experiential learning in the Certificate in Biblical Leadership and 6 in the Advanced Certificate in Biblical Leadership. Click HERE to download VI’s policy for PEL.

What do I receive upon graduation?

How is VI different from VLI, seminary, and other Bible colleges?  Why VI?

Unlike VLI and many other programs, Vineyard Institute is designed to provide quality coursework that is accessible, flexible and affordable, allowing students the opportunity to study what they want and when they want, at a price they can afford.  Vineyard Institute represents a totally new approach to empowering students to answer God’s calling for life and leadership in today’s world, allowing them to juggle the competing priorities of life with a desire to become more equipped, empowered and effective in life, ministry and leadership. 

Vineyard Institute’s focus on the Kingdom of God at the center gets the foundation right for life and ministry in a way that is distinctly Vineyard.  Through VI’s innovative and unique distance / online hybrid system, the convenience of online learning is combined with student-to-student and student-to-mentor interactions, creating a learning experience similar to that of traditional schools, but without the expense of relocating or changing jobs to get equipped. 

What do I receive upon graduation?

You will receive a certificate from Vineyard Institute.

Are the certificates in VI accredited?

No.  While VI certificate level courses are not currently accredited by the Council for Higher Education or the US Department of Education, our students routinely receive credit waivers in Bible and Leadership courses upon presentation of their VI transcripts.  Please contact your future undergraduate institution to understand their policy.

 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.

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.

I would like to teach for VI.  How do I initiate this?

To be considered for a future course, send an email with your CV and area of focus to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

More information?

My question has not been answered. How do I get more information?

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