Grace Theological Institute
To ensure that students are firmly grounded in sound doctrine and are developing a philosophy of ministry that is faithful to scripture, the Institute relies on a three-pronged approach that forms the foundation of the program:
Over the course of the two-year program of study, students will complete 18 individual courses that are offered through The Master's Seminary Institute for Church Leadership (ICL). Courses include: Hermeneutics, Old and New Testament Studies, Doctrine and Decrees of God, The Life of Christ, Eschatology, Practice of Prayer, Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, The Reformation, Biblical Eldership, Shepherding Leadership, Missions and Outreach, Biblical Counselling, and more. An additional two courses on the fundamentals and mechanics of expository preaching are also offered during this time. Each course includes video lectures, assigned reading, quizzes, and group discussion.
Students of the Institute will also complete the Biblical Eldership Development curriculum from Biblical Eldership Resources. This curriculum will help participants develop a sound understanding of the role of an elder, while developing the character and skills needed to effectively shepherd God's flock. Over the course of the curriculum, students will work through a variety of resources and books, complete two major study projects (Romans/Hebrews and Systematic Theology), and complete a pastoral internship.
Students of the Institute will participate in 45 group cohorts over the course of the two-year program. These cohorts serve to reinforce the students' learning, provide opportunities for questions and discussion, and facilitate opportunities for supplemental training. In addition, students will participate in exegetical studies, preaching labs, and training in the biblical languages.
Tuition/Fees: Grace Fellowship Church does not charge any fees for participation in the Institute; however, students are responsible for the cost of some textbooks and fees/tuition charged by The Master's Seminary. Students should anticipate a total cost of approximately $1,800-2,000 CAD for all textbooks, Bible software, and TMS tuition over the two-year program. *Some of these costs are covered for those who are members of Grace Fellowship Church.
Learning Format: The Institute combines individual/self-directed learning and cohort studies to ensure flexibility while also creating opportunities for discussion and application in a group setting. Students should expect to spend 4-6 hours each week viewing/listening to lectures, reading assigned articles and books, and completing assignments. Institute Cohorts are hosted on a bi-weekly basis (currently on Tuesday evenings).
Intensive theological training.
In the context of the local church.
We are convinced that the responsibility of training and equipping qualified church leaders rests squarely on the shoulders of the local church. In 2 Timothy 2:2 the Apostle Paul instructed Timothy: "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also." To accomplish this task, Grace Fellowship Church has implemented a pastoral training program that prepares men for the rigorous demands of leading and serving the local church as faithful under-shepherds of Jesus Christ. The Institute is a two-year program of study that combines self-directed learning and cohort studies to help students gain a thorough knowledge of the scriptures and hone their skills for a lifetime of faithful ministry.