Advance Institute

For equipping and training people for the work of ministry

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ
Ephesians 4:11-13

What is Advance Institute?

Advance Institute primarily provides Bible-based theological training courses designed to connect the head to both the heart and the hands. Specific Institute courses consist of a 7-week study period and utilize curriculum from Porterbrook Learning, a suite of courses provided by Acts 29. The aim of both the Institute and Porterbrook is to equip men, women, and teens for the work of ministry and to train leaders within the church. The curriculum used in the Institute is accessible and requires no previous training.
Advance Institute is designed to bring a quality and engaging learning environment to Christians in our region for minimal expense. In addition to the seven-week courses, the Institute also hosts workshops and forums. Past opportunities include the women's workshop How to Study the Bible and a study of Christ-Centered Parenting

Current Course: The Heart of Evangelism
(Monday, March 30 - Saturday, May 30)

The Heart of Evangelism provides a biblical framework for how to share the gospel with unbelievers in normal life, motivated by the ministry and sacrifice of the ultimate Friend of sinners, Jesus. We'll also explore how the church as a whole can work together to share the good news, creating a culture of evangelism.

Other than Scripture, the primary curriculum for this course is Friend of Sinners by Harvey Turner and Evangelism by J. Mack Stiles.

Childcare available for a minimal cost during the Saturday class. 

Upcoming Courses

How People Change
Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp's How People Change explains the biblical foundation and pattern for change in a clear, practical way you can apply to your own life and in discipleship of others.
Course ended Saturday, February 29, 2020.
The Heart of Evangelism
Using both Friend of Sinners and Evangelism, this class will  consider the ministry of Jesus and why it shapes a believer's friendship with sinners and the gospel is shared.
Course begins Monday, March 30, 2020.
Women's Bible Study
The book for the women's summer Bible study will be announced soon! After studying the Sermon on the Mount last year, we are looking forward to what's coming this summer.
Study begins Monday, June 22, 2020.
To Be Announced!
The final Institute course of the year will focus on practical theology for the local church. Check back for more information!
Course begins Monday, October 12, 2020.

"This course brought out facts that I have either taken for granted without really thinking about, forgotten, or never really knew. It gave me a deeper appreciation for Jesus."

- Jim H. on the Era of Jesus course

"We’re learning about the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, and what’s hitting home for me is how they’re connected and how the Great Commandment--if you love the Lord your God with all your heart--will lead you to love others as yourself."

- Ian C. on Shaping Advance's Culture

Previous Courses

How People Change
How to Conquer Sin and Help Others Do the Same
Shaping Advance's Culture
Future Keys to Gospel Ministry
The Biblical Story
The Era of Jesus
Soul Care in Community
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