Institute for Christian Studies

Program Description

Winebrenner Seminary launched the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) in fall 2019. With many of the same components as the former Pastoral Training Institute, the ICS is designed to provide pastors, para-church leaders and lay-leaders a foundation in Christian studies. Students can engage with Winebrenner Seminary as individuals or under the umbrella of a partnering organization* to pursue an ICS educational path. The program is designed to spur and exponentially increase students’ understanding and application of leadership and key ministerial practices.

This non-accredited program provides basic theological, biblical, formational, and leadership skills through robust, context relevant courses taught by mostly graduate-level seminary professors. An ICS non-degree program can be completed in as little as two years, with a minimum course count of 14.

The ICS’ course map is flexible, having been intentionally designed to meet the needs of both those currently serving in vocational or lay ministry and desiring to enhance their Christian leadership abilities. The program is available fully online through the use of Winebrenner’s integrated Learning Management System.

Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED. Please direct your questions to Adam Willford, Coordinator of New Student Engagement, at admissions@winebrenner.edu 

*Winebrenner Seminary is open to offering specialized tracks for organizations. Inquiries from possible collaborative partners can be directed to Dr. Bruce Coats, Academic Dean, at bcoats@winebrenner.edu 

Program Tuition

The tuition for the Institute for Christian Studies is $200/course. 

Program Contact Info

Institute for Christian Studies

950 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
Findlay, OH 45840


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