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Who can participate?
This theological training is accessible for adults in the Omaha area who want to dig more deeply into Christian systematic theology in an interactive classroom environment.
Our desire is to cultivate an environment where participants grow in their knowledge, appreciation, and application of biblical teaching about the Triune God, His ways, and His work. Our desire is a learning environment that cares about content (both what and how we teach, with the final authority being the Bible), character (who we are and who we’re becoming), and community (interacting with others well).
You’re encouraged to join us if you want to grow in your understanding of Christian theology in a way that includes direction (i.e., course structure including learning outcomes, light learning exercises outside of class, etc.), and in an environment that is broadly evangelical and encourages gracious conversation about Christian theology.
WHEN DO YOU MEET, AND IF I SIGN UP NOW WHEN DO THINGS START?
When in session, classes meet on Monday evenings from 6:35-8:50pm. Broadly speaking, the training program runs approximately 28 weeks from early-mid September to the middle of May, with periodic breaks around holidays.
The next session of classes begins Sept 18, 2023 and is currently scheduled to end on May 13, 2024.
Registration for Fall 2023 classes is anticipated to open on April 1, 2023.
where do you meet?
Classes meet in room 221 at Brookside Church’s Millard Campus — 11607 M Cir, Omaha NE, 68137.
who teaches the classes?
Classes are taught by Dr. Tim Wiebe
(M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, D.Min. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary).
what is the format of classes?
Classes will be held in person. Dr. Tim Wiebe will normally teach in a “dynamic lecture” style, with some periodic in-class activities (both individual and group) sprinkled through the semester. The in-person nature of the class encourages a relational and interactive learning environment where questions are welcome and discussion around tables is a feature. 1-2 breaks will be factored in to each class session.
what does a commitment to this class look like?
We ask that participants in this class commit to one of two levels of involvement.
The first level of involvement asks that students commit to attending (and participating in) at least 80% of the class sessions over the course of the program year, reading 5 books, and writing 4 short reflection papers. Students participating at this level should plan on approximately 1-1.5 hours of homework outside of class each week. Successful completion of this level of involvement will result in a Certificate of Christian Theology (unaccredited) through the Brookside Institute.
A second level of involvement offers the classes for graduate-level credit through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). While class lectures will be identical, those taking the class for credit will have more expectations of reading, papers, and other learning exercises. Students taking the class for credit should plan on approximately 6-7 hours of homework outside of class time each week. This year-long (Sept-May) Theology Training contributes 6 hours of credit to the graduate-level certificate.
Additionally, those pursuing the accredited certificate will need to take at least one other class each semester through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS).
- For students wanting to complete the certificate in one program year we recommend taking American Church History online — 6 hours of credit spread across two semesters. (Combined with the Theology Training class at Brookside, this is packaged as TEDS’s Certificate of Christian Tradition.)
- A Certificate of Theological Studies can also utilize the Brookside Theology class and results in more graduate level credit. However, the number of additional classes needed is larger and will likely take longer than one program year to complete.
Successful completion of this “second level of involvement” will culminate in a graduate level, accredited certificate through TEDS that meaningfully furthers your development and that can be applied toward a full Master’s degree, for those interested in continuing their education with additional classes.
You can find out much more about these accredited certificates through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School here: https://www.tiu.edu/divinity/efca/certificates/.
Please contact Tim Wiebe if you have any questions about these levels of commitment.
what are the categories of Christian theology that will be covered in this training?
- Theological Method (Prolegomena)
- The Bible (Bibliology)
- God (Theology Proper)
- Humanity (Anthropology)
- Sin (Hamartiology)
- Jesus Christ (Christology)
- Salvation (Soteriology)
- The Holy Spirit (Pneumatology)
- The Church (Ecclesiology)
- The Future (Eschatology)
how much do classes cost?
For the unaccredited certificate, cost of the program over the entire year is $250 + books. These costs help cover various expenses involved with ensuring the program run with excellence. Scholarship information available upon request.
For the accredited certificate through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, more info on costs can be found at https://www.tiu.edu/divinity/efca/certificates/. (Please note that a significant discount on tuition rates is available to EFCA churches. Be sure and ask Dr. Wiebe about that if it applies to your situation, or you can ask TEDS directly as you explore offerings via their certificate website that is linked in an earlier question.)
anything else you want me to know?
We’re new at this! We’re excited to launch this and plan to do so with excellence. But know there will be a learning curve along the way during the 2023-24 program year (our first year of doing this). We’d love it if you would join and help us get better at doing this in a way that serves the health of the church in the Omaha area.