Vineyard Institute seeks to develop leaders at every level of every church, as an umbrella educational provider within the multinational, multicultural and multi-generational Vineyard Community. We offer a unique focus on kingdom theology in all coursework, and learning communities customizable to the needs and goals of local churches.

Training Leaders
We train at every level of church leadership including: 

  • Church planters
  • Pastors
  • Small group leaders

VI‘s programs develop those who desire to:

  • Serve at any level in church leadership
  • Expand Biblical and theological understanding
  • Explore and pursue their calling with further training

Certificates Offered

  • Certificate in Biblical Studies (15 course units)
  • Certificate in Biblical Leadership (15 course units)
  • Advanced Certificate in Biblical Leadership (30 course units)

Our Learning System
Our unique distance/ online hybrid system provides the convenience of online learning with local student-to-student and student-to-mentor interaction, creating a learning experience similar to residential programs. Research has shown that learning outcomes are equal to, if not better than, purely residential programs.

Future Students
As a VI student, you will learn in a customizable way, going at the pace your time and finances allow. Each course is approximately 45 hours, over a 10 week period. Out certificates are built on the following type of classes:

  • General Classes in the following Areas of Focus
    • Kingdom Theology and Biblical Meta-narrative
    • Local Church Development and Leadership
    • Missions (Evangelism, Healing, Church Planting)
    • Social Justice and Transformation
    • Historical, Contextual, & Systematic Theology
  • Ministry
    • Evangelism, Spiritual Formation, Homiletics, Ministry to the Poor, Assimilation, Small Groups and Pastoral Care
  • Praxis Classes (Hands on training in the local church)

Our Pastors
Pastors of VI sites are empowered to shape curriculum (academic and hands-on praxis courses) available at their site. As mentors of our Biblical Leadership Certificates they provide access to hands-on ministry training in their church. VI is also developing pastor-to-pastor theological roundtables.

Prior Learning
Students of all previous Vineyard, college, and seminary programs are invited to return and continue their Biblical training. Contact VI to receive credit from prior learning.

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