The Henderson Training Institute (HTI) is called an “institute” to communicate the importance of studying and understanding Scripture and our belief that any and all true change occurs as a result of the “renewing of our minds” by the Word of Truth (Romans 12:1–2).
HTI is a “training institute” in that our ultimate goal is more than simply imparting information. We understand that knowledge alone can puff up (1 Corinthians 8), but God delights in a people who are hearers and “doers” of the Word (James 1:22). Therefore, our goal is that every course offered would equip the saints to “do the work of ministry” in very authentic and practical ways (Ephesians 4:11–12).
Fall Semester 2013
More information on the Fall 2013 semester will be provided soon.
The courses will be taught by elders, pastors, and other leaders within our church body who are equipped to teach a particular subject. In the future, we may also offer courses taught by guest lecturers.
All participants are asked to register in advance so that we can appropriately plan for classroom sizes and the quantity of materials needed for hand-outs.
Enrollment Fees and Books
There is no enrollment fee for the classes offered through the HTI. However, any student who elects to take a course for credit as a part of the HTI (see info about “tracks” on the next page) will need to purchase materials for that particular course in order to complete assignments and requirements.
All courses for the Fall 2013 semester require two books which may be purchased from any bookstore including the Henderson Hills bookstore. Prices will vary. Students taking the course as a part of the Audit Track are not expected to purchase the materials but may choose to do so for their own benefit. We suggest that participants purchase books ahead of time in preparation for the first day of class.
About the Classes
The HTI instructors encourage everyone not to become overly concerned or intimidated about the idea of taking a “class.” We realize that many have not been in a scholastic setting in a long time and may feel some amount of fear and doubt about participating in classes offered through an “institute.”
However, we will have men and women from all walks of life, levels of spiritual experience, and educational backgrounds in each of the courses offered. This training will be taught in a manner that is encouraging for everyone and not only intended for those who are academically inclined.
Opportunities for Everyone
To provide appropriate paths for all types of participants, two tracks are offered:
1. Audit Track
• Attend and participate in a class without doing outside coursework
• Sit, soak, and learn – no additional papers/projects are required or expected
2. Core Track (6 courses)
• Designed to guide participants in a well-rounded study in foundational topics
• Take one course at a time, and complete all six core courses
• Attend at least 70% of the courses in that semester
• Complete assignments and readings as specified for each course
Core Track Courses
1a. Foundations of the Faith
1b. Spiritual Formations
2. Bibliology & Hermeneutics
3. Biblical Theology
4. Systematic Theology
5. Church History
6. Missional Living
Time Requirements for Core Track
The time required by the class will vary greatly depending on individual goals and what a person desires to learn from the class. For the Fall 2013 semester, one or two books are required for reading and multiple writing assignments are required.
The current course offering consists of foundational biblical instruction. More classes in the Core Track will be taught soon, and others may be introduced in the future. In addition to the Core Track, we may introduce additional tracks designed for those interested in pursuing vocational or lay ministry and desire appropriate training. Information about this possibility will be made available as soon as possible.