The Ridley Institute currently offers four introductory courses in Christian theology. These four core courses are offered in their entirety once every two years. They are:
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
A typical evening at Ridley begins at 6:30 with dinner in your small group. The meal is followed by worship and prayer with the lecture beginning at 7:00 p.m. Lectures typically last 45-50 minutes and aim to be given at a graduate level while remaining accessible to budding lay theologians. Participants dismiss for 30 minutes of small group participation, seeking to more deeply understand the ideas presented as they are discussed in Christian community. Participants reconvene to explore their questions with the lecturer.
HOW CAN I MAKE THE MOST OF THIS COURSE?
Each participant is given a notebook with advanced reading and suggested reading. Understanding that we all lead busy lives, we recognize that you will not always come as prepared as you would’ve liked. Nevertheless, like anything, you’ll get out of it what you put into it.
WILL THIS BE OVER MY HEAD?
You may find the first couple of lectures challenging, but I think you’ll find we encourage an atmosphere where beginners are welcome and all learn with humility.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
All introductory courses cost $120
For those who would like to set aside more time to pursue their spiritual and theological development in a more intentional way, we offer the Certificate Course for Christian Leadership in the Marketplace. The Certificate Courses can be taken full time over the course of one year, or part time over the course of two years.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Participants will be given a theological basis out of which to operate from and will go through seminars with other professionals seeking to apply theological truths to their daily work lives.
WHAT’S REQUIRED OF ME?
Participants are required to take either (a) Systematics or (b) Biblical Theology and complete two Marketplace life seminars. As a capstone to the Certificate Course, we require each participant to complete an independent project, guided by the course director that seeks to exhibit and apply what the participant has learned to the profession that the participant is involved in. All participants are required to meet bi-weekly in learning huddles.
WHAT IS THE WORKLOAD LIKE?
Because the Certificate Course is more intensive than the introductory courses, participants will be required to read significantly more than those in the introductory courses. Participants should expect to read a min of 100 pages per week and write reflective, research papers at the end of each class.
CAN I DO IT?
The Certificate Course is not for everyone. Students will need a pre-appreciation for theology and the role of theology in the life of the Christian. We do not have time to justify the learning of the Bible and theology for the life of a marketplace professional for those who do not already possess it. This course is for those who already feel a need to bring the Gospel from a biblically informed and theologically rich perspective into the workplace. Our experience has shown that those who have been out of education for some time find the first few weeks challenging, but quickly recover old habits and thrive in this course.
The Ridley Institute has partnered with Trinity school for ministry in order to offer a fully accredited Masters of Arts in Religion. Students can take classes towards this degree within a cohort located at the Ridley Institute. Courses are taught by Trinity’s expert faculty both in person and online. More about this partnership can be read in Trinity’s press release, and in Bishop Steve Wood’s May 2014 Congregational Letter.