Advance Institute

Advance Institute is a dynamic opportunity for people wanting to grow deeper in their knowledge of God and the Bible. Designed to prepare Christians for effective vocational or lay ministry, it is a practical environment for learning and application.  


The Institute will cycle through at least 24 courses every three years. Each course lasts 6 weeks. The courses fit into 4 Categories: Character, Bible & Doctrine, Church, and World. Each course is only $40.


2016 Courses:

          Gospel Change: January 2 - February 13

          The Bible in Missional Perspective: February 14 - March 26

          Gospel Community: March 27 - May 7

          Evangelism: May 8 - June 18

          Gospel Living: July 3 - August 13

          Understanding God's Story: August 14 - September 24

          Keeping It Missional: September 25 - November 5

          Apologetics: November 6 - January 7


2017 Courses: Click on the Course Below to register

          Gospel Relationships: January 8 - February 25

          Union with Christ: February 26 - April 8

          The Holy Spirit: April 9 - June 3

          Engaging with Context: June 4 - July 15

          Church History in Missional Perspective: July 16 - August 26

          Evangelism and Social Action: August 27 - October 7

          Understanding Leadership: October 8 - November 18

          Bible Truth and Missional Perspective: November 19 - January 13


More information is provided below!

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While the courses are Bible College/Seminary level in nature, Advance Institute is designed for people of multiple learning styles. The Institute offers two options based on schedule and learning preference.


ONLINE & WEEKLY MORNING COHORT (option #1): Everyone who takes a course and selects this option will be given online access to the class. They will need to complete the reading and assignments online. In addition to the online work, they will gather weekly on Thursday mornings from 6:30-7:30am in Gibsonia for further lecture, encouragement, discussion, and a time of Q & A with others taking the course. This option is suited for people who want ongoing discussion & a cooperative learning environment throughout the course.  


ONLINE & ONLY 1 SATURDAY COHORT (option #2): Everyone who takes a course and selects this option will be given online access to the class. They will need to complete the reading and assignments online. Additionally, they will gather only once on a Saturday morning from 8:30-11:30am in Gibsonia for discussion, brief oral reports, and a time of Q & A with others taking the course. The Saturday gathering will take place at the end of each course (once every 6 weeks). This option is suited for people who cannot meet during the week, are more independent in their learning style, and live farther from the church.  


Note: You do not need to attend Advance Community Church to participate. It is open to people throughout the Pittsburgh region.



* Frequently Asked Questions are listed below

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION FOR OFFERING ADVANCE INSTITUTE?

According to the Apostle Paul, followers of Jesus are called to be "ambassadors for Christ" as "ministers of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:11-21). In Ephesians 4, we see the calling for church leaders to equip believers for ministry. The Institute is designed to bring a quality learning environment to Christians in our region for minimal expense.  


HOW MUCH WILL EACH COURSE COST?

The cost of each class will be $40 so long as you register at least 10 days prior to the start of an upcoming course. Note: If a second member of the same household registers for the same course, there will be a $10 discount applied to the second family member's registration (i.e. - Husband pays $40 and wife pays $30.)


WHAT ARE THE TECHNOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ONLINE ACCESS?

All you need to access the courses online is the internet. You can even use tablets or smartphones.


DO I NEED TO COMMIT TO ALL OF THE COURSES?

No. Each course is offered independently. The Institute is set up for people to take as many (or as few) courses as they desire. 


DO I NEED TO HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR COLLEGE DEGREE TO PARTICIPATE?

No. There are no prerequisites for taking courses with the Institute.


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE COURSEWORK?

Everybody is different. On average, a student should plan for about 2 hours of study per week in addition to the cohort.


WHAT ARE THE THEOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVES OF THE INSTITUTE?

Most of the courses we use come from Porterbrook Seminary. They are widely used by Acts 29 churches around the world. The distinctives of all the courses will be missional and rooted in reformed theology.


ARE THERE ADDITIONAL TEXTBOOKS NEEDED FOR THE COURSES?

No. There will be no additional textbooks needed. Therefore, $40 is the most a person will pay for a course.


WILL A PERSON RECEIVE TRANSFERABLE CREDIT FOR COURSES TAKEN THROUGH THE INSTITUTE?

This is a great question! Right now, there are U.S. colleges looking into making this a reality. However, this is not an option at this time. The courses are based in the United Kingdom. The U.S. and the U.K.'s educational systems do not mesh very well. If and when this changes, the Institute will respond accordingly to be in compliance with U.S. credit-based standards. In the meantime, there will be an internal grading and credit system based on standards utilized by other Acts 29 churches around the world. 


CAN A PERSON AUDIT A COURSE?

Yes. A person can take a course without doing the written work or quizzes. The cost of the course will still be the same. Also, to audit a course, a student must participate in the Option #1 Cohort.


If you have any other questions, feel free to email us at info@advancecommunitychurch.org