Ephrata Community Church, in cooperation with Evangelical Seminary, is pleased to offer the Institute for Christian Learning, a series of courses providing spiritual enrichment and leadership development. The ICL is available to everyone no matter what faith community you attend, and there are no educational prerequisites.
Each course is taught by a seminary-trained instructor and represents an abridged version of a course taught at Evangelical Seminary. While they do not count for graduate school credit, a student who completes all twelve courses will receive an ICL Certificate, and can submit a portfolio of work to Evangelical Seminary to be considered for advanced standing when applying for one of its accredited degrees (offering you exemption from between 6–12 credits of coursework). These courses are also available to be taken individually.
Spring: Theology I // NT Survey
Fall: Theology II // Culture, Context & Mission
Spring: Leadership: You, Others & Organization // Pastoral Care & Counseling
Fall: The Gospels // History of Christianity
How much does it cost to enroll in a course?
Each individual course is $230 to receive an ICL certificate from Evangelical Seminary. Courses can also be audited for $100.
What does it mean to “Audit” a course?
A student can take a class, but not be graded for assignments or receive credit toward an ICL Certificate. Students auditing will still be required to keep up with required readings ahead of each class.
What is required for an ICL Certificate from Evangelical Seminary?
The ICL is made up of 12 core courses. Upon completion of all 12 courses, you will receive an ICL Certificate from Evangelical Seminary. Certificates are not given for individual courses.
Can I enroll in one course or do I need to commit to all 12?
You are welcome to enroll in any individual courses that you would like to and do not need to commit to doing all 12.
Where are these courses held?
All ICL courses are held at Ephrata Community Church.
Can I take courses online?
Yes! Real-time online participation is available for students who cannot be present in the classroom but are able to join via a computer. A high-speed internet connection is required.
How can I use this Certificate if I would like to pursue an accredited degree at Evangelical Seminary?
A final portfolio with selected work from your 12 courses will need to be submitted. They will provide an opportunity for exemption of between 6-12 credits of coursework depending on which degree program you apply for.
What is the workload expectation?
Typically the student will need to complete the reading of one average size text book and a few articles during the course period. Additionally, the student will need to complete online assignments that can total between 1-2 hours per week, depending on the student’s pace. For those taking the course towards a certificate, the readings, online discussions, and a short final paper will be required. Auditors are highly encouraged to keep up with the readings.
What if I was never great at academics or haven’t done any academic work in years?
Then the ICL is perfect for you! These courses have been designed for those who are reentering the activity of studying while at the same time being able to challenge those who are looking to go to the next level.
Do you have another question? Please email ICL@ephratacommunity.church or call us at 717.733.4071.