Following are YTI’s 2019 Summer Session classes in Bozeman. These courses may be taken for credit in YTI’s Master of Arts in Theological Studies and Diploma of Christian Theology programs, or audited for personal enrichment. Please contact the YTI office to inquire about need-based scholarships at or call (406) 404-1600. Register for classes HERE.
July 8–12 | 6–8PM
This first summer session celebrates the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Dr. Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology and Ethics, will cover Tolkien’s life and work, to include: The Hobbit (1937), The Lord of the Rings (1954-55), The Silmarillion (1977) and his literary miscellany. The week concludes with a Hobbit style “Feast” and discussion!
Christian Art in the Roman Empire
July 15-19 | 6–8PM
This second summer session, taught by local art historian, Carol Mealer, covers the art that was produced by Christians in the Roman Empire from the 2nd century through the 6th century. The course focuses on work produced in Rome and in Byzantium as evidenced in frescoes, carvings, mosaics and other art work.
Christian Art and the Church’s Worship
July 22–26 | 6–8PM
This final summer session is taught by Ms. Tracie Jernigan, an ordained minister, worship arts pastor, musician and mother of two young boys. The session is designed for men and women who are in children’s ministry, worship ministry, pastors and those simply interested in furthering their knowledge in the worship arts movement. This session describes the history of the fine and performing arts in worship; the theological meaning of the arts in worship; and demonstrates how the arts can be used in discipleship, worship and summer programs.