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Building a Spiritual Foundation

YTI’s Diploma of Christian Theology arms students with a thorough foundation for ministry. The program includes 30 hours of classes that will help students grow and deepen their faith. We offer students a variety of courses, including theological understanding and biblical knowledge. Diploma-focus subjects provide students with more depth in specific areas across their typical 18 months of study on campus or online.

Earn Your Diploma at YTI

The programs at Yellowstone Theological Institute are accessible to students from a variety of educational backgrounds as they explore their faith through hands-on classroom learning, community involvement and mentorship in ministry.

In many cases, the diploma program, with tuition at $250 per class, is an additional way that students can supplement an already-existing degree.

Diploma Program

Diploma Program

At YTI, our Diploma program is for students who want to expand their learning, enrich their educational specialty or enhance their ministry. Students who graduate with their Diploma from YTI serve in churches around the world or use what they have learned in business or in their daily lives.

9 Core Hours
21 Concentration Hours
5 Areas of Concentration

Requirements

The program includes 30 hours of classes, with three core classes required for every diploma program. Meant to be flexible, it’s designed for students to be able to take as many or as few classes as they’d like, with classes available both in-person and online. Typically, the diploma program can be completed in 18 months.

Dozens of Challenging Classes

YTI has an extensive course catalog for its diploma program. Offerings include such classes as the Biblical Narrative, Spiritual Formation, Biblical Languages, Servant and Collaborative Leadership, Theology and Culture, and Adventure Studies. Many classes help provide a solid foundation in essential areas of biblical and theological knowledge.

 

Concentrations

YTI’s Diploma program provides students with the ability to identify and focus on an area of concentration, with the five options included below.

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies concentration is designed for the student who wants a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This concentration allows the student to study not only the overall trajectory of Scripture, but also develop advanced historical, linguistic, theological, and contextual insights into the texts. The Biblical Studies concentration for the Diploma program exposes the student to these same insights, with a lighter work responsibility.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530The Biblical Narrative

    The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unique document. BIB 530 gives an overview of the essential narratives of the scriptures, with special attention to the cultural contexts and theological function of those narratives.

  • BIB 531Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of Christian belief with its evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds to the Reformed confessions to contemporary Christian doctrines in the postmodern era. The student will develop a firm understanding of theological method and how to instill in the church the process of theological reflection. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

Concentration Courses

  • BIB 534Old Testament 1: The Torah & Histories

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile and return of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the fundamental texts of the Hebrew faith, called the “Torah” and the “Histories.” The Torah consists of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Histories cover Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah. The course focuses on the narrative and theology of the Torah and Histories in the quest to understand Judeo-Christian origins, holiness, obedience, and disobedience

  • BIB 535Old Testament 2: The Prophets & Poetry

    The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (Isaiah-Malachi, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Five Scrolls), focusing on the theology and interpretation of these texts over time.

  • BIB 536New Testament 1: From the Gospels Through Acts

    The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels, as well as the birth of the church in Acts.

  • BIB 537New Testament 2: Romans to Revelation

    Following the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the earliest expressions of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church are articulated by Paul, the apostle. This course covers the narrative, history, and theology of the Paul’s epistles: Romans, 1 & Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus; as well as the general epistles: Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, John’s epistles, Jude, and the Apocalypse of John. The course covers the context, theology, and history of reception of these writings.

  • LAN 530Biblical Languages: Overview and Tools

    The Bible was originally written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. The student of the Bible needs to have an adequate understanding of these languages to interpret effectively the texts. Today there are abundant computer programs available to the Bible student, so the need to master the biblical languages seems superfluous. However, an overview of the biblical languages is crucial for a basic understanding of interpreting Scripture accurately. LAN 530 provides the overview and introduces several accessible computer programs.

Choose 2 Electives:

  • Select any BIB course
  • Select any BIB, THEO, SPR, CUL, ADV, or ARTS course

Christian Ministries

“Ministry,” in its most basic form, is service done for the sake of the “other” — “Other” in this sense includes, God, neighbor, family and even enemy. In Christian circles — including the church proper, as well as para-church ministries — ministry includes pastoral ministry, worship ministry, family ministries, as well as ministries to children, youth and senior adults. In the Christian Ministry concentration, a student can become better equipped for various ministry roles in the church.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530The Biblical Narrative

    The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unique document. BIB 530 gives an overview of the essential narratives of the scriptures, with special attention to the cultural contexts and theological function of those narratives.

  • BIB 531Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of Christian belief with its evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds to the Reformed confessions to contemporary Christian doctrines in the postmodern era. The student will develop a firm understanding of theological method and how to instill in the church the process of theological reflection. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

Concentration Courses

  • LED 531Basic Leadership: A Servant and Collaborative Approach

    LED 531 explores a shared form of leadership, one that combines the servant leadership paradigm modeled in the New Testament, with a contemporary approach that considers the various ways in which leaders communicate appropriately with their teams.

  • MIN 531Introduction to Pastoral Care

    Introduction to pastoral care is an important aspect of pastoral ministry, including self-evaluation, exploration of human spiritual/emotional frailty, practice of basic techniques, and understanding movement toward both personal and familial wholeness.

  • THEO 534The People of God: Being the Church

    The church today is suffering a case of mistaken identity. Many Christian believers are unsure of what the church is, why it exists, and what its actual mission is. THEO 534 covers in detail the genesis, nature, and function of the church as the “Body of Christ.”

Choose 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Choose 1:

  • MIN 534Introduction to NexGen Ministries

    MIN 534 introduces the student to ministries for the “Next Generation” – young men and women from ages of 18-27. It includes a study of their cognitive processes, familial stresses, physical evolution, cultural orientation, political dispositions, and theological awareness.

  • MIN 535Focus: Ministry to Youth

    MIN 535 familiarizes the student with the various forms of ministry to youth (ages 12-18). No other stage of a human being’s life witnesses the physical, emotional, and spiritual life changes as does the “youth” category. This sub-group of the Next-Generation are a crucial demographic when regarding the future of the local church. The course focuses on the student’s creation of meaningful ministry for these young men and women.

  • MIN 536Ministry to Adults

    MIN 536 introduces the student to ministries for adults and senior adults. Adulthood is concerned with a very different set of developmental issues than the youth and young adult stages. Issues such as marriage, career, debilitating illness, retirement, and aging, to name only a few of the issues, radically influence the ministries for adults and senior adults. A healthy, well-discipled adult generation in any congregation brings stability and wisdom to a congregation.

  • MIN 537Ministry to Children

    MIN 537 introduces the student to children’s ministries – young boys and girls from birth to age 11. Childhood is the stage of human life where physical and intellectual growth are at a peak. Additionally, the child’s spiritual development is at its peak. For the children’s minister, the spiritual development of the child’s imagination is of paramount concern.

Electives:

  • Select any COM course
  • Select any MIN course

Christian Theology

The Theological Studies concentration is designed for the student who wants to gain a deeper understanding of how human beings understand God, and specifically how Christians have constructed their theological positions over the last 2000 years. Additionally, the Theological Studies concentration gives students the tools through which to construct faithful theological systems for the contemporary context in which they finds themselves.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530The Biblical Narrative

    The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unique document. BIB 530 gives an overview of the essential narratives of the scriptures, with special attention to the cultural contexts and theological function of those narratives.

  • BIB 531Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of Christian belief with its evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds to the Reformed confessions to contemporary Christian doctrines in the postmodern era. The student will develop a firm understanding of theological method and how to instill in the church the process of theological reflection. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

Concentration Courses

  • THEO 530Historical Theology I

    Historical Theology I is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the first century through the medieval Renaissance. It takes care to investigate the first creeds, the canonization of Scripture, catholic orthodoxy and heresy, the medieval papacy, and the formation of the schools at Paris and Oxford. The course gives the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 531Historical Theology II

    Historical Theology II is a basic historical survey of the development of theology from the Reformation through the Enlightenment, early Evangelicalism, the 19th century, modern theology, and the postmodern turn. The course gives to the student a contextual background for Christian theological claims.

  • THEO 534The People of God: Being the Church

    The church today is suffering a case of mistaken identity. Many Christian believers are unsure of what the church is, why it exists, and what its actual mission is. THEO 534, covers in detail the genesis, nature, and function of the church as the “Body of Christ.”

  • THEO 538Introduction to the Wild God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

    THEO 538 introduces the student to a “renewed” doctrine of the Trinity, describing the very nature of God, the nature of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as well as their roles as described in the Biblical revelation and in the experience of the church. It is an important, foundational course to understand how the Holy Spirit desires to work in the hearts and lives of believers, the church and the world.

  • CUL 538Imagination and Theology

    The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. CUL 538 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

Choose 2 Electives:

  • Select from any BIB, THEO, SPR, CUL, ADV, or ARTS courses

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Today’s church often suffers from a lack of visionary leadership. The church, caught between long held assumptions about ministry and mission and a rapidly changing culture, often finds itself in steep numerical decline with a lack of both vision and the means by which to implement a new vision. The Entrepreneurial Leadership concentration provides an advanced education in contemporary leadership models and trends, as well as a method by which to create church “transition” models for the “turnaround” congregation that seeks to be relevant to the changing culture.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530The Biblical Narrative

    The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unique document. BIB 530 gives an overview of the essential narratives of the scriptures, with special attention to the cultural contexts and theological function of those narratives.

  • BIB 531Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of Christian belief with its evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds to the Reformed confessions to contemporary Christian doctrines in the postmodern era. The student will develop a firm understanding of theological method and how to instill in the church the process of theological reflection. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

Concentration Courses

  • THEO 538Introduction to the Wild God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

    THEO 538 introduces the student to a ‘renewed’ doctrine of the Trinity, describing the very nature of God, the nature of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as well as their roles as described in the Biblical revelation and in the experience of the church. It is an important, foundational course to understand how the Holy Spirit desires to work in the hearts and lives of believers, the church and the world.

  • COM 531Introduction to Preaching and Teaching

    This course studies preaching from sermon construction to the delivery of the message, with special attention given to preaching context, verbal delivery, and the variety of preaching styles.

  • CUL 535Introduction to Theology and Culture

    Culture is the context in which theology is written and practiced, as well as the milieu in which the Divine is perceived. CUL 535 examines different cultural models and the ways in which cultures are identified and interpreted (cultural hermeneutics) as well as the manner in which theology can be articulated in different cultural expressions.

  • LED 531Basic Leadership: A Servant and Collaborative Approach

    LED 531 explores a shared form of leadership, one that combines the servant leadership paradigm modeled in the New Testament, with a contemporary approach that considers the various ways in which leaders communicate appropriately with their teams.

  • LED 532Entrepreneurial Leadership

    Entrepreneurial Leadership explores what it means to be a Christian leader in a postmodern, post-denominational culture. The class explores the latest in contemporary leadership theory with a focus on creative or “entrepreneurial” leadership. The class applies these leadership principles in conversation with biblical and theological resources in order to explore the student’s vocation, as well as enhance the mission of the contemporary ekklesia.

  • LED 533Leading Through Conflict

    LED 533 describes and gives the psychological, ideological and physical roots of the conflicts and ethical issues a local church leader will encounter. The course uses case studies to help the leader understand and practice how to resolve these conflicts and issues.

  • LED 630Advanced Leadership Studies

    This course examines advanced trends in leadership with relevance for the contemporary church. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

Imagination and Theology

In this diploma program, students explore the relationship between imagination and theology from a historic perspective, while examining the role of the imagination in theological construction.

Core Courses

  • BIB 530The Biblical Narrative

    The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unique document. BIB 530 gives an overview of the essential narratives of the scriptures, with special attention to the cultural contexts and theological function of those narratives.

  • BIB 531Biblical Interpretation

    In this course, students will learn the basics of biblical interpretation with its cultural elements and theological implications.

  • THEO 532Theology for the Church

    THEO 532 examines the earliest articulations of Christian belief with its evolution to the present day. The course takes the students from the biblical confessions through the patristic creeds to the Reformed confessions to contemporary Christian doctrines in the postmodern era. The student will develop a firm understanding of theological method and how to instill in the church the process of theological reflection. The course has a special emphasis on classic Christian teachings (doctrine) for the contemporary church.

Concentration Courses

  • THEO 533Contemporary Theological Reflection

    Theological reflection, put simply, is “to envision and enact personal, and corporate life out of a God-formed worldview.” The course covers the theory, method and ethos necessary to envision and enact life out of a God-formed, or Christian worldview. Theological reflection has become lost in a postmodern culture where “theology” is left to Sunday mornings. The course is dedicated to recovering a “God-formed” worldview, as well as its nurturing and application in a postmodern culture.

  • CUL 535Theology and Culture

    Culture is the context in which theology is written and practiced, as well as the milieu in which the Divine is perceived. CUL 535 examines different cultural models and the ways in which cultures are identified and interpreted (cultural hermeneutics) as well as the manner in which theology can be articulated in different cultural expressions.

  • CUL 537Worldview

    What is a worldview? Most people in the world today have no concept through which to understand how other cultures view one another. The lens through which a person views others is called a “worldview.” CUL 537 discusses how a worldview is formed, maintained, adjusted and critiqued. Additionally, it discusses the worldviews of other cultures.

  • CUL 538Imagination and Theology

    The “imagination” and its relationship to theology is a burgeoning area of study today. CUL 538 discusses the relationship between imagination and theology historically, and examines the role of the imagination in theological construction.

Select 1:

  • SPR 530Spiritual Formation

    SPR 530 studies the various interpretations, and methods of Christian spiritual formation, as well as its goal in the life of the individual, and the spiritual communities with which they are involved. The course utilizes the works of Christian writers throughout history, from the apostle Paul to Eugene Peterson. (Course may be repeated with content changes.)

  • SPR 531Discipleship: Practicing Christian Spirituality

    Discipleship, or Spiritual Practice regards the manner in which both ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual life in Christ. To that end, this course will examine the place of intentional spiritual practices in a person’s life through creating, sustaining, and deepening a dynamic relationship with God. Our spiritual practices focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

Choose 2 Electives:

  • Select from any BIB, THEO, SPR, CUL, ADV, or ARTS courses

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