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The Local Church Theological Training Initiative

What would it mean to young ministers and interns if seminary came to them? That is the Equip program.

Equip is conducted in cohorts based in participating local churches. Each cohort meets for one year for study and supervised ministry. Each term, three to four courses are delivered as weekly intensives by YTI faculty, while local pastors are trained as student supervisors. At the end of the year, students are awarded a Diploma of Christian Theology.

For more information on sponsor churches and joining an Equip cohort, please contact us at information@ythi.org or (406) 404-1600.

Equip Faculty

In addition to academic credentials, all faculty have substantial ministry experience.

Dr. Jay Smith

President, Bridger Professor of Theology and Ethics

Dr. Derry Long

Professor of Christian Leadership

Rev. Jim Keena

Professor of Pastoral Theology

Rev. Brett Desper

Lecturer in Discipleship and Spirituality

Rev. Tracie Jernigan

Seasonal Lecturer in Worship Studies

Dr. Nathan Chambers

Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament

Kathryn Green

Tutor in Diploma Studies

Matthew Green

Tutor in Diploma Studies

Equip Courses

Equip courses are the same as YTI’s master’s courses on a fundamental level. However, they differ in detail and required assignments. Each class includes 15 hours of instruction engagement, a qualitative essay exam, and a reflection paper. Courses are delivered in-person or live online via Zoom.

Foundations: Interpretation & Narrative

Illustrates the overarching narrative of the biblical story and delineates the manner in which the Bible is responsibly interpreted.

Old Testament: Text and Narrative

Covers the narrative and contents of the Old Testament, visiting historical contexts, literary types, and theological implications.

New Testament: Text and Narrative

Covers the narrative and contents of the New Testament, along with the process the early church used to determine the canon of the New Testament Scriptures.

Basic Theology: Method and History

Covers the nature of theology and the development of Christian theology for the last two millennia.

Theology: The Wild God in a Postmodern World

Discusses the nature of the Christian God and how our belief influences our understanding of not only God, but also “self,” “earth,” “society,” “mission,” and the “future.”

Basic Leadership: Servant, Collaborative, and Entrepreneurial

Casts a vision of the church leader as a faithful, critical thinker and a creative visionary, along with examining the leadership skills a church leader needs in the 21st century, how to deal with congregational problems, and how to inspire the leadership in a congregation.

Preaching and Teaching

Discusses the composition of the sermon, teaching lessons, and speech making. Addresses the physical delivery of the sermon, with its positives and pitfalls.

Spiritual Practice

Discusses the spiritual formation and practice of the individual involved in ministry.

Introduction to Pastoral Care

Covers the spiritual care that a minister gives to his or her congregation, including discussion of the issues that arise requiring specialized care, as well as the problems inherent in the process.

Worldview and Mission

Discusses how to relationally engage people from a variety of religious and secular worldviews.

For more information on sponsor churches and joining an Equip cohort, please contact us at information@ythi.org or (406) 404-1600.

To follow Jesus implies
that we enter into a way of life
that is given character and shape and
direction by the one who calls us.”

–Eugene Peterson

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