Local Community Learning Initiative

Theological Study for the Rest of Us—Accessible, Inspirational, and Free

YTI is grounded in the importance of authentic dialogue and accessible theological education. In our Local Community Learning Initiative classes, we bring together differing views and intelligent discussion in search of greater spiritual and personal understanding. We believe that a thriving community and vibrant, dynamic church can meet one another on the common ground shared by real-world knowledge, enlightenment, and God’s love.

We invite the general public to join our discourses, each a different Christian perspective on varied subjects. These topics range from biblical insights to mindfulness, parenting to jazz.

All are welcome to attend these opportunities for education, community connection, and personal growth. They are typically held on evenings and weekends and are completely free of charge.

Strong faith comes from sufficiently examined views. Local Community Learning Initiative classes are where the practice of discovery aims to inform a more enlightened and loving understanding of truth. Please check our calendar to discover what’s coming up in the LCLI series.

Upcoming Local Community Learning Initiative (LCLI) Sessions

Oct
13
Sun
Rebooting the Church @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

No one in contemporary culture can deny that the church in Western culture is losing its moral and theological influence. The Gallup poll analysts have firmly established a 20% drop in church membership in the last 20 years. With this in mind, as ministers and church members, all of us are witnessing the “graying” of the church, the inconsistent attendance of our younger adults, and the sparseness of children in our nurseries. If this was not enough, our contemporary politics are dividing the church, and driving many of our younger members away.

How can the church rethink itself as she loses her influence on culture? Join us as we consider the origin of the church, what it has endured, where it is going, and how it can imagine and enact a new future.

Oct
14
Mon
Rebooting the Church @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

No one in contemporary culture can deny that the church in Western culture is losing its moral and theological influence. The Gallup poll analysts have firmly established a 20% drop in church membership in the last 20 years. With this in mind, as ministers and church members, all of us are witnessing the “graying” of the church, the inconsistent attendance of our younger adults, and the sparseness of children in our nurseries. If this was not enough, our contemporary politics are dividing the church, and driving many of our younger members away.

How can the church rethink itself as she loses her influence on culture? Join us as we consider the origin of the church, what it has endured, where it is going, and how it can imagine and enact a new future.

Oct
15
Tue
Rebooting the Church @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

No one in contemporary culture can deny that the church in Western culture is losing its moral and theological influence. The Gallup poll analysts have firmly established a 20% drop in church membership in the last 20 years. With this in mind, as ministers and church members, all of us are witnessing the “graying” of the church, the inconsistent attendance of our younger adults, and the sparseness of children in our nurseries. If this was not enough, our contemporary politics are dividing the church, and driving many of our younger members away.

How can the church rethink itself as she loses her influence on culture? Join us as we consider the origin of the church, what it has endured, where it is going, and how it can imagine and enact a new future.

Jan
12
Sun
The Wounded Healer: Pastor’s Self-Care and Sabbath Time
Jan 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Drawing from the work of Henri Nouwen, “The Wounded Healer” discusses the nature of the pastoral calling and how to effectively deal with the stresses and pain of the vocation.

Jan
13
Mon
The Wounded Healer: Pastor’s Self-Care and Sabbath Time
Jan 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Drawing from the work of Henri Nouwen, “The Wounded Healer” discusses the nature of the pastoral calling and how to effectively deal with the stresses and pain of the vocation.

Jan
14
Tue
The Wounded Healer: Pastor’s Self-Care and Sabbath Time
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Drawing from the work of Henri Nouwen, “The Wounded Healer” discusses the nature of the pastoral calling and how to effectively deal with the stresses and pain of the vocation.

Feb
16
Sun
The Fractious 4th Century @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This LCLI deals with the difficult transition of the church from being a religious cult on the margins to the lone religion of the empire. It covers the period of time roughly between 280-380 AD, examining such issues as how the scriptures were canonized, the evaluation of heresy and orthodoxy, and whether the Roman Empire was “Christianized” or Christianity was “Romanized.” An opportunity to investigate the roots of the church we know today!

Feb
17
Mon
The Fractious 4th Century @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Feb 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This LCLI deals with the difficult transition of the church from being a religious cult on the margins to the lone religion of the empire. It covers the period of time roughly between 280-380 AD, examining such issues as how the scriptures were canonized, the evaluation of heresy and orthodoxy, and whether the Roman Empire was “Christianized” or Christianity was “Romanized.” An opportunity to investigate the roots of the church we know today!

Feb
18
Tue
The Fractious 4th Century @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This LCLI deals with the difficult transition of the church from being a religious cult on the margins to the lone religion of the empire. It covers the period of time roughly between 280-380 AD, examining such issues as how the scriptures were canonized, the evaluation of heresy and orthodoxy, and whether the Roman Empire was “Christianized” or Christianity was “Romanized.” An opportunity to investigate the roots of the church we know today!

Mar
15
Sun
Walking in the Shadow of Death: Ministering to Those Dealing with Cancer @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Mar 15 @ 9:39 pm – 10:39 pm

This LCLI is for ministers and lay ministers, as well as for caretakers dealing with people who are struggling with the existential impact of cancer. The course will address the insidious nature of this disease and how life can be understood and lived in light of this battle.

Mar
16
Mon
Walking in the Shadow of Death: Ministering to Those Dealing with Cancer @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Mar 16 @ 9:39 pm – 10:39 pm

This LCLI is for ministers and lay ministers, as well as for caretakers dealing with people who are struggling with the existential impact of cancer. The course will address the insidious nature of this disease and how life can be understood and lived in light of this battle.

Mar
17
Tue
Walking in the Shadow of Death: Ministering to Those Dealing with Cancer @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Mar 17 @ 9:39 pm – 10:39 pm

This LCLI is for ministers and lay ministers, as well as for caretakers dealing with people who are struggling with the existential impact of cancer. The course will address the insidious nature of this disease and how life can be understood and lived in light of this battle.

Apr
19
Sun
Living in the Spirit of Christ @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This LCLI is for Christians and interested non- Christians who simply desire to develop life-giving spiritual disciplines. The course discusses the theology/theory behind the spiritual life and instructs the learner in both individual and corporate practices.

Apr
20
Mon
Living in the Spirit of Christ @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This LCLI is for Christians and interested non- Christians who simply desire to develop life-giving spiritual disciplines. The course discusses the theology/theory behind the spiritual life and instructs the learner in both individual and corporate practices.

Apr
21
Tue
Living in the Spirit of Christ @ Yellowstone Theological Institute
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This LCLI is for Christians and interested non- Christians who simply desire to develop life-giving spiritual disciplines. The course discusses the theology/theory behind the spiritual life and instructs the learner in both individual and corporate practices.

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