Belief Affirmation

Yellowstone Theological Institute affirms a “generously” evangelical perspective on Christian theology and life. This perspective, following the early church and the Reformation, consists in the following affirmations:

  1. Scripture as the sole rule of faith, the authority for Christian faith and practice;
    — As authored by the Holy Spirit, Scripture is infallible, inerrant, and the Word of God.
  2. The doctrine of God as Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
  3. The Trinitarian nature of creation, including humankind;
  4. The scriptural account of human freewill and the nature of sin;
  5. The centrality of the cross and resurrection for Christian faith and practice;
  6. Salvation as the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to eternal life through belief in Jesus;
  7. The church as the Spirit empowered “Body of Christ”, commissioned to carry out the ministry of Christ until the consummation of all things;
  8. The immanent return of Jesus and the resurrection of the dead to judgment and eternal life;
  9. The uniqueness of male-female, covenant-based marriage;
  10. The scriptural witness to the ministry of both men and women;
  11. The priority of unconditional love for the other as the essence of the gospel, and its expression through the church in mission and ecumenical inclusivity.

The Board of Directors reflects this generous evangelicalism:

Mr. Joe BillionConservative Evangelical
Mrs. Karen GilhousenEvangelical and Charismatic
Mr. Paul NewbyEvangelical Baptist
Mrs. Sherry LinneroothEvangelical Lutheran
Dr. Jenni LeachEvangelical Non-Denominational
Rev. Dr. Jay SmithEvangelical

YTI understands that churches around the world do not agree on some of the finer points of doctrine, including women in ministry, the nature of human sexuality, the second coming of Christ, the relevance of the Holy Spirit, the nature of worship, and even the nature of the church’s mission.

YTI understands these conflicts, and trains students to work critically and creatively to find a way to speak the Gospel to the heart of these problems.

As a multi/non-denominational school, YTI has concluded that students must engage Scripture, theology and culture critically to validate church doctrine in a changing culture. Faculty teach the various positions taken on the issues by the church throughout history, along with the scriptural hermeneutic required to form a doctrinal stance. The student who intends to serve in a specific tradition (Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, etc.) will take denomination-specific courses with their ministry mentor.

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