For too long, theological education has been divorced from the local church. Men and women have been sent off to faraway places to study in ivory towers when the work of the gospel happens through blood, sweat, and tears in the streets of our cities, in the family of God’s people, the church. We believe the training of potential pastors, planters, leaders and missionaries is best done in the context of the local church.
Karis offers multiple opportunities for men and women to develop their understanding of the Bible, improve their leadership skills and discern their calling to vocational or lay ministry.
Theology Cohorts (Begins October 10th, 2018)
Theology Cohorts are gender-specific discussion groups that meet twice a month throughout the year. The majority of these discussion groups will be structured around chapters in Wayne Grudem’s “Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know” as well as some other assorted articles and essays. These groups have no cost, but do require a small amount of reading prior to each meeting. If you are interested in an entry-level understanding of systematic theology, cohorts are a great place to start.
Porterbook Learning (Begins week of Sept. 24th, 2018)
Porterbrook Learning is a mixed-gender, structured leadership development program in partnership with the Porterbrook Learning Network. Participants complete 3-4 courses each fall, spring and summer semester and meet on a weekly basis for class. Porterbrook participants should plan on completing approximately 1-2 hours of homework per week, as well as a paper a the end of each semester. There is a fee for every Porterbrook course. Karis frequently has access to a discount code to partially offset the cost of these courses.
Karis Internship (New interns begin at start of each Fall/Spring/Summer term)
For men and women who feel a calling to vocational or lay church leadership, Karis Church offers a 2-year, intensive ministry internship to help them develop their gifts and discern their calling to ministry. Interns must be church members who have completed an application and interview process. Interns are unpaid staff members who are responsible for raising financial support throughout their two years of service. Interns not only participate in Theology Cohorts and Porterbrook Learning, but are also required to complete other reading and writing assignments specific to their internship.
Interns will be expected to attend all staff meetings and training, and serve the church and the elders above and beyond the normal expectations of Karis members. This includes expanded service responsibilities on Sundays; regular administrative tasks; and other duties as assigned by elders. Karis interns also have the option to receive a full, accredited Master’s Degree through the Midwestern Training Network without ever leaving Columbia.