News from the Institute for Discipleship – November, 2016

Why does the Institute exist? Christians of all kinds struggle to know how to grow closer to God. To help light the way, the Institute for Discipleship creates and supports ministries that provide Christians with training and opportunities to become better disciples of Jesus. This tri-annual newsletter tells you what we're working on -- both online and on the ground at Southwestern College. If you'd like to support or become involved with any of our programs, we've included an easy way to help under each item. Thank you for being on our team.…continue reading →

Bishop Wilke leads Bible studies at SPARK Conference

January 8-13, 2016, the annual SPARK Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas was held at Kessler Park United Methodist Church. Youth workers attended seminars, received training, applied to Southwestern College's Master of Arts in Specialized Ministries' youth ministry emphasis, and more. Bishop Richard Wilke was in attendance doing what he does best: leading the daily Bible study. Bishop Wilke led studies on Sabbath, Food & Foreigners, and Outsiders -- three topics that are all relevant to those who come in contact with youth on a daily basis. He also participated in a "Real World Conversations" where he discussed "How…continue reading →

Institute for Discipleship Given Control of Master’s Program

The Institute for Discipleship will be taking over recruitment, advising and academic responsibilities for Southwestern College's online Master of Arts in Specialized Ministries degree program.  This change will take place in fall of 2015.  The degree had been under the domain of the college's Professional Studies department. "We're excited about the opportunities this gives the Institute.  It allows us to use our connections in the church world to increase awareness of this wonderful degree at the college, and it allows us to further the Institute's mission to educate and train persons for work in church ministry,"…continue reading →