I had great trepidation applying for the Veritas Institute fearing I wasn’t intelligent enough or would be unable to complete the readings and assignments. The readings and assignments, while challenging, made me think deeper, improved my study habits, and allowed me to better articulate the hope that I have. What has aided me the most, however, is our discussion time in class. While we don’t always agree, it is as Proverbs says, “Iron sharpening iron,” and very humbling. I would encourage my fellow brothers and sisters who may be considering Veritas to just do it.- Susan
Why the Veritas Institute?
The Institute is seeking to bridge the gap between lay people and those theologically trained. We recognized that not all are called to go to seminary, but all are called to grow. So, we have created the Institute as a middle ground for those seeking to grow in theology, apologetics, and evangelism. All of this is done with a push toward applying these ideas in and through discipleship. For our handout and past presentations, click here.
Who can apply?
Any Christian who has graduated from high school is eligible for applying to the Veritas Institute.
How long is the Veritas Institute?
The Veritas Institute is a two-year commitment made up of four 12-week semesters. Throughout these semesters participants will attend 4 General Meetings a semester for discussion and lectures. These semesters closely follow the academic calendars.
What if I can’t attend every General Meeting?
We understand that life happens, so if there is a reason that you have to miss a meeting, we ask that you reach out to our team and let us know that you will not be attending. We also encourage you to connect with a classmate to discuss what was missed.
Does the Veritas Institute cost anything?
Currently, we only charge for the books, but for those who cannot afford the books we offer scholarship opportunities. Please connect with us if the price would be a hindrance to your participation.
How much reading is there?
On average our goal is to have 2-3 hours of reading a week. These readings range from systematic theologies to practical theology books.
Are there assignments?
Each week you will be assigned a reading and a short assignment. These assignments are designed to cultivate deeper thought about the readings and apply them to your life. Many of these assignments are devotional, while some assignments require further engagement and reflection.
How does the Veritas Institute aid discipleship?
First, by connecting theology, apologetics, and evangelism to discipleship. By providing a framework for how theology, apologetics, and evangelism connect to discipleship, we believe that participants will gain confidence in their ability to disciple others in their sphere of influence. Second, by connecting individuals with disciplers and disciples. It is an expectation that those participating in the first year of the Veritas Institute will be discipled by someone in their local church. In the second year, participants will also be expected to disciple someone. Third, participants will finish the Veritas Institute as Four-Fold Disciples, meaning they will be disciples of Christ, older saints, good sources, and the culture.The intellectual equipping, regular personal application, and accountability to spiritual disciplines allow us to have confidence that those leaving the Veritas Institute will not only be capable of discipling those in their churches and homes but more importantly, will want to disciple those in their churches and homes.
“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”Dietrich Bonhoeffer