The Austin Stone Development Program

What is The Austin Stone Development Program?

The Austin Stone Development Program is a church-based higher-education program built to train men and women for biblically qualified leadership in the home, church, city, and nations. The program consists of:

Theological Study – Learn to see the beauty of Christ and become an accurate handler of the Word of God.

Experiential Learning – Learning is best done with a specific ministry in mind, along with opportunities for reflection and feedback.

Cohort-style Development – Life change happens best when reflection, cooperative learning, and accountability are in community.

Coaching and Mentoring – Each cohort has a coach who provides mentorship, gospel counseling, tutoring, and advising and shepherding.

Content-specific Training – A diverse range of classes and advanced tracks to train men and women specific to their calling.

2021-2022 Calendar Year

We plan to hold this program at several of our congregations starting in Fall 2021.

Applications will open May 2021. Join our email list below to stay informed about when applications open and other Austin Stone Institute programs and events.

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How much does the program cost?

Every dollar of a participant’s tuition is put towards the program – weekly program expenses, course books and materials. We believe the tuition is a reflection of the level of value and excellence this program brings, but we are working hard to have multiple options for payment in order to make the program more accessible.

• Total cost for 2019-20 program: $500
• Minimum $100 deposit due upon acceptance
• Payment plans available: $250 a semester

Are there any opportunities for discounts or scholarships?

In some cases, financial assistance is available. Participants interested in applying for a scholarship will be given an opportunity to complete a needs-based application upon the completion of the general program application.

Is childcare provided?


How much time is required to complete this program?

The program runs from early fall – late spring with breaks for holidays.

• 3 hour lecture and discussion (weekly)
• 20-50 pages of reading and homework (weekly)
• Additional cohort meetings to study for oral assessments (occasionally)
• All day training

If I apply to the program, does that guarantee that I will be admitted?

No. Every application is meticulously reviewed by congregational leadership in order to determine whether or not program would be a good fit for each applicant based on their individual circumstances and capacities. Furthermore, congregational teams have a limited number of spots available in a given program calendar year. In some cases, applicants are encouraged to reapply for the program in a subsequent year or enroll in other equipping opportunities instead.

Can I enroll in this program at a different Austin Stone congregation than I am normally a part of?

We strongly encourage applicants who are partners or attenders of The Austin Stone to participate in ASDP with their own congregations.

Is there seminary credit?

Yes. We are excited to announce that in partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, we can now offer graduate-level credit hours.

By participating in The Austin Stone Development Program, you may obtain up to 15 hours of graduate-level credit over the course of the year. These credit hours can then be transferred into degree programs offered through Southern and Southeastern.

View available credits here.

Can I enroll in this program if I don’t attend The Austin Stone?

Yes. However, partners (members) are given priority during the application review and admission process.

Partners of The Austin Stone Institute’s Seminary Program