The Austin Stone Development Program

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The Austin Stone Development Program (previously known as Men and Women’s Development Program, or MWDP) is designed for people who are serious about growing in their knowledge, love, and obedience to Jesus Christ. As a member of a learning cohort, students will pursue intimacy with and conformity to Christ through the practice of spiritual disciplines and the study of systematic theology over the span of ~8 months.

For more details regarding the content and structure of this program, download the general program syllabus here.


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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