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Men and Women’s Development Program

The Men and Women’s Development Program consists of nine months of training for those who aspire to lead their family and God’s church in His mission to redeem and restore creation. Training includes intense theological study, cohort-style development, regular coaching, experiential learning, and content-specific teaching. Participants will sit under the teaching of The Austin Stone pastors in weekly classroom training, all-day seminars, and retreats. Outside the learning environments, participants will gather to process course material, share ministry experience, and sharpen one another in their coach-led learning cohorts.

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The Men and Women’s 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.

Time Commitment

MWDP consists of weekly teaching and cohort meetings that are a 3 hour per week commitment. You will also be a part of a Peer Discipleship Group that will meet on a weekly basis for about an hour. Lastly, you will be expected to study the course material for about 2-3 hours per week

Seminary Credit

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 Men and Women’s 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.

Credits Available

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How much credit can I receive?
You can receive 9-18 hours of credit depending on which institution and degree plan you choose. You can take a look at the various degree programs on the Southeastern and Southern websites. (link to both Southeastern and Southern)

Do I need to apply at Southern or Southeastern?
No, you do not need to be enrolled in a seminary in order to receive credit because your credit is obtained through The Austin Stone Institute. Once you enroll at one of the partner seminaries, you will then request to have the ASI credits transfer into your school.

How much does it cost?
$100 per hour to cover administrative costs. This is a fraction of the cost of normal seminary credit hours.

Can I receive credit from other seminaries?
At this time, The Austin Stone Institute has partnerships with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for graduate credit.