Thirdmill Institute exists to empower churches and local leaders globally to equip others for ministry through free certified biblical training.
What is the Thirdmill Institute?
For more than twenty years Richard Pratt and Third Millennium Ministries have been creating “Biblical Education, For the World, For Free” in the form of high quality, multimedia lessons covering the topics practically all seminaries uniformly offer in their Bible and Theology departments. These multimedia lessons have been translated into a host of languages and given freely to all who are willing to learn and desire to know God’s Word better. By design, these lesson series have been produced individually and without dependence upon the other series. This has given the curriculum the flexibility needed to meet a variety of needs in multiple cultures and contexts.
The Thirdmill Institute introduces something new. It provides design and structure by combining these lesson series into courses to give students and trainers a more standardized experience in their learning community environments. The Thirdmill Institute also meets that need for structure by laying out the overall direction of the curriculum into three certificate programs. Each Certificate incorporates weekly or regular activities, all ending in a diploma for those who complete all three.
The goal of the Institute in the life of a student is threefold. First, that you would understand and assimilate the material. Second, that you would learn how to apply the material to your current and real-world ministry experience. And third, that the material would enrich your relationship with God and facilitate deeper growth with him.
What is your role as a student?
As a student, your role is to engage in the process as built out in the Thirdmill Institute. This is done by studying the material, working through the study and discussion guides, and walking with your trainer to learn how to apply it to your life and ministry, especially with the
use of the Institute Badges. The video lessons themselves will do much of the teaching, the quizzes and exam will do much of the assessment, and the discussion guides will give you the prompts needed to articulate what you have learned. This requires commitment and work. At
Thirdmill, we’re so excited to see and hear of what God will do in your life through this process.
What is a trainer?
Our goal is that every student in the Thirdmill Institute is led by a trainer, either one-on-one or in small groups. The trainer’s main job is to guide you through the process by leading your weekly small group discussion times and helping your group accomplish the action steps in the Institute Badges. Trainers are also responsible to track your progress and check the completeness of all work in order to receive the certificates and diploma.
How do you find a trainer?
You may have already been in contact with someone who would serve in the role of your trainer. If not, we can help you find one through the Thirdmill network. Please contact us at [email protected]. Another option could be finding someone in your church or community
who would serve in this role. We do ask, however, that they go through the material as well if they haven’t previously gone through it. In the rare event that no one is available, we will consider offering an unsupervised version of the certificates and diploma. Nevertheless, we highly recommend doing this with oversight and guidance through a trainer