Elements of each Module
1. Video lessons/ Manuscripts/Audio
2. Study Guides
4. Discussion Guides
1. Video lessons/Manuscripts/Audio
At the heart of any curriculum is the content that is presented and the manner in which that content is delivered. Thirdmill Institute is blessed to have access to the best in multimedia biblical curriculum through Third Millennium Ministries. Each week you will watch, read or listen to a single lesson that includes award-winning graphics, interviews from pastors and
professors around the world, and solid biblical teaching.
2. Study Guides
While Thirdmill lessons are written in a clear and understandable style, they still involve topics that are sometimes difficult to understand. At the same time, a single lesson might include quite a bit of information, many times more than would be covered by a professor in a classroom over a number of classes. In order to help you work through the materials intentionally and thoroughly, we’ve provided study guides for each module. Each study guide is divided into sections with time codes that correspond to the main categories covered in each module. Sections contain two main components: an Outline for Taking Notes and Review Questions. You should utilize the Outline for Taking Notes while you watch the video lectures, and then answer the Review Questions in preparation for the module quiz. Often students will open up two windows on their computers. One window will be used to watch the lesson, while the second window can be used to take notes on the study guide. If you prefer to print out the study guide in order to take handwritten notes, we suggest that you add in some spaces before printing so that you have sufficient room to write in your notes.
Each module includes a 20-question quiz that will include multiple-choice, True/False, and matching questions. Once you have watched the video, taken notes, and adequately studied the material, you will need to take the quiz, which has been designed to take about 20
minutes (one minute per question). In order to achieve a passing grade and have the quiz marked as “complete,” you must receive a grade above 80%. If you do not achieve at least an 80%, you may take the quiz again but must wait at least one hour before the quiz will open back up. We highly encourage you to use that hour to study before taking the quiz again. You are allowed as many attempts as necessary until they receive a passing grade.
If your trainer is using the offline version of the quizzes, they will provide you with the details of how those quizzes will be administered.
While this will ultimately be up to your trainer, we also encourage them to require students to adequately study and receive a passing grade on the quiz before they come to the weekly discussion meetings. This will ensure, at least in part, that you understand the course materials for that week and are prepared to talk about them with your group.
4. Discussion Guides
With each module, we’ve included Discussion Guides that your trainer will use to lead the conversation with your group each week in regards to the lessons that you have just covered. And make no mistake, it is during these conversations where you will really cement the concepts from the lessons in your thinking and gain what you need to apply them to ministry
and your personal relationship with God.
Each Discussion Guide will contain two parts: Discussion Questions on the first page and a Case Study with a review statement and questions on the second page. Your trainer will have full freedom to use whatever components from the Discussion Guide they would like to facilitate the discussion, which should last about one hour to an hour and a half. This can vary depending on needs, cultural context and group size. Some weeks your trainer might use one discussion question and the case study. Some weeks they might use a few discussion questions, and that’s it. And some weeks they might use everything. The purpose of these guides is to provide your group a tool to facilitate good, healthy, robust conversation as you seek to better understand the concepts from the lesson. Each week you will be expected to come to your weekly time having gone through the discussion guides, answered the questions and be ready to discuss them. While you don’t need to answer the questions of the Case Study section of the Discussion Guide, we do recommend reading through them and come prepared to discuss them.