Feb 04, 2016


Episode 85: Delivering Theological Education in the Local Church

Is it possible to offer a seminary-level theological education in a local church setting? In this episode, Jeff Dodge joins us to talk about how the Cornerstone School of Theology is doing just that. Listen as he explains the motivation for CST, as well as the nuts-and-bolts, and be sure to check out the resources at the end!


Jeff Dodge // Teaching Pastor & CST Director, Cornerstone Church, Ames, IA // cornerstonelife.com/cst   @jdodgex6  


Notable Points:

  • “If you’re on a college campus, you’re on the culture’s cutting edge… That is the best way to develop pastors and lay leaders.”
  • The shifting landscape of higher education to online courses and satellite campuses has made it possible for churches to provide accredited theological education through cooperation with an established seminary.
    • Accreditation is valuable because it is still the accepted standard in our society.
    • It helps graduates from your program avoid skepticism from the outside.
    • It provides accountability to the program to maintain rigor on the inside.
  • In the six years of its existence, the Cornerstone School of Theology has grown from 7 to 65 enrolled students. There is a hunger for this type of training in your church.
  • Through partnership with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary the CST program offers a 45 hour degree. Courses range from $250-300 per credit hour.
  • CST offers learning in the context of real church ministry. Where students have immediate application for what they are learning, as they lead out in gospel ministry in the church.


Additional Resources:

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Hitchhiker’s Conference, April 14-16, 2016: http://www.hitchhikerssaltco.com/

Shane Kelley: skelley35@gmail.com

If you are interested in reading Jeff’s dissertation on CST, you can download it HERE. The document is shared with permission from the author, and he encourages you to share it with others who may be interested. You will need the password “tren13992” to read the PDF.


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about the author

Jeff Dodge

Jeff Dodge serves as a Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Ames, IA. He is also Director of the Cornerstone School of Theology.