Trilogy is a college-level, biblical and leadership training program geared for present and emerging leaders in the church. Trilogy combines courses in biblical theology, biblical hermeneutics, leadership theory and practice, missions, and church history to equip students for effective leadership within the local church.
In 2001 the Trilogy was launched in a commuter-based format in St. Louis, Missouri. Since then nearly seventy-five people have been trained and are now serving local churches in a leadership capacity and more than dozen are involved in church planting initiatives in the U.S.
Trilogy is open to men and women who are currently leading (small group, ministry team, etc.) or are emerging as leaders in their local church. It is an excellent option for elders and deacons, especially those who are not full-time. A reference from an elder is required as part of the application process.
Trilogy is a training initiative of the Newfrontiers USA family of churches (www.newfrontiersusa.org), but it is not restricted to those who are part of a Newfrontiers USA church.
Trilogy is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (www.acsi.org). Trilogy courses have been accepted for continuing education credit (CEU’s) in some cases. Students are responsible for determining if their particular educational institution will accept Trilogy courses for credit.
There is a non-refundable $35 application fee that is due with the application and a one-time $50 registration fee if accepted into the program. The cost per course ranges from $300 to $350. Unless otherwise stated in the class description, students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.
Local mentors are a key part in making Trilogy more than a program that simply transfers knowledge. What is being imparted in class times, assignments and discussion boards is meant to have a practical outworking in local church life and it is the local mentor who best equipped to guide this process. A student’s gifting is best assessed by the mentor because they are responsible for grading assignments and gathering students in learning communities on a regular basis and the mentor is, therefore, the best person to direct students into appropriate local leadership responsibility.
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Applications and reference forms will be made available through this website twice a year. Before applying we recommend that you talk with a local elder or church leader about your interest in Trilogy.
Trilogy seeks to combine a biblical theology foundation with practical leadership instruction, both of which are necessary for anyone considering planting a church or participating in a church-planting team. Newfrontiers USA also offers Church Planting Training, a one-to-two-year program for training those who are called to start new churches. For more information go to www.churchplantingtraining.org.
Courses last 5 months and include ten to twelve audio/video sessions. Every four weeks students will listen to, or view, two or three sessions and complete an exam (open-book, essay and short answer) that will be graded by their mentor. During that four-week period there will also be discussion board topics/questions related to the videos and reading/study assignments in which students are required to participate.
The normal Trilogy course load is two classes per semester (or four per year). There is the option to take one course per semester (two per year) if the time commitment required is unmanageable.
Completing homework assignments and exams, and participating in the discussion board(s) is intended to take approximately 2 hours per week for each course. However, the time required will vary based on the student, the course material and the particular assignment. Time spent meeting with a mentor and/or the local learning community is not included in this estimate. This time also will vary, but is expected to be 2 to 4 hours during each month.
Mentors are responsible for grading monthly exams and sending the information to Trilogy administration. They are also responsible for gathering students (presumably in the same class) into a local learning community and administrating the time together. These times are expected to be discussion or group oriented learning (i.e. not typically a lecture) and to include times of worship and prayer. Mentors are also committed to the character development and spiritual growth of each student through personal support and accountability.