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Awakened by the Spirit. Equipped with the truth.

The Spirit & Truth Institute offers various learning channels for any Christian wanting to dive deeper in their theological and practical ministry formation.


Online Studies

Have you ever read a book on ministry or theology and wished you could sit down with the author to ask some questions? Or maybe you have wondered what it would be like to dig deep into the scriptures alongside an actual Bible scholar? Now you can do just that. Multiple times a year the Spirit & Truth Institute will be offering online discussion groups around key ministry books and Bible studies that culminate in a live video discussion with anointed and highly-skilled ministry leaders.

Check out these upcoming online studies:

Marks of a Movement with winfield bevins

Reading and Online Discussion - October/November 2019
Live online dialogue with Winfield Bevins
- November 21, 2019 at 7:00pm

Marks of a Movement calls us back to the disciple-making mandate of the church through the timeless wisdom of John Wesley and the Methodist movement. With a love for history and a passion for today's church, Winfield helps us reimagine church multiplication in a way that focuses on making and multiplying disciples for the twenty-first century.

  • Participants will purchase Marks of a Movement on their own and begin reading by the beginning of October 2019

  • A suggested reading schedule and online group for guided discussion will be provided so you can interact with others in this study

  • The book study will culminate with an online video discussion with the author, Winfield Bevins, on November 21, 2019 at 7:00pm

  • No cost beyond purchasing book; registration required


revelation bible study with the plain truth podcast crew

Live online Bible Study - Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm, October 14 through November 18 on Facebook Live

Revelation has been perhaps one of the most discussed, debated and misunderstood books of the New Testament. Join Dr. David Watson, Dr. Scott Kisker and Maggie Ulmer of the Plain Truth Podcast as they dig into this important piece of scripture on Facebook live for six weeks this fall.

  • The live discussion will be broadcast on the Plain Truth Facebook page.

  • No registration or specific preparation required. Just jump on Facebook at 7:00pm each week.



Want to grow in your theological understanding or practical ministry skills? These one or two day workshops are open to both lay persons and pastors who are looking to grow in their own Christian life or ministry skills. Some workshops will include one assigned book to read prior to attending and most will meet for a full-day of teaching, hands-on training and worship.

Check out these upcoming workshops:

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Summer workshops have ended. Watch for more opportunities like this coming in the fall of 2019.

Previous workshops:

Once & Future Methodism with Dr. Scott Kisker

The dynamic history and identity of Methodism is lost among the pluralistic landscape in America today. "Real Methodism declined because we replaced those peculiarities that made us Methodist with a bland, acceptable, almost civil religion, barely distinguishable from other traditions," writes Dr. Scott Kisker in his book Mainline or Methodist. So...where do go from here? This workshop examines the historical hallmarks of the dynamic Methodist movement with an eye towards reclaiming those hallmarks in our own day.


2020 Pastor’s Theology Seminar


The Pastor’s Theology Seminar is a summer intensive for seminary graduates who are serious about furthering their theological formation. Pastors will read classic primary source texts from the broad Christian and Wesleyan canon in preparation for a three-day intensive of lectures and dialogue with Dr. Justus Hunter and colleagues.

  • Previous completion of formal theological education required

  • Space is limited; application required

  • First cohort schedule: Texts assigned in summer 2019 with the first intensive to meet from August 3-5, 2020 in Dayton, Ohio

  • No cost beyond texts and any necessary travel expenses

Click here to download the required reading list.