Church of the Brethren
Virlina District
3402 Plantation Road, NE
Roanoke, Virginia  24012
(800) 847-5462
(540) 362-1816
Virlina District

Church of the Brethren
Continuing the Work of Jesus.  Peacefully. Simply. Together.
Continuing the Work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

CGI

The Christian Growth Institute is an accredited education program designed with those in mind who have been called into the set-apart ministry but are not able to pursue a seminary or TRIM degree.  Together with the Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren, Virlina works to equip ministers with the best training.  Those who are passionate about the ministry, and who do not want to become a licensed or ordained minister, are encouraged to also enroll in the program or take classes that one finds interesting.  For more information, contact the District Resource Center.  Keep reading for program requirements and upcoming classes.

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM 

The Institute's program of study is designed to be completed in four years.  Here are the required components:

Orientation: This is a one day event to introduce the program to students.

Required Courses:

  1. Old Testament Survey
  2. New Testament Survey
  3. Introduction to Theology
  4. Ministerial Leadership and Administration
  5. History of the Church
  6. Beliefs and Practices of the Church of the Brethren
  7. Preaching
  8. Worship
  9. Introduction to Pastoral Care
  10. Biblical Interpretation
  11. Teaching and Learning in the Church
  12. Evangelism/Outreach
  13. Written Communication (Writing)

Portfolio: This is designed to help studetns with their minitry goals.  Quarterly meetings with a mentor will aid in this.  

Practice of Ministry Days: Students are required to participate in 3 Practice of Ministry Days, which are held annually, and cover a wide range of topics spoken on by guest speakers.

Ministry Formation: 3 spiritual formation retreats are required to help students develop and learnd about the spiritual disciplines.

Supervised Ministry Experience:  This is still in the works, but the goal of this will be to allow a student to benefit from an on-site ministry experience under the direction of an experienced pastor. 

Broader Church: Students ae required to attend at least one Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, one district conference, and a significatn ecumenical, interfaith or intercultural event.  

CGI Schedule 

TIME FRAME

SOUTHERN CENTER

ROANOKE CENTER

SHENANDOAH CENTER

Winter 2019

 

Completed

Old Testament Survey

Jan – Feb 2019

Ed Woodard         Completed

New Testament Survey

Jan – Feb 2019

Bruce Huffman         Completed

Worship

Jan – Feb 2019

Completed

Spring 2019

Completed

Writing or Spiritual Formation Retreat

Mar - Apr 2019    Completed

Writing or Spiritual Formation Retreat

Mar - Apr 2019        Completed

Writing or Spiritual Formation Retreat

Mar - Apr 2019     Completed

Summer 2019

Practice of Ministry Day

August 3, 2019

Practice of Ministry Day

August 3, 2019

Practice of Ministry Day

August 3, 2019

Summer 2019

Preaching

Aug – Sept 2019

Ministerial Leadership

Aug – Sept 2019

New Testament Survey

Aug – Sept 2019

Fall 2019

New Testament Survey

Oct – Nov 2019                       

Introduction to Theology

Oct – Nov 2019

Evangelism/Outreach

Oct – Nov 2019

Winter 2020

Worship

Jan – Feb 2020                              

Old Testament Survey

Jan – Feb 2020

Beliefs and Practices of the CoB

Jan – Feb 2020

Spring 2020

Writing or Spiritual Formation Retreat

Mar – Apr 2020

Writing or Spiritual Formation Retreat

Mar – Apr 2020

Writing or Spiritual Formation Retreat

Mar – Apr 2020

Summer 2020

Practice of Ministry Day

August 1, 2020

Practice of Ministry Day

August 1, 2020

Practice of Ministry Day

August 1, 2020

Summer 2020

History of the Church

Aug – Sept 2020

Intro to Pastoral Care

Aug – Sept 2020

Introduction to Theology

Aug – Sept 2020

Fall 2020

Evangelism/Outreach

Oct - Nov 2020

Biblical Interpretation

Oct – Nov 2020

Ministerial Leadership

Oct – Dec 2020

Winter 2021

Beliefs and Practices of the CoB

Jan – Feb 2021

Teaching and Learning in the Church

Jan – Feb 2021

History of the Church

Jan – Feb 2021

All instructors for classes have at least a M.Div. and/or a Master’s degree.

Location of Classes

Southern Center courses are taught at the Coulson COB located at 4127 Coulson Church Rd., Hillsville,VA. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sue Morris is the Center Coordinator.
Roanoke Center courses are taught at the Virlina District Resource Center. Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Judy Mills is the Center Coordinator.
Shenandoah Center classes are held at the Shenandoah District Office at Weyers Cave, VA. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sarah Long is the Center Coordinator.

Required Components of the CGI Program

The thirteen (13) classes and three (3) Spiritual Formation Retreats, one (1) orientation day, and three (3) Practice of Ministry Days are required to complete the program.

One orientation day is REQUIRED for all CGI students toward completion of CGI program:

  • June 1, 2019 – Stone COB – Buena Vista, VA
  • June 6, 2020 – Stone COB – Buena Vista, VA
  • June 5, 2021 – Stone COB – Buena Vista, VA

Three Practice of Ministry days are REQUIRED for completion of CGI program:

  • August 3, 2019 – TBA – Virlina District Church
  • August 1, 2020 – TBA – Shenandoah District Church
  • August 7, 2021  – TBA – Virlina District Church

Three Ministry Formation Spiritual Retreats are REQUIRED:

  • March 1-2, 2019 – Camp Bethel
  • March 6-7, 2020 – Camp Brethren Woods
  • March 5-6, 2021 – Camp Bethel

Other required components of the program include a portfolio of ministry experiences and report on, attendance at one annual conference, one district conference and a significant ecumenical, interfaith or inter-cultural type event.