The program consists of one or more years of training for men who aspire to lead their family and to lead God's church in God's mission to redeem and restore creation. Training includes intense theological study, cohort-style development, regular coaching, experiential learning and content-specific teaching. Students will sit under the teaching of Austin Stone pastors and visiting church leaders from across the nation in weekly classroom training, all-day seminars and retreats. Outside the classroom students will gather to process course material, share ministry experience and sharpen one another in their coach-led learning cohorts.
This program has greatly pushed me to love God more with my mind and set more disciplines in my life to at all times be learning more about God through His Word – far beyond when this program ends.
To begin the Men's Development Program we were told, “If we are to be men of God, we must be men of the Word.” From my time in the program, the living and active Word of God has forever taught me to treasure the perfections, promises and purposes of our God, who is and always will be exactly who he says he is.
This is a program built by practitioners for practitioners to entrust the future of the church to “faithful men who will be able to teach others also” and I couldn't recommend it more highly.
Through the program I have developed a heart to want to love like Christ, and not based on my own personal gain. God has given me a passion for wanting to know the depths of Him. I now feel like I'm headed in the right direction to being equipped to help others see how supremely valuable He really is.
Anyone desiring to look more like Jesus would be remiss not to look into the program. It will be one of the hardest things you'll ever do, but the spiritual fruit that God will grow in you far outweighs the sacrifice.
The Austin Stone Institute (ASI ) is excited to announce that in partnership with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Southern) in Louisville, Kentucky, ASI can now offer graduate-level hours for training in our program.
So for those trying to decide between enrolling in seminary or interning with a church, we are proud to announce that through the Austin Stone Institute, you have the opportunity to do both at the same time.
There are currently two ways to obtain seminary credit through the Austin Stone Institute:
Through ASI’s Intern and Resident Program, students may obtain up to 18 hours of credit from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Students must enroll at Southern to obtain these credits.
By participating in ASI’s Men’s Development Program and Women’s Development Program, students may obtain up to 18 hours of graduate-level credit over the course of the year. These credit hours are not hours received from Southern, but Southern has preapproved a transfer of these hours into their degree programs.