Purpose Institute students vary in age and ministry experience. Some are starting classes during high school
and are already actively involved in their churches' ministries. Others are more mature leaders who are among
the top influencers in their local churches. Some will go on to seek ministerial license while others never
intend to minister on that level. We have preachers and pastors attending classes and young people who are
fresh explorers of their futures. Women make up a significant part of our student population. The median age
in our demographic is 29—which demonstrates that many of our students are leaders who are wanting a solid
foundation of Bible knowledge and leadership training to conduct their already emerging ministries.
Purpose Institute is a weekend college. It is unique because of that structure. The one-weekend per month
format allows students with busy schedules of work, family, and church the opportunity to invest in ministry
Each of the 8 weekends in the school year consists of 11 classroom hours of training. It is a four-year
curriculum with two-year and four-year diplomas. Local campuses are usually held in a designated church
facility. At the conclusion of each weekend, the student is encouraged to go back to his or her home
church and immediately put into practice what he or she has learned. Homework is completed between monthly
sessions, and testing concludes the semester.
There are three to four campus instructors who maintain the teaching schedule. These instructors are
selected by the local Campus Dean to teach subjects in line with their gift areas. The Campus Dean
supervises all the activity of the campus and ensures that students and instructors stay on track and
maintain Purpose Institute standards of excellence.
Guest speakers to the campus bring their expertise into the three-hour Friday night Leadership and Pastoral
Studies training sessions (generally 7:00-10:00 P.M. in North America). Saturday classes begin around 8:00 A.M.
and end around 4:20 P.M. with a lunch break at noon. In North America, classes begin in August or September
and finish in April.
Prior to class, students need to register. Registration is done on-line when possible but can also be completed
by the local Campus Administrator. The Campus Administrator is available to assist students with the website
and to answer technical and other questions.
Students retrieve their course notes from the Purpose Institute website or pay a fee for the local administrator
to print them. Using a log-in and password that are set up when they register, they can also access their student
records and check their account status. Purpose Institute’s website is not intended for use in typical online
training for students (although online training is part of our long-term goals). The website is simply the
administrative hub for all of the local campuses (all training is live training by local leaders). The
website is also the place where student records, registration, curriculum, and the various administrative
functions are housed. A campus can function anywhere in the world with minimal administrative effort when
there is access to the Internet.
Each course has an associated textbook, homework, review questions and a final exam. Textbooks are to be read,
studied, and added to the student’s library of knowledge to reference when future needs arise. Course instructors
take attendance, assign and grade homework, conduct a final exam, and assign grades accordingly.
Students receive a two-year and
four-year diploma . Graduations acknowledge the accomplishments
of the student body at the end of each training year.