New Instructor Joins MTIOPC Spring Lineup

The Ministerial Training Institute of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church announces its Spring 2018 course load which is geared for OPC pastors, licentiates, men under care of a presbytery, and elders:

  • Ecclesiology, taught by the Rev. Dr. A. Craig Troxel
  • Form of Government, taught by the Rev. Dr. Alan D. Strange
  • Homiletics, taught by the Rev. Douglas B. Clawson and the Rev. Dale A. Van Dyke

MTIOPC’s newest Homiletics instructor, the Rev. Dale A. Van Dyke, pastor of Harvest OPC in Wyoming, Michigan, will co-teach with the Rev. Douglas B. Clawson, associate general secretary of the Committee on Foreign Missions. A supplement to seminary homiletics classes, this course is designed to identify the student’s gifts and weaknesses and to help them grow in a couple of targeted areas. The course emphasizes Christo-centric exegesis and preaching. The limited-sized class is for students with few sermons under their belt as well as for those with more than thirty years of experience.

New to the OPC or newly ordained to the office of pastor or elder? Confused about procedures at session meetings, presbytery, or general assembly? The Form of Government course is for you! The Rev. Dr. Alan D. Strange, associate pastor at New Covenant Community Church in Joliet, Illinois, and professor of church history and theological librarian at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, serves as instructor. The class focuses on the meaning, history, and polity of the OPC, the process of licensing, ordaining, and calling ministers, and Robert's Rules of Order.

Develop a well-informed and biblical ecclesiology that will help you handle theological challenges and controversies competently in church. The Ecclesiology course is taught by the Rev. Dr. A. Craig Troxel, pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, Illinois, adjunct professor of ministerial studies at Mid-American Reformed Seminary, and adjunct professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He teaches the biblical and historical foundations of Presbyterian church government and offers principles to shepherd the body of Christ.

OPC pastors, licentiates, men under care of a presbytery, and elders may enroll today. Application deadline is January 31, 2018.

Classes typically begin with online reading and writing assignments on February 5, 2018.

A mandatory Intensive Training will be held on May 15–17 at Harvest OPC in Wyoming (Grand Rapids), Michigan. Non-commuting students arrive on Monday, May 14. Departure is after class on Thursday, May 17.

More information and applications are available at on the MTIOPC page.


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