VLI has been structured as a two-year program since its inception in 1994. We have asked students to complete 21 courses while serving their church, being mentored, conducting leadership projects, and meeting with their spiritual formation partners. For many of our past students, VLI education has been alongside family and full-time job commitments, at times creating an unhealthy life balance. Additionally in today’s economic climate, though less expensive than seminaries or bible schools, attending VLI has been financially impossible for many as well. To help students meet these challenges VLI has implemented the following changes to our program:
We believe that these changes will make VLI more accessible. VLI is a feasible option for those struggling to meet the challenges of life in our fast paced and financially strapped society who are trying to balance work, family, service in the church and their own education. The changes should relieve students facing time or financial pressures as well as provide a longer runway for students needing or desiring more time to grow and mature.
Students wishing to achieve the VLI Certificate can take courses in one of three "tracks". Click below for details:
In addition to these improvements, VLI remains committed to providing the best real-world learning environment for our future leaders, combining a theological and practical education with an expanded and truly global faculty in the context of a community that is not detached from the local church. We continue to provide ACE recommendations for credit recommendation and have recently executed articulation agreements with Ohio Christian University (OCU) and Cincinnati Christian University (CCU) for B.S. and M.S. level programs.
We pray that these changes might have a positive impact for your theological training and perhaps for many others that have not yet had the same opportunity. Feel free to contact VLI Marketing at 614-259-5340 with any questions.