Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies is a semester-based, pastor-led, seminary-level equipping opportunity intended to develop men and women in areas of biblical exposition, theology, leadership, pastoral ministry, character development and servanthood. This is not merely for those who feel called to vocational ministry, but also for any who desire to be developed to grow as a leader and disciple-maker.

Since 2004, we have graduated more than 320 students, comprised of men, women, singles and married couples who have experienced the program together. This program requires discipline, commitment, and a willingness to stretch and invest into the lives of others. It will most likely dictate the direction for your devotional life and discipline throughout its season, but will no doubt be eternally rewarding and better equip you for an intentional life of discipleship, ministry and glory for our Lord Jesus Christ.

For those with exceptional life circumstances who are unable to meet the standard, three-day, in-class attendance requirements, check out the Video Extension Course. Recently, we have opened the option for anyone to join the live course on Zoom. This has become our primary option for most who attend. Also, for those who are comfortable, each course will be held indoors. During COVID-19, masks will be required to be worn indoors at all times.

Course Overview

Semester 1 - Spring 2021: Genesis-Deuteronomy and Luke

(Registration Closed)

Duration: Kickoff on Friday, January 8, 2021 – Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: The Well North Campus, Room 5

Required Books:

  • Bible Doctrine, Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith” - Wayne Grudem
  • The Moody Handbook of Theology” - Paul Enns
  • Redemption” - Mike Wilkerson (Optional)

Semester 2 - Fall 2021: Joshua-Nehemiah, Acts

Duration: Kickoff on Friday, August 13, 2021 – Thursday, December 9, 2021

Stand & Deliver: Friday, December 10, 2021

Location: The Well North Campus, Room 5

This semester will be offered In-Person, via Zoom or as a Video Extension Course.

Required books:

  • Bible Doctrine, Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith” - Wayne Grudem
  • The Moody Handbook of Theology” - Paul Enns

Semester 3 - Spring 2022: Esther, Selected Minor Prophets, Pastoral Epistles, Romans, James, Revelation, Ephesians, Jude, 1 Peter

Duration: Kickoff on Friday, January 14, 2022 – Thursday, May 12, 2022
Location: The Well North Campus, Room 5

Required books:

  • Bible Doctrine, Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith” - Wayne Grudem
  • The Moody Handbook of Theology” - Paul Enns

Commitment: Residents are required to commit to faithfully attending and participating for at least one entire semester, with the option of choosing to complete one, two, or all three semesters.

Graduation: At the end of each semester, there will be a celebration for all who completed that semester (The Friday following the last day of class for each semester)

Breaks: We generally follow the Clovis USD calendar.

Cost: $75 for each semester (Covers end-of-semester celebration, in-class handout materials, etc)

Books: A list of required books for each semester will be made available for each Resident to purchase before the first day of class.

General Format

Our general format will be as follows, with some variation, based on each semester’s material:

3 Morning Sessions: Tuesdays-Thursdays 6:00am-7:30am at the North Campus (Maple and Nees)

Assignments & Projects

Each subject will require its own expectation of homework assignments and projects, including but not limited to pre-class reading, written assignments, teaching assignments, book charts, and journaling.

Requirements

We recommend that Biblical Studies Residents are high school graduates or older, but exceptions have been made. Feel free to inquire if this applies to you.

Biblical Studies Residents must live within the greater Fresno area while participating in this program.

Biblical Studies Residents must be committed to a local church (if not The Well, then another church in the area).

Biblical Studies Residents must attend classes and/or events regularly and faithfully. We understand life happens—sickness, family needs, business trips, mission trips, etc. We certainly want to extend much grace in those areas. However, there comes a point when too many absences rob the investment we want to give you in this experience and lowers the standard for others who have committed. Therefore, we monitor each Resident to ensure tardies and absences do not become excessive.

Biblical Studies Residents must be willing to study, apply and give away what they receive during this year (Ezra 7:10).


If this is your first semester attending biblical studies or haven’t filled out a leader application at The Well in the past 2 years, please submit your application. Complete the PDF by following the instructions provided and send it to equipping@thewellcommunity.org, Please identify the desired semester in the subject line.

If you have already attended a semester of biblical studies or have completed a leader application at The Well in the past two years, please contact equipping@thewellcommunity.org. Please identify the desired semester in the subject line. You may not need to submit a leader application based on this information.

Questions? Email equipping@thewellcommunity.org.

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