Adult Education

Encouraging thoughtful application of the gospel in all areas of life.

Adults, Young Adults

The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture is McLean Presbyterian’s approach to adult education, an opportunity to grow in grace through thinking more deeply about faith and life.

The Institute offers two types of classes:

FOCUS Communities

These groups are a place to find fellowship and teaching around theology, life, and missions. No registration is required and you can drop-in as you are interested. Communities include Exploring the Scriptures, Bereans, and a Couples Class.

Institute Courses

Learn how to think carefully and deeply about theology and Scripture and how they apply to all areas of life. Classes last for 8-10 weeks, with limited personal reflection outside of class. Registration is required. While it is not essential to attend every meeting of a class, we do ask you to commit to attending most Sundays.



Winter 2018 Courses

Starting Sunday, January 28.

Growing in Grace Elective: Christian Classics Discussion Group
Sundays at 9AM in Cooper 106
The course will be reading Andrew Murray’s book, Experiencing the Holy Spirit, which is a study of Hebrews. According to Murray, “The book of Hebrews speaks of Christ in HIs heavenly glory and power a the object of our faith. The Holy Spirit reveals the way in the Holiest by the blood of Christ and invites us by faith in Christ to live our life there.” The time in class is spent primarily discussing the book and sharing personal insights and experiences. Participants are expected to 5 – 10 pages in preparation for class. Led by Glenn Angermeier

Christ and Culture I: How to Talk About Jesus
Sundays at 10:45AM in Cooper 107
Sharing the gospel is more of a dialogue than a sales pitch. Led in part by Randy Newman, author of numerous books on evangelism, this class explores how to share our faith and talk about Jesus with friends and family. Taught by Randy Newman & Rob Yancey


Christ and Culture I: Biblical Entrepreneurship Group
Sundays at 10:45AM in Cooper 104
Calling all entrepreneurs! If you are launching a company, a nonprofit, or a lifestyle “maker” business, God cares about your work. Remember that God is the ultimate entrepreneur. He created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. This course/discussion will cover the biblical and theological foundations of entrepreneurship. It will also cover many practical aspects of leading a startup. If you’re thinking about starting something, if you’ve just started, or if you’re onto your second or third venture, please come and be part of this discussion.Taught by John Kyle & Norm Snyder.


Christ and Culture I: Finding Your Vocational Calling
Sundays at 4:00PM in Room 19
If all vocations can be done to the glory of God, how do believers figure out which vocation they personally should pursue? This 8-week study explores a Christian approach to choosing one’s vocation, including both biblical teaching and working sessions to apply that teaching to our own lives, careers, and vocational callings.Taught by Bill Fullilove & John Kyle.


Bible Foundations I: Daniel: Living in a Pluralist Society
Sundays at 4:00PM in the McLean Room
We live in a society where many different perspectives exist side-by-side, and where biblical Christianity is now a minority position How do we navigate this setting? This study of Daniel, which chronicled the lives of Israelites living in pagan Babylon, will provide us with principles to help us live today.Taught by Bill Fullilove, Nathan Newman, and others.



Classes Continuing from Fall 2017

The fall session of each course is a prerequisite.

Growing in Grace I: Cross Course
Sundays at 10:45AM in Cooper 106
This interactive spiritual renewal course is designed to incorporate the dynamics of spiritual renewal into your walk with Christ. A blending of resources from Tim Keller and Paul Miller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church (NYC), and Serge, the Cross Course regularly points to the cross of Jesus Christ as central to our growth in grace. This is the second part of a three-part course; fall session is a required prerequisite. Taught by Horace & Cyndy Lamb and others.


Growing in Grace II: Cross Course Alumni
Sundays at 10:45AM in Cooper 105
This course builds on the gospel foundation of the Cross Course. Resources for the class include writings of Tim Keller and others, as well as content from Redeemer Presbyterian Church (NYC). This interactive course continues where the Cross Course began and ended: at the cross of Christ. The Cross Course is a prerequisite. Taught by Mark & Julia Thiele and others.


Christ and Culture II: When Worldviews Collide
Sundays at 10:45AM in Cooper 122
Do you believe that Christianity is true but worry that Christianity is not reasonable? This class will look head-on at a dozen of the most powerful and unsettling attacks against Biblical Christianity and will study the most popular competing world views in the words of their adherents. As we examine 24 common perspectives we will see that only Biblical Christianity is internally coherent and practically valid. The fall course is a prerequisite for the winter session. Taught by Bruce Young