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.



Spring 2018 Courses

Starting Sunday, April 15

Christian Precepts 1: God As Trinity: What it is and Why it Matters
Sundays at 9AM, Cooper MS 107
Part of the foundation of Christian belief is that God is three, yet one – a mystery we call the Trinity. The Scriptures testify that there is only one God, but that God is three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How would exploring the doctrine of the Trinity change my faith today? How does this foundational belief work its way out in my day-to-day life and decisions? Taught by Steven Ilchishin.


Bible Foundations I: Amos: Exploring Biblical Justice
Sundays at 4PM, MPC Room 19
Justice is, rightly, one of the major topics of conversation in our country today. But what IS justice? How does the Bible define justice and look for a just society? What would it mean to live more justly ourselves? Join us for a broad conversation based out of the biblical book of Amos, a prophet who longed for a world that would live out God’s justice. Taught by Bill Fullilove and others.


Continuing Classes

The fall and winter sessions 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. 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. Taught by Bruce Young.


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 read 5 – 10 pages in preparation for class. Led by Glenn Angermeier.