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:

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 are available in the fall, winter, and spring, and last for 8-10 weeks, with limited personal reflection outside of class. Registration is requested. While it is not essential to attend every meeting of a class, we do ask you to commit to attending most Sundays.



Winter 2019 Schedule

Starting Sunday, January 13

Are My Kids on Track?
Institute Class, Meets at 9:00am in McLean Room
How do we address issues of the heart in raising courageous, compassionate, resilient, and empathetic kids? What are some of the stumbling blocks in getting there and the building blocks for reaching them? Join us for study and discussion of these milestones along with some practical tips for growing in relationships in your family.
Taught by Nancy McMann and Kelly Stephenson



Exploring the Scriptures
FOCUS Community, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper Band Room (Room 121)
Christianity is about a person, Jesus Christ, but it’s also a set of beliefs. Christians have always believed certain things and rejected other things. What do we, as Christians, believe, and what do we not believe? And how essential is it to hold to those beliefs? This class will develop the foundational core of Christian belief and how it impacts our Christian life.
Taught by Bill Fullilove, Hugh Whelchel, and others


Berean Servants
FOCUS Community, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper Auditorium (Room 122)
Even in defeat and despair, God’s people need to affirm the Lord’s presence and sovereignty. Through a majestic vision, Ezekiel discovered that the Lord was not limited to the narrow confines of Ezekiel’s native land, nor had he abandoned his people. God is a universal God who commands and controls persons and nations. Through Ezekiel’s prophetic ministry, God’s people would come to repent of their sins and look with confidence to the future.
Taught by Tim Keehan


Cross Course II
Institute Class, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper
This interactive spiritual renewal course will incorporate the dynamics of spiritual renewal into your walk with Christ. A blending of resources from Tim Keller and Paul Miller, the Cross Course points to the cross of Jesus Christ as central to our growth in grace. Part I is a prerequisite and registration is required; please reach out to to register. 

Taught by Horace & Cyndy Lamb and others


The Last Week of Jesus
Institute Class, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper
In March of AD 33, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem, welcomed by crowds, to shouts of praise, only to be executed like a common criminal before the week’s end. In between those two events, Jesus predicted the future, cleansed the temple, made profound theological announcements, and celebrated a meal with his disciples. Join us for an 8-week course as we examine and meditate the significance of this week

Taught by Slava Ilchishin



A More Excellent Way: Living the Christian Life of Love
Institute Class, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper
The Bible makes it clear that love is central to the Christian life. The goal of this course is to see our self-focus and learn how it hinders us from experiencing the fruit of the Spirit as Christians. This class will be based on the Bible and writings of Andrew Murray, Jonathan Edwards, C.S. Lewis, and others. 

Taught by Glenn Angermeier



Discipleship Explored
Institute Class, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper
Discipleship Explored goes beyond simply teaching the right moves – go to church, pray, read the Bible, share the gospel – and focuses on the music which drives discipleship: the love of Christ–the greatest love anyone can ever know.  We will journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians—ideal for believers at any stage of the Christian life

Taught by Paul & Judy Chelson



How to Grow in Grace
Institute Class, Meets at 10:45 in Cooper
When we’re saved by grace, God takes our heart of stone and makes it alive (Ezekiel 36:26) and living organisms grow.  So what does it mean to grow in our faith, to grow in grace, seeing the grace that has changed our hearts push out through every bit of ourselves and our lives?  This study is a grace-based approach to spiritual growth

Taught by JT Tarter and others



New Testament Foundations
Institute Class, Meets at 4:00pm in McLean Room
You don’t have to be the scholarly type or a gifted learner to read the Bible well – you just have to be ready to listen for God’s voice.  The New Testament authors wrote their books for everyone, not just the elites. A few key principles and insights will help you glean more from the books of the New Testament

Taught by JT Tarter, Nathan Newman, and Bill Fullilove.