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.



Fall 2018 Schedule

Starting Sunday, September 16

Grace-Based Parenting
Institute Class, Meets at 9:00am in McLean Room
As a parent, it’s easy to live in fear, regret, confusion, and even hopelessness about parenting your children. Together we’ll work through the book, The Gospel-Centered Parent, exploring what Scripture says about parenting and encouraging us to live by faith. We will seek to support one another, growing together as we learn to trust the God who made us and our children.
Taught by Nancy & Jay McMann and Melissa & Jason Jones

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Exploring the Scriptures
FOCUS Community, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper Bandroom
You don’t have to be the scholarly type 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. This fall, Assistant Pastor Dr. Bill Fullilove and others will teach on the topic “How to Read the New Testament.”
Taught by Bill Fullilove, Hugh Whelchel, and others


Couples Class
FOCUS Community, Meets at 10:45 in Cooper
This class gathers to build healthy marriages. This fall, we’ll study the Bible and discover how to develop a marriage of unity, understanding, and love by using Dr. Paul David Tripp’s “What Did you Expect?” DVD series.
Taught by Martin & Heather Etner


Berean Servants
FOCUS Community, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper Auditorium
Together we’ll study how Jesus lives in us and how our faith in Jesus can make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. Our focus will be on 1 & 2 Timothy and the reminder that though we have trial and tribulation, we are strengthened by God’s grace to endure suffering and strive after righteousness, faith, and love.
Taught by Tim Keehan


Cross Course
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. Registration is required; please reach out to to register. 

Taught by Horace & Cyndy Lamb and others


So Great a Salvation
Institute Class, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper
What does it mean to be saved? Is it only getting to go to heaven? What the Triune God offers in salvation is unique to Christianity: our God offers himself. Discover the richness and depth of our salvation, what it means for our lives, and how God brings it about. 

Taught by Steve Ilchishin



A Discussion of Theistic Evolution
Institute Class, Meets at 10:45am in Cooper
Modern culture holds science and faith in conflict and many Christians have doubts based on what the scientific community claims – especially regarding evolution. In this three-part class we will discuss the theistic evolutionary view from a scientific, philosophical, and theological standpoint. Together we will see the study of science is coherent when informed by a theistic worldview. 

Taught by Kevin Humphreys


Classics Discussion: The 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

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The Core of Christian Belief
Institute Class, Meets at 4:00pm in McLean Room
Christianity is about a person, Jesus Christ, but it’s also a set of beliefs. What do we, as Christians, believe, and what do we not believe? This class will develop the foundational core of Christian belief and how it impacts our Christian life. 

Taught by Bill Fullilove and Nathan Newman