IFD217 – How to Study the Bible

IFD157 – Five Day Intensive Workshop Safe Sanctuary Policy

IFD346 – Constructing the Bridge: Loss and the Mourning After

IFD283 – Loaves and Fishes: Discovering Hidden Possibilities for You and Y...

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Master’s Degree

Affordable. Accessible. Applicable. Earn a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry from Southwestern College in just two years, entirely online. We offer several ministry field emphases.

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BeADisciple is pleased to partner with higher education and ministry organizations to bring our community an even wider selection of quality courses, from book studies to certifications.

Wesleyan Studies

Earn a certification covering Methodist history, identity, and theology from BeADisciple and Wesley Theological Seminary.

From The Branches Blog

Biblical hope is not like the world’s hope

guest post by Nancy Golden

We have celebrated Easter and in a few weeks will celebrate our Lord Jesus’ ascension to heaven.  As we await the eventual return of Jesus with excitement and anticipation, we are filled with hope. What a joy it is to be a Christ-follower! As we travel through life as temporary inhabitants of this world, we know where our true citizenship lies.

Biblical hope is much different from how we usually use the word “hope” in our day-to-day conversations. Have you ever said, “I hope to get a raise” or …



“…And When Did the Church Know?”

guest post by Martha E. Banks, Ph.D.

The question of the hour is “When did you know?”

People are asking that question of the employers, coworkers, and superiors of those who have been victimized by sexual harassers. Sadly, many people around the victim were aware of the harassment, but excused or ignored the behavior of the harassers without attending to the needs of the known victims or protecting potential victims. The rest of us are left shaking our heads at the additional damage caused by their silence.

Thanks to the unrelenting news coverage, we are aware …