Institute Overview

The institute answers two fundamental questions:

  1. What did Jesus really mean when he said, “Go make disciples of all nations”?
  2. How do we do that?

In order to answer these questions, our curriculum focuses on what it means to make disciples, theologically, philosophically and practically. At the Institute, we’re going to teach, apply, experience and practice this curriculum together.  Secondly, we teach the Bible. We don’t take any shortcuts because ultimately, we want the Word of God to be our foundation. We start in Genesis 1 and end in Revelation 22, with 70 percent of the Word taught expositorily.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum includes several types of biblical training:

  • Bible
    During these sessions, you will be exegetically taught the entire narrative of the Old Testament, highlighting Genesis, Joshua, I Samuel and Daniel, as well as other Old Testament books in the fall. In the spring, you will cover Matthew, Romans, Ephesians, Hebrews, II Timothy and Revelation, taught by some of the best local and national Bible teachers and pastors in the country, as well as Downline Staff.
  • Disciple-Making
    The disciple-making aspect of the Institute is the heartbeat of Downline Ministries. While the Bible and biblical manhood/womanhood are what God calls us to teach men and women, discipleship is how we teach them.  Making disciples was Christ’s strategy for building followers who would reproduce their faith multi-generationally into others (2 Tim 2:2). We’ll learn how to apply Christ’s strategy for world impact in our lives today.
  • Biblical Manhood/Womanhood
    The content of our manhood/womanhood curriculum is absolutely essential for men and women to understand in order to know what it means to live as Godly people in a depraved generation. In this piece of the Institute, you will receive practical training on how to live out your biblical calling and grow as a person of God. Whether single or married, with or without children, the role and calling God has given us as men and women will serve as a building block for a lifetime of faithful leadership in the home, church and community.
  • Spiritual Life
    Occasionally, you’ll receive special teaching by guest pastors and the Downline teaching team that will challenge and stretch you as we experience spiritual formation together.

How the Online Institute works

Every Downline course is recorded and posted on a secure website enabling the Downline Online (DLOL) groups to view the material and stay on pace with the Downline Institute in Memphis. DLOL students receive all of the same support material, online teacher and student guides and access to audio lesson archives as the local institute students.

  • The Downline Institute consists of 34 weeks of teaching with four hours of class video each week. (The teaching start date is subject to the facilitators choosing, there are no time of year restrictions to starting a DLOL class.)
  • Video lessons are recorded, posted online and remain active for your one year enrollment.
  • To participate in DLOL, you must have a group of at least two people.
  • Each DLOL group must have a designated facilitator as a point of contact between Downline and the DLOL group.
  • Each DLOL group determines their own meeting schedule, including start/end dates and meeting times.
  • Tuition for the Downline Institute Online is $600 if paid up front. Tuition can be paid in monthly installments of $50 per month for 10 months. This payment plan requires a $100 deposit before beginning class, in addition to the monthly installments.

Resources Students Receive

  • Incredible training in Old Testament and New Testament, biblical disciple-making and biblical manhood/womanhood.
  • Online access to all custom Downline Leader and Student re-teaching guides
  • Lifetime access to the Downline Institute audio archives.

In order to apply to be a part of the Downline Institute Online, complete the Online Application at any time. A member of the Downline Staff will contact you to answer any questions you may have as well as discuss the next steps for setting up your group in order to be ready for the first class.

Ready to Apply?

Review the application guidelines to learn more.

Application Guidelines