TEAM Institute 

Churches are called to teach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and all that the Lord Jesus commanded us (Matthew 28:28). This includes higher theological education and pastoral studies. 2 Timothy 2:2 teaches us to pass on Christian truth to leaders who will also be able to pass it on to the next generation. We therefore believe that the church has a responsibility to train and equip leadership from within its own congregation through advanced theological education.Bethany Baptist Des Moines

To accomplish that goal, we’ve developed a program called Theological Education And Mentoring (TEAM) Work. This program draws from a variety of resources and allows us to effective train men for leadership. This approach combines quality, college-level academic learning with pastoral guidance and hands-on experience in the context of authentic local church ministry.


What makes TEAM Work different from any other kind of theological education? We have a few core distinctives that govern our approach to higher Christian education:

  • We’re not just a “church-housed” program that tries to duplicate seminary within the four walls of the church building. We’re a truly “church-based” program that integrates all elements of the educational experience with the life and ministry of Bethany Baptist Church.
  • Without undermining the importance of academic knowledge, we believe that there should also be significant emphasis put on character and giftedness. Our local church context allows us to assess a student’s character, provide mentoring and pastoral counsel, and identify and develop spiritual gifts.
  • Our approach to education is aimed at strengthening the whole man; his head, his heart, and his hands.
  • We aim to foster ordinate affections as well as impart accurate information.
  • We want to foster an atmosphere of learning that encourages lifelong education and wisdom over mere knowledge.
  • Our courses are affordable, with students paying only for the cost of materials.


Bethany’s TEAM Work program offers a variety of different tracks of courses. Different people at different stages of life will need different kinds of education. Its organic nature allows TEAM Institute to meet the needs of each particular students. The programs designed to develop future leaders, strength current leaders, and grow church members.

TEAM Institute offers the following programs:


Goal: Give young men an opportunity to observe local church as they receive initial tools for future ministry (Acts 16:1-5).
Duration: 6-8 months
Two “orthodoxy” courses (e.g. systematic theology, church planting)
Four “orthopathy” assessments
Weekly one-on-one mentoring
One “orthodoxy” project (e.g. written paper or oral examination)
One “orthopraxy” project (e.g. some church ministry)
Observation of pastoral ministry


Goal: Give young men opportunities to participate in local church ministry as they continue to develop their knowledge and skills (1 Timothy 1:3).
Duration: 24-28 months
Five “orthodoxy” courses (e.g. NT Greek, homiletic, ect.)
Four “orthopathy” assessments
Monthly one-on-one mentoring
One “orthodoxy” project (e.g. written paper or oral examination)
One “orthopraxy” project (e.g. some church ministry)
A preaching or teaching practicum
Pastoral internship


Goal: Give men the skills needed to lead local church ministry and pass on what they have learned to others (2 Timothy 2:2).
Duration: 16-18 months
Take “orthodoxy” courses as needed
Four “orthopathy” assessments
Occasional one-on-one mentoring
Research and write a magnum opus on a selected topic
Teach the magnum opus in a church setting
One “orthopraxy” project (e.g. some church ministry)

For more information about the TEAM program contact us by e-mail at or by phone at (515) 285-7439. Click here to print an application form.


Philosophy of Theological Education



TEAM Schedule Plan