A practical understanding of the Bible
Upon completion of the program students should possess a practical understanding of the Bible including its major themes surrounding creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. Central to this understanding is a grasp of the gospel of Christ. Students will be given the tools to construct a framework for lifelong learning of biblical themes and truth, and are encouraged to continue the development of a scholarly approach to biblical truth along with an open heart to receive and apply biblical truth in their lives, while sharing that truth with others.
A practical understanding of theology
Upon completion of the program students will understand the parameters of sound Christian theology and its implications in ministry and the church. Christian doctrines such as God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, humanity, sin, salvation, and the Church will be examined in light of their biblical and historical formations, with emphasis on understanding and application in every area of life and practice.
A Christian worldview
Upon completion of the program of study students will have enhanced their grasp of what it means to view the world and all of its related activities from a Christian perspective. Students will be equipped with the tools to apply biblical and gospel truth in every arena of thought, word, and action, carefully avoiding the common malpractice of secular/sacred divide, but rather recognizing that God’s truth has implications of all of life and governs our interactions with others and society as a whole.
Upon completion of the program students are expected to have developed spiritual disciplines. Which serve as a means of God’s grace at work within them bringing them to a greater spiritual maturity in Christ. Students will have opportunities to practice and develop these disciplines within the context of their studies.
The ability to lead as a servant
Upon completion of the program students will have an understanding of the leadership example of Jesus, and will have applied the principles of servant leadership in multiple ministry settings. Students will be expected to model these principles in the context of their local church and demonstrate them throughout their studies in relation to their local context and towards fellow students as well as towards faculty and staff of DLI. It is expected that the understanding and application of these principles will enhance the students’ experience in learning and also lend itself to the goals of spiritual development and maturity.