Course Credit

Downline Ministries has established a partnership for Seminary credit with Southern Baptist theological Seminary (Southern) in Louisville, Kentucky, Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), and Asbury Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. Through these partnerships Downline offers seminary credit in a few different ways, this means that students now have the opportunity to participate in the Institute and earn seminary credits simultaneously. Downline also has a partnership for undergraduate course credit with Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies at Lancaster Bible College.

Seminary Credit

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Students may obtain up to 30 hours of credit for participation in the Downline Institute. They must enroll as a student at Southern in order to get all 30 of these credits.

Courses Offered

Students can receive varying amounts of credit for going through Downline. The amount of credit you receive depends on the courses you take. You will be required to complete additional reading, writing, and research assignments to receive credit. Below are the courses you can take with the attached syllabi:

Introduction to the Old Testament, I (3 hours)

Introduction to the Old Testament, II (3 hours)

Introduction to the New Testament, I (3 hours)

Introduction to the New Testament, II (3 hours)

Ministry Apprenticeship Program, I (6 hours)

Ministry Apprenticeship Program, II (6 hours)

Ministry Apprenticeship Program, III (6 hours)

Asbury Theological Seminary at Christ Church Memphis

Persons who successfully complete the Downline Institute and/or the Downline Emerging leaders program(s) are eligible to be awarded credit at Asbury Seminary at Christ United Methodist Church based on the following stipulations:

  • Persons must successfully complete all requirements established by the Downline organization.
  • Persons must be admitted to a degree-seeking program at Asbury and be enrolled with the intention of completing a seminary degree.

If all these steps are satisfied, persons will be awarded 6 semester credit hours in Old Testament (3)/New Testament (3) for completing the Downline Institute.  After being admitted, students will need to contact the Director of Financial Aid to check eligibility and complete the enrollment process prior to July 1 prior to the Fall the student is expected to enroll.

Students will be responsible for paying $50/credit hour to Downline Ministries in addition to their $1600 Institute tuition rate.

Dallas Theological Seminary

Downline does not offer seminary credit that applies directly at DTS. However, DTS offers the possibility of receiving advance degree standing for having completed the Downline Institute and demonstrating current competency normally gained through the DTS curriculum, So advance degree standing for having completer the Downline Institute is not guaranteed at DTS. To apply for advanced standing, you will need:

  • Evidence of Completion of Downline.
  • Complete an Objection Exam evaluating biblical and theological competency.
  • Writing sample (2,500 word paper, preferably in the area of Bible and /or theology)
  • Interview with Advance Standing Committee