|What is the Simeon Course on Biblical Exposition?
That's a big question with a big answer. Visit our How It Works page for our best attempt at answering it.
Why would I take this Course?
There are a lot of ways of getting training in the English-speaking world. Maybe your church has a training program. Maybe you are thinking of applying to seminary or some other kind of Bible program. Maybe you have your eye on a correspondence course that tackles an interesting topic or two.
Our Course is a little different. It’s about access and emphasis. Maybe you have no formal training and no means of getting it. Our course gives you access to world-class instruction at a seminary level. But maybe you’ve been to seminary and you’re thinking: “this course is only going to cover things I already know.” Keep reading. We think that you’ll find that this course has a different emphasis than most seminaries and other training programs. It’s all about teaching and preaching. We think the other bits of most seminary programs are useful and even important for long-term professional ministry. That is why we leave that kind of training for the seminaries. The Simeon Course is all about getting from what is on the pages of God's Word to your proclamation of God's Word.
How does the Course work?
Visit our How It Works page and learn about the different courses.
Who is the Course for?
It’s for anyone. From senior pastors to Sunday school teachers, from missionaries to seminary students, the Course is for anyone interested in getting better at handling God’s Word. Whether you have no formal education, have been retired for many years, or are anywhere in between, it might be for you.
Who’s involved with it?
The Simeon Course on Biblical Exposition is an initiative of the Charles Simeon Trust. But in order to elevate the quality of the courses to be among the best in the world, we have partnered with seasoned pastors and experienced professors. You can find more information about who is involved on each course page.
Where can I take the courses?
You can take it from anywhere in the world. From your office to your living room, all you will need is a reasonably high-speed Internet connection and enough bandwidth to download the videos each week.
Can I take the courses for credit?
Yes. We have partnerships with seminaries to offer some of our courses for seminary credit. Credit options are available on the Preaching Ministry Track or the Women's Ministry Track for the Preaching and Literary Genre curriculum as well as the only tracks for the Preaching and Biblical Theology and Preaching and Systematic Theology courses. Credit is only available for students taking the Course in the Group Format.
When does it start?
How much do the courses cost?
The answer to this question depends on your track and format and a few other options. Check out the tuition explanation for more information.
Can I take it as an individual?
Yes, the courses can be taken as an individual or in a group.
If I take a course as an individual, is there anyone I can show my work to and interact with?
Yes and no. You can email your work on specific texts to the Charles Simeon Trust, and we will do our best to interact with your work as we are able. We have a lot of students taking the courses for credit, so this is not always possible.
How many people can be in a group?
What is the amount of Biblical knowledge someone should have before they start the Course?
Basic Biblical knowledge is helpful, but not necessary. In fact, we have had many people go through the courses with no formal training before taking a course and have benefited immensely.
Is the Preaching and Literary Genre a prerequisite for taking the Preaching and Biblical Theology course or the Preaching and Systematic Theology course?
No. But we do suggest taking it first and also taking Biblical Theology course before the Systematic Theology course.
What are the genres that the Preaching and Literary Genre curriculum covers?
Old Testament Narrative, Epistles, Wisdom Literature, Prophetic Literature, Apocalyptic Literature, and Gospels/Acts are the six genres we cover.
How can I get started?