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INSTE partners with your church to make disciples and develop leaders. A person in your church will need to take the Distance Leader Training (DLT) program to become certified as a group leader. This is accomplished locally, on the leaders own schedule. Contact us for more information or simply go to the Resources tab and click on 'Distance Leader Training Forms' and then follow the directions.
Yes, you may go on to the next course, but if you want a certificate or a diploma, you will need to retake the course in order to graduate.
Yes! We are accredited through DEAC. In January 2008 INSTE became part of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, the global leader in distance learning accreditation.
Yes, but first that student will need to take Distance Leader Training (DLT) to become certified. However, if another person in the church has been certified as a leader, he/she may assume leadership of the group.
It depends on where you live. It takes 3-5 business days for your order to arrive via U.S. mail. It takes 2-3 days to process the order and then additional 3 to 6 business days to ship it to you. However, if you fax or email the order to us-with a credit card number-we'll be able to get it to you sooner.
Yes, because we want to make sure that all group leaders understand the methodology and ministry philosophy of INSTE.
Yes, you may be a student and a leader at the same time. When you submit the Book Order Form , send your application/enrollment and all student fees, along with applications and fees of rest of the students in your group.
Only a group leader may order a complete set of books. You may order a complete set of Certificate Program (Level 1) books (four books) at a discount when you enroll in Distance Leader Training (DLT). Leaders enrolling in the distance leader training for the Diploma/Degree Program (Level 2) may also order the first four books of Sequence 1 at a discounted price.
Yes, as long as not more than 3 weeks have passed. A student cannot miss more than one-fourth of the group meetings. In the Diploma/Degree Program (Level Two), no one may join a group after the first lesson.
Yes, in fact, we feel this is an excellent opportunity for you to mentor someone as a group leader. Having two leaders in a group also enhances group dynamics and provides continuity if it is necessary for one of the two to be absent.


No. INSTE is designed for use in small groups for the purpose of fostering relationships and accountability; therefore, we do not sell books for personal reference.
No. At the present time we do not have the technology available to record phone calls. For accounting purposes we need a paper trail to verify all orders.
In most cases, in order to renew leader certification you only need to call the INSTE office for a short interview so that we can go over any changes to our prices, policies or forms since you last led a group.
Under the "Resources" tab click on "Certificate Program Forms". Find the "Transcript Request Form" pdf and print it, fill it out, and send it to the INSTE office. Enclose $5.00 for shipping and handling. Unofficial transcripts are sent free of charge via email or fax.
At present many different denominations are enrolled in INSTE including Assemblies of God, Church of God-Cleveland, Church of God-Anderson, Foursquare Churches, Methodist, Open Bible, Amor Viviente, plus many independent churches.
All students are required to take Discipleship 1. Those who have studied courses equivalent to the other Certificate Program (Level 1) courses in an accredited institution may request transfer credit. Check with the INSTE office about requirements and procedures. In the Diploma/Degree Program (Level 2) students are required to complete Church Leadership and a minimum of 32 credit hours with INSTE.
For Level 1, your weekly exams are 20% and the final is 80% of the total grade. In Level 2 the weekly exams are 40% and the final is 60% of the total grade.
We use the NIV (1984 edition) which is no longer in print. This version was originally chosen because of its readability. When studying for your memory verses please refer to the verses in the back of the textbook. You can also access the NIV (1984 edition) for free at We are in the process of transitioning all of our books to the English Standard Version (ESV). We will notify you when this change has been fully implemented.
Yes, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects students' rights with respect to their education records. Please see our catalog for more information.
Although INSTE is accredited by DEAC and many colleges and universities accept our credits, the transfer of academic credits to any institution is determined by the receiving institution. The student who plans to transfer INSTE credits is advised to check with the receiving institution.

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