Cultivating Theological Wisdom for Today’s Church​

Regional reading groups and an annual conference providing pastors and lay leaders with guided exposure to classic theological texts of the Christian tradition.​

“This should be a fruitful venture for introducing the riches of the Christian tradition to a wider audience.”

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Kevin DeYoung

Senior Pastor
Christ Covenant Church, Charlotte

Are You Looking for Theological Formation?

Do you desire a rich theological diet so you can develop whole and mature in Christ?

Do you want to read Christian classics but don’t know where to start?

Would you like to grow with people who share your love for theology?

Are you eager to connect biblical teaching with everyday moral discernment?

Do you need greater biblical wisdom to lead in your church?

Are you eager to stand on the shoulders of men and women who have gone before you?

The Benefits

Formation

Deepen your capacities for theological understanding and moral discernment.

Retrieval

Find wisdom for ministry in the present by learning from the wisest pastors and teachers of the past.

Fluency

Gain greater facility in reading and teaching classic Christian texts.

Community

Join a wider community of theologians, pastors, and lay leaders committed to the church’s theological maturity and renewal.

Renewal

Be enriched by a spiritual and intellectual retreat at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Orlando campus.

Integration

Develop a holistic approach to the theological, moral, and pastoral dimensions of Christian life and ministry.

The Process

Read Classic Texts

Enjoy patristic, medieval, and reformational texts that commend biblical wisdom.

Join a Group

Meet monthly in the fall and spring to discuss the readings with a skilled leader.

Attend Conference

Gather at RTS Orlando with others from around the country for a conference in January.

*While participating in the group and the conference is ideal, you're free to participate in one or both.

Classic Texts

You’ll read and discuss theological texts by authors like St. Augustine and John Calvin.

Fall 2020
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Confessions

by St. Augustine

Spring 2021
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A Little Book on the Christian Life

by John Calvin

2021 - 2022
City of God

City of God

by St. Augustine

Fall 2022
On the Incarnation

On the Incarnation

by St. Athanasius of Alexandria

*Reading group registration is $30. Your books are included in the registration fee.

Fall 2022 Reading Groups

Athens

Greece
First Greek Evangelical Church with Giotis Kantartzis
September 12, October 10, November 14, December 5

Charlotte

North Carolina
Christ Covenant Church with Blair Smith
September 28, October 26, November 30 7pm Eastern Time

Chattanooga

Tennessee
The House at UT-C with Joey Sherrard
August 25, September 22, October 20

Dallas

Texas
RTS Dallas with Mark McDowell
September 15, October 20, November 10

Edinburgh

UK - Video Conference
Zoom App with Sebastian Bjernegård
September 12, October 10, November 14 7pm UK Time

Grand Rapids

Michigan
TBD with Jordan Barrett
September 15, October 13, November 17 7pm Eastern Time

Jackson

Mississippi
Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church with Christian Brewer
September 13, October 11, November 8 7pm Central Time

London

UK - Video Conference
Zoom with Matthew Mason
October 4, November 1, November 29 8pm UK/3pm Eastern Time

Nashville

Tennessee
September 20, October 18, November 15 7pm Central Time

New York City

New York
Central Presbyterian Church with Mike Allen & Jay Harvey
December 9 6-9pm Eastern Time

Orlando

Florida
RTS Orlando with Mike Allen
September 22, October 20, December 1

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Baptist University with Rafael Bello
September 19, October 17, November 14

Philadelphia

Pennsylvania
Tenth Presbyterian Church with Liam Goligher
September 21, October 19, November 16

Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania
RPTS with Jeff Stivason
September 15, October 13, November 10

Urbana

Illinois
All Souls PCA with Ethan Brown
September 29, October 27, December 8 7pm Central Time

Washington, D.C.

RTS Washington, D.C. with Rufus Burton
October 6, November 3, December 1 6pm Eastern Time

Online #1

Video Conference
Zoom App with Grant Sutherland
September 26, November 7, December 12 10am Australian Eastern/8pm Eastern Time

Online #2 (UK/Europe)

Video Conference
Zoom App with Graham Shearer
September 28, October 26, November 30 8pm UK Time

Reformed Theological Seminary exists to train men and women to see the beauty of Jesus in all of Scripture and to commend his beauty to others.

This little booklet is designed to give you a taste of the kind of Christ-honoring teaching that our faculty engages in both inside and outside the classroom.

Spring 2022 Paideia Lectures

Augustine's "City of God"

April 29, 2022

Panelists and Presenters Include

Gregory Lee
Michael Allen
Mark McDowell
Joey Sherrard
Blair Smith
Joshua Bruce

Testimonials

liam-goligher

I’m excited about the launch of the Paideia Center and the possibilities of studying great texts from the past for the sake of the present and the future of the Church.

Liam Goligher Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

Billings-Todd

If you’re tired of watered-down, mass-marketed approaches to Christian discipleship, take a look at the Paideia Center for opportunities to drink deeply from the Christ-centered wisdom of classic patristic and Reformation-era texts. I’m delighted to hear about the work of the Paideia Center.

J. Todd Billings Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary