Beyond The River Academy
BTRA is a group of Lutheran pastors who are filling a need by training men and women who have been identified by their congregations as being called to public ministry. The Academy offers an affordable course of six classes designed to provide a solid foundation in basic theological education for those who may already be serving congregations in a lay capacity. They can take these online classes while continuing their current job and maintaining their family lives.
The Academy has been functioning successfully for six plus years and currently has 33 students enrolled. Graduates of the Academy are serving congregations in Idaho, Georgia, Ohio, Arizona, Kansas and current students are completing their studies while serving in places like Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, and other areas around the country.
It is hoped that small rural congregations who are having difficulty securing a pastor or paying a pastor will be able to identify and sponsor people from within who would like to serve in the ordained ministry.
If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about Beyond The River Academy, please visit the website and contact one of the pastors for more information.