Our core values are unique.
Theodemy is neither a church nor a theological seminary, but rather is a valuable resource available for those already working in full- or part-time vocational ministry, or for those desiring to enter ministry.
The three major strengths of Theodemy are as follows:
1. Global Access
- For anyone, anywhere in the world with internet access, the courses are available regardless of location. This means that for those unable or unwilling to travel to a theological school for ministerial training, Theodemy is a practical and workable option. One can watch a video or two literally anywhere, whether on a computer, tablet or mobile phone.
- Theodemy offers a multiplicity of courses in a wide variety of languages. Furthermore, we will always be adding courses and content in more languages, which makes it more and more accessible around the world.
3. Theological Diversity
- Finally, one of the major strengths of Theodemy is the fact that, while fully aligned with historic Christian doctrine and beliefs, we offer an ever-widening number of courses—on a huge variety of topics—that are taught from a multiplicity of theological perspectives. The Body of Christ has much to offer in terms of its strength within diversity, and Theodemy has thereby created a valuable forum for this dialogue to take place.
Ephesians 4 Culture: Equipping Believers in Humility for Mission
Chapter 4 of Ephesians lays out Paul’s ‘blueprint’ for a healthy, vibrant and growing church—both spiritually and numerically. Paul’s major concern is that the church be unified, and in order for that to occur the key value to which its members hold is humility. There are two elements to this value of humility: the first is a distinct lack of exclusion on the basis of doctrinal correctness and definitions, and the second involves spiritual gifts. Paul makes it clear that doctrinal definitions should not be seen as that which excludes, but rather that which includes. In terms of core beliefs, he states merely that there is ‘one body, one Spirit,…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God—the Father of all’ (Eph. 4.4-5).
Aside from a clear commitment to a trinitarian formulation, Paul’s list of core doctrines is remarkably short. Sadly, over the centuries, the church has been described as almost being obsessed with doctrinal correctness and correspondingly lengthier formulations, often designed to exclude rather than include others who might believe even slightly differently. The status of the church today, viewed by many today as militant, increasingly marginalized and irrelevant, is due in some part to this type of commitment to maintaining its dogma and doctrine.
The second value to which Paul holds is giftedness: the concept developed within the passage that those tasked with the duties of church leadership (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) should have one major aim—to equip the saints so that they can carry out the actual works of mission and ministry, both in the church and in the world.
Moreover, another of Theodemy’s aims is to utilize the gifts that men and women have been given by allowing them latitude in creating and offering their courses. This is in line with Paul’s notion that those within positions of leadership and authority in the church should be about the business of equipping the saints for the works of ministry. Thus the courses offered on Theodemy, regardless of their doctrinal point of view, ultimately offer practical instruction and value for those training for, or already labouring within, the fields of mission and ministry.
Ultimately, then, Theodemy sees itself in line with these major values laid out by Paul in Ephesians 4. Rather than being doctrinally exclusive, the fact that we offer so many courses from a wide variety of theological perspectives is viewed as a strength rather than a weakness. The value of ecumenism and respectful dialogue among various theological traditions goes along with Paul’s desire that believers ‘keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace’ (Eph. 4.3).