FAQ about Thirdmill


What resources does Thirdmill offer?
How do I use Thirdmill's resources?
Are these resources really free?
Does Thirdmill have mobile apps?
What kind of ministry is Thirdmill?
We are a non-profit corporation [501(c)(3)] that produces, publishes and distributes a multimedia seminary curriculum in multiple languages.
What is the mission of Thirdmill?
Our mission is to spread the Kingdom of God by providing a multimedia seminary curriculum to Christian leaders in their own lands and languages at no cost to them.
Why is the mission of Thirdmill so important?
Today there are at least two million pastors outside of North America who do not have access to sound theological education. Equipping indigenous Christian leaders is crucial to the strength and growth of the Kingdom of God.
Why hasn't this need been met sooner?
In the past, indigenous church leaders have been sent to study in western seminaries, but the vast majority of them have not returned to their homelands. Missionaries typically do not have the time to meet this great need. Establishing traditional seminaries in other nations has been limited by lack of funding, as well as by government restrictions.
Why hasn't anyone else tried Thirdmill's solution?
Theological educators have been aware of the effectiveness of multimedia education for a long time, but they have been hindered by the costs of multimedia production.
Is Thirdmill evangelistic?
Yes. Thirdmill is fully committed to spreading the gospel of Christ to every person on earth. We believe that one vital dimension of this goal is equipping church leaders throughout the world with the ability to guide the church toward this end. Our statement of faith is uncompromisingly evangelical.
Why the five languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish?
These languages reach over 42% of earth's population and represent the languages spoken where the church is growing most rapidly. Sadly, Christian leaders throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America have little to no opportunity to learn the Scriptures and sound theology.
Why not other languages?
There is a great need for sound seminary curriculum in other languages. We are delighted that a number of missionary organizations are currently translating our studies into French, Hindi, Farsi (Iran), Mongolian, several African Arabic dialects, several dialects of India and Amharic (Ethiopia).
Why do you refer to your materials as "curriculum"?
Thirdmill partners with well-respected professors from a variety of seminaries to produce the equivalent content of a seminary Master of Arts degree in our five targeted languages.
Why do you refer to your curriculum as "multimedia"?
Our curriculum is produced primarily in the form of audio-visual presentations supported by written materials including study guides. Video lessons are available on DVD and web streaming, and the corresponding study guides can be accessed through our website.
Is Thirdmill's curriculum professionally produced and academically reliable in all five languages?
Yes. All teachers featured by Thirdmill are professors who specialize in the subjects they teach. Our staff is comprised of professionally trained theologians, writers, designers, audio technicians and videographers. We recruit theologically educated translators, speakers and language coordinators. Each lesson contains the same content in every language.
Where do I start with your curriculum?
The multimedia curriculum we have produced consists of introductory material that a typical first-year seminary student would learn. You can begin anywhere in our curriculum, or follow our recommended order of study.
Is Thirdmill a school? Are you accredited? Do you award degrees or certificates?
Thirdmill is not a school; we are a curriculum provider. Thirdmill is not seeking accreditation. We do not award degrees or certificates. Yet, our curriculum is used by a number of accredited schools.
We freely distribute our multimedia curriculum around the world. Our videos and study guides are also available online free of charge. Moreover, we offer thousands of other free internet resources including audio sermons, articles, books, and our Q&A Knowledgebase.
Can I reproduce Thirdmill's video seminary curriculum?
Our curriculum is copyrighted in the United States and the European Union to protect against abuse. However, Thirdmill contracts with qualified individuals and organizations to duplicate our curriculum free of charge. For more information, please see our reproduction policy.
Is Thirdmill associated with other organizations?
Yes. We have forged a number of strategic relationships with Bible schools, seminaries, churches, agencies and missionaries, both domestically and abroad. Much of the distribution and use of our curriculum is through these strategic relationships.
Is Thirdmill a denominational ministry?
No. Thirdmill is not part of, nor governed by a particular denomination. Our president and board members are under the authority of several denominations, and we seek to serve the needs of the broader evangelical community.
What is the theological orientation of Thirdmill?
Most of our materials are compatible with a wide range of Protestant theologies. Our doctrinal orientation is summarized in the Apostles' Creed and we align ourselves with the doctrines of the Protestant Reformation.
Does Thirdmill have a statement of faith or statement of doctrinal beliefs?
Yes, the doctrines we hold to are briefly summarized in our statement of faith. A more complete statement of our doctrinal standards can be found in the Westminster Confession of Faith together with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
Is Thirdmill non-profit?
More than you can imagine. We are a non-profit corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3). Our executives receive modest incomes and we give away our curriculum to the world. Thirdmill depends on the generous, tax-deductible contributions of churches, foundations, businesses and individuals.
How is Thirdmill financially accountable?
Thirdmill is a member of the ECFA. Financial reports on our ministry are available from our office and from ECFA.
What is Richard Pratt's role within Thirdmill?
Thirdmill is not Richard Pratt's worldwide teaching ministry. He is the ministry's current president, and one of many teachers of our curriculum. He is also an adjunct professor at various seminaries.
What information is available on Thirdmill's progress and effectiveness?
We are very concerned with the progress and effectiveness of our efforts. We constantly evaluate our efforts to ensure that we are moving forward. See our global progress page for a look at how many lessons we have distributed and where they are used. Our testimonials page describes the effectiveness of our materials in the field. Please contact us at info@thirdmill.org for more details.