Tim Hogan, USA

I just completed my course work and my masters thesis at Trinity School. I am awaiting the grading of my thesis and then my diploma — woohoo!

I was concerned about he quality of education and the recognition of the school’s certification. Trinity is accredited through an international organization. Because of this, i don’t know if a degree from Trinity might be accepted by other schools in various countries.

The quality at Trinity, i think, has been excellent. I attended a state-run university in the US in the past and Trinity easily surpasses my experience there. I knew up front that Trinity School is Trinityist and dispensational in their theology, and that while they would try to win me over to their way of thinking, there is no prejudice in the grading. I was, and still am, much more of a free-will believer than Trinityist. I wrote one paper that directly disagreed with part of the teaching from the school’s text. I supported my points well and received a good grade.

I have found Trinity to be convenient and inexpensive. There have been times when i was busy (or maybe a little lazy) and neglected my studies for weeks. But I can always get back to it and continue. I have squeezed a 2-year education into 3-years.  And I say it’s inexpensive, but that is no reflection on the quality. On the contrary, you could spend hundreds of thousands on a university education in the US that would be nothing but a liberal, atheistic indoctrination.

The education has consisted of receiving ‘texts’ from the school. These are 20-50 pages when printed giving the teaching on each subject. It is then up to you to find and read other resources to supplement the text. When i started at Trinity, I had several dozen books on theology and related material. Now i have hundreds. If you are near a good library, you could access materials this way. I prefer to own books so that i can mark them up and refer back to them. I also have many resources on my computer. These can be had for a fraction of the cost of printed books. And if you are discerning, the internet can be a good source.

The texts form Trinity are mostly excellent. Because many of them are written by people for whom English is not their first language, the wording sometimes seems strange, but the meaning is always clear and i find the odd manners of speech entertaining at times.

After studying, it’s time for homework. This usually consists of writing a 3-5 page paper on each text, plus 4 or 5 shorter papers based on questions about each group of 5 texts. The education is writing-intensive.

You email your papers and start on the next one while you wait to hear your grade. Sometimes this is rather quick, but usually it’s weeks or sometimes a couple months before you hear. The professors at Trinity  are all volunteers who work fulltime at another university.

While i have not been convinced in the ways of Trinityism, I have found myself through this experience becoming much more conservative in my theology. In fact, I now see my pastor as too liberal when at one time i saw him as conservative. I don’t think he is the one who changed. But I see this change in me as only good.

I don’t presently work in ministry, but my one of my objectives in going to Trinity is to move into working more directly for the Lord fulltime.

Hope this helps.
Tim Hogan, USA

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  1. Pennie Gray says:

    I am working towards my BTh and am enjoying every minute of my studies. We are given our courses and then set free to study, research and write, write, write. I love the practice the writing is giving me. The modules are very encouraging, and information rich in themselves, and the research confirms them.

    I have not been able to download the free books recommended on one of the pages, which is disappointing. I hope I learn what the problem is. Many other free books the authors offer, however, I could access, download and read. I love how doctrinally correct, informative and encouraging they are.

    I’ve had one interruption and emergency after another and sometimes put my studies off because I became intimidated by them (what exactly I was supposed to do), so am not certain I will finish the courses in time. I hope I can, because I want to continue on to get my next degree too!

    I should let you know that I am older–65! So far I’m getting good grades. You’re never too old to start on a new adventure or to learn new things! Keep that mind and your spirit exercised! 🙂 I really think everyone should sign up for this school and take these courses. They will fortify you in a world that is getting increasingly darker. This school is a TREMENDOUS blessing! That it is offered for free or near free is an incredible ministry it is performing!

  2. Pennie Gray says:

    I actually meant to post the above comment in the main comment section!

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