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The Center

South Texas Study and Discipleship Center

The South Texas Study and Discipleship Center, or “The Center,” will be hosting three cohorts during the Fall of 2023, offering a 7-week class on Biblical Foundations working towards a Foundation Certificate through the Thirdmill Institute.

The Thirdmill Institute is a certificate program affiliated with Thirdmill Seminary to provide free, seminary-level, biblical, and theological training for anyone interested in ministry. The cohorts will be done in a “reverse classroom,” watching videos and doing work on your own before meeting with other leaders from around the city for discussion and application with a seasoned Christian leader.

The Institute’s program is provided free of charge and is open to everyone.

The Center’s Fall 2023 Cohorts will begin study towards the completion of coursework for the Biblical Foundations certificate. They will meet weekly to discuss the material at First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, 404 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205. Because mentoring and discipleship are provided, the size of the cohorts will be limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Cohorts Available:

  • City Cohort for Church Planters
  • Developing Emerging Leaders Cohort
  • FPC Sunday Morning Covenant Partner Cohort

Cohort Leaders, Fall 2023:

  • Emerging Leaders & Church Planters: Pastor Mitchell Moore, Rev. Dr. Ronald Scates, and Pastor Israel Mendez
  • Covenant Partners: Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller, Dr. Jonathan King, and Rev. Chris Scruggs

Register with Third Mill and The Center at FPC

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Once you register with both Third Mill and FPC you will receive more information on classes, cohort, and material.

You Will Need

  • Laptop / iPad
  • Email and internet access
  • A heart open to learn and grow in knowing God, knowing His word, and walking with others in study and application.


Study the Biblical Foundations material to learn and grow as a leader. All video lectures, study guides, quizzes, and tests will be done in the online classroom on your own time before the cohort meets.


Meet and discuss in your learning cohort with a seasoned pastor/Christian leader. Meetings will continue for 7 weeks.


Apply what you’ve learned to your life and leadership. Discussion guides and badges facilitate the application of what you’ve learned to real-life ministry.