In the summer of 2001, the imago Dei institute and Cascade Bible College
officially merged together. Cascade brought with it a respected track
record with students and faculty from several Northwest churches. The
imago Dei institute (iDi), which was started by Antioch Bible Church in
1998, brought to the table a heart for theological training, multicultural
ministry and cultural relevance. Though both ministries had their own
distinctive strengths, each was committed to effectively train people
to know the Lord and to reach their communities for Christ. These are
the pillars that we still hold to.
The imago Dei institute is different than many theological institutions.
Here are a few reasons why:
Why is the imago Dei institute roughly one quarter the cost of other Bible
Colleges? Because we are committed to offering our students a
high level of education that won’t force them to go into debt.
While the cost of ignorance will always be greater than the cost
of an education, we believe that too many students are turned away
from Christian Colleges because they can’t afford the program or
are unwilling to go into debt. The bottom line is that we never
want to see money get in the way of someone being a part of this
To accommodate our students’ busy schedules, we intentionally try
to offer both day & evening courses. We also host various workshops
throughout the school year that work nicely for students who want
training but can’t commit to a quarter’s worth of class time.
And for people who work better on their own time schedule, we
offer certain classes for independent study and enrichment.
The imago Dei institute is an educational ministry that offers
classes for adults wishing to deepen their Christian education,
experience and worldview. We offer courses in Theology, the Arts,
Church History, Biblical Studies, Cross-Cultural Ministry, and
Interdisciplinary Studies. Students who attend our program will
gain a well-rounded view of their Creator and His work in our
current culture. They are also encouraged to incorporate the
life-changing truths they glean back into their home, workplace,
church and community.
Partnership is at the heart of everything we do here at the institute.
Though iDi remains an educational ministry of Antioch Bible Church,
we have partnered with several other local churches in Seattle's suburbs.
Through shared faculty and facilities, iDi is a working model of how
churches can work together to train their people and prospective leaders.
It has been said that 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings is the most
segregated time in America. Sadly, this statement holds true
for most ministries across our nation. By defining “cross-cultural”
as the Cross for all cultures, we at the institute have committed
ourselves to training our students to minister effectively to the
radically changing, global society that exists outside their
front doors. While some colleges are fixated on color and quotas,
we at the imago Dei institute are concerned about character
development, no matter what a person’s ethnicity, age, gender,
or socio-economic background may be.