The Dunamis Institute

If you have a desire to grow as a disciple, a hunger for the scriptures, and a willingness to become more open to the Spirit’s work, the courses, retreats and conferences available through the Dunamis Institute will help you step into the work of cooperating with the Holy Spirit.

Through the Dunamis Institute you have the opportunity — regardless of your denominational background, culture, economic level or educational level — to take part in the call to grow the church and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ by:

  1. Learning of Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit’s equipping, offered to all called into the Kingdom of God!
  2. Developing a basic knowledge of the Bible’s teaching and a reformed theological framework for understanding the Person and work of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Growing in first hand experiences of receiving the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:8 to be effective witness to Jesus Christ.
  4. Cooperating with the Holy Spirit in all the diverse areas that Jesus calls us to have a part in His Kingdom Work.

Programs of the Dunamis Institute are suitable for all Christians who are thirsting for growth, regardless of their denominational back ground, culture, economic level or educational level.

Whatever your current role within the Church, your faith and your service will grow richer, deeper and fuller.

The Programs of the Dunamis Institute

The Dunamis Project is our core teaching at PRMI. Here you learn how to cooperate with the Holy Spirit and advance the Kingdom of God.

The Dunamis Project is a six part conference series that meets twice a year for a series of three years and runs in different places around the world.

Many different teaching materials have been developed based upon the foundations established in the original six units of the Dunamis Project. These include:

Thousands of people have been through the equipping process and are now working to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit in their various contexts – from home groups, to congregations, to mission organizations.

Where PRMI trains its leaders

The Dunamis Institute provides the training for teachers and leaders in the ministry of PRMI.  Those who teach and lead in the ministry must master the content, live its ethos, as well as embody the core teaching in their own ministry.

The Dunamis Institute provides teachers who have demonstrated a mastery of the Dunamis materials through lived experience.  Those who serve on event leadership teams or lead mission outreach teams have participated in, and in many cases led, programs of the Dunamis Institute.

Apprentice teachers are those who are learning to deliver the materials and move into practice under the supervision of more experienced teachers in order to ensure that what is delivered is of good quality and covers essential teaching and practice.

Teachers are those who have been recognized as being able to put across the materials effectively and to ensure that participants move into practice of what they are learning. It is likely, in many cases, that a teacher will have competence and anointing to teach one or more specific areas.

From time to time, guest teachers or instructors with a specialization or interest which would be helpful may be invited to take particular sessions within an event.

How PRMI maintains its ethos

The Dunamis Institute that preserves the legacy of the teaching and practice of Dunamis to ensure a consistency of delivery that is culturally appropriate and retains the essential characteristics and ethos of Dunamis, wherever it is taught.

As the work of PRMI is expanding, regional expressions of the Dunamis Fellowship are increasingly taking responsibility for the delivery of Dunamis content in different countries and/or language groups.

The Academic Dean, together with the Curriculum Committee is responsible for overseeing course content, including the writing, revision and translation of manuals and books for the various components of PRMI’s output

Why did PRMI create the Dunamis Institute?

Presbyterian-Reformed Ministries International (PRMI) was established in 1966 as “Presbyterian Charismatic Communion.”  There was a strong teaching aspect of the ministry.  (For the complete history of the ministry and its unique role in the worldwide movement of the Holy Spirit please visit PRMI’s history page.)

This teaching ministry was necessary in many mainline Presbyterian and Reformed churches throughout the world because there had been a profound neglect of the Third Person of the Trinity.

This teaching work was expressed in booklets and large conferences that always offered workshops.  Audio tapes from these events contained this teaching and they had a worldwide distribution.

From 1991 until 2010, PRMI’s teaching ministry focused on the Dunamis Project. This includes six five-day intensive events that are held every six months in a strategic location. Generally, it takes three years to complete all six events which we call a “track.”

The first Dunamis track was started in 1991 at Lake George NY, USA.   There have been many tracks offered in numerous locations in North America, UK, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Many different teaching materials have been developed based upon the foundations established in the original six units of the Dunamis Project.

Thousands of people have been through the equipping process and are now working to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit in their various contexts – from home groups, to congregations, to mission organizations.

As the ministry grew, three critical questions emerged:

  1. How to grow teachers and leaders who embody the core teaching of the Dunamis Project to expand the number of teaching locations.
  2. How to offer the core teaching in different languages and even online
  3. How to preserve the wisdom that has come from 25 years of ministry experience to enable future generations to teach Dunamis and bring people into a relationship with the Holy Spirit?

The Dunamis Institute aims to answer these questions:

  1. To insure the long-term integrity of our Dunamis Project teaching and to get it around the world where the Holy Spirit is moving to advance the Gospel.
  2. To preserve the Dunamis Project equipping and imparting it to this and future generations, so that Christians may be equipped according to Acts 1:4-5,8; 2:17-18; 2:38-39 to grow the Church and fulfill the great commission.
  3. To provide, transferable, intellectual/l academic and personal knowledge via the Dunamis Project curriculum and pedagogical approach.  That puts both lay people and clergy in the dynamic of cooperating the Holy Spirit to grow the Church and advance the reality of the Kingdom of God in the world.
  4. To equip an international faculty who embody the reality of the Kingdom of God and be anointed by the Holy Spirit to grow disciples of Jesus Christ.

Not a degree program

The training offered by the Dunamis Institute is intended not to give you an academic degree. Please understand we are not opposed to academic degrees – actually most of us on the Dunamis Institute Faculty have them from some of the best seminaries and universities in the USA, UK and Canada. Those academic degrees while extremely important for keeping up the Biblical and theological integrity of teaching in the Church are not for all Christians called into Jesus’ service.