ERLC Academy is an initiative of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission that seeks to equip the next generation of scholars, pastors, and church leaders to examine and critically apply the gospel to complex moral and ethical issues facing the church in society.

Through regular ethics seminars taught by ERLC President Russell Moore and other trained staff, ERLC Academy seeks to offer foundational training for God’s people in an academic setting. Serving an introduction to Christian ethics, these seminars are able to be counted as seminary or college credit for students, but also as further education for those in a local church setting seeking to grow in their understanding of Christian ethics.

The ERLC partners with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to offer undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level course credit. For schools not listed, the ERLC encourages prospective students to contact their school to see whether course credit is available through their institution in partnership with the ERLC. 

The undergraduate and masters course is Introduction to Christian Ethics. There are two doctoral courses: (1) Public Theology; (2) Contemporary Issues in Public Policy. Introduction to Christian Ethics and doctoral seminars alternate every Spring. 

Introduction to Christian Ethics is a day-and-a-half long seminar beginning on Monday at noon and concluding on Tuesday evening. Doctoral seminars occur Wednesday through Friday. Doctoral students are required to be present for Monday and Tuesday’s lectures as well. 

Classes and seminars occur in Nashville and Washington, D.C.

For participating students, all housing, travel, and food costs are the responsibility of the student.