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Make Plans Now to Spend a Week at The Cove


This summer, The Cove is offering five Intensive Bible Training Seminars, designed to take an in-depth and comprehensive approach to understanding a specific topic or section of the Bible. 

Instead of the typical 3-day seminar, these seminars offer a 5-day format.  Allowing you time to really dig into God’s Word.

As an added bonus, all seminars in 2016 are free!  (Meal and lodging package fees apply.)

As you’re making  summertime plans, we hope you’ll consider setting aside time to grow in your relationship with God right here at The Cove, nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  

2016 Intensive Bible Training Seminars
(For more information and to register, click on one of the titles below or call 1-800-950-2092.)

Acts for the Apostles, Acts for You (Acts
with Mark Yarbrough, May 23-27, 2016

The Bible’s Roadmap: Living Confidently in Christ (Romans)
with Woodrow Kroll, June 20-24, 2016

The Arrival of the Day of the Lord
Joel 2:18-3:21; Ezekiel 33-47; Isaiah 19:1-25

with Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., June 27- July 1, 2016

The Midnight Cry (Matthew 25:1-13)
with R.T. Kendall, July 18-22, 2016

Recovering the Lost Language of Lament (Selected Scripture)
with Michael Card, July 25-29, 2016
NOTE:  Join Michael for An Evening at The Cove (dinner & concert)on Sunday, July 24th .  Click here for details.

We hope to see you soon!


2015 Five-Day Intensive Bible Training Seminars at The Cove

2015 summer seminars
This summer, The Cove is offering five Intensive Bible Training Seminars, designed to take an in-depth and comprehensive approach to understanding a specific topic or section of the Bible. 

Instead of the typical 3-day seminar, these offer a 5-day format,  allowing you time to really dig into God’s Word.  Open to anyone, these seminars are led by seminary-level instructors.

As you are making summer plans, we hope you will consider setting aside time to grow in your relationship with God right here at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Intensive Bible Training Seminars
(To register or get more information, click on one of the speaker names below or call 1-800-950-2092.)

Being Captured by the Passion of Christ (Scripture Focus: John 18-20)
with Woodrow Kroll, 
June 15-19, 2015

How to Read God’s Word Like a Bible Scholar: A Practical and Engaging Exploration of Scripture (Genesis to Revelation)
with Mark Yarbrough, 
June 22-26, 2015

NOTE: This seminar is available for seminary credit (graduate level) and CEU credit (for teacher certification) through Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). Financial assistance is offered to currently enrolled DTS students who desire to attend this seminar.

Discipleship Counseling: Helping Others Walk in Freedom and Grow in Christ
with Neil Anderson, 
June 29- July 3, 2015

The Book of Zechariah and the Coming of the Lord
with Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., 
July 6-10, 2015

Hesed: A Portrait of God
with Michael Card, 
July 13-17, 2015

NOTE:  Join Michael for An Evening at The Cove (dinner & concert)on Sunday, July 12th .  Click here for details.

For a list of all events at The Cove, click here.

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Take Time This Summer to Dig Into God’s Word

Have you ever taken a vacation and on the last day, as you are packing up to leave, you feel like you are just starting to get in the swing of things?

Time With GodThe same thing happens when you are really getting somewhere in your quiet time with God or a Bible study you are working through.  Just as you are starting to feel inspired, you have to get up and go to work, make dinner, or go pick up the kids. The list goes on.  Life happens. 

This summer, The Cove is offering five Intensive Bible Seminars, designed to take an in-depth and comprehensive approach to understanding a specific topic or section of the Bible. 

Instead of the typical 3-day seminar, these offer a 5-day format.  Allowing you time to really dig into God’s Word.  

Open to anyone, these seminars are led by seminary-level instructors.  One of the seminars, led by Dallas Theological Seminary professor, Mark Yarbrough, even offers seminary CE and CEU credit, for those interested.

As you are making summer plans, we hope you will consider setting aside time to grow in your relationship with God right here at The Cove.  

2014 Intensive Bible Seminars
(To register or get more information, click on one of the speaker names below or call 1-800-950-2092.)

Michael Card
John: The Gospel of Wisdom
June 16-20, 2014

Mark Yarbrough
Grasping the Master’s Plan From Genesis to Revelation
June 23 – 27, 2014

Walter Kaiser, Jr
Revive Us Again: Biblical Principles for Revival Today
July 7 – 11, 2014

Woodrow Kroll
David’s 95 Theses: Biblical Transformation in Psalm 119
July 21 – 25, 2014

R.T. Kendall
Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical View of the Work of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives
August 4- 8, 2014

“The Lord has allowed me to have layers and layers of blessings this week from the teachings, from the fellowship, from the overall environment, and from His table in all manner.  I am very grateful for that.” – 2013 Intensive Bible Seminar participant

“There is just a touch of God all over this place, especially in the teaching.  This week, I received exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I could ask or think.  He has not only given me peaceful, fun-loving people, a beautiful place to stay, but He has ignited and fanned the flame of His power that works within me.” – 2013 Intensive Bible Seminar participant 

IBT speakers for 2014

For a list of Cove Leadership Events, click here.

An “Intense” Week at The Cove

Mark Yarbrough for 2013By Kristy Etheridge

The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove is known for offering a peaceful mountain respite to believers who need a break from the bustle of life. Soon, it could also be known for helping graduate students earn college credit outside seminary walls.

June 24-28, an intensive Bible seminar at the Christian conference center in Asheville, N.C., will allow students to earn graduate credits for participating—a first for The Cove.

Dr. Mark Yarbrough is teaching the weeklong course called, The BIG Picture: Grasping the Master’s Plan from Genesis to Revelation.

Yarbrough is vice president for academic affairs, academic dean, and an assistant professor of Bible exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). He says some changes are happening in the seminary world that are making places like The Cove desirable as host sites for graduate coursework.

“Number one, there’s a rapid pace in this culture,” said Yarbrough. “And because of that, I think when people are zeroing in on their education, they want to make sure they can slow down a little and focus on their studies.”

Aerial of TC in summerThe Cove, with its lack of televisions and abundance of mountain views, already has a reputation for helping believers slow their pace and focus on God—an appealing idea for a busy seminary student.

Yarbrough says the global nature of today’s seminaries is another factor that makes a weeklong, intensive course an attractive option to a lot of students.

“Thirty years ago, almost all DTS students were residing in Dallas, Texas,” said Yarbrough. “That’s no longer the case. Now, 40 percent of our student population does not reside in Dallas. Our students are all around the nation and in 40 different countries. I have 200 students studying totally with us online.”

DTS isn’t alone. According to Yarbrough, most seminaries have students scattered throughout the world. They may not be able to live on campus full time, but they’re willing to spend a week away from home to earn a few credits.

“So they’re coming in for these intensive courses,” said Yarbrough. “When you start looking at it that way, you have to think about housing and facilities and food service and all those other things you get if you can live in community together.”

Because The Cove is equipped with two inns and a full-service dining hall, Yarbrough knew it could be an ideal place for his new, off-campus venture. It’s an idea he’s been discussing for the past two years with Will Graham, the executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

About 20 DTS students and a handful of seminary students from other institutions will attend Yarbrough’s seminar at the end of June. They’ll have the opportunity to earn three graduate credits after completing a series of assignments and taking a final exam.

Like most of the seminars offered at The Cove, Yarbrough’s course on the big picture of the Bible is not just open to seminary students and pastors. Anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the Bible is welcome to sign up—no homework or final exam required.

“There are many, many folks who know bits and pieces of the Bible,” said Yarbrough. “The Bible is a big book, but to remember there is one consistent thread from Genesis to Revelation is an important thing for us to be able to get our arms around.”

Throughout the week, Yarbrough hopes to help students discover God’s overarching storyline running through the Bible.

“We have a problem, and He has a solution, and when you trace God’s solution all the way through His Word, you realize He was at work for us all along,” said Yarbrough. “And that’s the hope of the Gospel that all culminates in Christ.”

As seminar participants explore God’s master plan, they’ll also have a chance to explore the 1,200-acre retreat center and have fellowship with one another.

“Think of what we’re going to be able to accomplish,” said Yarbrough. “You share every meal together. You’re having coffee together before and after the class. You can have that interaction with students.”

At the end of the week, DTS students, who come from Ga., Fl., Va., Ar., and as far away as South Korea, will be one step closer to a seminary degree—and, chances are, spiritually recharged from their week in the mountains.

While Yarbrough will be the first to offer graduate credits at The Cove, he doubts he’ll be the last.

“Hopefully, it’s just the beginning.”

Click here to learn more about Mark Yarbrough’s seminar, The BIG Picture: Grasping the Master’s Plan from Genesis to Revelation.

Click here for more information on Intensive Bible Trainings at The Cove.

Financial assistance is offered to currently enrolled DTS students who desire to attend this seminar at The Cove.

A Message From Will Graham: A Look at 2013

By Will Graham, Executive Director, The Cove

At the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, we’re praising God for an effective and blessed year of ministry in 2012. We saw God work in awesome ways as thousands came to study from His Word, receive rest and renewal, and return to their ministries and lives ready to make an impact for Him.

Now, as we celebrate The Cove’s 25th anniversary in 2013, we’re praying for an even more exciting year!

In addition to the peaceful surroundings and solid Bible teaching you’ve come to expect from The Cove, we’re doing a few new things this year that we’d like to tell you about.

First, if you’ve always wanted to take a seminary class but have never had the opportunity, you will have a chance this year. We’re working with Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) to hold an Intensive Bible Training event titled “The BIG Picture: Grasping the Master’s Plan from Genesis to Revelation.” Mark Yarborough, vice president for Academic Affairs, academic dean and assistant professor at the seminary, will lead this in-depth five-day seminar (June 24-28). As a Cove participant, you are going to love delving into the Bible in a real and meaningful way, and this is open to you whether you have ever had any formal Bible training or not. DTS students will have the option of attending to earn credit, and you can take the course alongside them (without ever having to fill out a seminary application!).

Another new opportunity this year will be select no-fee seminars. There are five in all.  Herb Reavis will lead a seminar next month titled “The Power and Possibilities of Genuine Revival,” Sinclair Ferguson, a seminar in March titled “Four Hours with the Master,” Jim Henry, a seminar in May titled “Sermons in Stone,” and in August, Neil Anderson, a seminar titled, Rough Road to Freedom, and Pedro Garcia, a seminar titled, “Tension: How God can use Stress to Save Your Life.”  These will include the seminar for just the cost of lodging and meals at The Cove. In other words, enjoy the on-site accommodations and gourmet meals, and you will be able to attend the seminar for free!

Finally, something that is near and dear to me. I must admit that I love the book of 1st Samuel. There are so many life-changing lessons in that book, and I love to preach and teach out of it. In October, I’m going to begin the process of teaching through the entire book in the format of a Cove Seminar, which will be titled “Second-Guessing God’s Plan.” I’m going to aim to work through 1st Samuel 1-4 during the three-day seminar. Then, next year I’ll pick it up again and keep progressing through the book. As far as I know, this is the first time we’ve ever made a single book of the Bible an ongoing, intensive, multi-year focus, and I’m really looking forward to digging into the meat of 1st Samuel with you!

Of course, we’re excited about these new opportunities, but they only scratch the surface of what is taking place this year at The Cove. We’ll have seminars from well-known Bible teachers like Jack Hayford, James Dobson, Pedro Garcia, Jim Cymbala, Chip Ingram and more; two military marriage seminars, one in February and the other in June, to strengthen the families of our service members; and several Evening at The Cove concert events featuring intimate performances by many of your favorite Christian artists. You can find a full list of what is coming up in 2013 at www.thecove.org.

On behalf of the entire staff of The Cove, thank you for praying for us and allowing us to serve you. God bless you and your family this year!

Insight Into an ‘Intense’ Week at The Cove

Mark Yarbrough, Vice President for Communications, Associate Academic Dean, and Assistant Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, will be leading an Intensive Bible Training seminar (IBT) at the Cove on June 18-22.  As some of you may have questions on what this seminar may include, we thought we would share a very helpful response from Mark to a potential participant.  (Don’t forget to see what Howard Hendricks has to say about Mark at the bottom of this post!)       

Letter from Tammy to Mark Yarbrough: 
Hi Mark.  I am considering attending your training intensive at The Cove (It may be full by now but I haven’t checked.) and a question.  I have been a student and teacher of the Word for many years and am looking for something to refresh and encourage me and take me deeper.  I live in Kansas City Mo, so travel to The Cove is a financial investment as well as a spiritual one, and I wanted to make sure this was the right intensive for me.  It it for more of a “Beginner” Bible student, or deeper study for those more familiar with the Word?  Thank you for your time. — Tammy

Response from Mark Yarbrough to Tammy:
Greetings from Dallas. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write.  

I’m glad you are considering the intensive training at the Cove. I hope my comments below give clarity to your questions and assist you in the decision making process. I’ll join you in prayer in that regard. I’ll trust with you that the Lord will make clear what you should do.

In describing what you are looking for…you have used words that are near and dear to my heart: “refresh”,  “encourage”, and “deeper.” That is precisely what we are after.

In many ways, the refreshment comes through the Word, the physical environment at the Cove, and the incredible staff that is present to assist your every need. I minister/speak at many places…and the ministry philosophy at the Cove is second to none. The staff is absolutely incredible, and the very design of the week is intent on pulling us out of our normal hustle and bustle…and focusing our attention to the living Word. The physical environment and beautiful surroundings even direct our attention to the Lord. It is amazing how the Lord can speak when we slow down to listen! I know that is true in my life. Fellowship is also a key ingredient to refreshment. The entire team is available to help–including a resident “pastor” for someone who desires to talk to and pray with someone else. Also, the intensive week-long sessions are generally, and purposefully, smaller in number (as opposed to larger seminars that may have several hundred). The “intensive seminars” are designed so that someone feels the individual attention so that they do indeed get “refreshed.” That also happens as we interact with one another. Fellowship is a blessing! 

In regard to “encouragement” and “deeper”– our sessions are “intense,” but not to the point of overwhelming. I firmly believe that the material covered, and the way it is presented, is applicable for all: for those who are earlier in their walk…but also for those who are grounded in the Word and who want to be challenged to step beyond their current position. Last year, we ran this same general session and we had in attendance those who were early in their understanding of the Word and those, such as yourself, who were competent Bible teachers. We cover some challenging areas: biblical studies and methodology (hermeneutics), evaluation of biblical genres (narrative, poetry, parables, preformed material, etc.), the process of correlation (developing principle statements and themes), and the validity of application. I really believe that there is something for everyone in the study, and that the student knows the depth to which the study needs to move them. I’m a classroom handout nut (!), and I enjoy passing along recommendations for books, studies, etc. We have lots of Q and A. I enjoy a lively, interactive classroom setting that keeps us moving…and moves us to be students of the Word. So, I think you will be challenged to go deeper! If that is what you are looking for, I believe this is it.

I hope that gives a little insight into the week. If you feel you desire more information, I’d be happy to share some more insight.

I also know my friends at the Cove would be thrilled to answer any questions you may have over the schedule for the week.

I hope to see you in June!

Blessings in Christ,
Mark Yarbrough

Endorsement from Howard Hendricks:
“We are living in a time when a working knowledge of the Bible is vital for our spiritual health.  Personally, I miss deeply my visit to The Cove and the opportunity to teach the Word of God, but fortunately, God has provided one of my young associates, a capable Dallas Seminary professor, Mark Yarbrough, a man of considerable giftedness biblically and technologically.  I recommend him to you for your enjoyment and serious biblical study.”

Howard G. Hendricks
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Christian Education and Leadership Dallas Theological Seminary

Click here to register for Mark’s Intensive Bible Training on June 18-22 at The Cove in Asheville, NC.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.