Instytut Tolle Lege

Warsaw Study Center

Take. Read. Grow.

Recent Events

Inauguration of the Academic Year

On October 2 we inaugurated the academic year at the College of Theology and Social Sciences. Dariusz has just become the Director of English Theological Studies and is developing the Reformed/Presbyterian Theology track, newly created in cooperation with Tolle Lege. Brooke teaches Research & Writing courses.

New Publication

On September 30 we got our latest book from the printing house—A Friendly Conversation Between an Evangelical Minister and a Roman Catholic Priest. It is a Reformation-era work by Polish-Lithuanian minister Daniel Kałaj, now republished for a modern audience.

Development of the Reformed/Presbyterian Track at the College

In partnership with The College of Theology and Social Sciences in Warsaw, Dariusz was asked to develop a new Reformed/Presbyterian Theology track and serve as Director of English Theological Studies. Brooke will teach Research & Writing courses.

Official welcoming of our mission congregation

At the June Synod of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Lithuania, our church plant core group was welcomed as an official mission congregation.

Recent Events

A Conference on Puritans

On November 28 we hosted a conference on Puritans. The speakers were Rev. Dr. Dariusz Bryćko (Instytut Tolle Lege), Dr. Paul C. H. Lim (Vanderbilt Divinity School), Rev. Dr. Kamil Hałambiec (Wyższa Szkoła Teologiczno-Społeczna), and Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller (First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, TX). Because of the pandemic, all the lectures and the discussion panel were hosted online. More than 100 participants were able to grow in their knowledge of Biblical truth and Puritan piety.

All the lectures are available online for watching.

Calvin’s Institutes Book Promotion

On September 24 we hosted a book promotion for the first-ever translation of Calvin’s Institutes to Polish, published by HORN.

What does Tolle Lege Mean?

Tolle Lege is a Latin phrase meaning “take and read.” It is taken from St. Augustine’s account of his own conversion in his classic work Confessions. While weeping in his garden, overwhelmed by a sense of sin and separation from God, Augustine heard an audible voice, as of a boy or girl chanting in a neighboring house, “Take and read, take and read.” Startled by these words, Augustine interpreted it as a command from God to open the Bible and start reading the first passage he should find. The Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 13:13-14 confronted his most closely held sins – and the moment Augustine received God’s Word he was flooded with indescribable peace. He immediately confessed his faith to others and began a new life in Christ.

Stunted Protestantism in Poland

Struggling in Size and Health

Did you know that the Protestant Reformation once had momentum in Poland? In 1555 John Calvin wrote to a Polish nobleman, “At the present moment Poland deservedly occupies my thoughts with a very special anxiety. For from the time that the light of a purer doctrine began to shine upon it, this happy beginning has at the same time inflamed my desire with the hopes of a better progress.”

But Calvin’s hopes were dashed. By the late seventeenth century the Polish Reformation had been squelched by external and internal forces, most notably the Jesuit Counter-Reformation and Socinian antitrinitarian heresy.

Today 87.2% of Polish society is Roman Catholic and only 0.4% is Protestant, meaning most Poles have never even met an evangelical believer. Although “lite” devotional resources are available in the Polish language, churches are starved of classic, historical teaching on the doctrines of grace. No Protestant systematic theology has ever been published in Polish. Neither have the Westminster Confession of Faith or all volumes of Calvin’s Institutes. At least, not yet…

Poland deservedly occupies my thoughts with a very special anxiety.

John Calvin, 1555

The declining number of Protestant Churches in Poland in the 17c.

Laying the Educational Foundations

TLI’s mission is to publish theological classics in the Polish language, offer access to biblical resources, and host workshops and conferences on Reformation topics. We are located on a busy street near downtown Warsaw. Five days a week guests can stop in to make a cup of coffee or tea, access our collection of 8,000+ print and electronic titles (including Logos Bible software), do research in a study carrell, browse our curated bookstore, and talk with theologically trained staff. Many resources are in English, so international visitors also feel at home. We know of no other study center like ours in Central-Eastern Europe.


At the moment we are raising funds for William Perkins’s The Art of Prophesying and Daniel Kałaj’s Friendly Conversation of Reformed Minister with Roman Catholic Priest (on which Dr. Bryćko wrote his doctoral dissertation). Please contact us if you would like to sponsor one of these publishing projects.


TLI offers access to a collection of 8,000+ print and electronic titles. Topics center on theology and church history but spill over into philosophy, the arts, American studies, and ancient languages. Guests are welcome to read in our comfortable space or open an account to borrow books.


Both Polish and English titles are available for purchase in our curated online shop. There you’ll find present-day theologians like Michael Horton and Timothy Keller, as well as classic thinkers like the Polish Reformer Jan Łaski, Jonathan Edwards, and Martin Luther.


Our workshops and conferences on history, theology, literature, and art related to the Protestant Reformation illuminate topics which are dimly lit in Poland, facilitating interaction between scholars, students, pastors, and laypeople. Our most recent conference, held online in November 2020 in partnership with WSTS, was on the Puritans.


In December 2020, WSTS (The College of Theology and Social Science in Warsaw) invited Tolle Lege’s study center to relocate to its campus, bringing our collection of 8,000+ print and e-books right to the doorstep of students and faculty. In partnership with WSTS, Dr. Bryćko is teaching a Church History course, developing Reformed curricula for the theology department, and planning conferences — such as the Puritan Conference held in November 2020.

Church-Plant Incubator

Recently a group of about twenty people meeting since February 2017 at our facility has been officially received by the Lithuanian Evangelical-Reformed Church as a mission-congregation. This is especially significant as Lithuania was once the cradle of Polish Calvinism and used to have a congregation in Warsaw before World War Two.


Help Us Translate Important Books Into Polish Language

Good books are food for Christian growth. Where good books are scarce, it is no surprise that growth is stunted. TLI is standing in the gap to translate excellent Protestant classics into the Polish language. We are pioneering the translation of classic Protestant works to serve not only Poland but the Polish-speaking diaspora around the world (the UK’s second-most-spoken language is Polish!).

Although “lite” devotional resources are available in the Polish language, churches are starved of classic, historical teaching on the doctrines of grace. No Protestant systematic theology has ever been published in Polish. Neither have the Westminster Confession of Faith or all volumes of Calvin’s Institutes. At least, not yet…

Latest Publication

Westminsterskie wyznanie wiary

Our translation of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) meets a great need for confessional literature in Polish.

Current Projects

Going to print soon:

Michael Horton, For Calvinism


Raising funds:

William Perkins, The Art of Prophesying

  • William Perkins’ The Art of Prophesying 5% 5%
  • Daniel Kałaj’s Friendly Conversation of A Reformed Minister with A Roman Catholic Priest 10% 10%

The Tolle Lege Institute is doing important work in translating significant Reformed material into Polish. Poland produced notable Protestants at the time of the Reformation but has on the whole been dominated by Roman Catholicism now for many years. Tolle Lege are helping to address this theological imbalance and provide thoughtful Christians with excellent historic resources.

Dr. Carl R. Trueman


Westminsterskie wyznanie wiary

Our translation of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) meets a great need for confessional literature in Polish.


Machen, Christianity and Liberalism in Polish

A Friendly Conversation Between an Evangelical Minister and a Roman Catholic Priest is a Reformation-era work by Polish-Lithuanian minister Daniel Kałaj, now republished for a modern audience.

Machen, Christianity and Liberalism in Polish

J. Gresham Machen wrote his classic defense of Christian orthodoxy in 1923 to counter rising theological liberalism. But given the intensity and durability of the unorthodox zeitgeist, Christianity and Liberalism is even more relevant for readers today than it was for its original audience 100 years ago. Machen insists that liberal Christianity is not Christianity at all, but a different religion altogether. His brave words give orthodox Christians tools to identify and resist the most dangerous kind of false teaching – that from within the church. Christianity and Liberalism is the first in Tolle Lege’s new primary-source series called “Intelektualne Wstrząsy,” which means something like “intellectual shakeup” or “jolt.” The goal of the series is to introduce Polish readers to paradigm-shifting works by key thinkers of the Presbyerian/Reformed tradition.


Resources on the Puritans in the Polish language are scarce, and the works of these perennially fascinating and influential Christian thinkers are virtually unknown in Poland. Tolle Lege translated Meet the Puritans by Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson to equip Polish pastors, scholars, and laypeople in their discovery of Puritan doctrine and life. Purytanie contains biographical sketches of all major Puritans, bibliographies, and summaries of their work.

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About the Foundation

Please note that we are European Non-Profit organisation and your online gifts are NOT tax deductible in the U.S. If you would like to make U.S. tax deductible donation, please see Donation FAQ.

Tolle Lege Institute President - Dr. Dariusz M. Bryćko

The President

The president of the foundation is Dariusz M. Bryćko, PhD, a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Moody Bible Institute.

Council Members

The Tolle Lege Institute is overseen by a two-member Council Board, comprising: Dr. Michał Kuź and Rev. Dr. Christopher H. Wisdom.

Honorary Advisory Board

Dr. Paul C. H. Lim
Dr. Paul C. H. Lim

Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt Divinity School as well as Associate Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies at Vanderbilt’s College of Arts & Science. He is an award-winning historian of Reformation- and post-Reformation Europe. Dr. Lim’s latest book, Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2012), won the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Prize as the best book in history/theology by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. He has delivered invited lectures at venues such as Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Cambridge, Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, St Andrews, Beijing, Rotterdam, Yonsei, Wheaton, Westminster Seminary, Calvin Seminary, UCLA, etc. He has also served as the President of the American Society of Church History in 2019 and serves as an editorial board member for Brill’s Studies in the History of Christian Traditions.

Dr. Richard A. Muller
Dr. Richard A. Muller

P. J. Zondervan Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and senior fellow of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research. The author of several influential works, including Post-Reformation Reformed DogmaticsAfter Calvin, and Divine Will and Human Choice, he is a leading scholar in the study of seventeenth-century Reformed Orthodoxy.

Dr. David S. Sytsma
Dr. David S. Sytsma

Earned his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and is an Associate Professor at Tokyo Christian University, where he teaches courses in history, theology, and philosophy. As Research Curator for the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research, he directs the Post-Reformation Digital Library. He is the author of Richard Baxter and the Mechanical Philosophers, published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. His research interests center on early modern intellectual history, with a current focus on the relation between the thought of Thomas Aquinas and the Reformed theological tradition.

Dr. Carl R. Trueman
Dr. Carl R. Trueman

Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College in Pennsylvania and senior fellow at the Institute for Faith and Freedom. The author and co-author of over a dozen books, he has published with Oxford University Press, Brill, and Cambridge University Press. Dr. Trueman is also a regular contributor to the American journal First Things. His research interests include the intellectual history of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, scholarly exchange between Roman Catholics and confessional Protestants, and the development of contemporary concepts of human personhood.

Rev. Dr. Christopher H. Wisdom
Rev. Dr. Christopher H. Wisdom

retired Orthodox Presbyterian minister and US Army chaplain, former Vice President of Erskine Theological Seminary, and current adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He has lived abroad extensively in Europe and Asia. His research and teaching interests include pastoral theology, Christian leadership, and the influence of the German Protestant Reformation on the English and Scottish Reformations.

Help Ukraine

You can help us send ongoing shipments of survival items to Ukranian believers and their community in western Ukraine, which is flooded with refugees and running out of food.

Refugees are pouring in to escape from bombardments in the east — but there is nowhere for them to sleep except in garages, basements, and attics.

With supply lines down, freezing weather, and the ongoing threat of attack, their requests are sobering:

Generators, medicine, first aid gear, sleeping bags and mats, nonperishable food, sandbags, diapers, chemical heating packs, flashlights, wifi routers, and toiletries.

Most likely their needs will be long term, so we would like to help with multiple shipments if funds permit.

Thank you for helping us serve these noble believers, remembering their sufferings as if we were being mistreated along with them (Hebrews 13:3).

If you have any questions please contact us.

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2 Ways to Give via Tolle Lege for Ukraine

(1) By credit card on our website

Go here, then click “Write a comment” and type “For Ukraine.”

(2) By bank wire

For donations larger than $500, please consider an international bank wire, which has a processing fee lower than with a credit card donation.

Organization’s Account Number:
IBAN: PL 50 1140 2004 0000 3112 0438 3618

Organization’s Name:
Fundacja Instytutu Tolle Lege

Organization’s Address:
ul. Wyborna 20, 03-681 Warszawa, Poland

Bank’s Name:
mBank S.A. (formerly BRE Bank S.A. Lodz, Poland)

Bank’s Address:
Skr. pocz. 2108, 90-959 Lodz 2, Poland.


Include “Organization support – For Ukraine” in the memo line.

All gifts marked “Organization support – For Ukraine” will be used for purchase and delivery of emergency supplies, and for meeting any other urgent needs.

NOTE: Credit card gifts and bank wires are not tax-deductible in the US, as Tolle Lege is a Polish non-profit. Checks are tax deductible but are not recommended for the purpose of aiding Ukraine, as processing time is delayed 1-2 months.

Donation FAQ

What is the preferred method of donating?

Most donors find direct online giving to Tolle Lege via credit card most convenient. Automatically recurring gifts are easy to set up, and direct donations reach us immediately.

What is Tolle Lege’s current area of greatest need?

Tolle Lege is in need of recurring monthly donations, which keep our Study Center open to the public 5 days a week. Even smaller amounts, when given regularly, have a large impact!

Is there a way to make a US tax-deductible donation to Tolle Lege?

Yes! Tolle Lege partners with the TrustBridge Global Network, a US 501(c)3 with a secure platform for making US tax-deductible donations via credit card, check, and international bank wire.

TrustBridge has conducted due diligence to ensure that Tolle Lege (which is a registered Polish NGO) is compatible with US non-profit standards, and on that basis can provide a tax deductible receipt to our donors who give through TrustBridge.

Should I give directly to Tolle Lege (without a US tax deduction) or through TrustBridge (with a US tax deduction)?

Although TrustBridge can process donations of any size, giving through TrustBridge is primarily recommended for those considering a sizable or one-time donation who wish to receive a tax-deductible receipt. Funds coming through TrustBridge reach us with a substantial delay and thus are not recommended for smaller, frequent, or urgent gifts.

However, if tax deduction is a priority and you wish to set up an automatically recurring gift for Tolle Lege via TrustBridge, arrangements can be made with your bank.  via credit card or bank wire.


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