2022-2023

WEEKDAY MODULES

 

Gospels (a survey)

The Gospels is the foundational course for understanding the life and teachings of Jesus. No survey can adequately replace a lifelong practice of regular reading of these four books of the Bible. This course prepares the ground upon which to build a deepening relationship with Christ as the cornerstone.

 

The Church Age /Acts through James

This course takes the approach of examining the message of the church age as seen in Acts, Hebrews, James, and the Pauline Epistles. The objective of this course is to provide a survey of this portion of the New Testament, helping the student understand the main messages and themes of the New Testament writers in the historical context of the book of Acts.

 

Church Age / Peter, John, and Jude

This is the completion of our focus on a survey of the New Testament. The books of Peter, John, and Jude, although short books, deserve special attention for their content.

 

Comfort One Another / Revelation

In this course, the student will be exposed to an understanding of the premillennial teachings of the return of Christ, as well as to give a structural understanding of the Book of the Revelation for further personal study and research.

 

The Doctrine of the Triune God

Here, we will look at the unique function of God the Father in relationship to the other two Persons of the Godhead and His role in time and eternity.  Attention will be given to sovereignty, free will, man's relationship to God, and to the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

Angels and Demons

Putting the devil and his demons in their proper place, to show where they will end up, and who will go with them, is the focus of the first part of this study.  Attention will be given to debunking false concepts of Satan's powers, and to show the reality of the workings of darkness. Also, this course will identify the place and the work of angels and the heavenly home they lead us to long for.  Attention will be given to their place in the order of created beings, their work, and powers.  Attention will also be given to a biblical understanding of the heavens. 

 

The Doctrine of Mankind

The object of this course is to help the student understand man’s place in the Biblical story from paradise past to paradise future via the fall and redemption.  Attention will be given to creation, the fall, the substitutionary atonement, being faithful and obedient servants until called home, life after death, bodily resurrection, and man’s place in the new earth.

 

The Doctrine of Salvation

This course is designed to help a student understand the doctrine of salvation so as to be able to teach and defend the truth in a manner rich in comprehension rather than just proof texts.  The objective of this course is that the student will learn to defend, to teach, and to share Christ's Gospel cohesively and with comprehension, rather than just taking sides in current debates on the subject.  Attention will be given to related doctrinal points such as Atonement, Justification, Sanctification, the Security of the Believer, etc.

 

Bible – Science Tensions

This course is critical to understand the challenges to Biblical authority.To deny Biblical creation is to undermine the credibility of all scripture.The focus will be on establishing the truth of God’s word by viewing Creation through Biblical rather than scientific perspective and showing how God’s design flows through scientific discovery and clearly exposes His handiwork

 

Apologetics and Cults

Here we will inform address both the important place of apologetics (defense of the gospel) and the pattern of the devil’s lies from within and outside of the church. The second part of the course seeks to assist the student to recognize cultish falsehoods, even if the learner is not versed in specific cult dogma.  Attention will also be given to how some religious practices are many times the slippery slopes from which the cults get their momentum.

Theology of Soul Winning

So often we as Christians in the Christian world find ourselves cowering behind excuses moving from defeat to defeat. This ought not to be so! As an ambassador for Christ’s Gospel, when we speak the words of the Gospel, or as we live the message of the Gospel, we need to understand that behind it is the Spirit, The Word, the Name, the blood, the Gospel message itself, and prayer. In this course we will look at the clear sources behind the Gospel, not forgetting that there is more…such as angels, the Church, and the all-powerful living God.

 

SINGLE SUBJECT MONTHLY MODULES

[* REQUIRED]

 

Being Usable By God

In this module, the participant will learn how to exegete the nature of their culture, and thus their community, and then, how to approach engaging that same culture for the effective presentation of the Gospel.  Instruction will include principles of engagement based on God's Word, local cohort Trainer/Mentors will assist the cohort participants to apply those same principles, within their own culture and environment

 

Being and Making Disciples

The object here is to develop the role of being a disciple personally before attempting leadership in the Body of Christ, especially leading in the area of making new disciples.  Special attention will be given to the model of the local church in which all body life functions are scrutinized through the lens of discipling. 

 

Conflict Resolution in Ministry

Addressing sources of church conflict and the Biblical method of conflict resolution in church ministry is the focus here.  Attention will be given to dealing with several different traditional church conflicts such as church discipline, which the evil one desires to be a source of conflict when practiced.  Local cohorts will flesh out these issues in their immediate context. 

 

Forming and Leading Worship Communities

Here we intend to distinguish the difference between doing church practices and being a worship community.  In order to make such a distinction, attention will be given to GOD, our object of worship, and to those means available to Christ's Body to focus on Him in manners meaningful to Him as well as to His people.  All personal and corporate worship mediums will be addressed, to allow expansion of the understanding of worship being more than just music. 

 

Counseling For Redemptive Relationships 

Here we will show the church leadership team or the potential church plant leader how effective counseling begins with the sufficiency of the Word of God. Paths to redemptive relationships will be sought through applying the Bible to real and felt needs.  We will also look at knowing when to refer a person to someone with more experience, someone of another gender, and/or to a certified/credentialed counselor.

 

SINGLE SUBJECT MONTHLY MODULES

[ELECTIVES]

Choose three (3) each year for March - May

 

Ministry to Children

Children’s ministry in the local church is focused on ministry to families with children in the church. The goal of the local church is to equip families to train up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Within the church, the Body of Christ needs to come alongside and encourage one another, and as a local community of believers support and encourage this parental responsibility through sound biblical teaching, nurturing, and providing activities that reinforce a spiritual, moral, and ethical  worldview.

 

Ministry to Youth

This module is focused on ministry to the Youth in the church. Ministry in the local church family need to include the understanding that ministering to the pre-teens and teens of the church as well as to those of the community is not an afterthought, but a primary function of a healthy body of believers in any culture.  These are the future leaders of the Church and they must not be lost.

 

Ministry to Marginalized People

The goal of these video presentations is to expose the believer to the often-ignored world of people who are belittled, often maligned, or simply avoided, largely due to discomfort and misunderstanding of the needs or how to address them. The theology of the sanctity of human life is a place to begin. All life is important to God, be it the unborn, the disabled, the mentally disturbed, the homeless, the trafficked, even the elderly. Let’s look into these groups that are too often marginalized and seek to discover how we can minister Christ’s love to all mankind.

 

Studying God’s Word / Hermeneutics I

This is the first four parts of an eight-module course. The course is designed to train men and women to study and exegete the Scriptures as a foundation for accurately teaching it and effectively preaching it. As all the modules, it is intended to be a practicum course. Attention will be given to learning how to use the best kind of study tools that allow an individual to teach with confidence without having formally studied Biblical languages.

 

Studying God’s Word / Hermeneutics II

This is the second four parts of an eight-module course. The course is designed to train men and women to study and exegete the Scriptures as a foundation for accurately teaching it and effectively preaching it. As all the modules, it is intended to be a practicum course. Attention will be given to learning how to use the best kind of study tools that allow an individual to teach with confidence without having formally studied Biblical languages

 

Fortified Marriages I

This module (offered as a two-part elective) is offered as a "practicum" course. We believe that there is little that is more stabilizing in ministry than a great marriage and family life, and that conversely there is little that will destroy ministry faster than continuing crisis at home. The objective of this course then is twofold; to fortify personal marriage and family life, while introducing the family life subjects that leaders will likely have to deal with while leading and discipling believers.

 

Fortified Marriages II

This module (offered as a two-part elective) is offered as a "practicum" course. We believe that there is little that is more stabilizing in ministry than a great marriage and family life, and that conversely there is little that will destroy ministry faster than continuing crisis at home. The objective of this course then is twofold; to fortify personal marriage and family life, while introducing the family life subjects that leaders will likely have to deal with while leading and discipling believers.

 

Philosophy of Church Birthing

The objective of this module is to lead students to understand the life of a local body of believers from conception to full maturity. The presenter will teach and provide illustrations of developing body life, while the student develops a sense of natural church maturation.