Theology and Practice of Preaching

This new course provides students with a theological and practical foundation for their work as preachers and teachers in the congregation.  Students explore and attempt to use various approaches to the work of preaching and have their preaching reviewed.  Students also receive a practical framework for effective sermon preparation and tools for continual growth and […]

Church History: Our Roots

This focused look at church history centers on the American Restoration movement and the forces that shaped the modern American church, but it also surveys other key periods, people and events in Church history as a whole. The student will benefit from a look at the past and how our own theological roots have shaped […]

Culture and Tradition

This course explores the relation of the Christian to the world around them and the role that culture and tradition play in shaping both the world, and our response to it.  Special consideration is given to the topics of race/tribe, politics, gender, and the changing global culture. The course will explore ways of engaging and […]

Theology, Doctrine, and Hot Topics

This course is an introduction to the areas of theology and doctrine, not as a survey, but as a primer on the role of each in the modern church.  Students receive an introduction to a few core areas of theology, and then spend the rest of the time wrestling through a theological or doctrinal challenge […]

Basic Exegesis

This course teaches students a thorough and systematic approach to the exegesis of scripture and introduces them to the tools necessary for that work.  Students take stock of themselves as the interpreters and how their own social location, theological identity, and life experiences shape them as readers.  Students also learn a structured approach to the […]

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation refers to the deliberate communal process by which disciples grow and are transformed into Christ.  This course provides students with a broad picture of the nature of spiritual formation, and a look at the principles and practices that contribute to growth, both personally and in the hearts of those they lead.

The Gospels

This course focuses on preparing the student to read, understand, and apply the gospels in their personal lives and in their ministry work.  It addresses: historical background, interpretative strategies and broad questions of genre as well as how the gospels relate to one another.   Students will then apply what they learn through a look at […]

Making of a Disciple

Outreach and discipling are two core practices for the church and this course addresses them both.  Students are taken through the theological foundation and the practical facets of both the making of a disciple, and the continual training and mentoring they need to thrive.  This course situates our outreach and discipling in their proper context […]

Small Group Development

This course is designed to equip students with a thorough understanding of the importance, function, and development of small groups for church health and growth.  Students will learn about the history and importance of small groups, both in scripture, and in the early church.  They will gain a practical understanding of principles, processes, and best […]

Marriage and Family

This course lays a biblical and practical foundation in the areas of marriage and family, both of which are critical needs in the modern church.  Students will survey current cultural approaches to marriage and will examine them through the lens of Christ’s relationship with the church.  This course also teaches students a conceptual model for […]
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