Available courses

The Teaching Ministry of the Church

Discipleship is the goal of the teaching ministry of the church. That involves a defined process, but also we must depend on the Holy Spirit in every aspect of teaching: Bible study, development of the lesson plan, and management of learning experiences. We must invite the Holy Spirit into the entire teaching/learning context. Life transformation is the need, Christ-likeness is the goal, and the Holy Spirit is the key dynamic.

In this course candidates will make decisions about curriculum, instructional strategies, and learning activities that are best suited for online learning, hybrid learning environments, face-to-face instruction, or blended approaches to learning. Learners will have multiple opportunities to think like, develop skills as, and apply skills as instructional designers as they gain experience with several models for instructional design.

Required Book:

The Teaching Ministry of the Church: 2nd Edition by William R. Yount

The Art of Facilitation

The Art of Facilitation is for anyone who is ready to lead with self-awareness and group insight—who is ready to help their teams work more efficiently and effectively in a truly collaborative environment. 

If you are responsible for leading teams of any size toward better outcomes, then chances are you have stepped into the role of facilitator at some point. But what does it mean to be a facilitator? While sticky notes, dot voting, and gathering people around a whiteboard are all helpful activities, they can only take us so far.

You will learn to lead your team toward effective collaboration by inviting different points of view (even when it creates conflict), remaining unbiased in high-stakes meetings, understanding what the group needs, and navigating difficult interpersonal dynamics.

Required Books: 

The Art of Facilitation: Communicate so They Can Remember by Tina Frey Clements

Active Listening Techniques: Practical Tools to Hone Your Communication Skills by Nixaly Leonardo LCSW

Introduction to Church Ministry I: Living Your Life in Ministry

The Bible instructs the believer to not only obey the purpose for the believer’s existence (Matt. 28:18–20), but to fulfill this purpose in the local church (Eph. 4:12). Therefore, the believer should have a heightened value for the local church and thereby intelligently minister in it. This course is a practical study for the vocational ministry student as well as for the student who desires to be more informed of his/her role as a lay minister in the church. The student will, as never before, focus on the “big picture” of local church ministry and value all of its intricacies. Emphasis will also be put on unity, humility, selflessness, and purity in ministry.

Required Books:

Character of the Lord's Worker by Watchman Nee

Discover Your God-Given Gifts by Don & Katie Fortune

Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson

The Gospel Truth: Comparing the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke

The Synoptic Gospels together comprise the earliest narrative records available to us of Jesus’ ministry and teaching. This class will be an in-depth study of these three gospels. In Carson and Moo's Introduction to the New Testament, they write, "The Synoptic Gospels as a whole make an irreplaceable contribution. Alongside John, they constitute the foundational witness to the person, ministry, teaching, passion and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah." (162-3)  In line with the above remark, this class will primarily focus on the object of their testimonies: Jesus Christ.  We will also examine their relationship to one another as well as look at their historicity, origins and distinctive styles. 

Required Book:

The Synoptic Gospels, Revised and Expanded: An Introduction by Keith Nickle

Guiding Principles for a Prophetic Culture

During this course, students will learn how to recognize your hidden "root" problems, and detect and correct character flaws and "weed seed" attitudes. Jesus spent 30 years preparing for a 3 year ministry. God is more concerned with our preparation process -- with us being made into the man or woman He desires us to be -- than He is with our ministry status. These protocols and principles have been learned through years of training and ministry. They are common pitfalls prophetic people could succumb to, and the principles necessary to guard one's heart and allow God to make the man or woman He wants the minister to be.

Required Book:

User-Friendly Prophecy by Larry Randolph

Power Portals: Awakening Your Connection to the Spirit Realm

All Christians are intended to live, move, and operate in the supernatural realm. But many people aren’t sure how to enter into this realm—or how to go deeper in the Spirit. During this course, students will learn that, much more than sensing what God is doing, they can participate in the supernatural on a daily basis through divine portals, or gates.

Within a power portal, we may experience a sudden realization of God’s presence, an abundance of healing, spontaneous joy, signs and wonders, angelic activity, an increase in spiritual dreams and visions, or extravagant provision. Some portals can be activated in our own bodies through the mind, eyes and ears, mouth, heart, innermost being, hands, and feet. There are also direct heavenly portals and geographical portals, special places where we can experience the release of God’s power.

Required Book:

Power Portals: Awaken Your Connection to the Spirit Realm by Joshua Mills



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