1. Foundations Intimacy with Jesus
‘Intimacy’ is a widely used term in the body of Christ, but one that is all too often artificially understood and experienced. What is it really to be intimate with Jesus Christ? Are there different ways to be intimate with Him? Do the spiritual disciplines of prayer, Scripture reading, worship, and meditation automatically catapult us into the very presence of our risen Savior? Is it possible to be biblically correct in our understanding of Christ’s relational intentions toward us but remain spiritually deficient in attaining them? Perhaps there is a great divide between our relational potential with our Maker and our practical, everyday experience of Him. If so, is there a means whereby we move toward this elusive divine/human intimacy? Hopefully, this course will offer biblical and theological insights plus spiritual challenges to help us along the way. A two-sided course approach will best facilitate this through the encouragement to enter into greater intimacy with Jesus in the course readings and the challenge to walk the difficult roads leading there in the lectures and discussions. Emphasis will also be given to how a strong foundation of prayer best assures a sustained, long-term connectedness with Jesus.
2. Foundations Growing in Prayer
More than an event, meeting, or discipline, prayer is the joyful center of devotion to Christ, the fuel of missions, and the means to receiving the Holy Spirit, grace, and power. Yet many believers are discouraged in prayer and aren’t sure what to do about it. They feel stuck in impersonal, inconsistent, and joyless prayer, disconnected from life and God’s story. In this course we will discover and practically establish the path for an enjoyable life of prayer grounded in the Word and satisfied in Christ.
3. Foundations Jesus’ Glorious Return
God has always desired to dwell with men/women on the earth. His eternal purposes are bound to this great desire of the Godhead. Since man’s failure in the Garden of Eden, the human soul has been deeply connected to two dominant story lines—(1) God’s desire to dwell with man; (2) man’s conflict with God’s desire and purpose. Our history books are full of the conflicts and dark injustices which manifest our dislike with God’s grand purpose. This course will focus on giving the student an overview of God’s glorious plan to end injustice, restore all things and establish His kingdom on the earth in fullness. We will study the final execution of His plan in the end times and the crucial role of the praying church in partnering with God to bring His Kingdom to the Earth as it is in Heaven.
4. Foundations Forerunner Ministry
Just as God used John the Baptist as a forerunner to prepare the way for Jesus’ first coming, so the Lord is raising up forerunners who will boldly and fearlessly proclaim His return. “Forerunner” is a term that can be used to refer to spiritual leaders who God raises up to prepare His people for the transitions in His emphasis and activity. It is their job to understand when a new season is breaking in upon the earth like the sons of Issachar in the days of King David who knew the signs of the times and how to give leadership to the people of God in an hour of crisis. In this course we will look in depth at the following topics: The nature and unique dynamics of a transitional generation, the nature and purpose of the forerunner ministry, biblical models of the forerunner ministry and the lifestyle of the forerunner.
5.Foundations Prayer and Ministry Practicum Part 1
The Prayer and Ministry Practicum emphasizes the “heart” and “hands” aspects of ministry training through intentional community, participation in corporate prayer, and practical ministry to encourage spiritual growth, experiential learning, and the practical assimilation of the other courses into the daily life of the student. Students participate in eight hours of prayer per week and meet with their practicum coordinator and ministry team for one hour each week.
(Course Descriptions will follow later)
- The Excellencies of Christ
- How to study the Bible
- Foundations of Intercession
- Song of Solomon
- Prayer and Ministry Practicum Part 2