What Adult Electives Are
Adult Electives are free courses offered throughout the year, made available to anyone in the church or community who would like to:
- LEARN: Grasp the big picture of God’s Word and your part in it
- APPLY: Rightly handle the truth of scripture and apply it to life
- GROW: Develop a solid foundation of biblical doctrine, worldview, and discernment
Why We Offer Adult Electives
The vision of our church is to Follow. Connect. Make. Adult Electives will help you to passionately follow Jesus through increasing your Bible knowledge, promoting spiritual growth, training you to apply biblical wisdom to every area of your life, and equipping you to make disciples.
See below for in-depth information about the three different kinds of classes available—Getting Acquainted Classes, Core Classes, and Specialized Classes—as well as individual course descriptions.
How to Get Involved
Explore the content below for an overview of the three different kinds of classes available—Getting Acquainted Classes, Core Classes, and Specialized Classes—as well as individual course descriptions.
• Crown Financial MoneyLife Study
September 10 - November 12 | 9:00 am | Room 211
8-10 week class led by Doug Pearson, Steve Stenzel and Eileen Palsgrove
• God's Plan Fulfilled:
A Survey of the New Testament
Starts September 10 - October 29 | 10:45 am | Room 213
8 week class led by Christian Blumenfeld
"Crown Financial MoneyLife Study" and "God's Plan Fulfilled:
A Survey of the New Testament" continue...
• Peacemaker Ministries - Resolving Everyday Conflict
Begins October 1 | 10:45 am | Dining Room (lower level)
8 week class | led by Jill Cristao
Dislike conflict? Learn how the Bible teaches us to resolve conflict in everyday situations.
**No classes on November 19
"Crown Financial MoneyLife Study" continues through November 12
• History of Christianity
Begins November 5 | 9:00 am | Room 212
6 week class led by Christian Blumenfeld
While the current events and the busyness of living in the moment are demanding and competing for our full attention, while the future both near and afar seems more uncertain than ever before, it is precisely the time when we, the followers of Christ, should look back at the history of our faith in order to find encouragement, peace and hope. Here are three reasons the class, History of Christianity, might comfort our minds and hearts (Romans 15:4)
From a theological perspective, our history is HIStory. Our God has full and absolute sovereignty over time, events and circumstances. His unfolding story written both in Scripture and history books is proof that in the midst of chaos and confusion our God is fully in control and all is in accordance with His perfect will and wisdom. (Daniel 2:20-23)
From a practical perspective, while it is true that the smart man learns from his own experience, the wise man learns from the history of many with similar experiences. Let’s be wise and take the advice of Job’s friend, Bildad the Shuhite, "Ask the former generations and find out what their fathers learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?" (Job 8:8-10)
Last but not least, the study of our history can teach us how to recognize the warnings preceding a drifting away from God and sound doctrine, most of the time with dire consequences.Come join us and discover how the History of Christianity can help us develop a godly perspective and resolve toward the past, present and the future.
• A Great Salvation: A Study of the Person and Work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
Begins November 12 | 10:45 am | Room 213
5 week class led by Pastor Tim Bruns
"History of Christianity" and "A Great Salvation" continue through December 17
**No classes on December 24 and 31
These one-session classes allow you to get a quick overview of the Bible, our church, what we believe, and how to connect and grow as a disciple of Jesus:
- Introduction to the Bible
- Introduction to What We Believe
- Connections Class
- Introduction to Baptism
- Introduction to Spiritual Gifts
- Introduction to Mentoring
- Membership Seminar
This core curriculum is offered regularly over a multi-year cycle, with each class taking approximately one month to complete. We encourage everyone to complete this core curriculum:
- How to Study the Bible
- Old Testament Survey
- New Testament Survey
- Bible Doctrine
- Developing a Christian Worldview
- Spiritual Disciplines
- Developing a Disciple-making Lifestyle
Offered intermittently, these classes offer a more in-depth look at biblical books, doctrinal topics, and practical life application:
- Introduction to Missions
- World Religions
- Worship & Prayer
- Personal Finance
- Current Issues from a Biblical Perspective
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where should I begin?
If you are newer to our church or have had little exposure to the Bible, begin with the Getting Acquainted Classes (Available again Fall 2016) — specifically the introduction to the Bible, our church, and what we believe. Others can begin with a Core or Specialized Class that interests you.
2. How much time do I have to take these classes?
Adult Electives are classes you take at your own pace. This is an ongoing ministry that complements Sunday morning preaching and Community Groups. Many of these classes will be offered every year or two, so think long-term: begin with one or two classes a year (as your schedule permits) and see this ministry as a continual resource of biblical, theological, and practical training. (There will be special recognition when a person has completed all of the Core Classes.)
3. Do classes need to be taken in any kind of order?
We recommend that the Bible survey classes be taken in order—Old Testament and then New Testament—since they naturally build on one another. Otherwise, you may “bounce around” between the three types of classes.
4. When will these classes be offered?
In 2016, we will be offering one or two Adult Elective classes during each worship hour. We are also looking to add classes on weeknights and Saturday mornings. Check back often to see when more classes have been added to the schedule above.
5. Do I need to register?
No! Just show up to the class you are interested in attending.
6. What if there is no more room in the class I want to take?
The class will be offered again in the future. The Getting Acquainted Classes and Core Classes will be offered regularly over a multi-year cycle.
7. Is there any cost?
Most classes are free of charge. An exception will be something like Crown Financial, since class materials need to be purchased from the publisher.
8. How can I participate in Adult Electives if I am a part of an ABF class or serve in ministry?
There are three things to consider. First, you can choose to take a week or a month off from your ABF or area of ministry in order to attend an elective. Second, starting in 2016, some of these elective classes will be offered on a weeknight or Saturday morning. Lastly, we will be looking at the possibility of bringing some of these elective topics into the ABF classes.
9. I still have more questions; whom can I talk to?
You may contact Christian Blumenfeld, the Adult Electives Coordinator, or Tim Bruns, the Pastor of Adult Ministries.
Christian Blumenfeld: 224.531.1692 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Bruns: 815.459.1095 (x329) • email@example.com