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.
Taste of Perspectives | 9:00 am
Begins June 3 | 4 week class | Room 214-216
Led by Kathy Barnes, Robin Kohl, Keith Wiederwax & Les Brock
Four sessions will provide a taste of each of the broad areas that are covered
in-depth in the semester-long Perspectives class: biblical, historical, cultural and strategic. Highlights of the course include the role of missions in the
Old Testament, a historical focus on a missionary/movement, an interactive cultural experience and practical ways for involvement in missions. Prayer for the nations and group discussion will round out the course. The course will be taught by various instructors, providing unique perspectives from those involved in different aspects of missions.
Family Discipleship | 9:00 am
Begins July 1 | 5 week class | Room 214-216
We all want our kids to grow confident in their faith, yet we often feel unprepared to help them engage a post-Christian culture. How can we disciple our kids to be confident in their conditions and yet able to engage in humble dialogue with others? This workshop will explore some of the fundamentals of Christian apologetics and will zero in on practical tips and advice for parents to have productive conversations with your kids, whether in elementary or in high school, that will prepare them to successfully defend the truth of Jesus Christ.
Life's Healing Choices | 10:45 am
Begins July 1 | 8-10 week class | Room 213
We've all been hurt by other people, we've hurt ourselves, and we've hurt others. And as a result, every single one of us ends up with some sort of hurt, hang-up, or habit. But the question we all face is, where do we go from here? Using the Beatitudes of Jesus as a foundation, this class seeks to offer freedom through eight healing choices that promise true happiness and life transformation.
Creation/Evolution and the Bible | 9:00 am
Begins August 5 | 7 week class | Room 214-216
Terry Mondy returns to share his expertise and insight on this important subject. More details to come.
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 • email@example.com
Tim Bruns: 815.459.1095 (x329) • firstname.lastname@example.org