The Core is a course of study to help the Christian develop a strong foundation for life long Christian learning. The primary learning objective of The Core is to provide a breath of Christian knowledge, understanding, and wisdom through a study series of 6 key areas Christian thought and application.

  • Old Covenant and Ancient Israel
  • New Covenant and the Early Christian Church
  • Christian History and Theology
  • Christian Formation and Spiritual Practice
  • Contemporary Christian Ethics and Apologetics
  • Leadership Foundations
  • Christian Doctrine & Theology

These (6) Eight Week courses will be deeper than a simple introductory level. We'll dig deep and then provide resources for those who'd like to explore more on their own. Classes will have a learning community element enabling groups to process together and learn from each other.

Course participants will have assigned reading from no more than two books and be offered recommended reading lists or online link recommendations for further study.

2020 Classes

The Core: Apologetics and Ethics
Sundays 10:00 am in Room 203, Jan 12 - Mar 19
Faculty: The Rev. Charlie Holt & Nancy Sauer
If you regularly find yourself defending your faith, this class will help you develop a coherent worldview by which to minister authentically. You will learn to engage people who struggle with honest questions about the truth or tenets of the Christian faith. Contact Missy Reed,

The Core: Core Doctrine & Theology
Wednesdays 6:30 pm Jan 15 – Feb 19 in Room 208
Faculty: The Rev. Reagan Cocke
This six-week class will explore these topics: Biblical Theology, The Old & New Testaments, The Incarnation & Trinity, The Doctrine of the Church, Augustine’s Responses to Heresies, and The 39 Articles of Religion in the Book of Common Prayer. Register for this class here.

Long-term: Courses will be filmed and recorded for online viewing/listening. Future iterations in 2019 will be produced specifically for smaller class sizes, online e-learning. In addition, we will host guest lecturers and pilgrimage opportunities over the 18 months to further enrich the learning experience. The goal will be to create a faculty of lay and ordained teachers so that the courses can be a continual offering to St. John the Divine members and beyond and maintain a smaller class size for maximum interaction and engagement.

For more information, please contact the Rev. Charlie Holt,