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
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING 2019 SEMESTER
Contemporary Ethics and Apologetics
Sunday mornings 10:00 - 11:00 am
January 6 - 10, 2019
Faculty: The Rev. Charlie Holt
Meets in Room 201
Apologetics is the study of defending the faith. The ethical issues of our day such as human sexuality and marriage, relationship of church and government, racial identity and prejudice, immigration and economics present tough challenges and questions. The skepticism of modern secularism and materialistic scientific thinking have eroded confidence in Christian beliefs and practices. How can a faithful Christian stand firm in a modern world so turbulent for faith?
Course participants will have assigned reading from no more than two books and then offer recommended reading lists or online link recommendations for further study.
Sunday mornings 10:00 am - 11:00 am in Room 201
February 3 - April 14, 2018
Faculty: Andy Breckwoldt, Tony Mayer, Christ Hairel
Meets in Room 201
Through this course, one will begin to have or to gain a Biblical perspective on leadership—with Jesus as the model. This course will take 7 aspects of the leadership characteristics that Jesus modeled and use them as a catalyst to mobilize attendees to take action and move toward a ministry opportunity in their workplace, within St. John the Divine, or the larger Houston community. Note: While there is value in attending any of the sessions individually (except #8 - Action Steps), please note that the sessions are designed to build upon one another for maximum learning/development.
New Covenant and the Early Church
Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 pm in Room 203
January 9 - April 14, 2019
Faculty: Dr. Allen Quine
This course aims to provide historical, literary, and theological context for the New Testament in order to strengthen a student’s understanding. Rather than move through the books in canonical order, this study will move through the books thematically, focusing on the formation of the Gospel narrative into the early church. The timeline of the early church provided in Acts will serve as a touchstone for contextual understanding of the various books of the New Testament.