Designed for Mission Anabaino's Church Planting Apprenticeship Training, these readings seek to construct a missional ecclesiology in conversation with reformed catholicity, together with its practical relevance to contemporary issues and ministry. The various topics are studied as an investigation in ascension Christology applied, or Augustine’s Totus Christus thesis through the reformed trajectory and qualifications. The ecclesiology espoused is a "Five Mark" Church ("High Gospel," "High Ecclesia," Confessional, Sacramental, and Communal).
Within an awareness of the present post-enlightenment and post Christian skepticism concerning the reliability and usability of the Christian Bible, the objective of this class is to provide the student with an introductory level of confidence in the Reliability and Usability of the Christian Scriptures such as to adopt as a matter of Christian faith (see the 2016 Bible Interpretation course here.).
The primary aim of this course in confessional theology is to assist the student (seeker and/or believer) in constructing the kind of holistic worldview that is thoroughly informed by what the Christian scriptures principally teach. Our method is confessional. The confessional method is distinguished from systematic, historical, philosophical, or even social theologies, while also sharing in some elements inherent to each of them. It is at the end an exercise of faith formation within a communal context. Our primary source will be the Westminster Standards (the Confession of Faith together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms), one historic expression of the catholic faith.
This class takes you through the dynamics of spiritual leadership and the skills of a spiritual leader. This is for anyone who would like to learn about leadership, who would like to be a leader, or who is already leader and would like to think more deeply about leadership.
In depth training for those aspiring to the role of Shepherd Elders.
Should we share Christian faith with those who already believe in Islam or Hinduism? Can we assert truth into a pluralistic culture? Join with us in exploring how to enter into dialogue with our friends and neighbors of other faiths.
A study like this is practical and relevant. This series seeks to encourage us to strengthen us in our trust in the gospel, while learning about and even learning from those different from us. There are few areas in the world that can match New Haven's religious and cultural diversity. In light of this, the class is not intended to be a mere academic exercise, but rather practical conversations with real people in mind.