Old Brethren Courses

Jesus said, “Let the children come.” In doing so, he invited them to do more than learn about him. He invited them to enter into relationship with him and to participate in the practices of the community that gathered around him and sought to pattern its life in light of a vision of God’s kingdom. In doing so, he shaped their identity in new ways as beloved children of God. As we seek to nurture the spiritual lives of our children, we can do no less.

During this course, we will explore:
-The cultural context that shapes the lives of children today.
-The innate spiritual capacity of children;
-Spiritual styles and how they are embodied in children;
-The role of adults, and the congregation as a community of practice, in affirming and nurturing the spiritual lives of children;
-Specific spiritual practices—individual and corporate—that can be used with children to help them notice and name God’s presence and activity in their lives and in the world around them and deepen their relationship with God.

As a result, students will take away both an enriched theoretical understanding of the church’s ministry with children as well as enhanced practical skills for ministering to and with children.

This introductory course explores several important aspects of the Old Testament including canon formation, literary type, basic issues, and historical context. Attention will be given to the ways in which the Old Testament connects with the New Testament, and emphasis will be placed on key theological themes. 

Exploration of five traditions to be able to understand
each and identify commonalities and differences.

·This class is a survey of the content of the New Testament and ways of engaging it in the life of the church. We will consider both scholarly and pastoral approaches to reading the New Testament in an effort to become better equipped for biblically grounded ministry. January 28-March 2, 2013