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2016 – 2017 Course Schedule

Our courses are designed to provide interaction and collaboration in an environment where students gain Biblical knowledge and grow as leaders. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6:15 pm and 10 pm. You can choose to attend Full Time or Part Time!

Full Time: Attend class twice a week on Tues. and Thurs. evenings
Part Time: Choose to take one to three classes at a time

If you have any questions, please contact us at
clcinfo@cottonwoodcollege.org



August 30 – October 27


Tuesday:
6:40 – 8:10 pm
Understanding You and Your Gifts*
Interpreting Scripture

8:30 – 10:00 pm
Introduction to Biblical Doctrines and Theology*
Communication in Leadership

Thursday:
6:40 – 8:10 pm
Principles of Faith*
Principles of Teamwork

8:30 – 10:00 pm
Introduction to Leadership*
Building Families and Relationships

*courses recommended to be taken first

**course schedule is subject to change


November 8 – January 26


Tuesday:
6:40 – 8:10 pm
Old Testament I*
Apologetics and World Religions

8:30 – 10:00 pm
Old Testament Culture and Literature*
New Testament II

Thursday:
6:40 – 8:10 pm
Thinking Like a Leader*
Old Testament II

8:30 – 10:00 pm
The Story of Scripture*
Discipleship through Mentoring

*courses recommended to be taken first 

**course schedule is subject to change


February 7 – April 6


Tuesday:
6:40 – 8:10 pm
New Testament I*
The Spiritual & Emotional Health of a Leader

8:30 – 10:00 pm
New Testament Backgrounds*
Old Testament III

Thursday:
6:40 – 8:10 pm

Church Mission: Outreach and Discipleship*
Introduction to Biblical Counseling

8:30 – 10:00 pm
Person, Ministry, and Gifts of the Holy Spirit*
Book of Romans

*courses recommended to be taken first

**course schedule is subject to change


April 18 – June 15


Tuesday:
6:40 – 8:10 pm
Divine Healing*
Christianity & Culture

8:30 – 10:00 pm
Leadership Character*
New Testament III

Thursday:
6:40 – 7:55 pm
Holy Spirit Practicum*

8:15 – 9:45 pm
Book of Genesis*
Mobilization

*courses recommended to be taken first

**course schedule is subject to change



Course Description

Introduction to Biblical Doctrines and Theology
This course is an introduction to Biblical doctrines and theology that explores such topics as the Attributes of God, the Doctrine of Christ, the Trinity, Atonement, Judgment, and God’s future Kingdom. These doctrines are the foundation of every believer and are not only informational, but applicable and inspirational.

Divine Healing
What is God’s will in regards to healing? How do I know when to pray for someone that is sick?  Are there different ways to pray for the sick? The purpose of this course is to teach what the Scriptures reveal about divine healing.  It is God’s will and it was provided for all in the atonement of Christ.  The student will be inspired, equipped, and trained to minister healing to those who are sick.

Person, Ministry, and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Who is the Holy Spirit? Is He a Person?  Can I have relationship with Him?  How do I receive His guidance, wisdom, and instruction?  Who was the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus, in the life of the early church? How do I live a life filled with the Holy Spirit, demonstrating His power, gifts, and fruit?  What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how do I flow in them?  These any many other questions will be discussed in this course as we search the Scriptures together.

New Testament I
Students will explore each book of the New Testament, observing the distinctive characteristics and special emphasis by the writer to his audience in order to provide a solid biblical foundation of the New Testament.

Old Testament I
Is the Old Testament relevant to us today? How can we answer that question unless we have an understanding of the Old Testament? This course introduces the student to the 39 books of the Old Testament, its various authors, settings, characters, and themes. From the beginning in Genesis to God’s redemption and restoration of His people, Israel, you will see Christ Jesus in every book. Is the Old Testament relevant to us today? This course will help you find an answer to that question.

Principles of Faith
What is faith? Where does it come from?  How does faith work?  What if I don’t have faith? How can my faith grow?  This course answers the many questions you may have about faith and the workings of faith in your life. It will also give you the tools and resources you need to apply the principles of faith so that you can live a faith-filled, power-filled, humble life that will impact and encourage others.

The Story of Scripture
In this course, the student will survey the covenants between God and man that are revealed in scripture. The student will see the redemptive plan of God revealed in each covenant and will learn to approach the Bible as a story and recognize the overarching metanarrative of scripture. The student will also study some of the symbols and themes woven into the Biblical Narrative.

Holy Spirit Practicum
This practicum course is focused on helping students develop a heightened sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that results in the ability to be used in any one of the nine gifts of the Spirit.

Church Mission: Outreach and Discipleship
What is the significance of the local church in today’s culture? What role does the local church play in the believer’s life? In this course the student will get an understanding of what the primary mission of the local church is. They will get an overview of what the entire Bible shows us is God’s plan for the world, and how the local church now fits into that plan. The roles of outreach and discipleship as it relates to the mission of the local church will be explored in detail.

Understanding Yourself and Your Gifts
How do my unique personality, gifts, talents and present and future circumstances relate to my calling in life? In this course the student will begin a journey of self-awareness and learn to see their life and calling from a holistic perspective. The motivational gifts as listed in the New Testament will be studied in a practical way. Students will acquire the tools and resources to discover and develop their individual gifts and apply them to their life and calling.

Leadership Character
Is character important in a leader? How does God choose leaders? What is His definition of character? What are His qualifications for leadership? How can you evaluate and integrate His characteristics into your life? Are you prepared to be challenged, pruned, and transformed? The journey through this course answers these questions and many more.

New Testament II
In New Testament II, we will explore the four Gospels and the book of Acts. The student will get a basic understanding of how to approach and read the gospels. This will include understanding the setting, the structure, and the emphasis of each gospel writer. We will also look closely at Jesus’ ministry and the method and principles of His teachings. We will also explore the structure, movements and themes in the book of Acts.

New Testament III
In New Testament III, eight General Epistles and the book of Revelation will be used to gain biblical perspectives on issues relevant to the early church as well as the church of the 21st century. Whereas Paul’s epistles stressed exposition in Christ and doctrinal issues, this class will stress exhortation in Christ and the practical issues of Christianity.

Old Testament II
In this course the student explores the Law and Narrative genres of the Old Testament. How do these books fit into the overarching story of Scripture – God’s story? What principles and patterns can we see? We will discuss such topics as: How does a holy God deal with sinful mankind? How does God deal with His people, the nation of Israel, with other nations? How do we find Jesus Christ in the Old Testament? How do we as New Testament believers relate to, and apply the Old Testament theological principles in our everyday lives?

Old Testament III
This course examines the genres of Poetry, Wisdom and the Prophets of the Old Testament. How do the Psalms speak to me as a New Testament believer? What is wisdom – how do we obtain it? Can we understand human suffering – let’s ask Job. Judgment, doom and gloom –  is that all there is to the Old Testament Prophets? Who were these men who spoke for God? How do we find the merciful, compassionate God we know in the New Testament on the pages of the Old Testament?

Apologetics and World Religions
This course educates students on the major religions and beliefs in the world today, and why their origins and doctrines cause them to differ from Christianity. Furthermore, students learn how to gracefully present and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation.

Interpreting Scripture
In this course the student will learn how to “grasp” God’s Word. The term grasp means – to seize upon; hold firmly, to get hold of mentally; comprehend; understand. This course will help the student begin to understand not only the parts, but the whole of the Scripture. What is the author saying? How do I determine the context, the culture, the history? What role do I play in interpretation? How do I become a true interpreter of the Bible, not only understanding the Scripture, but learning how to “hold firmly to it” and apply it.

Building Family and Relationships
Relationships play a key role in our life and our mission. In fact, the bulk of life is relational. This course will go through Biblical foundational aspects and perspectives of creating, establishing, and growing thriving relationships across many platforms, from understanding how we personally function to dating and marriage, and everything in between.

Introduction to Biblical Counseling
In this course each student will be equipped to provide solid counsel from the Word of God for those in need. Counseling principles, topics, and protocol will be taught to empower the student to be effective in the area of ministry.

Discipleship through Mentoring
Strong, empowering relationships throughout your journey as a Christian leader are key in your success in life and ministry. What is mentoring? How do I find a mentor or become one myself? What are the dynamics of mentoring and how does it work? This course will introduce the student to a balanced range of mentoring models. From the more intensive, such as discipler or spiritual guide, to the occasional model of counselor, teacher or sponsor, the student will learn how to establish and navigate these rewarding relationships in whatever stage of life.

Principles of Teamwork
This course will give the student practical applications to develop and maintain an effective team. The student will learn the basics of what a team is, keys to developing and building a team, and principles which will equip team members to work effectively.

Thinking Like a Leader
This course will explore the unseen part of leadership which occurs in the mind and how specific actions correlate. Students will be challenged to elevate their thinking to the Biblical model of leadership in the life and teaching of Jesus. To understand how the mind of Christ enables us to imitate and apply the leadership in our perspective lives as Jesus demonstrated through scripture. To include the thought-action processes of other well-known leaders in the Bible whose leadership made changes for the glory of God. The student will comprehend how right thinking Biblically will precede acting and motivating the actions of others towards God’s kingdom purposes.

Old Testament Culture and Literature
Do you understand the Old Testament? The world of the Old Testament can seem very strange and often times difficult to connect to the modern world. The stories can feel like a bunch of scattered puzzle pieces that make no sense. This course is designed to connect the puzzle pieces together. First, we’ll train our minds to think like the ancient world did— we will explore Ancient Near Eastern culture and society. Second, we’ll train our minds to think the way God thinks in Scripture—we will study the way the Old Testament presents God’s revelation and develops its theology, especially through visual symbolism and literary themes. Ultimately, the puzzle pieces will fit together connecting the Old Testament to our Christian identity and purpose in the world today.

The Spiritual and Emotional Health of a Leader
How can a leader stay spiritually and emotionally healthy while experiencing the pressures of leadership and influence? Is emotional health related to leadership? What disciplines does a leader need to develop and maintain a healthy heart and soul? In this course students will explore these questions and more. The student will be immersed in self-reflection activities that encourage self-awareness and dive into spiritual practices that will help them put their intimacy with God before their leadership and ministry. Students will explore the idea that healthy leadership can only be expressed from a spiritually and emotionally healthy person.

New Testament Backgrounds
In this course the student will step into the ancient world in which the New Testament was written. It includes exploring the History that set the stage for New Testament times and understanding major social/cultural elements and people groups that have an impact on how the New Testament is read and interpreted.

Introduction to Leadership
This course introduces and explores the importance of leadership in Christian ministry. Students will interact with practical leadership principles that are staples for the life and ministry of every Christian leader. Topics such as generational leadership, mentoring/coaching in leadership, and submission and authority will be explored and discussed.

Book of Romans
This course provides a detailed look into the epistle of Romans. We will discuss the major topics such as, the condition of humanity, the good news of justification by faith and the new life in Christ. Each of these topics will give the student a deeper understanding of the gospel. This class doesn’t shy away from some of the challenging passages written by Paul – there will be lively discussion. The study of the book ends with practical applications of the major spiritual lessons for the 21st century Christian.

Christianity and Culture
How do you see the world and culture?  How does the Bible and Christianity intersect with culture?  In this course, you will learn about the relationship between Christianity and culture, how to develop a thoughtful faith, and discover how you as a Christian can engage culture through various ministry endeavors in and outside of the local church.

Mobilization
Do you have a specific plan for your life and ministry?  Have you asked yourself, “Where do I start?” In this class you will spend time walking through a comprehensive process of collaboration with instructors/coaches and classmates, as you prayerfully develop a personal and practical short-term and long-term plan. The main goal will be to learn to plan and live your life with intention under God’s guidance.

Book of Genesis
In the beginning…those first three words of the book of Genesis have baffled and eluded men since they were spoken.  The book of “beginnings” begins the epic story- God’s story of creation, the fall of mankind, His amazing plan of redemption and His ultimate goal – complete restoration of His creationThis course will take us on a journey from the garden of Eden, to the ancient lands of Mesopotamia, Canaan and Egypt.  We will be introduced to the Patriarchs of old: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. We will learn about God’s story through their lives. When all is said and done, we will have an understanding that we are not just reading about ancient lands and men, but in reality, it’s our own story.

Communication in Leadership
The purpose of this course is to help the student understand the principles of communication theory and to begin to put them into practice in their life AND roles of leadership. You will learn skills and techniques essential to effective communication in settings that include: intrapersonal (with yourself), interpersonal (face-to-face), small-group (face-to-face with a few), and public speaking (one to many) as well as in the context of the various social media platforms. You will apply these skills and techniques through practical exercises that will enable you to incorporate them into your daily life. Speech is an extension of your personality. You can develop maturity and experience relationships that run more smoothly, and friendships can become more meaningful. You will learn to function more effectively and assertively in public and work environments and develop a newfound ability to speak up effectively when you want to.