Courses that fit your life

We have a flexible schedule that accommodates even the busiest lives.

Program Descriptions

The Growth & Development programs help students grow spiritually and begin to discover what they are called to do in the Local Church through practical ministry training, biblical studies, and exposure to real-life ministry experiences. Both Growth & Development programs can be completed in 9 months to 1 year.

  • Growth & Development Program Overview: This program is optimal for those who prefer a more flexible schedule and work load (Students in this program attend one night a week). The curriculum includes practical, hands-on ministry training in our Leadership Development Practicum, Biblical Studies, and Leadership/Ministry courses.
    • Schedule: Tuesday Nights – 6:30-10PM.
    • 2 courses per quarter (4 academic quarters).
  • Growth & Development Plus Program Overview: This program builds on the Growth & Development Program by providing additional Biblical Studies and Leadership/Ministry Courses. Students in this program attend CLC full time (2 nights per week).
    • Schedule: Tuesday Nights – 6:30-10PM & Thursday Nights – 6:30-8PM
    • 3 courses per quarter (4 academic quarters).

Students who complete these programs graduate with a certificate of Ministry and Leadership Training.

This program is designed to prepare students to be influential and effective leaders in the local church. Building on the Growth & Development Programs, this program offers hands-on leadership training opportunities, specialized ministry and biblical studies courses, and mobilization into their calling into the church. This program can be completed in 2 years.

  • Schedule: Tuesday Nights – 6:30-10PM & Thursday Nights – 6:30-8PM
  • 3 courses per quarter (8 academic quarters).

Students who complete this program graduate with an AA in Ministry & Leadership.

2018-2019 Course Descriptions

First Quarter

The Leadership Development Practicum is an integral part of the student experience at CLC. It allows the student to discover, learn, develop and apply the skills necessary to be a healthy, passionate leader for the local church.  The Practicum is designed to build:

  • Spiritual health

The student learns, and practically applies, the Spiritual disciplines of prayer and worship by developing a strong devotional life and discovering their purpose.  They are also encouraged and inspired by various guest speakers and the CLC leadership team.

  • Community

The student actively participates in small groups, enabling them to develop and experience the community of students who work together to discover and pursue their passions and develop their God-given gifts.

  • Leadership/Practical Ministry Training

The student learns various key leadership principles taught by seasoned church and ministry leaders. They are also guided through hands-on ministry experiences that expose them to real life church ministry.

The student cultivates the heart and character to be a servant-leader by serving in their local church and at specific Cottonwood Church events.  Through practical ministry training they apply the leadership, communication, and people skills they have learned to effectively build and lead teams.

This course will survey both the Old and New Testament books.  The student will learn basic methods and principles that will help them better understand the Bible. This course will explore various aspects of the Scripture, how the books were compiled and organized, the differences between Old and New Testaments, how geography, languages, authorship, and dates of the books effect the content, and overall themes of the Bible. Everything the student learns about this ancient literature, the Bible, the “Word of God,” will only reaffirm that it is truth, trustworthy, dynamic, and life-changing.

This course helps the student understand what clear and effective communication looks like in ministry. Students will define the general purpose of communication in leadership, specifically within the local church and ministry settings. They will also demonstrate the skills necessary to plan and lead a team meeting using problem-solving communication and strategic leading.

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. 

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.

Second Quarter

The Leadership Development Practicum is an integral part of the student experience at CLC. It allows the student to discover, learn, develop and apply the skills necessary to be a healthy, passionate leader for the local church.  The Practicum is designed to build:

  • Spiritual health

The student learns, and practically applies, the Spiritual disciplines of prayer and worship by developing a strong devotional life and discovering their purpose.  They are also encouraged and inspired by various guest speakers and the CLC leadership team.

  • Community

The student actively participates in small groups, enabling them to develop and experience the community of students who work together to discover and pursue their passions and develop their God-given gifts.

  • Leadership/Practical Ministry Training

The student learns various key leadership principles taught by seasoned church and ministry leaders. They are also guided through hands-on ministry experiences that expose them to real life church ministry.

The student cultivates the heart and character to be a servant-leader by serving in their local church and at specific Cottonwood Church events.  Through practical ministry training they apply the leadership, communication, and people skills they have learned to effectively build and lead teams.

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.

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.

In New Testament II, we will explore the four Gospels and the book of Acts. The student will gain 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.

This course provides a detailed look into the epistle of Romans.  We will discuss 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.

Third Quarter

The Leadership Development Practicum is an integral part of the student experience at CLC. It allows the student to discover, learn, develop and apply the skills necessary to be a healthy, passionate leader for the local church.  The Practicum is designed to build:

  • Spiritual health

The student learns, and practically applies, the Spiritual disciplines of prayer and worship by developing a strong devotional life and discovering their purpose.  They are also encouraged and inspired by various guest speakers and the CLC leadership team.

  • Community

The student actively participates in small groups, enabling them to develop and experience the community of students who work together to discover and pursue their passions and develop their God-given gifts.

  • Leadership/Practical Ministry Training

The student learns various key leadership principles taught by seasoned church and ministry leaders. They are also guided through hands-on ministry experiences that expose them to real life church ministry.

The student cultivates the heart and character to be a servant-leader by serving in their local church and at specific Cottonwood Church events.  Through practical ministry training they apply the leadership, communication, and people skills they have learned to effectively build and lead teams.

This course is an introduction to major themes and ideas revealed in Scripture that are fundamental to Christianity. It explores such topics as the attributes of God, the doctrine of Christ, the Trinity, Atonement, Judgment, and God’s future Kingdom. These truths are the foundation for every believer and are not only informational, but applicable and inspirational.

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 Scripture. It will give the student practical skills to become a true interpreter of Scripture.  They will begin to understand not only what the author is saying but know how to determine the Scriptures’ context, culture, and history.  The student will also learn how to “hold firmly to the Scriptures” and apply them to their lives.

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 ScriptureGod’s story?  What principles and patterns can we see?  We will discuss such topics as:  how a holy God deals with sinful mankind, how God deals with His people, the nation of Israel, and other nations, and how we find Jesus Christ in the Old Testament.  We will explore how we, as New Testament believers, relate to, and apply, the Old Testament theological principles in our everyday lives. 

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.

Fourth Quarter

The Leadership Development Practicum is an integral part of the student experience at CLC. It allows the student to discover, learn, develop and apply the skills necessary to be a healthy, passionate leader for the local church.  The Practicum is designed to build:

  • Spiritual health

The student learns, and practically applies, the Spiritual disciplines of prayer and worship by developing a strong devotional life and discovering their purpose.  They are also encouraged and inspired by various guest speakers and the CLC leadership team.

  • Community

The student actively participates in small groups, enabling them to develop and experience the community of students who work together to discover and pursue their passions and develop their God-given gifts.

  • Leadership/Practical Ministry Training

The student learns various key leadership principles taught by seasoned church and ministry leaders. They are also guided through hands-on ministry experiences that expose them to real life church ministry.

The student cultivates the heart and character to be a servant-leader by serving in their local church and at specific Cottonwood Church events.  Through practical ministry training they apply the leadership, communication, and people skills they have learned to effectively build and lead teams.

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. 

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.

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, 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.

This course examines the genres of poetry, wisdom, and the Prophets of the Old Testament.  We will explore such topics as how Psalms and Proverbs speak to a New Testament believer, what is wisdom and how to obtain it,  and who are the Old Testament Prophets who spoke for God.  We will learn how to find the merciful, compassionate God we know in the New Testament on the pages of the Old Testament.