Cottonwood College

Course Descriptions

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.

The purpose of this course is to help 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 and many other questions will be discussed in this course as we search the Scriptures together.

In this course the student will survey the whole story of the Bible by studying 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.

As Christians, we live in tension when it comes to the Bible on the one hand we cling to its comforting promises and the Gospel hope that fills every page. But on the other hand, if we’re honest, reading the Bible can be confusing. We have a lot of unanswered questions and don’t always know where to turn for answers:

  • Where did the Bible come from?
  • What do Christians mean when they say Scripture is “inspired by God?”
  • How can I understand the Bible as one unified story?
  • When the Bible confuses me, how do I find answers?
This class will give students a framework for understanding the storyline of the Bible, equip them with practical tools for searching the scriptures on their own, and above all, deepen their love for Jesus.

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 introduces students to three of the general epistles in the New Testament: Hebrews, James, and 1 John. Students will explore issues related to the author, audience, major themes, and literary structure of each book. These studies are intended to spur students on in their obedience to Christ, giving them tangible, practical ways to live out the Gospel in everyday life. Additionally, students are required to read through all of Hebrews, James, and 1 John. Such reading is crucial to this class, as it trains students in the spiritual disciplines of reading and meditating on the scriptures.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.