CHRIST COMMUNITY INSTITUTE
A two-year journey to discover the depths of our faith in Scripture and the breadth of our mission to the world.
Before ascending to his heavenly throne, Jesus told his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20) Though many years have passed since Jesus gave his followers these instructions, the Church’s mission hasn’t changed. Thus, our goal at Christ Community is to equip our members to know God, grow in holiness, and carry out his mission. To that end, we’ve established the Christ Community Institute.
Over the course of two years, church members are taken on a journey to discover the depths of their faith in Scripture and the breadth of their mission to the world. Through a combination of classroom lecture, discussion, reading, and hands-on application, believers are taught the riches of God’s Word, the practical implications of the gospel, and the necessary skills for making disciples.In the end, it’s our prayer that men and women would grow to treasure Christ above all things and to be equipped to make disciples among all people for the glory of God.
"We envision a local church exploring the riches of God’s Word, growing in love and devotion to the Lord Jesus, experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit in daily life, and making disciples of all nations through the faithful and joyful exercise of their spiritual gifts."Pastor Matt Stewart
Christ Community Institute Director
Over the span of two years, members will participate in a series of courses designed to help them “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:19).” Each course is designed to help students grow in greater knowledge of God and his Word, increase in love for Christ and his church, and prepare to make disciples wherever the Lord has called them. Individuals who are interested in participating in the Institute should do the following:
Courses are offered on Sunday nights from 5:00 - 7:00pm during the fall and spring. We understand that participation in the Institute is a big commitment, but we ask that participants do their very best to attend all class meetings and complete their assignments to get the most out of their experience. The following courses will be offered over two years:
CORE COURSESThe following courses are required for all students regardless of which track they choose for the second year.
The Knowing God course is designed to introduce men and women to the God of the Bible and help them begin their journey of walking with Christ. Topics covered in this course include: the gospel, reading and studying the Bible, prayer, meditation, Scripture memory, journaling, etc.
THE STORY OF THE BIBLE
The Christian Beliefs course explores and summarizes what the Bible teaches on topics such as God, the Bible, Man, Salvation, the Church, and the End Times.
THE STORY OF THE CHURCH
The Story of the Church course covers the major events, characters, and ideas through the various stages of church history, beginning with the death and resurrection of Christ, and ending with the present day.
TRACK COURSESIn year two, students choose to participate in either the Everyday Ministry Track or the Christian Ministry Track. The Everyday Ministry Track is designed to equip believers who do not intend on going into vocational ministry but want to serve faithfully wherever the Lord has planted them. The Christian Ministry Track is designed to equip students who feel called to vocational ministry.
EVERYDAY MINISTRY TRACK
BIBLICAL DECISION MAKING
FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & MINISTRY
This course is designed to help students pursue godliness with their spouses and to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. It will also draw out implications for family ministry within the local church.
This course provides a biblical and practical instruction in the process of making disciples of Jesus Christ in a post-Christian culture. Participants will learn how to share the gospel, give a winsome and biblical defense to questions about the Christian faith, and walk a new believer through the process of spiritual growth.
CHRISTIAN MINISTRY TRACK
PERSONAL & MINISTRY LEADERSHIP
This course is designed to help students establish the priorities and skills necessary for leading self and others in the context of the local church.
This course introduces the skill of speaking God’s truth in love to others. Participants will learn to see people as physical/spiritual beings in need of change through the gospel of Jesus Christ and to address various issues from a biblical perspective.
TEACHING GOD'S WORD
LOCAL CHURCH MINISTRY & METHODS
This course is designed to give students an overview of daily ministry in the local church based on a sound understanding of the nature of the church. It will explore the methods of making disciples, caring for members, and engaging the community with the gospel.
Pastoral Qualifications and Responsibilities
The Pastoral Leadership course covers both the qualifications necessary to be considered for the office of pastor as well as the theology and responsibilities of pastoral ministry. This course is reserved for men who are engaged in elder training at Christ Community or who desire to be sent out to pastor.