Now is the time to take advantage of online education!  We have five great summer online courses available.  Have you ever taken a class with WTS?  If not, you’re in luck!  First-time students will receive a 50% tuition discount off normal per-credit tuition rate.* We have made the application process fast, easy and FREE.  Just click HERE and look for the Non Degree | Summer 2020 application in the drop down menu.

Below is a description of what is available.  Please note the course dates for each as well as the application deadlines:

MN102 Practice of Discipleship – Dr. Thomas (Tee) Gatewood  
Jesus commanded his followers to make disciples. In this course, learners will explore how Christian practices have shaped them into disciples and learn how to use these practices in the making of 21st century disciples.   The class will focus on the theology and practice of discipleship and will help learners develop practices and perspectives for life and ministry in this moment within Young Life. (Class is open to non-Young Life staff as well).  This class runs May 18 – June 19.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE AND SUBMITTED BY MAY 15.

TH561-DL History of the Black Church – Dr. Fred Johnson
Galatians 3:28 beautifully asserts “there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ.”  Even so, early in the history of the United States, African Americans found it necessary to establish the Black Church. This course examines the events and conditions necessitating that development and how the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and persistent racism impacted the theology and worship of the Black Church.  Also explored is the extent to which those and related issues still prevent achieving full unity in the body of Christ and the strategies that can be employed to finally achieve the Lord’s vision.  This class runs May 20 – June 26.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE AND SUBMITTED BY MAY 15.

BL523-DL The Gospel of John – Dr. Jim Brownson
In the summer term I am teaching a favorite text of mine and the gospel I did my dissertation on – The Gospel of John.  This course will give you opportunities to wrestle with the single text in the NT that deals with Christological questions like “Who is Jesus” at the deepest possible level.  If you are interested in looking in detail at this gospel, carefully interpreting a variety of specific passages and then developing lessons or teaching plans to use for your ministry. I encourage you to register for this course.  This class runs May 20 – June 26.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE AND SUBMITTED BY MAY 15.

MN570-DL Worldview and Lifeview – Dr. Wayne Brouwer
We and our congregations are experience-oriented people. Because of this, we often relegate “vision” and “worldview” into the unused part of our leadership tool kits, marginalized by the active stuff of hands-on ministry and the consuming demands of Sundays that show up with amazing and unforgiving regularity. But, as Kouzes and Posner have brilliantly shown through four decades of research, two of the five things that good leaders do are “challenging the process” and “inspiring a shared vision.” These prophetic and kingly pastoral leadership tasks require a thoughtful worldview that rises above the experiences to see the meaning. We will read three books (an autobiography, a biblical worldview primer, and a social worldview critique) that will help us build and clarify the contours of our Christian vision, and carry on conversations that will hone our congregational leadership skills.  This class runs May 20 – June 26.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE AND SUBMITTED BY MAY 15.

MN503 Global Leadership Conference, August 6-7 – TBD
This course is in partnership with the Global Leadership Summit (GLS), a two-day leadership event in partnership with Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago.  The purpose of this course is to appreciatively and critically engage The Global Leadership Summit.  Students will explore, question, and develop the skills, practices, and habits for leading Christian communities.  Participants will theologically interrogate what leading means and how leaders practice faithfully.  Participants work online July 6 – August 14 and attend the GLS at Pillar Church (or a location near you) from August 6-7, 2020.  Attendance is required at a site.  The West Michigan group will meet in person on the evenings of August 5 and 7 in addition to the conference.  Those outside West Michigan will join via Zoom.  Tuition covers the fee for the GLS.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE AND SUBMITTED BY JUNE 26.

*please note, new students who are Young Life staff will receive 25% off rather than 50%.

 

Questions? Contact Jill English, Director of Admissions.