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Element Academy

The Purpose of Element Academy
CTK Church exists to help people know, love, and obey Jesus as Lord over all of life. Element Academy exists to support, develop, and expand the church’s mission by teaching and equipping people with theological truth and ministry skills. Element Academy aims to be a robust, local, church based, self-sustained, theologically reformed, and contextually aware training academy.

Three Levels of Instruction
Foundations classes teach the building blocks of discipleship for someone to walk with Jesus for a lifetime. These courses are designed for people who are (1) non-believers, (2) newer believers, (3) college students, and (4) short-term residents. Those who complete all four foundations courses will be awarded a “Foundations Certificate.” The foundations certificate can be completed in less than two years. Foundations courses will cover the importance of scripture, prayer, community, evangelism, giving, church membership, and so forth. 

Core Classes build on the foundations classes and are designed to equip believers to know, love, and obey Jesus as Lord over all of life. These are like the “Gen Ed” courses in a typical seminary catalogue that every student must complete, such as Systematic Theology, OT survey, NT survey, Biblical Interpretation, evangelism, church history, and so forth. These courses are designed for committed believers who are maturing in their faith and/or those who are pursuing church leadership.

Elective Classes provide a deeper dive into particular subjects that are relevant to our church or skill development for church leaders. Electives are classes such as parenting, discovering God’s will, film and theology, managing personal finances, and so on. Classes that formerly were part of equipping elders in pastor school will be taught as Electives. 

Teaching Teams and other ways to help
Our desire is to form teaching teams that can develop the content for each class and be available to teach the same class in the future with minimal additional preparation. There are also other ways to help, such as administration, registration, graphic design, promotions, finding meeting space for classes, and so on.

If you have an interest in teaching or helping in other ways, please contact Kurt Tuffendsam for more info.

Fall 2019

New Member Class
Fairview Room
4 Weeks, Starting September 29th
Sundays, 11am – 12:30pm
Instructor: Various Pastors
Cost: Free
Becoming a member of a local church is an important step toward maturity in Christ. This class will teach you what we believe, our core identities, and the benefits of membership at CTK. This is the beginning point for the membership process at Christ the King Church. 

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New Testament Survey (Gospels & Acts)
Great Room
7 weeks, Starting September 29th
Sundays, 5pm – 7pm
Instructor: David Bailey
Cost: $15
New Testament Survey provides essential historical and cultural background information and carefully examines the content of each book in the New Testament. This course focuses on the gospels and the book of Acts. Topics include the themes and structure of each book, the historical integration into the canon as well as the nature of the 4 gospels and how they relate to one another.

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The Story of the Bible
Fairview Room
7 weeks, Starting September 30th
Mondays, 6:30pm – 8pm
Instructor: Dr. Michael Lyons
Cost: $15
The Bible is God’s written Word to His people, revealing the truth about himself and ourselves. What is God’s message to us? How do we incorporate all of the different books and stories to understand the big picture of his revelation? This course seeks to give an overview how the Bible reads as one big story, and how we respond in light of that message.

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God’s Good Design for Sexuality
Great Room
8 weeks, Starting September 30th
Mondays, 6:30pm – 8pm
Instructor: Michael Clary
Cost: $15
Sexuality is one of the defining identities in American culture. And while culture often creates its own standard for what sexuality means for men and women, God is the creator and author of it. Throughout Scripture, God reveals his good design for his people. This course surveys the notable Biblical texts that address sexuality, and navigates the prevailing issues of our culture today.

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Biblical Interpretation
Great Room
8 Weeks, Starting October 3rd
Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8pm
Instructor: Jason Hudson
Cost: $15
The very name of the course can be intimidating. Yet hermeneutics is a practice that every Bible reader engages in every time they open the book.. This course provides an introduction to the process of investigating the meaning and significance of biblical texts. The general, historical, literary, and contextual principles of interpreting texts will be investigated and a variety of special issues in hermeneutics will be considered.

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2020 Courses