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.
The Plan for 2019-2020
Element will be “soft launched” in the summer of 2019 with a foundations course called “Rooted” and an elective on Film and Theology. The formal launch of Element will be in the Fall with the goal of offering an additional class from each of the three levels. New classes will be offered at the beginning of each quarter, and classes will range from 4-10 weeks. City Groups will be encouraged to take classes together to maintain continuity of relationships.
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.