Registration for Fall 2019 Classes is now open!
The purpose of offering classes is not to create big heads, but big hearts. However, the way to our hearts is through our heads (Rom. 12:2). Spirit-filled thinking about God results in Spirit-filled feeling for God. After all, to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8) we must know who this Lord is and exactly why he is good.
Most classes will meet for 75-90 minutes over five sessions and will be taught either by pastors, staff, or other leaders.
If you are new with DCC, we would encourage you to start with the Foundations Class. This class is meant to be the first stop for folks seeking to dive in and learn about the nuts and bolts of our church, join a Cornerstone Community, be baptized, and become a member. By the end of it, you’ll have clear next steps for how to grow and get further connected.
This fall, we are offering eight classes over a ten-week period, broken into the following two sessions:
DCC Foundations | Sundays @ 9:00 AM | Begins September 15th
Instructors: DCC Elders and staff
Our Foundations class is the first stop for folks seeking to learn more about DCC, join a Cornerstone Community, be baptized, and become a member. This five-week class walks through what we believe (doctrine), why it’s important to belong (membership), who we are (vision, mission, and values), why we are here (context), and how we function (leadership, ministries, partners, and finances). By the end, you’ll have clear next steps for how to grow and get further connected. ***This class is required for membership with DCC.*** Register here.
How Jesus Changes Us | Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM | Begins September 11th
Instructor(s): Pastor Craig Sturm & Team
Every honest Christian knows the need for change. But how do you move forward from struggles both big and small? And how does your faith in God impact your everyday thoughts, feelings, and actions? This five-week class will give you an opportunity to reflect on one specific area in your life and learn more about how God changes you to become more like Jesus. Topics include understanding how you typically respond to trouble, how the cross of Christ brings comfort, help, and change, and how you can grow to be like Christ in the hardest circumstances. Register here.
Biblical Role of Women in the Church | Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM | Begins September 11th
Instructor(s): Deacon Jen Keogh
In today’s culture, there is much confusion on how women should use their gifts and participate in the life, ministry, and leadership of the local church. During this five-week class, we’ll look at several key biblical passages to establish a firm foundation for how we should approach God’s design for women and his church, and practical ways we can be equipped for faithful ministry that honors the Lord. Register here.
How to Study the Bible | Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM | Begins September 11th
Instructor(s): John Maxwell and Giulian Giusti
Studying the Bible is very similar to driving. There are some simple, undeniable, well-established rules for how to do it well. In this class, you will learn the Inductive Bible Study Method, which will help you gain confidence to read and understand the Bible, be equipped to grow in your love for God, and grow in your discernment of how to live as faithful followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. Register here.
Resolving Everyday Conflict | Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM | Begins October 16th
Instructor: Pastor Craig Sturm & Team
We all have conflict. It’s usually not the big blow up—but more like the tense conversation around the breakfast table, or the difficulties with a roommate, an angry neighbor, an overbearing boss, or a disrespectful child. Or more seriously, maybe you haven’t spoken with an extended family member for years. And yet we all desire harmony in our relationships. Resolving Everyday Conflict is a 5-week, practical, biblical, and concise guide to peacemaking in everyday life. Register here.
Unity & Diversity | Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM | Begins October 16th
Instructor: Pastor Justin Keogh
Can there truly be unity and diversity in the local church? This class approaches diversity through a biblical lens, while grounding us in our unity in Christ. This five-week class will address the need for diversity and unity, the role of the local church, and practical next steps for each believer. Register here.
Christians in the Workplace | Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM | Begins October 16th
Instructors: Dr. Daniel Hallak and Alan Andersen
Why do we work? Or more importantly, what is the significance of our work? Does your work matter to God? How should our faith and the reality of who we are in light of the gospel change how we view and approach work? This five-week class will seek to create a biblical framework for how we approach work, and help you find new and fresh ways of integrating your faith in your work. Register here.
Building a Strong Marriage | Tuesdays @ 6:30 PM | Begins September 10th (registration deadline: Aug 28th)
Instructors: Pastor Craig & Kathy Sturm
The pre-marital class is a five-week study on biblical marriage designed to help you gain clarity on theology, your relationship, and relational skills. The course is open to engaged couples who want to build a solid gospel foundation for their marriage. The class is required if you wish to have a DCC pastor officiate your wedding. (Registration is now closed for this class, but you can click here to learn more about our pre-marital process.)
Q: Where should I begin if I am brand new?
Welcome! We encourage you to jump into the Foundations class.
Q: Do I need to take “Foundations” before taking other classes?
That would be our recommendation. Foundations is a soft-pre-requisite. Will we stop you from taking other classes? Of course not. But, we want you to know more about us as a church before digging in too deep, so Foundations makes the most sense as your first stop.
Q: Will the classes require homework?
There will be no homework required in order to eliminate any potential barrier to participation. However, most classes will offer some form of optional reading and/or writing to process what you are learning.
Q: Can I still sign-up if I know I will miss a class or two?
Yes, please do. While we encourage you to prioritize your schedule around the class you take, in order to maximize your learning, we understand there will be conflicts. Please register and join as you are able.
Q: Can I jump into a class if I don’t register?
If you plan on taking a class, we highly encourage you to register. But, if you were not able to register, do not let that stop you from participating. Join the next class and let the instructor know. (There are exceptions to this, for offsite classes/groups which requires advanced registration.)
Q: Should I participate in a community or take a class?
Our answer to that would depend on your particular situation. Are you new? Join Foundations. Have you been on the fringes and are now looking to get more involved? Again, Foundations is for you. Are you involved in a community yet desire to take a class? Our first recommendation would be to do both if your schedule permits (after all, most classes are only five weeks). But, if you can only do one, and really desire to take a particular class, then feel free to take a temporary hiatus from community. Or, your community may decide to take a class together. There are lots of options.
Q: Will Kids ministry be offered for midweek classes?
Initially, there will be no Kids ministry offered on Wednesday nights. This will allow us to leverage the Kids space for classes. However, our hope is to eventually offer Kids. If you would be interested in helping to lead, or be part of, that endeavor please let us know.
Q: So, what should I do with my kids if I’d like to take a class?
There are a number of options: 1) You could bring your kids to a class, 2) One parent could take a class while the other stays at home with the kids, 3) You could make sitter arrangements or swap with another family, etc. You could also pray that we’d get a bigger building, along with a robust Kids volunteer team to staff midweek!