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Spring 2020 Classes

Registration for our Spring 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. In light of Covid-19, we are offering these classes virtually via video call where you will be live with the instructor.

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 spring, we are offering seven classes over two five-week sessions.

SPRING SESSION 1 (APR-MAY)

DCC Foundations | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Apr 22nd – May 20th
Instructors: DCC Elders
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 live together (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.

Building a Strong Marriage (Pre-Marital) | Tuesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Apr 21st – May 19th
Instructors: Pastor Craig & Kathy Sturm
Registration Deadline: April 14th
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. Register here.

Suffering: Understanding & Experiencing God’s Grace | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Apr 22nd – May 20th
Instructor: Pastor Craig Sturm
Suffering. It can come like a surprise visit by an unwelcome visitor. No one pursues it, but in this broken world we will all experience it. Our hope in this five-week class is to lay strong foundations in our lives for understanding how God is at work in our suffering — with a special focus on how we experience His grace in suffering. We’ll also think through how we fight the fight of faith in our own suffering, and how we can be used by God to help others in their suffering. Register here.

Christianity Explained | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Apr 22nd – May 20th
Instructors: James Rayment & Russ Collins
Have you ever considered why you are here and what life is all about? Christianity has compelling answers to these questions. Whether you are a skeptic who is exploring the claims of Christianity or you are a believer wanting to learn how you can better explain your faith to others, this five-week class will walk through the claims and life of Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. Register here.

SPRING SESSION 2 (MAY-JUN)

Developing Meaningful Relationships | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | May 27th – Jun 24th
Instructors: Pastor Justin Keogh and Pastor Craig Sturm
Imagine being part of an interconnected group of people who entrust themselves to one another. The goal of this five-week class is to help us all consider how meaningful relationships can increasingly become a natural part of the daily life of our church. Short times of teaching combined with interactive discussion will help us pursue being the kind of people who care for one another in everyday life. Register here.

Meeting With God | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | May 27th – Jun 24th
Instructor: Deacon Micah Rickard & Giulian Giusti
Wanting to grow closer to God but not sure where to begin? Are you desiring to be in a deeper communion with Him? This five-week class will provide the Biblical understanding of the how and why of meeting with God through the spiritual disciplines on a daily basis. Register here.

DCC Foundations | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | May 27th – Jun 24th
Instructors: DCC Elders
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 live together (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.***  Session 2 registration is not yet open.

 


FAQ

Q: How are we going to meet for classes in light of Covid-19?

We are offering these classes virtually via video call where you will be live with the instructor. Meeting links will be posted closer to the class start date. We will continue to evaluate our meeting options as circumstances surrounding Covid-19 change.

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.

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.

If you have any other questions, please email classes@downtowncornerstone.org.