description here

Fall 2020 Classes

Registration for our Fall 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 a pastor or class teacher.

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 two five-week sessions and one class over ten-week session.

To see the list of all the classes and tracks we will be offering this year, please refer to our brochure.

Download Brochure (2020-21)

FALL SESSION 1 (SEP-OCT)

DCC Foundations | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Sep 16th – Oct 14th
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 | Sep 15th – Oct 13th
Instructors: Pastor Craig & Kathy Sturm
Registration Deadline: Sep 8th
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.**

Exploring Christianity | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Sep 16th – Oct 14th
Instructors: Russ Collins & James Rayment
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. **Registration is now closed.**

How Jesus Changes Us | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Sep 16th – Oct 14th
Instructor: Pastor Craig Sturm & Team Dunn
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. **Registration is now closed.**

New Testament I | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Sep 16th – Nov 18th (10-week class)
Instructors: Giulian Giusti, Ruban Monu, Hemant Nelaparthi, Daniel Renz
The goal for this ten-week class is to help you understand the big picture of each book of the New Testament. Think of it more like a flight across the country than a family cross-country road trip. You’ll gain a more clear picture of the continuity between the books in the New Testament, see the promises God has kept to his people from the Old Testament, and learn how he speaks to us through his Word today. Register here

Unity & Diversity | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Sep 16th – Oct 14th
Instructor: Pastor Justin Keogh & Team
This class begins with a biblical foundation of our union with Christ, highlighting the need for unity and diversity within the local church, along many dimensions—race especially but not exclusively. We’ll discuss ways that we can work to maintain the unity in Christ of an increasingly diverse body, as we seek to grow together. This class will include both biblical teaching and discussion. Register here

FALL SESSION 2 (OCT-NOV)

DCC Foundations | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Oct 21st – Nov 18th
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.*** 

Christians in the Workplace | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Oct 21st – Nov 18th
Instructors: TBD
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

Developing Meaningful Relationships | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Oct 21st – Nov 18th
Instructors: Pastor Justin Keogh & Deacon Kyle Stewart
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

Guidance | Wednesdays @ 6:30-8:00 PM | Oct 21st – Nov 18th
Instructors: Tom Brown & TBD
Have you ever considered what the Bible says about decision-making? In this five-week class, we’ll look at how we should approach decisions in light of God’s wisdom and His revealed will to us in and through the Bible. Our hope is that this class will provide some practical, Biblical help—amidst all of the “counsel” that exists in our world today. Register here


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 a pastor or class teacher. 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.