Prepare for Real-World Ministry

for alumni who have a passion to change the world for Christ

SUMMER ADVANCED TRAINING FOR ALUMNI


  • Spend 5 life-changing weeks at the Ellerslie Campus in Colorado!
  • Gain a fresh spiritual fire in your pursuit of Jesus Christ
  • Grow deeper in your understanding of Scripture and Gospel-Centered living
  • Be trained for real world Christian living
  • Choose your focus of study!

THE CURRICULUM:
TWO TIERS OF STUDY

TIER 1: CORE CURRICULUM

(for everyone)

Principles of Studying The Bible

Build a foundational understanding of the Bible — on both a macro and micro level – by learning the basic hermeneutical framework of the Bible and applying this foundational framework to several book studies during your on-campus training. Our objective is to help you develop a consistent hermeneutic in accordance with John 5:38-39; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and 2 Peter 1:20-21.

Hermeneutics

Learn the foundational aspects of how to intelligently study the Bible using the tools of 1) observation 2) determining meaning and understanding and 3) how to think about your observations and understandings to make proper application. This will allow you to confidently bear witness to Truth, as well as to have the skills necessary to help others understand the meanings and Truths of the Bible. This class will help you understand how to study the Bible for all issues, theology, doctrine, and know how to continue your studies in hermeneutics.

Discernment

Hebrews 5:11-14 directly ties discernment to continuing maturity in the faith. This class will help students learn to make distinctions between good and evil, Truth and error, Biblical and unBiblical, etc. The students will learn how to think Biblically, how to ask questions and come to proper conclusions about Truth, and how to apply that Truth in thinking, speaking, acting, and decision-making. This class is full of hands-on practice in applying Biblical principals of discernment to contemporary Christianity.

CHRISTIAN MINISTRY TRACKS

(choose one)

Write a Book and Communicate Biblically (with Nathan Johnson)

Whether you desire to pen your first book or merely seek to communicate more effectively, this practical Biblical communications track is hand-crafted for you. Split into two sections—written and verbal communication—you will:

  • - Discover how to speak, teach, and/or preach Biblically with confidence
  • - Learn the process and tools of how to write and publish a book

Through this hands-on practical experience that will instruct, equip, and give you time to practice both speaking and writing, you will focus primarily on the key area of communication you want to develop (i.e.: writing or speaking).

NOTE: For those who want to, are able to keep up in their primary track, and are interested in taking a “bonus” track, you may audit either the "Write a Book and Communicate Biblically” OR "Film Production in Light of the Gospel" in addition to your selected primary track (i.e.: take the additional class in the late afternoon but not have as much homework). You may also choose this track as your primary track.

NEW! Film Production in Light of the Gospel (with Josh Kinabrew)

In this practical, hands-on class, students will learn the fundamentals of film production and key principles for using film to promote the Gospel. You will have the opportunity to choose a specific emphasis such as costume design, set design, script writing, etc, while also learning all aspects of film production and working alongside our film team on the production of a Bravehearted film project. There will be a class project — producing a Bravehearted Short Film — and an individual project to complete as part of this track, such as writing your own short film using the skills taught in this class. Please note: Space in this track will be limited, so if you are interested we recommend securing your spot soon!

NOTE: For those who want to, are able to keep up in their primary track, and are interested in taking a “bonus” track, you may audit either the "Write a Book and Communicate Biblically” OR "Film Production in Light of the Gospel" in addition to your selected primary track (i.e.: take the additional class in the late afternoon but not have as much homework). You may also choose this track as your primary track.


Preparing for World Missions (with Dan McConnaughey)

Students will look at three specific areas of preparation: content, communication, and culture. In other words:

  • - What content does a missionary need to have in order to be effective?
  • - What communication challenges will today’s missionaries face?
  • - How do we engage various cultures by recognizing and responding quickly and correctly to vital cultural issues?

Reaching Today’s Young Women (with Leslie Ludy)

Whether you feel called to minister to younger girls in your daily life or desire to start a ministry for today’s young women, this course will prepare you with a Christ-centered foundation. In this class, you will learn the top issues that young women are struggling with in today’s culture and the Biblical answers they need. We will also explore the most effective and Biblically-sound ways to reach the hearts of young women and point them toward a life-changing relationship with Christ. Also, you’ll discover how to use tools such as writing, speaking, and counseling to deepen your impact upon the girls you are ministering to.


Theology of Education and Orphan Ministry (with Elijah Robertson)

Be equipped with foundational tools to communicate and teach Christianly in an educational setting. Built for mission-minded students, this track will utilize a Biblically-integrated, redemptive, Christocentric approach towards curriculum and student life. The student teacher will introduce, hone, and apply foundational teaching tools to teach on the mission field. Since teaching on the mission field is often in conjunction with orphan ministry, we will also explore best practice in effective orphan ministry.

General Ministry (with various teachers)

For both men and women who believe they are called to ministry or missions and seek to rightly communicate God’s Word. This track focuses on the proper handling of God’s Word, understanding the basics of Biblical counseling, and how to effectively lead and serve the Body of Christ.

PLUS INTERACT & WASH THE FEET OF THE ELLERSLIE CLASSIC SEMESTER STUDENTS

Have the opportunity to serve and bless the Ellerslie Classic semester students as you pray together, worship together, eat together, laugh together, and live together (if you’re staying in the dorms).


TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

This is a sample schedule and will likely change


DETAILS, DATES & COST

SUMMER SEMESTER