LEC: Fall Semester 2015

One of the things that makes Life Equipping Community unique is the opportunity to have a meaningful and challenging academic experience outside of the traditional school system. Imagine regularly meeting with a cohort of emerging leaders all bringing to the table their experience, thoughts, and passions while being directed by a team of talented and successful leaders. The LEC environment is designed like an incubator: teaching, training, and transformation exist all at the same time.

We didn't want to forget the courses we had so we're going to summarize them below. We'll provide the course name and some of the readings.

Spiritual Formation

This initial course of the LIFE Equipping Community is designed to offer understanding and practical experience in the area of intentional spiritual formation. The course will consider how the Kingdom life and ministry that Jesus has made accessible much be informed by and flow from the fundamental spiritual disciples such as solitude and community.

Gregory Boyd, Present Perfect

Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart

Kingdom Ministry

When Jesus calls someone to follow him, he intends that call to be applied to the totality of how Jesus lived among us. A disciple is one who is with Jesus learning to be like him. To be a disciple is to be an apprentice of Jesus who is learning to say and do what Jesus said and did in the manner that he said and did it. In this course we will concentrate on the ministry lifestyle of Jesus that served to advance the Kingdom of God. This will include a focus on such themes as God’s Kingdom among us now, Kingdom power and the ministry of physical healing.

John Wimber, Power Healing

Old Testament Survey

A survey of the Pentateuch and historical books of the Old Testament (Genesis through Esther), highlighting how God worked through human leaders to guide his people throughout various periods of their history. Application to today's organizations and ministry leaders will be discussed.

Bill Arnold & Bryan Beyer, Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey

Bible: Genesis through Esther

Re-Imagining the Church

This course is an invitation to think hard and dream big, to re-imagine and rediscover what it means to be the church—the people of Christ who live as a community on mission. One “Lego” piece at a time we will explore the breakthrough moments in the story of the early church found in the book of Acts.

Acts describes a radical adventure of faith, risk, and ongoing discovery. Luke reveals the DNA that would show us how to thrive in any culture, in any context, at any time. The more we understand about the life we were meant to live, the more we will discover that there is no box to squeeze into or formula that must be followed. It is time to stop asking how we can copy the way they did things. It is time to start paying attention to the missiology and ecclesiology exposed by the stories of their journey.

Gary Mayes, DNA of a Revolution