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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The following list of course descriptions will help a potential student to better see and understand the progression and content of classes that are offered each month at theROAR. Although the Bible will be the primary text for each course, additional books will be read each month that relate to the topics covered in the various courses.


AUGUST - INTRO TO MINISTRY

O.T. BIBLE SURVEY - BOOKS OF THE LAW

This is the initial course of a systematic, strategic, survey of the entire Bible, exploring Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy (Books of the Law). Emphasis will be on priority themes, prophetic present truths , and practical life applications.


AUGUST - INTRO TO MINISTRY

MISSION 101

In this foundational mission course, students will explore the missionary character of God in the Scriptures as well as define the role of the Holy Spirit, prayer, the Church, Church history, and every believer in the divine plan to evangelize all peoples of the earth. Students will spend four Wednesday afternoons in Chicago's Little Vietnam and Chinatown neighborhoods learning about Asian culture and religion. Friendship evangelism is also modeled.


AUGUST - INTRO TO MINISTRY

MINISTERS OF FLAMING FIRE

God has always desired His ministers to represent Him rightly in every generation. God Himself is a "Consuming Fire" (Heb. 12:29) and "as He is, so are we in this world." We are called to be forerunners, pointing to and preparing the way for the coming of the Lord. In theROAR and GlobalROAR, we are called to be pathfinders; pioneers bringing the light of the Gospel to the unreached in the dark places of the earth! May God Himself release a burning coal from His heavenly altar and ignite fresh fire, passion, zeal, and urgency in your heart to force The Great Commission to become the Great Completion!!!


AUGUST - INTRO TO MINISTRY

CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

Christianity is far more than a personal, subjective belief system. Rather, it's an overarching, comprehensive worldview capable of addressing and explaining humanity's greatest questions about reality and life. This class is designed to help the student to see all of life from a God-centered perspective. Using Biblical categories of creation, the fall, redemption and restoration, the demonstration of the superiority of God's revelation will be known as the most reliable source of truth in the world.


AUGUST - INTRO TO MINISTRY

SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY

If a Christian desires to be used by God, they must understand authority and continue to remain under the Godly authority He puts in their life. The class will study the importance of Godly authority; help the student to recognize abuse of spiritual authority in the lives of others; and establish Biblical truths concerning the blessings of God which come from being under authority.


AUGUST - INTRO TO MINISTRY

COMMUNICATING THE GOSPEL

This course will look at the importance of developing one's oral and written communication skills. From sharing your testimony to writing a support newsletter, communication is a vital part of ministry. Students will look at Biblical examples of communication, while also completing assignments that apply the principles being learned.


AUGUST - INTRO TO MINISTRY

LAB: PRO-LIFE OUTREACH

In this field class, students will study the Biblical mandate of choosing life. They will weekly pray, walk, and worship at a local abortion clinic. Students will also learn the history of Planned Parenthood, statistics on abortion, and how to counsel someone concerning abortion, adoption, and our God-given right to life. "Who will rise up for Me against evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against workers of iniquity?" (Psalm 94:16)


SEPTEMBER - THEOLOGY

O.T. BIBLE SURVEY - BOOKS OF HISTORY

This is the second course in a survey of the entire Old Testament. It will highlight the history, author, themes, and content in the books of Joshua - Esther. These are books of God's chosen history-makers, and valuable lessons can be learned from them about leadership, warfare, prayer, and living a life of enlargement and fruitfulness for God's Kingdom.


SEPTEMBER - THEOLOGY

CHRISTOLOGY

This class is a survey of theological reflection on Jesus of Nazareth - his life, his teaching, his death, his resurrection and ascension. The course examines the New Testament, early Christian theologians, important historical definitions, and contemporary discussion. It covers three main questions: Who is Jesus? How does Jesus save us? and How do we relate to Jesus?


SEPTEMBER - THEOLOGY

NATURE AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

In the study of the Nature and Attributes of God, we focus on the foundation of all reality and the fountain from which all goodness and blessedness flows, namely God Himself. What is He like? Why has He chosen to reveal Himself? In this course, the express goal is to learn to enjoy God and cultivate a desire to make His glory known in all the earth.


SEPTEMBER - THEOLOGY

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

In this class, students will travel to a network church in Michigan and go in depth into 5 of Grudem's 20 essential beliefs every Christian should know.


SEPTEMBER - THEOLOGY

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Students will study the Holy Spirit and His role as the third person of the Trinity. They will look at the Old Testament promises of His outpouring, as well as the historical accounts of the Holy Spirit Baptism in the Book of Acts. Students will discuss practical applications of the Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit, and how to scripturally pray for others to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.


SEPTEMBER - THEOLOGY

LIFE OF FAITH

This course explores the many facets of living a life of faith, including the simplicity of faith, the prayer of faith, faith and the prophetic, healing faith, and signs and wonders. In this course, students will study faith as a dynamic force in the life of every true believer. The course magnifies our God as the present, living, prayer-hearing God and answers the question, "Where is the God of Elijah?"


OCTOBER - PRAYER

O.T. SURVEY - BOOKS OF POETRY

This is the third course of a systematic, strategic, survey of the Old Testament, exploring the Books of Poetry - Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. These books are "Books from the Heart" - books of honesty, authenticity, and transparency; they are written by real people who call upon God to intervene, strengthen, and be glorified in their lives.


OCTOBER - PRAYER

HEALING AND DELIVERANCE

In this course, students will study healing and deliverance from a Scriptural basis and discover the dynamic force it can be in the life of every true believer. Students will explore God's ability, willingness, and mercifulness in healing the sick; affirm the reality of the spirit realm (both good and evil); and learn the 2-5-14 strategy in effective deliverance (as outlined in Derek Prince's book Shadow Boxing).


OCTOBER - PRAYER

SPIRITUAL SOLITUDE

"Without silence there is no solitude. Though silence sometimes involves the absence of speech, it always involves the act of listening. Simply refraining from talking without a heart listening to God is not silence" (Richard Foster). This class will introduce students to the practice of the spiritual discipline of Solitude and Silence.


OCTOBER - PRAYER

LIFE OF PRAYER

In this class, students will discuss all types of prayer: prevailing prayer, intercessory prayer, nation-changing prayer, models of prayer, The Lord's Prayer, and devotional prayer. The goal of this course is to receive a spirit of prayer for our generation and each individual life. As David, who lived a life of prayer said, "I am prayer, " so we too, will learn to live a life of prayer. Students will keep a personal prayer journal and have the opportunity to participate in several corporate times of weekly prayer including men's/women's early morning prayer, staff prayer, Saturday evening revival prayer, and Sunday morning service prayer.


OCTOBER - PRAYER

LAB: PRAYER WALKING

Students will learn tips for prayer walking and then go prayer walking at several different locations in the area. Students will also complete a Spiritual Mapping project that includes researching the history of a specific location near Crown Point, presenting their findings, and then prayer walking at that location.


NOVEMBER - LEADERSHIP

O.T. SURVEY - MAJOR PROPHETS

This is the fourth course of a systematic, strategic, survey of the Old Testament, exploring the Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. This class will explore valuable lessons and prophetic insights gleaned from the Major Prophets of the Old Testament.


NOVEMBER - LEADERSHIP

FIVE-FOLD MINISTRY

When Jesus ascended to take His place at the Father's right hand, He left gifts behind for His Church - Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers (Eph. 4:11). These gifts have been given to encourage and equip the Body of Christ so that She may grow in unity and maturity. This course is designed to help the student understand the unique calling of each gifting as well as the way these various gifts are designed to work together. In the process, students will gain a clearer understanding of their own ministry call.


NOVEMBER - LEADERSHIP

CHURCH HISTORY MAKERS

This class is designed to provide a brief yet comprehensive survey of the people and events that have shaped both church history and the world. Students will gain an appreciation for learning history, a cursory knowledge of the major events in church history, an understanding of the way ideas and events are impacting our culture today, and valuable insights from the lives of history makers.


NOVEMBER - LEADERSHIP

LIFE-GIVING LEADERSHIP

This course is a study of Godly character qualities and practical principles of life-giving leadership that makes leaders full of purity, passion, and purpose. Success in any endeavor is directly linked to leadership. This is why leaders must learn to surround themselves with other emerging leaders to create a strong ministry team. In this course, students will learn the spiritual and practical principles to help them become excellent leaders.


NOVEMBER - LEADERSHIP

LEADING WITH EXCELLENCE

This course will include a study of Dr. Tetsola's book, The Oil of Excellence. Students will digest and discuss topics such as internal and external excellence; the Biblical basis for excellence; the value of excellence and faithfulness; and developing commitment for excellence. Students will take inventory of daily situations where they can develop and strengthen their personal spirit of excellence, and they will research Biblical examples, historical figures, and present day business models which carry an excellent spirit.


NOVEMBER - LEADERSHIP

MINISTRY OF HELPS

The Ministry of Helps in the local church is a Biblical and strategic ministry. In fact, most people who attend church will never be a Senior Pastor! However, if they are faithful, loyal, and have a heart to serve, they will be an integral part of fulfilling the vision of the House, and in turn, they will fulfill their destiny as well! This course will look at the Biblical basis for a Helps Ministry; how to form a winning team around you; and how to succeed as the "Second in Command."


DECEMBER - LIFE DISCIPLINES

O.T. SURVEY - MINOR PROPHETS

This is the fifth and final course of a systematic, strategic survey of the Old Testament exploring the books of the Minor (Potent!) Prophets and the men who wrote them. This course will produce valuable lessons and prophetic insights from the prophets of the Old Testament which can be used in everyday life.


DECEMBER - LIFE DISCIPLINES

HERMENEUTICS (BIBLE STUDY METHODS)

In this course, students will learn practical ways to further appreciate, assimilate, and apply the wealth of God's Word in their lives and ministry. Practical tools presented include: interpretation, strategic study plans, implementing a devotional journal, and use of software/translation tools.


DECEMBER - LIFE DISCIPLINES

HISTORY OF REVIVAL

This course is presented to peak interest, spark expectancy, and fan the flame of desire for a heaven-sent revival in our generation! Emphasis will be on defining what is true revival; the purpose of revival; some proven principles of revival; preparation for revival; and the prayer in pursuit of revival. Biblical and historical revival patters will be examined, as well as clear Scriptural promises to build a bonfire of faith. Expected outcome of this course is a remnant of revivalists rising up who will stir revival fire in our churches, our nation, and the harvest fields of earth!


DECEMBER - LIFE DISCIPLINES

THE MARRIAGE COVENANT

This course will provide a theological framework for understanding marriage from God's perspective. The class will focus on the themes of God's purpose for marriage, the unique roles of men and women in marriage, sexual intimacy with your spouse, and childrearing. In addition, we will discuss the sociological importance of a biblical understanding of marriage in building and sustaining a healthy culture.


DECEMBER - LIFE DISCIPLINES

LIFESTYLE OF WORSHIP

God created each one of us to be worshippers - not just someone who practices religion or just believes in God. God Himself is looking for worshippers - those whose worship is ignited and fueled by His Spirit and played out in the reality of everyday life. In this class, the student will look at the lives of worshippers in the Bible and study how their lifestyles identified them as worshippers. We will also delve into life today and identify how the lives we live can actually be worship. God is seeking those whose life is a daily sacrifice offered to an unseen Priest and King!


DECEMBER - LIFE DISCIPLINES

KINGDOM FINANCES

Most Americans are controlled by their money (or the lack of it), as opposed to controlling their money for Kingdom purposes. In this course, students will learn about the principles of tithing, offerings, budgeting, saving, and Kingdom prosperity.


JANUARY - THE LOCAL CHURCH

N.T. BIBLE SURVEY - THE GOSPELS

This is the first course of a systematic, strategic study of the New Testament exploring the four Gospels. Emphasis will be on priority themes, prophetic present truths, and practical life applications; in Matthew - Be Loyal; in Mark - Be Diligent; in Luke - Be Compassionate; in John - Be Alive.


JANUARY - THE LOCAL CHURCH

CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY

This course will discuss current statistics and trends concerning children and youth; myths and truths about ministering to children and youth; and the importance of Children and Youth Ministry.


JANUARY - THE LOCAL CHURCH

MINISTRY OF COUNSELING

Counseling is something that every leader is called on to do. One of the Messianic names that Isaiah prophesied about Jesus in Isaiah 9:6 was that He would be a Counselor. So The Counselor and His Word will help us to be effective counselors, because we have His mind and His Spirit living within us! This course will begin to help the student to become an effective counselor using Biblical principles to comfort, guide, and encourage God's people.


JANUARY - THE LOCAL CHURCH

ECCLESIOLOGY

It’s not uncommon today to find people expressing an interest in “spirituality” while, at the same time, expressing a complete disinterest in the Church. People like Jesus. They simply have no use for the “institutionalized” church which bears his name. Why? Next to His love for His Son, nothing could be nearer and dearer to the heart of God than the Church. Jesus loved the Church so much that He gave His life to redeem her as His Bride. This class will examine the biblical doctrine of “ecclesiology,” or the doctrine of the Church. We will address such questions as: What is the Church? What is the purpose of the Church? and What are the signs of a healthy church? Students will examine the current health of the Church and wrestle with what we can do to become the Church of the Living God, a church of purity, power and ever-increasing Kingdom impact.


JANUARY - THE LOCAL CHURCH

EFFECTIVE PASTORING

When people say the word "pastor," sometimes high and lofty (and often unrealistic) terms come to their minds - as though a pastor (or his family) is hardly human! This class will discuss the role of a pastor, the life of a pastor, the struggles that pastors face, how pastors relate to their staff, and the joy sand trials of shepherding God's sheep.


JANUARY - THE LOCAL CHURCH

HOMILETICS

This class is designed to teach the student how to effectively communicate (preach and teach) the Bible in an orthodox and relevant manner. Attention will be given to the preparation and practice of delivering a sermon.


FEBRUARY - LIFE IN THE KINGDOM

N.T. BIBLE SURVEY - EPISTLES PART 1

This is the second course of a systematic, strategic survey of the New Testament covering the books of Acts, Romans, and I/II Corinthians. Emphasis will be on priority themes, prophetic truths, and practical life applications.


FEBRUARY - LIFE IN THE KINGDOM

VISIONEERING

"Visioneering is the engineering of a vision. It's the process one follows to develop and maintain vision. It's a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction of what it should be" (Andy Stanley). Students will be taught how to leave a legacy and have what they have created outlive and outlast their lives. This course will help the student to develop personal vision, creativity, teamwork, and purpose.


FEBRUARY - LIFE IN THE KINGDOM

CHARACTER OF THE CHRISTIAN WORKER

"Our usefulness to the Lord in His work is determined by the constitution of our character. Natural and undesirable elements in our character must be thoroughly dealt with through the abundant mercy and grace of our Lord, and positive traits must be built up, cultivated, and developed if we are to be effective servants of the Lord" (Watchman Nee). In this course, students will study the characteristics and moral ethics that a five-fold minister of the Gospel should possess.


FEBRUARY - LIFE IN THE KINGDOM

APOLOGETICS

Have you encountered the common slogans of the moral relativist? “Christianity is true for you, but not for me.” “That’s just your perspective.” “Who are you to judge?” “You can’t legislate morality.”

In this class, we will teach you how to respond to these falsehoods and how to express your faith boldly in our secularized culture.


FEBRUARY - LIFE IN THE KINGDOM

BUILDING A DISCIPLE MAKING MINISTRY

This course will explore the Great Commission mandate to "make disciples," with an emphasis on practical methodology to produce measurable results.


FEBRUARY - LIFE IN THE KINGDOM

KINGDOM OF GOD

The message of the Kingdom was the main focus of Jesus' life and ministry. As such, it deserves our focus and demands our understanding. In this course, students will study the teachings on the Kingdom of God found in both the Old and New Testaments. They will examine the tension between the present reality of the Kingdom and its future fulfillment, as well as the culture and signs of the Kingdom of God.


MARCH - MISSION

N.T. BIBLE SURVEY - EPISTLES PART 2

This is the third course of a systematic, strategic survey of the New Testament covering the book of Galatians through the book of Jude. Emphasis will be on priority themes, prophetic truths, and practical life applications.


MARCH - MISSION

CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY

This class will prepare the student for the challenges and rewards of cross-cultural ministry. Students will learn about discerning the call to "go"; how to enter a new culture; tips for re-entering your native culture; and the differences between hot and cold climate cultures.


MARCH - MISSION

APOSTOLIC MISSION IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

This course teaches how churches can become epicenters of mission vision and implementation and accomplish God's design for the local church. "Rediscovering the role God designed for the Church in mission is a critical issue facing the mission movement today. That role is to glorify God by planting churches among every tongue, tribe, and nation. However, planting churches among Unreached Peoples is a complex process and call forth every ministry gift and the contribution of every believer. If Christians are to participate in God's global mission, they must be affirmed, developed, and released right where they live, in the context of the local church" (George Miley).


MARCH - MISSION

LAB: CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY

This course is preparation for the student's overseas summer field mission internship. Covered in the class will be how to adapt to a culture without criticizing it; how to communicate with family and friends back home, and how to avoid culture shock. Students will complete a research project on the country they will be interning, in as well as learn basic conversational language phrases.


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