Phase one - Joining God’s Story
SCHEDULE: Sunday afternoon
cost: $1200 lethbridge or $1000 online/off-site*
2019/20 applications open: June 7th, 2019
age: 17 and older
*online students will video conference in for all classes in Lethbridge, whereas our off-site students will watch video classes in a small group at one of our offsite locations.
WHat is phase one?
When we said yes to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we were welcomed into his story, the story of redemption. This story was set in motion by God at the creation of the world. A common misconception is that we ask the Lord into our story, or our heart, but the scriptures tell us another story. A story of a God who set a plan in motion from the creation of the world to redeem all thing back to himself. This story of redemption is the good news. We believe that mankind can only know itself by knowing God and to know God is to know what he says about himself, to know and understand his miraculous story of redemption and to understand our place within it.
In phase one we use the Apostles Creed as our base. This ancient creed has been used for centuries to teach people the basics of the faith. Through it we study who God is, what he has done and what that means for us. This year is not about information but about transformation so we spend the year learning how to receive the truth of God to the head and the heart so that we may be shaped by God through all we do.
what can you expect?
Everything we do throughout the year is focused on helping every student build a foundation for them to build off of for the rest of their lives. Our expectations are meant to be manageable for any person, whether that is someone with a full-time job and a family or a university student or a stay at home parent. There are certain expectations that will aid or limit your growth over the year. These expectations are built around a rhythm of life daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
Morning and Evening Prayer - we have provided every student with a booklet to aid in a daily rhythm of morning and evening prayer. This includes liturgical prayers, personal prayers, prayers of intercession and scripture reading. Our goal is to help each student see that a daily rhythm of prayer and scripture reading is not only valuable, it is necessary for the life and health of the human soul. This is one of the primary ways we are formed by God on a daily basis.
Classes - Once a week, from September to April there will be a gathering for theological instruction, discussion and prayer. This is where we will spend time looking through the Apostles Creed and the theological topics found within. We begin each class with 30 minutes of discussion about the previous week in order to reflect together as a community.
Reading - There are assigned books and scripture readings in order to assist you in learning and receiving God’s truth. The assigned books for phase one are found below.
Reflection - One of the most important pieces in receiving truth to the heart is reflection. We should be keeping a journal about how we’ve responded to the truth of who God is, what he’s done and why it matters. We ask that you write a reflection on the classes, readings and/or daily prayer to share online with the other students by midnight on Saturday evening.
Small Group Discussion - Both in our online forums and in class there is expectation to engage in small group discussions. This aspect of community and learning is of the utmost important. It takes humility and courage to share our struggles and our successes with those around us. This is also one of the areas we will learn the most if we come humbly with a willingness to learn from our peers.
Pastoral Meeting - If you are a local student to Lethbridge, or an online student, Canon Robert will meet with you once per month to process what the Lord has been doing with you over the last month. This meeting is not administrative in nature but pastoral. We know that there are always many things happening in our lives when we devote time to the Lord, whether those are things of blessing, spiritual attack or struggles, all can be walked out in faith but we can’t do it alone. Your pastor’s focus will be to help guide you along the way, and to help you develop spiritual eyes to see all that the Lord is doing in your life through all these circumstances, good or bad.
Year End Reflection - This reflection can be done in a number of ways. If you are an artist we encourage you to use your art as a way of reflecting and proclaiming what God has revealed through the year. This reflection is not primarily about you, it is about God. Who has God revealed himself to be this year? What truth about God transformed your life most spectacularly? What is different at the end than it was in the beginning? What is your testimony of God’s goodness at the end of phase one?
The Drama of Scripture - Craig Bartholomew & Michael Goheen
Growing in Christ - J.i. Packer
Psalms: Prayerbook of the Bible - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
These are required reading materials for the class and are not provided by Corpus as it saves a significant amount of money for each student to order a single copy rather than us order them in bulk. Your journals have your weekly readings writing into them.