How Courses Fit Into Healthy Church Life

By Grant Crawford

We have learnt a lot about running courses in our years here at One Life Church. Here are 3 points we think are valuable when it comes to running courses as part of a healthy church.

3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3)

1.) Courses as a means of discipleship.

Courses are only one means of discipleship. Although we have a lecture room on a Sunday, meaningful change is often best achieved with one-on-one discipleship or small discussion groups. We often look at adapting courses into discipleship tools.

2.) Setting doctrine for courses.

Is  the elder’s responsibility. Never release a course you have not been through. We have had “nonsense” in the past.

3.) Timing.

For courses that are small and not advertised from the pulpit, just about any time will be fine. However, if you promote the course from the pulpit think about what will be sacrificed for your course. Will small groups be sacrificed? Perhaps a prayer meeting? Something will shrink because people can’t be called out night after night till Jesus returns. (Personally, I think big courses are best run in holidays when connect groups are not functioning.)