HR | Equip Classes Winter 2020

Join us for a second semester of Equip Classes! Beginning February 2nd, Hanley Road will launch several Equip Classes, detailed below. In the Bible, God commands us to know His Word deeply; Deuteronomy 4:6-7 says: "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." Through Equip Classes, we hope to increase opportunities for Christian education. 

Equip Classes will be open to all in between service times (from 10-10:50), and sign ups should be live by the beginning of January. Taught by trained and capable teachers, these classes will vary in week length per class. In order to make this class accessible for those with young children, we will be using the following childcare system: each person in the class will sign up for one date when they will help watch the kids of the parents in the class. We hope by spreading this ask out that it will not inhibit class participation. Childcare will be offered through 2nd grade. 


Class Selections

Core Christianity II:

This course starts where Core Christianity I left off. This twelve-week class will continue the journey through the Apostle's Creed and the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith. We will also be exploring what it means to be a mature Christian. How can we live out the way of Jesus by loving God and others and growing in Christlikeness? Please note we will not be meeting on Easter Sunday.

Core Christianity II will be taught by Elders Nathan Mattia, Rich Pierce, and Milton Mitchell.

This class will meet in the chapel on the main floor, near the men's and women's restrooms.


Africans Against the World: How The Resolve of African Christians Shaped the Church's Story:

This church history course is a survey of the early African church fathers and mothers and how their teachings and influence decisively shaped Christian orthodoxy. We'll be delving back to the time of Christ to the 400s. Some key figures will include St. Mark from the New Testament, St. Athanasius of Alexandria, and St. Augustine of Hippo. It's our hope that students will learn about these key figures and gain spiritual nourishment from their ideas for our faith walk today. We hope students will be able to grasp the geographic and cultural diversity of Christian history; it is so much more than a story about Rome, Europe, and dead white men. This class is for anyone who desires to know more about God by encountering saints from Africa; it's not just a class intended for those interested in church history but should appeal to a wide range of interests.

This seven-week class will be taught by Hanley Road member, Chad Kim. 

The class will begin by meeting in the basement classroom. To get to the basement classroom, go down the stairs by the parking lot entrance and curve around the hallway to your right.

There will be weekly reading recommended for this course. Though even if a student doesn't get to the reading that week, they are still welcome to come to class and can benefit from the lesson. The weekly reading should be no more than 1-2 chapters from scripture and 8-10 pages from one of the people being studied.


Dear White Christian: a Book Study with Elder Aaron Layton

In the fall of 2014, during the racial and cultural events in Ferguson, Aaron Layton desperately wanted to know what was going on in the minds of his white colleagues, friends, and fellow church members. When Aaron interacted with them, a trusted white friend responded: "Here is the deal: we don't understand it; we don't know what to say, and we don't know what to do." That response propelled Aaron to action to deepen the understanding of his white friends, with the hope that greater understanding would result in a greater unity believers possess in Christ. The lessons he learned are the foundation of this book, a letter to the white Christians he dearly loves, as well as to those he hopes to one day meet. Dear White Christian is meant for any white believer who seeks practical tools for beginning or continuing conversations with black brothers and sisters in Christ. As you read this book and study it together, we encourage you to venture into the uncomfortable. Let us be challenged in our lives for the good of God's kingdom.

This ten-week class will be taught by Hanley Road Elder, Aaron Layton.

This class will be held in the main level auditorium, adjacent to the sanctuary.