Dean’s Report, January 2019
What a thrill to see Outlier University complete it’s fourth semester of operation and witness God’s hand accomplishing the goals Pastor Steve and I set out a year and a half ago. Our vision has been to see a local church — specifically, The Road @ Chapel Hills, — raise up a spiritually mature congregation of wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ through education. And not just any education, but one specifically directed toward loving God with our hearts and souls (Biblical Foundations and Spiritual Formation); mind and strength (Christian Apologetics and Biblical Worldview); and our neighbor as ourselves (Christian Living and Missional Living).
311 students registered (approximately half our congregation) for the 21 courses that were taught. 170 students received credit for attending 3,212 hours of instruction, spread over 303 classes! That’s exciting!
Just as exciting was to see the level of teachers who were raised up from our own congregation. In 2 Timothy 2, Paul instructs us to “accurately handle the word of truth” and “entrust faithful men and women to teach others.” We were thrilled to find 12 such teachers within our own congregation. They put in countless hours of preparation and classroom time to make it happen. In fact, last semester we actually had too many classes going! We are still learning.
Our Spring semester runs January 13 to March 13 with four great classes on Sunday morning (9:00-10:00am), just before the Church service, and one online course on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm.
Sunday morning (9:00-10:00am)
- Hearing the Voice of God
- The Absurdity of Life Without God
- Biblical Prophecy and WWIII in the Middle East
- Breakthrough to Better Relationships
Thursday evening (online 7:00pm)
- Church History (Part 2)