Learning is a lifetime process. One that never stops. Classes are offered on a variety of topics throughout the year to help you grow deeper in faith. In them, we journey together to grow in our knowledge and real life application of God’s Word. Wherever you are in your faith, there is a class for you! Take a step and experience life transformation that comes from being awakened to faith in new ways and prepared with the understanding you need to be the best you.
Deepen your knowledge and understanding
Don't know where to start? Try:
Alpha / Contact: Kim Tholen
Do you have a question about Christian faith that you haven't asked and wish you could? Do you want to learn the best way to read your Bible? Do you know if God hears your prayers? Do you wonder why God allows suffering? Alpha is an opportunity to explore these and many other subjects in a relaxed, friendly setting.
LifeKeys: Discover Who You Are / Contact: Steve Clevenger
Find out how your gifts and passions can be used to glorify God. No matter where you are along life's journey, it's never too early or too late to understand who you are in God's eyes. Join us for a seven-week journey seeking to understand your unique gifts, spiritual gifts, personality types, values and passions that God has placed within your heart.
Essentials: A Deep Dive Into the Core Beliefs of the Christian Faith/ Contact: Lisa Nebel
Essentials discusses the central beliefs/doctrines of Christian faith in depth. If you would like to increase your knowledge of what we believe as Christians, and learn skills on how to dialogue with people who may not believe the same thing, this is a course for you. Essentials is also a great next step if you have gone through Alpha or Lifekeys. We will cover topics like the inspiration of Scripture, the Trinity, salvation, the church and more. We will learn together by teachings from Westwood's pastors; Joel Johnson, Brian Suter, Laura Gilbertson, and Dave Trautmann, as we discuss these topics around tables.
Ready to dive a little deeper? Try:
/ Contact: Chaz Nichols
Have you ever desired to be a blessing for others but did not know where to start. The BLESS class will take a close look at here, near and far opportunities for ministering to those in need. We will also review the BLESS lifestyle—a Westwood standard for talking with our neighbors and friends about our faith. Be a Blessing is the third stage of our Be Awakened, Be Prepared, and Be a Blessing life transformation pathway. Join us as we explore how to BLESS others.
Care with the Love of Jesus Christ / Contact: Bernice Kharrat
Discover effective ways to carry the love of Christ into painful circumstances at home or work. This five-week interactive training explores God's call to care, and how to recognize and respond to the hurting people we encounter every day. Topics include: Listening, Feelings, Boundaries, Grief and Loss, and Prayer.
Faith and Work
/ Contact: Lisa Nebel
For six weeks together we will explore how our faith connects to our work through a video course called, Reframe. Reframe blends world-class teaching with real-life examples of how to live out the gospel in every aspect of daily life. The course includes case studies of Christians in various professions wrestling with how to apply their faith to their professional and personal lives.
Financial Peace University
/ Contact: Dave Trautmann
This life-changing class, taught by Dave Ramsey on video and led by Westwood's financial ministry leaders, will help you achieve your financial goals. You'll learn how to spend wisely, make financial decisions, eliminate debt, save for the future and give like never before. You will enjoy the journey and experience the peace of following Christ in your financial life.
Learn the Word, Love the Word, Live the Word / Contact: Lisa Nebel
Learn how to be a "do-er" of God's Word, not just a hearer. You'll discover it's easier than ever to unlock deep and life-changing meaning in the Scriptures. Reignite and strengthen your passion for God’s Word through this class developed by Rick Warren, author of A Purpose Driven Life.
Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
/ Contact: Lisa Nebel
If you're tired of the status quo—if you suspect there is more to Christianity than what you've experienced, come join us as we learn to cultivate new spiritual intimacy and confidence in prayer. We will taste the benefits of the slowing down of life's frenetic pace as we learn how to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Transformational Leadership: Foundations / Contact: Michele Christenson
Join Westwood leaders for teaching and experiential exercises to explore, discuss and apply the 4R Biblical model of leadership to those you influence within and outside of the walls of Westwood. (formerly titled Passport to Leadership). We are committed to inspiring and releasing Christian leadership within our church community to help us accomplish our mission and vision. Our Wellspring Ministry offers leadership training, development and resources that invests in biblical leaders. Learn more at The Well.
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If you have additional questions contact Community Life & Learning / Lisa Nebel, 952.224.7348