Classes & Training


GROW GROUPS: “GROWING IN CHRIST”

Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Learning about Christ and about His will for our lives is a key component of “growing in God” and small group life at CLA. It is vital as Christians to discover the balance between owning the responsibility to grow and trusting in the help and power of the Holy Spirit to bring about Christ-like character in us.

Below are the following classes and education programs at CLA:

Christian Life Midweek

Wednesdays at 7 PM – Fellowship Hall
Biblical Teaching, Growing Deeper, Application

Every Wednesday, we spend time engaging in passionate worship and learning through verse-by-verse biblical teaching. If you want to grow in your faith and grow deeper in your understanding of God’s Word, then Christian Life Midweek is for you!

We are currently studying in our teaching series the Book of Romans. This study is taking place Sept. 6th – Nov. 15th at 7PM.

ROMANS STUDY

NEXT STEP CLASSES

Next Step Classes are held on Thursdays nights at 6:30 PM.

DISCOVER 101
Sunday, October 1, 15 & 22 at 6:00 PM. – Fellowship Hall

Discover 101 is our membership class. You will discover our story, our mission, our vision, our CORE values, our ministry plan and the pathway to membership at CLA. This class will challenge and inspire you on your spiritual journey!

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EXPLORE 202
Our Explore class will be offered January of 2018.

Explore 202 is our biblical core doctrine class. You will explore key biblical and fundamental doctrines and spiritual practices that are central to our faith as Christians on an everyday basis such as Bible reading, prayer, the Holy Spirit’s gifts and empowerment in our lives as believers, etc… Don’t miss this inspiring class!

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CONNECT 203
Our Connect class will be offered January of 2018.

Connect 203 is our small group leadership class. You will learn how to connect deeper in the life of our church through understanding the small group DNA of our church and biblical leadership principles. Learn how to be a more effective leader!

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REACH 204
Our Reach class will be offered January of 2018.

Reach 204 is our relational evangelism class. You will learn how to effectively reach your family and friends through the different methods of evangelism (i.e. telling your story, being relational, giving a verbal witness, etc…) Be empowered to REACH others for Christ!

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Other GROW Classes

In this three-week class, you will learn about your spiritual gifts and have an opportunity to explore ways that God has gifted you. At the conclusion of this class, we will help you find your perfect fit in the body of Christ using your God-given passions and gifts.
To sign up for this class, please click register below.

This nine-week class is designed to help you learn to better manage your money, pay off debt, save for the future, and learn to work together as a team with your spouse. The cost of this class is $99 per family and will include all of the class materials. As well as online access for you and your family. Change your financial future! Registrations can be made online HERE, the button below or at the Next Step Desk. Space is limited!

Leadership Path at CLA

At CLA, we hold leaders to a higher standard. Biblical leadership is the task of leading God’s people into mutual ministry with one another for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and reaching out to the world (Eph. 4:11-13; Matt. 28:18-20). In order to accomplish this task, leaders need to:

Establish a growing and maturing relationship with the Lord. (John 15:5)

Sense a calling or passion from the Lord to lead people. (Ex. 3:1-10; John 21:15-17)

Have a vision for building up future leaders. (2 Tim. 2:2)

By far the most challenging model of leadership in the Bible is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Follow me” (Matt. 4:19), expecting men and women to abandon self-centered lifestyles and follow Him. In return, He gave meaning and purpose to their lives. He nurtured, trained, and equipped them for a mission that was far bigger than anything they could have imagined. What caused people to follow after Christ? Two things: His vision and His example.

Jesus had a compelling vision. He was looking for men and women who were willing to become His disciples and go into the world on His behalf (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). In Matthew 9:36-38, we find Jesus casting vision for His disciples. “But when he saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest, to send out laborers into His harvest.”

But Jesus not only had a vision—He embodied the vision by becoming an example. The Scriptures provide us with the most vivid example of all when “He rose up from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.” (John 13:4-5). This was the explicit role of a servant of a household. Why did Jesus do this menial task? To show us that leaders lead by example. Leaders serve those they are leading; no task is “beneath” a leader. In Mark 10:45, Jesus tells His disciples that He did not come to be served but to serve. This is a true shepherd. Leaders have a heart for being caregivers. They see others with compassion, as Christ saw them in Matthew 9:36-38, distressed and downcast, in need of a good shepherd who will protect them and provide nurturing care for them. Deep in their hearts, leaders are convinced about the need to do ministry and use their gifts to shepherd others. (Phil. 1:8; 1 Thess. 2:7-8; 1 Peter 5:1-4)

Leaders at CLA are intentional about shepherding God’s people who are in their group. Not every leader has the primary gift of shepherding but they should be intentional by finding either an apprentice or somebody in the group who is gifted in shepherding. CLA leaders care for the flock as if they were their own children (1 Thess. 2:5-12).

How do I become a leader at CLA?

Any office or position of leadership in the church (other than that of pastor) may be filled by appointment of the pastor with advisement of the church board for the unexpired term if they meet the following requirements:
a) Be a member of Christian Life Assembly.
b) Serve for six months prior to leading.
c) Exceptions to a) and b) can be made at the discretion of the Pastor with the approval of the church board.

How do I become a deacon at CLA?

Deacons at CLA are servant leaders. Deacons are chosen out of the congregation to serve the needs of ministry under the direction of the leaders and are to uphold high standards in their servant-leader role.

It is important to note:

a.) A deacon is a man or a woman who is appointed to the ministry of serving others by those who lead the Church.

b.) The primary characteristic of a deacon is an attitude of being ready to serve. This marked willingness to serve is the beginning criteria that we use in choosing and sustaining this important level of leadership at Christian Life Assembly.

c.) A deacon is a servant leader who serves the Church.

Our bylaws state…
The deacons shall be men or women of mature Christian experience and knowledge, who shall be expected to meet the requirements set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Acts 6. Deacons shall be at least twenty-three (23) years old, and shall have been members of the assembly for at least one year. They shall have documented proof of having supported the church with their tithes and offerings for six months prior to holding office and shall continue to tithe while in office, have a cooperative spirit, regularly attend church services and functions and have taken the required courses as set forth by the Pastor and the church board. They shall not hold ministerial credentials with the District or General Council of the Assemblies of God.

The following courses are required to be considered as a deacon candidate at CLA:
• Discover 101 (Membership)
• Explore 202 (Christian Doctrine)
• Connect 203 (Small Group Leadership)
• Reach 204 (Relational Evangelism)
• Spiritual Gifts 205
• Holy Spirit In You 301
• Counseling 302
• Ethics of a Leader 303

Below is a chart to help layout the leadership path at CLA.

Step 1: Become a Member

• Be a Relational Witness
• Believe & Be Baptized.
• Belong to a Small Group.
• Begin to Volunteer.
• Begin to Give.
• Become a Member.

Step 2: Become a Leader

• Become a Member.
• Serve for Six Months Prior to Leading.

Step 3: Become a Deacon

• Discover 101
• Explore 202
• Connect 203
• Reach 204
• Spiritual Gifts 205
• Holy Spirit In You 301
• Counseling 302
• Ethics of a Leader 303

To view the constitution and bylaws of Christian Life Assembly, please click here.