General Courses


GENERAL COURSES OFFERED FOR 2017-2018

Live Courses

Unless otherwise noted all LIVE classes are held at the offices of the Diocese of Central Florida - 1017 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL. Doors open for registration at 8:00 am, Classes begin with Morning Prayer at 8:30 am.

Introduction to Inductive Bible Study

Live - September 16, 2017 - $35 (non-credit) $45 (credit)

Instructor: Mr. Tom Phillips, Emmaus Ministries

For over 100 years Inductive Bible Study has been a major way scholars have interpreted and applied the Bible.  Tom Phillips, Executive Director of Emmaus Ministries will take us through a basic overview of the principles of Inductive Bible Study so that we can apply it’s tools and concepts to our daily study.

Homiletics - Part 1 & Part 2

TWO PART CLASS - Part 1 to be held on October 28, 2017 and Part 2 to be held on November 11, 2017 - Each Part $45 (credit) / $35 (non-credit)

InstructorThe Rev. Rob Goodridge

There’s only one place in our 21st century culture, where people get cleaned up, hop into their cars, on their day off, drive several miles, walk into a building, and sit silently for 15 minutes listening to someone speak about important issues: The Sunday Sermon. This two part course will reveal exciting ways to create and deliver meaningful, biblical, proclamations of faith without watching parishioners check messages on their phones.

The Pauline Epistles

LIVE - January 6, 2018 - $35 (non-credit) / $45 (credit)

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jon Davis

Often confused, misquoted, misunderstood by many, Paul was a man with a passion to know Christ and make Him known in the world.  Journey with Paul through the book of Acts and his letters to gain deeper understanding and appreciation for the work of Jesus Christ and the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

Mapping Your Ministry In The World

LIVE -February 10, 2018 - $35 (non-credit) / $45 (credit)

Instructor: The Rev. Danielle Morris

How does the gospel intersect with the world? Is the church a dead end, a rest stop, or a scenic route? How do your brokenness and giftedness combine to fuel your ministry? This course, drawing from 2 Corinthians, is designed to be practical, challenge you, and help you articulate your unique calling and commitment.

Prayerbook Spirituality

LIVE -March 24, 2018 - $35 (non-credit) / $45 (credit)

Instructor: To Be Announced

The Book of Common Prayer is not only a resource we use on Sunday mornings, but a rule of life that governs the spiritual disciplines of all the faithful. This course is designed to a Prayer Book spirituality which forms disciples of Christ in the way God desires.

Social Media

LIVE -Spring 2018 / Date to be announced- $35 (non-credit) / $45 (credit)

Instructor: The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin Holcomb

How do you proclaim the good news in the 21st century. Learn how technology can help you get the good news into the hands of those who need it most. This hands-on class covers websites as well as social media staples Facebook and Twitter. We’ll learn how to get local media to promote church events and cover other communication applications such as podcasting, blogging, and Skype.

New Testament Survey

LIVE Class - November 11, 2017 - NOTE: PREREQUISITE FOR CLASS - Students must sign up for and complete viewing of Online New Testament class prior to attending on November 11. Be prepared to discuss material in class.

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Reggie Kidd

The New Testament is a book of what St. Paul once called “God’s many-sided wisdom”(Eph3:10), wisdom that is central to diaconal ministry. In this two-part “flyover” of the New Testament, we will explore each book’s promise and challenge for our call to do the work of the ministry: “to make Christ and his redemptive love known” where we “live, and work, and worship”, … and “to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.”

The Book of Isaiah

LIVE - January 6, 2018 - $35 (non-credit) / $45 (credit)

Instructor: The Rev. Todd Schmidtetter

The Book of Isaiah is one of the most important books of the Old Testament.  while little is known of the personal life of the prophet, he is considered to be one of the greatest of them all.  It provides us with the most comprehensive prophetic picture of Jesus Christ in the entire Old Testament.  This course will dive deeper into this book which stands as a testament of hope in the Lord, the One who saves His people from themselves.

The Reformation

LIVE - February 10, 2018 - $35 (non-credit) / $45 (credit)

Instructor: The Rev. Tom Rutherford

This course will help you understand the ideas, events, and conditions leading to and resulting from the Protestant Reformation and subsequent Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. You will meet the main players involved: Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, and Ignatius Loyola, and their impact on contemporary Anglicanism.

The Universe Next Door

LIVE - March 24, 2018 - $35 (non-credit) / $45 (credit)

Instructor: The Rev. David Newhart

Discover the foundations of competing worldviews where they align and diverge from Christianity. This course will help you understand the basic concepts of differing worldviews in a way that will aid you in defending the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Episcopal Church In America

LIVE - April 21, 2018 - $35 (non-credit) / $45 (credit)

Instructor: The Rev. Tom Rutherford

How did the Episcopal church develop in America? what is “The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society”? Join Father Tom Rutherford, a passionate church historian, to learn more about where we have come from, and where we might be going.

ON LINE COURSES

Old Testament Survey

On-line Only - $50

8 sessions, 1 to 2 hours each

Instructor: The Rev. Charlie Holt

The Old Testament is filled with stories of human faithfulness and failure, God’s judgment, and redemption. This survey class will provide an overview of every book in the Old Testament, and will explore the big picture of how the books function together and work redemptively for God’s people. Learn how to faithfully apply the Old Testament scriptures in the age of the New Covenant.

New Testament Survey

On-line - $50 (LIVE COURSE - OCTOBER 14, 2017)

NOTE: THIS CLASS IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR THE LIVE CLASS BUT IT MAY BE TAKEN AS A STAND-ALONE

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Reggie Kidd

The New Testament is a book of what St. Paul once called “God’s many-sided wisdom”(Eph3:10), wisdom that is central to diaconal ministry. In this two-part “flyover” of the New Testament, we will explore each book’s promise and challenge for our call to do the work of the ministry: “to make Christ and his redemptive love known” where we “live, and work, and worship”, … and “to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world.”

Know the Heretics

On-line Only - $25

Instructors: The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin Holcomb

Heresy dominates many conversations these days. The frequency and volume of accusations suggest that some Christians have lost a sense of the gravity of the word. On the other hand, many believers have little to no familiarity with orthodox doctrine or the historic distortions of it. This course provides an accessible “travel guide” to the most significant heresies throughout Christian history.

Our Anglican Heritage

On-line Only - $25

3 online sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. D. Scott Walker

We will examine the development of Christianity in Britain and later, the world. We’ll touch on several key characteristics and decisions that have formed the Anglican Church as we currently know it and consider what type of communion the Lord is calling us to be now and in the near future.

Addictions and Faith

On-line Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: Julia Suereth, MA

An in-depth look at the point where faith and God meet someone struggling with an addiction. Learn how spirituality can help free a person from the grips that deceive and control. Understand how dependence results from lack of connections and submission to God, and learn how to allow faith to be part of addiction recovery.

COMING SOON! - TO BE ADDED SHORTLY

M.A.S.H. - Moving Ahead To Spiritual Health

On-line Only - $25

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jim Sorvillo

As Christ’s body, the church exists by virtue of its participation in God’s mission, the missio Dei.  When dysfunction in the church distracts the body of Christ from this participation, the church is inhibited in its mission.  This class will offer practical tools for proactively identifying possible areas of congregational dysfunction and a responsive process for healing and reconciliation if and when they occur.

Introduction To The Book of Common Prayer

On-line Only - $25

4 Sessions – 1 1/2 hrs each

Instructor: The Rev. Danielle Morris

This course will give you an understanding of the history and emphasis of Anglican worship. We’ll place the Prayer Book in the context of theological and historical development, and provide a connection between worship and living.  This course will give you a better familiarity with our BCP and an appreciation for the depth of instruction it provides.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

On-line Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. Canon Dr. Justin Holcomb

This is a study of various forms of violence and abuse and the theological and practical implications of the gospel of the Kingdom for these topics. Students will: gain understanding of the numerous dimensions of sexual assault and domestic abuse, become aware of the scope of the problem and its effect on victims, and formulate a theology about violence and abuse and articulate how gospel-based hope and healing relates to violence and abuse.

Shame - The Confusion of Faces

On-line Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: Mrs. Debbie Miller, LMHC

Since Adam and Eve, tasted the forbidden fruit, shame has been a constant companion for the human race. This course will help you debunk common cultural myths about vulnerability, better define shame and examine its triggers. You will explore the neuroscience of our responses to shame and find ways we try to protect ourselves from vulnerability and shame.

Leadership In A Multi-cultural Context

On-line Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 to ½ hours each

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Gerardo deJesus

Students will discover how to appreciate, understand, and talk with those who believe and think differently from you is part of your missiological task. This course seeks to empower future leaders who intend to work in a multicultural context, enlighten them as to the obstacles they may face, as well as the not-so-subtle threads of cultural and social alienation that often slip through theological formation.

Your Body - God's Temple

On-line Only - $25

3 sessions, 1 to 1 ½ hours each

Instructor: Mrs. Brooke E. Holt

This course will examine scriptures that teach about care of the temple and examine the practicalities of changing our lifestyles to create optimal health.  It will teach you how to integrate all aspects of your life – the physical, the spiritual, and the mental – into a more effective whole.

Mission in the City

On-line Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. Anthony P. Clark

This course will explore biblical reasons and ways to seek God’s peace, the shalom of your city with the Great Commission and Great Commandment in mind.  You will learn how to identify the mission field that exists for you personally and for your church within your neighborhood, your city, and the world.

COMING SOON! - TO BE ADDED SHORTLY

Grief

On-line - ICS and the Diocese of Central Florida are happy to make this course available at no cost in order to benefit our churches and our communities

4 sessions, 1 hr each

Instructor: The Venerable Archdeacon Kristi Alday

Grief is similar to a foreign language. It is easy to understand if you know the language, but frightening, confusing and frustrating if you are grieving or working with someone in grief. As a response to a hurting community in Central Florida after the 6/12/2016 Pulse shooting in Orlando, Archdeacon Kristi Alday offered this workshop at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke for anyone who wanted to attend.

Worshiping in Safety

On-line - ICS and the Diocese of Central Florida are happy to make this course available at no cost in order to benefit our churches and our communities

2 sessions, 1 1/2 each

Instructor(s): Dr. Sharon Jones, LT Cheryl Trainer

Remember The PULSE shootings?

Our Diocese both remembers the victims and their families and wants to prepare our people and parishes to understand  and to actively prevent and manage a full range of emergencies including fires, hurricanes, and active shooters.

This informative program led by Dr. Sharon Jones and LT Cheryl Trainer of the Melbourne Police Department was filmed on Saturday May 6th at 10:00 AM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Cocoa, FL.

Doctrine

On-line Only - $50

Instructor: The Rev. Christopher Brathwaite

8 sessions – 1 to 2 hours each

The doctrines we believe and follow are key to our Christian journey. In this course we will look at the doctrines of Condemnation, Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification using the Book of Romans and the Historical Documents of the Church. We also will look at the dynamic between Sin and Grace and how all of these doctrines are lived out in the Episcopal Tradition.

The Universe Next Door

On-line - $25 / NOTE: Also offered LIVE on March 24, 2018 - $35 / $45

Instructor: The Rev. David Newhart

Discover the foundations of competing worldviews where they align and diverge from Christianity. This course will help you understand the basic concepts of differing worldviews in a way that will aid you in defending the gospel of Jesus Christ.

COMING SOON! - TO BE ADDED SHORTLY

Pastoral Ethics / Finding Margin in Your Life

On-line Only - $25

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Jon Davis

NOTE: The videos present two separate topics – Pastoral Ethics and Finding Margin

Practical Pastoral Ethics – As a Deacon the world will more often than not expect you to have the “right” answer.  This course will discuss how to look at situations from a pastoral perspective while staying true to Biblical teaching, doctrinal and ethical guidelines. This course will also help prepare you for the Deacon Ordination Exam.

Finding Margin – As a Deacon in God’s Church there will be times when it seems like you are being pulled in multiple directions at the same time.  It’s very easy to get over scheduled and emotionally, physically, and spiritually “run out of gas”. In order to serve God’s people well, we need margin in our own lives. This class will give you practical wisdom and tools to restore reserves to our overloaded lives.

The Reformation

On-line - $25 / NOTE: Also offered LIVE on February 10, 2018 - $35 / $45

Instructor: The Rev. Tom Rutherford

This course will help you understand the ideas, events, and conditions leading to and resulting from the Protestant Reformation and subsequent Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. You will meet the main players involved: Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer, and Ignatius Loyola, and their impact on contemporary Anglicanism.

Feasts & Festivals of the Old Testament

On-line Only - $25

3 sessions, 1.5 hours each

Instructor: David Newhart

God defined in the Old Testament Feasts and the offerings that were to be presented and how. Each of the offerings and Feasts had a specific purpose in deepening their relationship with God. In the New Testament these are not defined yet we read about Jesus attending them. Today the role of feasts and the offerings are celebrated peripherally in our worship. This course helps us to gain a deeper understanding and relationship with God in our present day worship And you thought Leviticus would be boring….

Diakonia In A Modern Day World

On-line Only - $25

5 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. Thomas Williams, Deacon

The deacon is the icon for servant ministry, the herald of the good news in Jesus Christ, and the one who leads the faithful into the world for mission and ministry. This course will focus on the places the deacon intersects with the church and the world.

Raising Up Leaders - A Paradigm Shift

On-line Only - $25

Instructor: The Rev. Jonathan French

This course will consider why leadership matters in the church, biblical models of leadership, whether or not you’re a leader, and how to attract more leaders both like and unlike you.  This course offers an entirely new and fresh perspective on leading.

Go Forth - On Purpose - The Building Blocks of Ministry

On-line Only - $25

3 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: Mr. Kevin McCarthy

This class will help you clarify and build the foundations of your ministry. You will learn how to define your personal purpose and ensure that your identity is truly anchored in Christ. You will get clarity on who is your target audience, those you are called to serve. You will build a Service Model—a simple plan to put all the pieces together.

Christian Peacemaking

On-line Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. Charlie Holt

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt. 5:9a). The application of the gospel requires faith, understanding, and skill. The principles, behaviors, and techniques of peacemaking can be taught and learned. This course is essential for anyone who desires to become a more effective student and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Homiletics

On-line Only - $25

3 sessions, 1 to 1 ½ hours each

Instructor: The Rev. Noy Sparks

In this course various approaches to the preparation, delivery, and critique of the sermon will be explored.   After viewing this course the student should be better prepared to research, write and deliver a meaningful sermon or message for their congregation

Genesis and Interpersonal Relationships

On-line Only - $25

4 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: Mrs. Debbie Miller, LMHC

An in-depth look at the point where faith and God meet someone struggling with an addiction. Learn how spirituality can help free a person from the grips that deceive and control. Understand how dependence results from lack of connections and submission to God, and learn how to allow faith to be part of addiction recovery.

Ethics in Action

On-line Only - $25

2 sessions, 1 hour each

Instructor: The Rev. Ed Bartle

We can easily become perplexed when our understanding of moral theology (what scripture and tradition teach us) conflicts with our pastoral care, what reason teaches us, and what social or communal needs demand from us. This course is intended to give us tools to build a personal pastoral ethical foundation.

Introducción a la Biblia – Cursos en Español

Introduction to the Bible - Taught in Spanish

On-line - ICS and the Diocese of Central Florida are happy to make this course available at no cost in order to benefit our churches and our communities

1 Session, 1 1/2 hrs

Instructor: The Rev. Luis De la Cruz

Primera Parte – La Biblia: esta sección actuará como introducción a la biblia. Se cubriran los siguintes temas: ¿Que es la Biblia? ¿Como la bliblia surgió? ¿ Por qué tenemos dos biblias?

Part 1 – THE BIBLE : This session will act as a general introduction to the Bible.  Materials covered will include: What is the Bible? How did the Bible surface? Why do we have two different Bibles?