All Right On Mission courses are college or graduate level. Instead of being accredited by secular agencies, they are carefully assessed by pedigreed academics and experts who submit to the authority of God's Word.
Accounting Practices: Whereas bookkeeping is a form of financial record-keeping, accounting is the practice of producing financial data to be used in decision-making and reports. Accounting is important because part of organizational stewardship lies in understanding the precise financial position of different economic entities. Since there are different ways of organizing and creating financial data, not all accounting practices are alike. In this course students will be challenged to discern the underlying values that drive different practices in accounting.
The American Legal System: The American legal profession is in crisis. It has become a legal system and no longer a justice system. Historically top lawyers were persons of prudence and practical wisdom; today they are technicians trained to win at any cost. Part of the problem is that society tends to see "judgment" as strictly negative; thus having good judgment is no longer the goal of most attorneys. In this course students will be apprised of the macro-trends that are gutting the legal profession of its soul. Students will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the American legal system and be challenged to do their part to reform it.
Analyzing Historical Claims: Legal education teaches that every fact must be examined, but often the real facts are not revealed. What methods of practical inquiry and research can be used to see if history is being honestly represented? Is it possible to discover what lies underneath the surface of mere claims? What if people's claims are really true? How can anyone know the difference between a false claim and a true one? In this course students will be taught to analyze claims in the light of reliable history.
Ancient Church History: This course reaches back to the very beginning of the church, even into the New Testament book of Acts. In it students will learn how the church got started and how heretics providentially catalyzed the church to take pains to establish right doctrine. Students will find out about the Council of Chalcedon and other famous meetings and debates. The purpose of the course is to show Christ followers how brilliant Christian doctrine truly is. As British writer, Dorothy Sayers, famously put it, "The drama is in the doctrine."
Applying Scripture: This course is a practicum. It has to do with "practicing what we preach." It's a skill-based course in which students will practice reading Scripture from the vantage point of discipleship. It is meant to help students learn how to "handle the Word accurately" instead of falling into the trap of wrangling about words (II Timothy 2:14-15) and approaching Scripture with arrogance, not humility. It is an eye-opening course that trains students to use the "sword" of God's Word as a weapon against the spiritual forces of wickedness, and not presume to use it against people.
Becoming a Lead Worshiper: Jesus said John the Baptist was the most humble man alive. John the Baptist is famous for saying, "I am not the Christ" (John 1:20). What if every worship leader in every Christian gathering were subtly to convey to the full congregation, "I am not the Christ"? How might such worship leaders dress? How might they pray? What spiritual preparation would each worship leader need if the goal of the worship service was to spark a flame of praise in every human heart to Jesus Christ alone? This is a specialty leadership course designed for maturing Christians who are gifted to lead worship in word and song.
Church & State: Church and State are two side by side top authorities within the United States. On account of the First Amendment, every American has the constitutional right to freedom of religion, yet all citizens are required also to submit public law. The Establishment Clause provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." What happens when the Supreme Court, not Congress, makes a law that prohibits the free exercise of religion? What happens when religion is corrupted? This is a course about authority in society, and it is targeted to board members of churches and nonprofits and those in the legal field.
Civility and Incivility: There is an illness abroad in the land: cancel culture, Bulverism, confirmation bias, tribalism, violence and other societal ailments that are classic manifestations of incivility. If the sickness is incivility, the antidote is civility--the courtesy and respect to regard others as human beings. If due to primal fallenness people become savage, then due to divine redemption it is possible to be civil. Civility pumps the heart of civilization. In a crumbling civilization, civility gets buried under the avalanche that ensues from societal decay. In this course students will be given the opportunity to develop a disposition for civil discourse and intellectual hospitality.
Coaching Skills: No athlete has ever made it to the Olympics, much less won a gold medal, without a coach. Good coaches draw out talent and shape it into human elegance. The ethics of coaching are critical because the stakes are very high. Coaches have power either to devastate or elevate a person. A coach can stifle confidence and latent potency or bring it out in disciplined form. This is a course for coaches and students who aspire to be coaches. It’s a theological practicum that helps coaches develop skills that are Christ-honoring.
Conflict Resolution: Not all conflicts are the same. Sometimes conflicts are healthy disagreements that lead to superior solutions, and sometimes conflicts are selfish quarrels that degenerate into violent wars. How can different kinds of conflicts be resolved? What are Christ followers to do when they have serious conflict with each other? What are bystanders to do when they see another person being bullied? In this course students will be prompted to become peacemakers, not appeasers.
Consulting Practices: It is common today for people to be coached or consulted by an expert. What do good consultants actually do? How does coaching differ from consulting? This is an introductory course for students who intend to become consultants. It is designed to resource students with practical approaches to helping clients. Whether consulting is done with businesses, nonprofits, or individuals, this course offers students ways of thinking, organizing, and rendering services.
Controversial Issues in Theology: Virtually every issue in theology is controversial at some level. In this course students will study major controversies that have fractured the church. As a case study, students will ask specific questions such as: Did Jesus die for everyone or only for the elect? Is there an "elect" or are people free, by grace, to receive Christ? Is hell an eternal place of torment? What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? The primary purpose of this course is to help students understand how different theological methods lead to different theological conclusions as to what is real and right.
Critics of the Bible: It is almost axiomatic that people trust the Bible when scholars trust the Bible. In today's society, so few scholars regard the Bible as authoritative that Scripture has no standing within the university as a legitimate source of truth. Doubt has been injected into the realm of public knowledge such that whole nations have unanchored themselves from the authority of Scripture and thereby lost their Judeo-Christian moorings. Famous critics, such as Voltaire and Spinoza, used their formidable intellects to ridicule the idea of the Bible's infallibility and divine inspiration. In this course students will become familiarized both with biblical criticism and with defenders of Scripture and be able to see for themselves why it still makes sense to take the Bible seriously and rely on the veracity of God's Word.
Cultural Maturity: Every civilization has cultural aspects to it that are peculiar, not universal. But how easy it is for people to overlook these peculiarities and instead see their particular culture as normative. This course challenges students to pay attention to their own culture and consider how cultural values and cultural expectations shape relationships and decision-making. Students in this course are required to examine the underlying of various cultures and compare them to the principles and truths of Scripture. The goal of the course is for Right On Mission students to become culturally mature.
Developing a Christian Mind: It is sometimes said that a person has a good legal mind or a scientific mind. Likewise, references have been made to the American mind or African mind. Decades ago C.S. Lewis’ star student, Harry Blamires, famously lamented, “There is no longer a Christian mind.” What does it even mean to have a Christian mind in light of all the denominations and disagreements among believers? This is an introductory graduate level course that offers students a way to think more accurately about everything. It touches everyday matters in practical life, every academic discipline, and every theological topic.
Editing Skills: Editors are to writers what coaches are to athletes. Good editors make good writing even better. To edit is to declutter. Editing amounts to bringing clarity and superior form to writing. In this course students will develop editing skills by applying rules of editing, rephrasing ill-stated sentences, and restructuring convoluted paragraphs.
Effective Listening: One of the most intriguing commandments in Scripture is Jesus’ admonition, “Be careful how you listen” (Luke 8:18). Can you imagine what Jesus was like when He was listening? How satisfying do you think it was for people to share their thoughts and feelings with Him? Scholarly research shows that 70% of the job for successful CEOs is effective listening. Many Christian leaders are taught how to be good speakers, but very few are trained to be excellent listeners. This course is a practicum on listening in which students are taught to think theologically about listening.
Efficient Management: On-the-job-training is perhaps the most common way that executive assistants learn their role. How much time is wasted though in the learning process? Who helps assistants save time? Assistants are so depended upon that they are often not invested in as much as they should be by their organizations or supervisors. This is a course that compensates for the usual lack of training that naturally gifted organizers and personal assistants typically have. It is a “learn the ropes” mentoring course designed for easing the work of those who ease the work of others.
Emotional Maturity: Emotional maturity has to do with the human challenge of taking responsibility for one's own feelings. It pertains to one's ability to adjust emotionally and yet still be emotionally stable. Since most professing Christians find it intolerable to acknowledge their own emotional immaturity, very few blossom into emotionally honest and respectful Christian leaders. What was Jesus like emotionally? How did Jesus manage His emotions? In this course students will be given opportunity to practice taking their true feelings to the Lord. They will also be guided to see the wisdom of accepting constructive criticism and grieving life's disappointments with humility.
Entrepreneurial Leadership: Entrepreneurial leadership is a special kind of leadership. To start something from scratch, assemble a winning team, and tap into a market or create a brand new market is not at all the same as leading a well established organization. Entrepreneurs are quintessentially different from risk-avoidant managers and bureaucrats. Entrepreneurial leadership requires the unleashing of people's talents rather than limiting lower-ranked workers for the sake of hierarchical control. This is a course for students who have entrepreneurial bents and want to draw out the creativity in others who can help build new entities.
Events in Church History: Church history is so vast that it can only be studied partially. Still it’s helpful to consider famous moments in church history and grasp the overall picture of how one set of events led to the next. In this course students will be required to sketch a timeline and narrate the macro-story of the church in the book of Acts up to today. They will also be expected to articulate the significance of definitive events that shaped the very form of Christianity. The purpose of this course is to give students a sense of context that enables them to think historically, so they can think theologically.
Faith Recovery: America is now said to be post-Christian because so many who used to self-identify as Christians no longer profess to be people of faith. For some, part of the problem is the lack of credibility that they see in the claims of the Bible. For others, the offense is a disregard for women as perceived from King David and the apostle Paul. Countless past churchgoers have given up on Christian fellowship because they have been betrayed by positional Christian leaders. Still others feel disenfranchised because of what they learned in Christian school. This course is designed not only for Christian leaders and other disciplemakers, but also for concerned family members and friends who seek to understand how resilient truth is, even in a culture of irreverence.
Get Right On Mission: How effective could you be if you streamlined all your resources to help you stay on mission? Do you know what your unique mission is? In this course students will be taught how to think theologically about the practical implications of their life mission statement. Students will be closely guided in setting up for themselves specific, strategic ways to manage their assets, time and energy. This is a paradigm-changing course that gives students the opportunity to transform their personal stewardship of themselves. To begin, each student is required to book an appointment to get a life mission statement from Right On Mission.
God's Mission: This required course is about God's relationship with humanity thematically revealed in Scripture, particularly with regard to the lawsuit motif found in the Gospel of John. In it, students explore the meaning and intensity of God’s lawsuit as they seek to understand God’s mission in the light of the truth of the gospel. Loaded, legal terms such as prayer, truth, trial, witness, law, judge are studied and discussed in depth. The purpose of this course is to teach students how to read Scripture thematically, so they can see for themselves that Truth has triumphed over threatening, worldly powers and that Jesus, the Messiah, is the Truth.
Gospel Narratives: What is a story? What do all the stories in Scripture have in common? According to Martin Luther, every narrative in the Bible points to Christ. What is a narrative? What is a gospel narrative? What is the gospel? Is the gospel itself a story? Is the gospel “asking Jesus into your heart?” How can you learn to let gospel narratives, the Story of God, the Bible, impact your own story in more profound ways? This course is designed to open students' eyes to discern the real meaning of a every Bible story with far more understanding and personal application.
The Great Commission: Discipleship has often been reduced to helping people "step over the line of faith" by praying "the sinner's prayer." Jesus, however, said that those who wish to be His disciples must deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. What does it really mean to be Jesus' disciple? How can anyone but God's Spirit make a disciple? This course offers advanced theological training on what it means to fulfill the Great Commission.
Holy Spirit of Truth: This is a course about God. It's an introductory study of the Triune God that focuses on the Holy Spirit of Truth. Who is the Holy Spirit of Truth? Is that the same Holy Spirit that is sometimes called "the Holy Ghost?" Is God a ghost? Is God invisible? What does it mean for God to be triune? What does Truth have to do with the triune God? Is there even such a thing as capital "T" Truth? What does it mean to worship God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23)? Whether you're a brand new Christian or a long-time veteran Christian, this course will likely be so eye-opening that students who take it ask for an encore because the Bible says more about the Holy Spirit than most Chrstians have ever been taught to see.
How To Read A Book: This course answers the question, "How can you read a book about reading a book unless you already know how to read a book?" It's a course about the art of reading. It's for writers and avid learners who want to increase their understanding and maximize their time by reading more effectively and efficiently. It's an entry-level course, yet such a practical course that it offers practical wisdom even for doctoral students whose reading assignments are heavy and overwhelming. The challenge in this course will be for students to rehearse reading at higher levels and produce a book review that illustrates their excellent reading skills.
How To Start A Business: This course is designed for Right On Mission students who are starting their own consulting business or spiritual direction ministry. In it, students learn how to write a business plan, do basic market research, and develop the concept of their brand. The course covers issues such as legalities, taxation, and insurance and emphasizes the need to prepare, prepare, prepare before setting out to open a business.
How To Write A Book: Have you been pondering the idea of writing a book? If so, it is time to get serious about turning your idea into a manuscript. In this course, the main assignment is to write a book proposal and prepare the various elements that go into it. Students will be guided to construct an outline, develop a table of contents, complete a full chapter, create a preliminary marketing plan, and commit to a method of gradually completing their writing project. Writing is hard work. Writing is rewriting. Part of the challenge in the craft is that good writing requires the writer to be painstaking. But the joy outweighs the pain because the inner transformation that happens in the writer lifts the human spirit and makes the heart sing.
How To Write A Sentence: There is a lot more to writing a sentence than one might think. Constructing sentences is an art. Ernest Hemingway said, "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know." It's not easy to write true statements. Nor is it easy to construct complete sentences that feature elegant phrases and aptly chosen words. Many students are so accustomed to reading required textbooks that are poorly written that they are unable to recognize a strong, sturdy sentence. Writing a sentence is not the same as transferring vocal speech onto a page. Writing is related to reading. Whoever can read a good sentence can learn to write one.
The Incarnate God: This is a study of Jesus, God’s Only Begotten Son. It's the study of Who He is, what He accomplished through His life, death, and bodily resurrection. Why did God--the divine Son of God--take on the lowliness and weakness of human nature? Why did God plan for Jesus Christ to die? What are the implications of Jesus rising from the dead in bodily form? What does the Incarnation of God say to us about our human bodies? These are the types of questions posed by great theologians such as St. Anselm of the 12th century and St. Athanasius of the 4th century and which students in this course will grapple with.
Interpreting Scripture I: The task of interpreting Scripture is foundational to doing responsible Christian theology. Biblical interpretation, often referred to as "biblical hermeneutics," is intellectual work that calls for honesty, not prejudice, from the interpreter. It also calls for knowledge of language, vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and more. It takes longer than eight weeks to learn hermeneutics. What this course does is introduce students to the discipline of reading the Old and New Testament with respect to the biblical author's intentions.
Interpreting Scripture II: This course builds directly upon the prerequisite course Interpreting Scripture I. In it, students are trained to handle the Word of God rightly by submitting to the authority of what it says on its own terms. Successful students learn how to analyze the grammar, interpret figures of speech,and parse whole paragraphs of selected passages in the Old and New Testament. The course involves the rigor of weekly homework, but also the joy that comes with doing the hard work of mining the treasures of Scripture. Right On Mission also offers Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and more advanced levels of Interpreting Scripture through our Specialty Courses.
Intro to New Testament Greek: This introductory course is for students who desire to understand the basics of New Testament Greek. Given all the digital tools and communicative methods available today, it is possible to progress without having to do traditional memorization. If you want to acquire skills that enable you to look up Greek words, examine the grammar of Bible verses, and have a general sense of the original language of the New Testament, this course is for you.
Jesus in a Post-Christian Culture: Who is Jesus? Was Jesus a real rabbi in Israel, or is Jesus of Nazareth merely a religious icon in the Christian faith? Was Jesus a sinner? Did Jesus have a girlfriend or a lover? If Jesus was the "Son" of God, then how was He really God? Is it true, as some scholars say, that Jesus only "became" the Christ after He became a legend? In this entry-level course students will encounter the Jesus in Scripture by reading the four Gospel accounts in the New Testament as well as parts of the book of Revelation. Students will be challenged in our post-Christian culture to consider for themselves if Jesus is worth following and even dying for.
Jude in Greek: Twenty-five verses comprise the whole book of Jude. In this course students get to analyze every line of Jude in its original Koine Greek language while pondering and absorbing its clarifying message. You don't have to be fluent in Greek to sign up for this course or to gain from all the insights provided by the professor; you can simply audit the class. But to benefit fully, you do need to be ready to be inspired by words of Scripture that speak to us to today by helping us respond to hardship and loss with vision, endurance, and love.
Judges, Kings, & Prophets: Every culture and society is shaped by the authority that governs it. In Scripture we see how Israel thrived and suffered depending on who was leading Israel's people. When Israel's leader was humble enough to listen to God's voice, things unfolded far better than when Israel's leader preferred to rule arbitrarily by his or her own discretion. This course introduces top leaders and advisors in Scripture such as Samson, Jeremiah and King David as well as Deborah, Huldah, and Queen Esther. It's a course that puts the spotlight, not on people, but rather on the marvel of God's good character and God's longing to help all people really live.
Knowing Father God: A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us . . . No nation has ever risen above its idea of God.” In this course students engage deep questions, not only about God, but also about their own unspoken beliefs about God. The course is slated to begin in December for the purpose of giving students time to seize the opportunity to get a head start with their main assignment which is to write a theology-based, Repentance Plan for the coming year. Students will be guided theologically throughout the course to apply their learning about God to their relationship with God. This is the most foundational course at Right On Mission.
Knowing How to Know: In the Old Testament, God says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). What is knowledge? Is it possible to have knowledge in a culture that rejects human judgments and the belief in absolute truth? Is it possible to know the things that you believe as a Christian? What can a person truly know? Given all the mistakes in intellectual history, how can anyone be sure of knowing anything? Is knowledge public? Proverbs says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). What does knowledge have to do with faith? How much moral courage does it take to acquire knowledge? If you want to learn to trust God more, then come to this epistemology course.
Knowing Yourself: Where in the Bible does it say to know yourself? What does self-awareness have to do with serving God effectively? How can Christians gain self-knowledge without becoming too self-focused or narcissistic? What are the advantages of being able to think both biblically and culturally about one's own self-knowledge? In this course, students will be challenged and supported in their quest to be self-aware without becoming self-conscious.
Knowledge Management: In any given organization, there is a large body of knowledge that pertains to how that organization works. But who in the organization has access to all that knowledge? Given the division of labor and all the workers who come and go in an organization, knowledge is often lost. How much time and money is wasted on account of organizations losing track not only of data, but of how data is internally preserved? This is a course designed for people who are serious about maximizing the impact of their team. It is also very relevant to anyone managing clients. It is strongly recommended for leaders, their assistants, business owners, and all board members.
Liturgy & Sacraments: There are three essential practices that historically have defined what constitutes a real church. One of those three practices is the proper administration of the sacraments. This course is a study of the meaning of the sacraments and the purpose of having liturgy for the full congregation to engage. It is an exercise in practical theology. In it students will learn why it is critical to be reverent when baptizing new believers and serving the Lord's Supper to Christ's Bride.
Microeconomics: Microeconomics is the study of resource allocation at the level of individual entities and persons. It has to do with how people's choices of using time,money, and energy, all work together inter-systematically. Anyone studying law or matters of justice needs to know about microeconomics because laws so often exist to steady economic action. This course alerts students to economic realities and the many implications of the triple correlation between economics, justice, and law. It's an introductory course, but one that can be taken at a college or graduate level.
Moral Authority: So many leadership courses are being offered today in schools and business conferences. How many of those courses teach students, above all, to lead morally? How many teach students to embrace accountability? And tell the truth? Moral leaders submit themselves to truth. They are truthful, not merely persuasive. They are good shepherds, not hirelings. They don't compromise their integrity. They don't justify bad behavior. Instead, they take responsibility for themselves. They are humble enough to take ownership, even of problems they themselves did not cause. Moral leaders are not afraid to do what's right—they're afraid to do what's wrong. They fear the Lord. In this course students will be challenged to resolve to become moral leaders. They will analyze and reflect on their relationship with authority and examine the morality of leadership in the area of their interest.
Moral Courage: This foundational course is designed to help students live on mission with moral courage. It provides a venue for students to find the will to do what God says is right. Inspirational stories will be featured in the course with Joshua, Esther, Mordecai from the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament serving as role models. Students will be challenged with startling, ethical questions that illuminate the difference between purity and morality, godly anger and self-righteousness, rebellion and spiritual war.
Moral Governance I: This entry-level course is designed to train board members to govern Christian organizations, including local churches and nonprofits. To govern an organization is to shape that organization by encoding the DNA of its policies that in turn define the organization’s culture. To govern Christianly is to call the organization upwards to Christ so that every worker in it is personally empowered and institutionally guarded by life-giving policies that protect individuals and thereby glorify God. When boards operate on the premise of self-preservation and survival, they miss the opportunity to make that organization truly great. If you are a current board member, an emerging board member, a church elder, or a consultant for faith-based entities that profess to be Christian, then this course was designed for you.
Moral Governance II: Many board members are sacrificial givers who genuinely seek to support the ministry of their Christian organization, but few understand how to use their power to influence the board itself. This advanced course teaches emerging and current board members how to play the sport called “governance.” Governance is a group activity. It involves group dynamics, corporate power, and regular opportunities for doing good. Although boards are famous for being dysfunctional, they can learn how to do extraordinary things in an upright way if everyone understands the skill of governance.
Moral Principles: In this age of corporatism and managerial technocrats, deliberative thinking has become a rare discipline. Very few decision-makers resolve to take time to ponder deeply in order to ensure what is best and right. This is a course that teaches people to think long-term with benevolence towards others. It deals with presuppositions, underlying worldviews, and the ethics and morality of leaders at the decision-making table.
Musical Arrangements: Music is exceedingly powerful. It can lift the human spirit or lure the naive astray. Even without lyrics, just music, just sounds, just rhythms, can alter the way a person feels and thinks. There is tremendous responsibility in doing the artful work of arranging music. It is sophisticated work that involves nonverbal interpretations and reconceptualizations of melodies, harmonies, bridges and refrains. To arrange is re-present. In this course students are shown ways to re-present existing compositions. This is a graduate level practicum, a music class for well developed musicians.
New Testament Churches: From the book of Acts to the book of Revelation, the New Testament talks about churches. How did all the churches in the New Testament get started? Who founded the Christian church? What problems do New Testament churches have? How can there be one capital "C" Church? Why is Christianity so church-oriented? This course encourages students to raise questions about "church" as they read through the New Testament epistles. It's a course that helps students see how books in the New Testament interrelate.
The Old Testament in the New Testament: Part of the challenge in rightly interpreting Scripture is deciphering how the New Testament writers interpreted and applied the Old Testament. For example, how did James interpret Amos 9 at the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15? Did Amos have the same idea that James had with regard to the prophecy God gave Amos? In this course students will examine a variety of Old Testament passages quoted in the New Testament and engage important questions about Israel, the Church, and God’s plan of salvation.
Organizational Culture: It has famously been said, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." In other words, organizational culture trumps organizational strategy. Whatever the culture is will dominate. What are the basic elements of organizational culture? Who holds the power to transform a culture? In this course students will consider various aspects of human development and group dynamics as well as the cultural impact that internal policies have in light of people's underlying values.
Pause to Think & Pray: While most professing Christians are aware of the importance of prayer, few have ever been taught how vital it is to think for the purpose of honoring God. We ask ourselves, "What was I thinking?" after we do something regrettable. Thinking is so basic, yet too often we neglect to engage and renew our minds, especially when we assume we have no better choice than to submit to cultural forces or maintain the status quo. The opportunity cost for failing to think critically is severe. Bypassing prayer is, likewise, very costly. This required course is designed to help students develop lifelong habits of thinking and praying and to understand the difference between relying on God’s power or not.
Persuasive Speaking: Preaching is a central practice in Christianity, but the word preaching is seen by many as a pejorative term of judgment. "Don't preach at me," we say defensively. Good preaching is truth-telling without self-righteousness.
To preach is to proclaim good news and offer exhortations of warning and encouragement. In this course students learn a method of speaking that works for preaching and negotiating and leading conversations. The course focuses on the importance of non-presumptive language as it offers ministry wisdom to seasoned preachers and brand new preachers alike.
Philosophy & Faith: Philosophy is literally "the love of wisdom." What is wisdom? According to the Scriptures, wisdom is multi-faceted. There is the wisdom of fearing the Lord, the wisdom of right doctrine, the wisdom of technology and know-how, the wisdom of understanding the ways of nature, the wisdom of godly scheming, and more. Philosophically speaking, there are yet other facets of wisdom such as Platonism, Aristotelianism, rationalism, skepticism, relativism, utilitarianism, and common sense realism. In this course students compare and contrast philosophical systems with biblical views of wisdom and consider how philosophy informs theology.
The Power of Words: Is there truly any power in words? Or are words just words? What's the difference between a word and a mere syllable or mere sound? Is it reasonable to believe that words can steer the course of world history? This is a course about words, and about power, and it is filled with deep theology that has enormous practical relevance to each day. Words are loaded with theology and theological implications. In a sense, words are what organize the world.
Productive Meetings: Leaders lead meetings, but few have the know-how to lead interesting meetings that advance the main cause of the group. What makes a good meeting interesting? How do leaders cultivate trust so that members of the meeting participate authentically and refuse to get caught up in political posturing? Is it possible to lead meetings that are efficient, yet life-changing? In this course students are required to envision meetings as being venues for sound arguments, not quarrels. It’s a course that explains the reason why leaders need to be emotionally mature. It's a course to help students become unusually effective at leading meetings.
Prophets & Whistleblowers: According to Jesus, prophets are not honored in their hometown or family. What does it mean to speak prophetic words? Are whistleblowers prophets? Why do most prophets and whistleblowers end up being outcasts? Why would anyone ever be willing to speak truth to power given the likelihood of suffering that truth-telling typically brings? This is a sobering course that draws heavily from the stories of prophets in both the Old and New Testament. It’s a course on moral courage, a study of the faithfulness of God.
Public Relations: Public relations is a part of loving our neighbor. Being considerate and mindful of how we, as servants of the Lord, are coming across to others is critically important. It takes self-awareness, cultural savvy, and wisdom to "understand the times" to flourish in public relations whether that be with City Council or residents in the neighborhood or with a special interest group. Many times having good public relations can not only make it easier to solve problems, but to prevent problems in the first place. This is a basic course in relating and communicating with the public.
Rediscovering Scripture: Everyone can benefit from rediscovering Scripture. There is so much life and beauty in God's Word. For some, the need is to see that the Bible is not God, even though the Bible is God's Word. For others the rediscovery lies in finding the Bible's hidden, higher intelligence. For yet others the surprise may be that Scripture is actually current, not archaic, even though its manuscripts are ancient. For still others, the new finding may be that God speaks to God's people through God's Word. For still yet others, the joy may be in discovering that the Bible offers solace to those who have heard it spoken wildly out of context by abusers. In this course, first thing, students will be guided to ask questions. For wise inquiry leads the mind not only out of boredom, but also out of old patterns of wrong thinking.
Research Discernment Lab: This is a course in basic research skills and information literacy to teach students how to find sources and discern whether those sources are legitimate. Research skills are needed in many jobs and certainly for being a good student who is developing a Christian mind. Almost anyone can google a subject or read articles in Wikipedia, but it takes training to be able to exercise the skills to do responsible research and not promote bogus claims. Due diligence--checking the facts--is needed for discovering truth.
Risk Management: Risk management has to do with managing uncertainties. No risk exists unless there is a reasonable uncertainty. If a person jumps out of an airplane flying at 30,000 feet with no parachute, no risk is involved since the chances of death for that person are approximately 100%. Certainty makes risk a non-factor. Most of the time in life, however, uncertainties abound. In this course students will learn how to identify risks and assess them, so as to reduce the projected impact of future losses.
Scheduling & Calendaring: Being an Executive Assistant is like being a flight controller who coordinates incoming and outgoing planes. It takes conscientious planning in order to manage all the meetings that happen both sequentially and simultaneously. The best executive assistants can manage multiple schedules with accuracy and aplomb. In this course students will develop skills in using e-calendars and apps to coordinate numerous meetings, oversee a variety of different kinds of appointments, and save organizations money by maximizing other people's time.
Science & Scripture: Is it possible to be intellectually honest at a scientific level and believe in the authority of Scripture? How does scientific truth accord with biblical truth? How can a person take seriously the so-called "God-inspired" Scriptures since history shows so clearly that science, at given points, has corrected church tradition? How does the biblical notion of a cosmos created by God square with the idea of evolution? How can an educated person today believe in miracles? In this course students will be prodded to examine conflicting claims of "truth" and think reasonably about both science and Scripture.
Secular Ideologies: Secular ideologies are irreligious ideas such as Darwinism, communism, atheism, and postmodernism. When secular ideologies permeate a culture, they seep into the minds of authentic Christ followers and distort the testimony of the Church. Secularism rejects all forms of religious faith and insists that public policy and public education be rid of all religious obligations. For centuries secularism was inconceivable--nearly everyone believed in the divine. Now we live in a secular age in which everything is said to be gray. This course examines the contours of a secular mind.
Spiritual Direction I: Spiritual direction is a process that involves the full humanity of the spiritual director and spiritual directee. Body, soul, mind, spirit are each and all addressed in spiritual direction as aspects of the image of God. In this age of feelings first, spiritual direction offers a gentle way to lead people to find God as He actively shows His love in their life journey. At its best, spiritual direction is a deeply pastoral form of shepherding sheep by feeding them God's Word through merciful questions and affirmations. In this introductory course, students are taught to recognize opportunities for prayerful exploration, so they can begin to observe God’s Presence and activity in the life of someone else. Successful students will learn to look at personal circumstances with eyes of faith through the lens of Scripture and humble prayer.
Spiritual Direction II: Spiritual direction is a method for helping people to develop their relationship with God. In order for that to happen, a spiritual directee must “feel safe” enough to risk within the context of engaging with a spiritual director. With that, spiritual directors must be mature enough to remain self-differentiated in order to be patient with the spiritual direction process. In this course students meet with a spiritual director as they learn firsthand about the structure of building trust, facing truth, taking responsibility for themselves as they guide directees to do the same as both of them together receive from God. In addition, students develop foundational skills such as practicing contemplative spiritual disciplines, attentive listening and facilitated stillness, and also that of generating gentle, fruitful questions.
Spiritual Direction III: This is a Specialty Course designed to give students who desire to serve as spiritual directors the opportunity to develop specialized skills. Students are trained pastorally as spiritual practitioners to ask discerning questions and carry themselves relationally in a prayerful listening posture within the ministry context of spiritual direction. Whereas academic disciplines are typically associated with human knowledge, spiritual direction, by contrast, is best construed primarily in terms of human surrender unto God. To direct someone spiritually is to listen on their behalf before the Lord.
NOTE: Students receive weekly supervision as well as weekly class time as they practice being spiritual directors. Because this is an advanced course, students must qualify for entrance.
Spiritual Direction IV: This is a Specialty Course designed to give students who desire to serve as spiritual directors the opportunity to develop specialized skills. Students are trained pastorally as spiritual practitioners to ask discerning questions and carry themselves relationally in a prayerful listening posture within the ministry context of spiritual direction. Whereas academic disciplines are typically associated with human knowledge, spiritual direction, by contrast, is best construed primarily in terms of human surrender unto God. To direct someone spiritually is to listen on their behalf before the Lord. NOTE: Because this is an advanced course, students must qualify for entrance.
Starting a Business: It is one thing to start a business and another thing altogether to start a business that is successful. Most new businesses fail. What makes it difficult to establish a stable business that serves people? What particular wisdom do new business owners need as entrepreneurs? How do you scale a business? This course is a practicum in which students are requiredto produce a business plan for a business they are starting or intend to start someday. The course is taught by a business owner, not an academic.
The Story of Scripture: There is no greater epic story filled with tragedy, love, and triumph than the Bible. From the narrative of Adam and Eve being subverted in paradise to the crucifixion of Jesus hanging innocent on a cross to the miracles of resurrection and utterly transformed lives, the Bible reveals the truth about the conflict we are in as we lumber and lurch through life with all its ecstasies and woes. This course introduces the suspenseful macro-story of the Old Testament and New Testament from Genesis to the Revelation. Because it is a course that makes Scripture come alive, it is a course that enlivens students as well.
Suffering & Healing: Life is painful. Yet most Christians are not taught to deal honestly and humbly with their pain. What does the Bible say about pain? Why is it so shocking and insulting to be visited by pain? How did Jesus deal with pain? What can we learn from a Suffering Savior ? What does Jesus' pain reveal about God? What does Jesus' miraculous healing ministry tell us about God? Does God work miracles of healing still today? In this course students will reckon with the reality of suffering and healing both. PER-REQUISITE COURSE: Knowing Father God or The Holy Spirit of Truth
Tech Savvy: In this digital world, it helps to have a little bit of tech savvy. Being able to intervene when technical difficulties arise can sometimes make all the difference. What swift research can a lay person do to solve common technological problems? In this course students will be acquainted with a variety of programs and apps and also be trained to provide basic technical support. This is an introductory course designed for non-IT students who want to operate technologically in their context and be more versatile in their service to their team.
Theological Song-Writing: Many churchgoers learn theology not from sermons, but from songs. What worship songs are theologically rich? Which are theologically erroneous? How much responsibility do Christian songwriters have when they write songs for believers to sing in praise to God? This is a special theology course designed for worship leaders. It is also for Christian songwriters and poets.
Theology in Evangelism: Everyone has a theology, even if they do not believe God exists. This course teaches students how to engage non-Christians and nominal Christians alike in theological conversations that are genuine exchanges and not pre-packaged formulas for evangelism. This course is for anyone who takes seriously Jesus' mandate for us to go into the world and make disciples.
Theology of the Image of God: Although many Christians know that people are created in God’s image, few have any clarity as to what God’s image is. This course offers a Theology of People based on Scripture, the power of the Imago Dei, and on God’s Word applied. The course introduces students afresh to Jesus who “is” the Image of God. Students are guided into a discovery of how Jesus’ Identity defines our identity in Him. With that, students are challenged to ponder and formulate questions about identity politics regarding sexuality, race and what it means to be a “self” made of body, soul, mind and spirit. Each student is also given an experiential opportunity to receive inner healing in shared communion with God. This course is co-listed as "Spiritual Direction II."
Theology in Art: If theology is the study of the revelation of God, then in what sense is theology the study of art? Is theology itself an art? How can art be used to teach people timeless truths about God? This is a course for all kinds of artists including dancers, actors, singers, musicians, sculptors, painters, hairdressers, make-up artists, architects, and the like. In this course students will be taught to think theologically about art.
Theology of Money: This course is not a practicum; it is not about budgets or bookkeeping. It is, rather, a deep theological study of the difference between serving God and serving mammon. In it, students learn about currency, corporations, interest, debt, and the relevance of theology to economic systems. The course is designed for ministry leaders, board members, decision makers in business, stewards of bank accounts, and believers who seek financial integrity.
Unfolding Church History: The Bible reveals that history is unfolding and heading toward the Second Coming of Christ. History is going somewhere. Why then should Christians study what has already passed? Why does church history even matter? Why does God tell His people to remember? What happens when Christians fail to take the time to remember? Why is it important to recall how orthodox doctrine came to be? This is a course on church history and the history of biblical interpretation based on a theology of remembrance.
Wisdom for Leadership: The wisest king in world history, King Solomon, said where there is much wisdom, there is much grief. Biblical wisdom is multi-faceted. There is the wisdom of fearing the Lord, the wisdom of right doctrine, the wisdom of technology and know-how, the wisdom of deep understanding, the wisdom of godly scheming, and more. In this course students will practice making decisions in light of what wisdom says, so they can make wise decisions in their leadership.
Workplace Apologetics: This is a course on pre-evangelism. It's an apologetics course that tackles perrennial questions such as, "How can God be good when there is so much suffering in the world?" and "What is the origin of evil?" as well as other questions that people say prevent them from following Christ. What does Wisdom say? Is it wise to think that God is greater than evil? Is it logical to affirm the Christian faith? What does it mean to think logically as opposed to illogically? Where is the place for logic in postmodernity? In this course students will dive into deep, disturbing questions that have vexed rebellious minds for centuries.
Worship Sets in Scripture: What if every segment of praise to God recorded in the Scriptures were to be seen as a worship set? How many worship sets does Scripture offer us? In this course students are charged to read the book of Psalms and survey all of Scripture, taking inventory of every worship set. This is a course that guides students to find out how real people in the Scriptures went from feeling overwhelmed to breaking out in spontaneous praise.
Writing Articles: Many authors launch their writing careers by writing articles. What are the components of an excellent article? What makes certain articles especially engaging to readers? How much verbal artistry is needed in a feature article? How much content should writers convey? In this course students will be challenged to think of compelling ways to put their knowledge into words. Students will also be coached and supported in their attempts to produce a published piece.
Writing Articles & Books (Specialty Course): Have you been sitting on a book or article idea you’ve dreamed of publishing but didn’t know where to start? Well, this is a specialty course designed for Christians who want to learn how to frame their ideas and put them into captivating words. It's a practicum, a venue for making progress on actually crafting that book or article that you have been longing to produce. In addition, the contents of the course include: the theology of writing, what makes good writing "good," the top ten priorities of good writing, the creative cycle, creativity killers, and discovering and developing more ideas for what to write.
Writing a Book Proposal: In order to get a book published, most authors are first required to write a book proposal. There is no standard book proposal in the industry today. Different publishing companies have their own book proposal templates, and most of these companies only receive proposals from book agents rather than from authors directly. It is thus all the more important for an author to produce an excellent book proposal that stands out enough for a publisher to risk purchasing the author's manuscript. This course is for students who want to sketch a book proposal and prepare it for submission.
Writing for Publication: In today’s world, writers need two main things: 1) Well articulated good content; 2) A platform from which to get found. In this course students are resourced with ways to generate fresh content, present that content creatively in written form. and also offered practical tips for marketing their book. Students will be familiarized with the publishing world and guided as they think about which publisher to sign on with and whether or not to self-publish. They will also be taught how to think theologically about any imaginable topic including the act of writing itself.
Writing Professional Letters & Reports: Whether you are training to become a professional, an entrepreneur, an executive, or an executive assistant, this is a course that has predictable, practical relevance to your expected future work. It is not easy to write letters that are clear and to-the-point, yet also personable and warm, or to write reports that are clear and concise, yet also complete. In this course students will practice writing professional letters and reports, so as to be ready when they hired to do so.
At Right On Mission, we offer qualified students Thesis Services. If you are pre-approved, you can hire a Right On Mission professor from September through April for $1500, or from January thru April or from September thru December for $750 to advise you, grade you, and guide you into writing an academic paper that showcases your ability to enter into doctoral work. What you get each semester is four one-hour sessions with the professor and feedback on your paper once a month. Plus you get a committee of three professors who will question you on your paper and allow you to practice defending it in their presence when you are finished. You can do the whole process once or twice or even a third time, working for two or three semesters on the one same paper. In this way you may reach a new height in your academic prowess and have something to show for it when you interview with a college for employment or apply for a Ph.D. or D.Min. You decide the subject of your research as long as your mentor-professor pre-approves.