Winter 2021 IBS Courses

Preparing for your Classes

We're looking forward to seeing you in January.  Although we won't be meeting face to face, we're committed to creating the best learning environment we can. Our prayer is that God would use these courses to expand your view of God, deepen your understanding of the gospel, strengthen your ability to study and communicate God's word, and fuel your vision to bring Christ to the nations. 

Everything you need to know about Bible Study Methods and Intro to Christian Theology is posted below. Here's what you can do to prepare: 

  1. Clear your schedule Jan 11-29, 2021. These courses are not a distraction from your ministry but a foundational part of your development as a missionary with Cru.  You won't have time for MPD appointments or other Cru work during these courses.  
  2. Complete this Getting to Know You Survey
  3. For Bible Study Methods, you have a one pre-course assignment. There are some readings that are appropriate to complete before the course, but others that should only be read as the course unfolds. You can find articles (marked as pre-course readomg with an *) here and the syllabus here.
  4. For Intro to Christian Theology, download the syllabus and watch the 3 min video posted below. (We would strongly encourage you to finish as much of the ICT reading as possible before classes start.  Staff who read ahead always tell us they are glad they did.)
  5. Order your books (listed below)
  6. In early December we will sending you structured notes for each course.  

Bible Study Methods – J. Scott, B.T. Straughn, and coaching team

Using the book of Ephesians as a guide, you will learn the skills necessary to open the Scriptures for yourself. You will do this working in small groups along with a coach, so you can get the practical help you need to handle the word accurately.

Amazon Links for Course Texts
Note: You are only reading select portions from these books.  Be sure to consult the course syllabus for specific readings.  The links below are for the "print" versions of these books.

God's Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts  

Ephesians (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Mark Roberts (Out-of-Print. You don't have to purchase. Your coach will email you excerpts.)

Walking the Good Road (First Nations Translation) by Terry Wildman

Other Resources: 

Intro to Christian Theology – Dr. Keith Johnson

Good theology is vital to the life and health of the church.  Theology helps us answer questions like, ‘What is God like?’ ‘How does God speak to us?’ ‘Why did God create the world?’  ‘What does it mean to be human?’ ‘What’s wrong in the world?’ ‘Who is Jesus Christ and what did he do for us?’ ‘What is the good news of the gospel?’  ‘Who is the Holy Spirit?’ ‘What is a church?’ ‘How will God’s story end?’  This course will introduce you to the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith (God, Bible, creation, fall, Christ, Holy Spirit, salvation, Christian growth, Church and future things) affirmed in the Cru Statement of Faith.  Not only will you gain a deeper understanding of these doctrines but you will also discover how these doctrines should practically shape our lives and ministries. 

Amazon Links for Course Texts
Note: You are only reading select portions from these books.  Be sure to consult the course syllabus for specific readings.  The links below are for the "print" versions of these books.  Kindle versions are available as well.

Required Reading (Articles)

Recommended Resources