Formations Classes.

Formations Classes foster a love for God. There are two types of classes. Twice a year we offer the Core Four Class, which includes the basics we want all our members to understand and live into: Bible Interpretation, Christian Formation, Christian Mission, and Community & Care. The second type of class includes our Electives. These are classes on a variety of subjects we think are important to the Christian life. This is where you have freedom to choose a class on a subject you are passionate about or an area in which you need growth. We encourage you, but do not require, to take the Formations classes after you have participated in the Foundations Class, which is offered several times in the year.

Biblical Evangelism

‘Biblical Evangelism’ is a three week elective covering the theology of gospel proclamation and providing biblically sound methods to equip you in presenting the gospel in a variety of situations and relationships. The student will gain from this class a biblical understanding of gospel proclamation that will challenge the culturally influenced understanding that permeates the church. They will likewise gain experience in proclamation as the class will equip the student with scripturally sound methods and require the utilization of those methods inside and outside of the classroom throughout the elective.

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Classes are held at the Short North building, 345 E. Second Ave.

Part 1: October 4, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Part 2: October 11, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Part 3: October 18, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Soul Care Basics

We want to be a church that lives out the call to bear one another’s burdens and care for each other in the midst of real life. How do we live side by side with one another in community? What does it look like to move towards one another, especially when we are struggling through sin and suffering, to care for each other’s souls? We will dig into the basics of what gospel-centered care for one another looks like.

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Classes are held at the Short North building, 345 E. Second Ave.

Part 1: October 4, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Part 2: October 11, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Part 3: October 18, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

This series of classes is not just for engaged couples but also married couples wanting a better, Christ-centered marriage. The classes focus on the theology and purpose of marriage, communication, money, biblical roles, intimacy and sex.

August 23, 6:30pm – 8:00pm – Theology/Purpose of Marriage
September 27, 6:30pm – 8:00pm – Communication
October 25, 6:30pm – 8:00pm – Marriage & Money
November 29, 6:30pm – 8:00pm – Biblical Roles
December 13, 6:30pm – 8:00pm – Intimacy & Sex

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The Core Four are the fundamentals of Christian living and learning. These classes will teach you how to understand the bible and how to grow in your love for Christ.

Dates
January 6, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Biblical Interpretation
January 13, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Christian Formation
January 20, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Christian Mission
January 27, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Community and Care

Address: Short North Building, 345 E 2nd Ave

Core Four

Bible Interpretation

How do we know if we are understanding the bible properly? That’s something all of us have thought at one time or another. This class will give you the necessary tools to help you better understand the meaning of scripture and then consider how we ought to live in light of that revelation.

Christian Formation

What does it mean to “grow” as a Christian? What are some practices that help Christians grow? This class looks at some classic practices of the Christian life and helps us understand how they often foster a deeper love and affection for Christ.

Christian Mission

Why is community so important to the Christian life? What role does it play in God’s plan for the world? This class looks at how community is part of evangelism and tells the world of the glorious story of God’s grace.

Community & Care

How do we care for those around us? What do we say or do to really help those who are struggling or those who seem to be doing fine? This class helps us learn to live into our identity as a family and begin to really care for one another as a family.

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Electives Offered in the Past

Some of these classes (such as marriage classes) reoccur regularly. Some were offered one time. Contact us to inquire about any specific class and to find out if/when we’re offering it again.

Marriage Rings

Marriage Class

This series of classes is not just for engaged couples but also married couples wanting a better, Christ-centered marriage. The classes focus on the theology and purpose of marriage, communication, money, biblical roles, intimacy and sex.

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Advocates Training

Veritas is a place for the broken, the poor, and the down-trodden. We want to pursue relationships with those who may allow cultural barriers (like homelessness and extreme poverty) to keep them from being a part of the church body. Veritas Advocates is a program that matches an individual struggling with chronic poverty and/or homelessness with an intentional friend.

She Has A Name: Anti Human-Trafficking Training

These quarterly classes offer a gospel-centered framework to understand human trafficking and how to serve survivors. This series includes introduction to human trafficking, victim care, mentoring, demand reduction, and job readiness for survivors. This class is for everyone who is interested in serving with She Has A Name or one of our partner organizations in Columbus.

Mercy & Community Development

Who are the poor and broken around us? What should mercy work look like in our neighborhoods? We’ll be discussing our theology of mercy, our core convictions as we serve, and why we believe community development is the way to go. This class will build a solid foundation and framework for anyone who has served or who is interested in serving with Veritas Mercy.

Gospel Parenting

In this three week class, we will examine God’s vision for parenting and how the gospel speaks into our lives as parents charged by God to care for His children. We will examine the scriptures to see God’s plan for our families, discuss gospel-centered practices, and build a parental community that supports one another and speaks the gospel into each other’s lives.

Finances & The Gospel

“Finances and the Gospel” examines the link between our wallet and our walk. We will look at what the Bible says about money, our desire and need for it, and how money can become an idol. We will examine how the early church dealt with money and the call to steward money well.

Spiritual Disciplines

This Veritas Learning Elective is designed to give an introductory overview of the dynamics involved in the formation of mature character in the life of the Christian. This course will help students: 1) Develop a theological approach to spiritual growth and renewal (Sanctification); and, 2) Experience the transforming power of the gospel through applying theological truths related to the Gospel of God’s grace to their lives and ministries.

How Christ Changes Us

“How Christ Changes Us” will cover the transforming power of the gospel by looking at past, present, and future grace. We will look at the biblical pattern of personal heart change, helping others change, and resolving conflicts biblically. Over the course of 3-weeks, we will have a teaching time, two testimonies, homework, and a real world case study each week to apply these truths.

The Book of Acts

In the gospel of John, Jesus says to his disciples, “it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” How could it be better for us that Jesus would go? In this 3 week survey, we will look into the birth of the church, the grace of the gospel, and the ministry of the church to reach the ends of the earth.

Worship, Gathering and the Arts

This class will look at the purpose of the church as it gathers for worship–our liturgy: why we have it, what shapes it, and what it accomplishes. We will dive into the world of art and expression and how a gospel understanding of worship shapes our art. This class will benefit everyone–as we are all worshippers–but will be especially helpful to those involved with or engaging the arts, music, culture, our worship gatherings, etc.

Common Life Issues

“Common Life Issues” is a class that will walk through how the Gospel applies to three common struggles people face today: depression, anxiety, and anger. We will learn what God has to say about each of these from His Word and see the hope He offers in Christ to overcome them. This 3-week class will include devotionals, teaching, testimonies, and real-word scenarios to apply the truths we’ve seen in God’s Word.

Community Group Leader Bootcamp

Are you a current Community Group leader? Are you someone who is considering leading a Community Group in the future and wants to hear more about what that looks like? This is for you. We’ll walk through the theology and practice of community group’s so that you will be equipped to lead well.

Theology of Intimacy and Sex

Sex is the most intimate act two people can engage in. It is also something that causes conflict, frustration, and even confusion in marriages. If your marriage has some struggles in this area you are not alone. What we want to do in this class is to talk about how sex and intimacy fit into how God has organized the world. We’ll also talk about how you can grow in your intimacy with your spouse. This class is for married couples only.

Seeing Jesus in the Prophets

for women only

The Prophetic books of the bible can seem like a struggle to understand and comprehend. What are the Prophetic Books? What was the culture like in that time? Where can I find Jesus in these books? These are just a few questions we are going to tackle as we walk through Nancy Guthrie’s “The Word of the Lord, Seeing Jesus in the Prophets” Bible Study.This class is for women only.

Cross-Cultural Disciple-Making

The classes covers the following topics: Missions In The Bible, Missions History, The Missionary Call, Traits Of An Effective Missionary, What Is The Church?, Multiplying Disciples and Churches, and Team And Community In Missions. These classes are required as part of the equipping process for all members desiring to be commissioned and sent out by Veritas as mid to long-term missionaries overseas. The classes are also strongly encouraged for all members planning to do cross-cultural mission work locally via one of Veritas’ Columbus-based mission teams designed to reach unreached/unengaged ethnic groups living in Central Ohio.

Adoption & Foster Care

This is a class on adoption, fostering, kinship care, mentoring, and caring for children who need support. ​On any given day, more than 2,500 children are in the custody of a public agency, placed in foster care settings as they wait for an adoptive family to be their forever home. If you’re interested in finding unique ways to serve the most vulnerable children in our neighborhood, this class is for you. You’ll hear personal stories from kids in the foster care system, from parents who have adopted, and from families in the midst of foster care.

Theology of Suffering

Have you experienced suffering, pain, loss, abandonment? Have you walked with someone through deep suffering? In this three week class we will be taking a close look at suffering. Both what the God has to say about it–His promise and presence in it–and how to walk through it as a sufferer and a friend of a sufferer.

Creation Care

Have you ever wondered what we’re supposed to do with all the stuff in the world that’s not…us? In this class, we will look closely at what the Bible says about how God relates to His creation, how people should relate to God’s creation, and what all of this has to do with the gospel. Along the way, we will engage with current environmental issues and attempt to work out practical opportunities for creation care in our own lives.

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