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13 lessons. Study of the historicity, person, life and meaning of Jesus Christ for humanity. A harmony of the four Gospel accounts provides the basic chronology. (The Life of Christ, W. Kessel)

12 lessons. Overview of the early history of the Christian Church as described in the New Testament. Brief look at the Gospels, followed by examination of the Acts of the Apostles, the letters written by Paul, Peter, John, and others, and the book of Revelation. (The Living Church: The New Testament, W. Kessel)

17 lessons. Introductory course ranging from creation to the end of the Old Testament. Emphasizes the promises of God, faith in those promises, and their ultimate fulfillment in the Messiah, Jesus Christ. (God and His People, K. Wessel and B. Keller)

11 lessons. Examination of Luther’s famous writing which summarizes and explains the 10 Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the Keys and Confession. (Luther’s Small Catechism, and Small Catechism Study Questions, D. Kuske)

9 lessons. Concentration on the purpose, meaning, and use of the two great doctrines of Scripture, the Law and the Gospel. Emphasis given to identifying and applying both Law and Gospel. (Law and Gospel, P. Prange)

7 lessons. Study of what the church is and how it accomplishes its work through the public and private ministry of its members. (Church and Ministry, K. Wessel, and Church–Mission–Ministry, A. Schuetze)

6 lessons. Life, times, writings, and impact of the great Reformer, Martin Luther. Emphasis given to how his teachings differed from those of the Roman Catholics. (The Monk Who Conquered Rome, J. Moldenhauer, Luther (video), Study Questions, G. Thompson)

8 lessons. Examination of the biblical teachings concerning marriage, obligations of husbands and wives, procreation, obligations of parents and children, and divorce. Discussion of social problems threatening the Christian family. (The Christian Family, L. Olson)

6 lessons. The biblical teaching about leadership is studied using Paul’s Letter to Titus and 3 case studies of biblical leaders: Stephen, Peter and Paul. (Christian Leadership, P. Prange)

8 lessons. An active search of Scriptures clarifies and enlightens our understanding of worship. Includes discussion of culture and fellowship. (An Introduction to Biblical Worship, G. Thompson)

Topical presentation of Bible teachings including: Scripture, God, the Person and Work of Christ, Conversion, Faith, Justification, Good Works, Prayer, Election, Means of Grace, and Last Things.

An assistant spreads the Good News. In order to do so in a proper manner, he or she should have a good understanding of the “whole will of God” (Acts 20:27). Therefore, an assistant will be eager to constantly increase in his or her understanding of Christian teaching or doctrine.

Other courses in the Congregational Assistant Program curriculum take up specific doctrines of Scripture — Church and Ministry, Law and Gospel, etc. This course is intended to give an overview of all the main doctrines of Scripture. At present we recommend that you choose from one of the following three options for completing this requirement.

1. Review Christian Doctrine by attending your pastor’s adult instruction class.

While most of the people in these classes are studying Scripture in order to join the congregation, they are also very profitable for present members. The assistant who attends will deepen his or her  own knowledge of Scripture and will also be able to speak first hand about how the class is conducted.

2. A Disciple’s Dialog with Doctrine, (by Paul Kelm, NPH).

This course is part of the Training Christians for Ministry series. It is a good overview of Christian doctrine in a somewhat less traditional way. The leader’s and student ‘s manuals are both available from Northwestern Publishing House. This would be a good option for a student who has recently attended the pastor’s adult class and would prefer a different learning experience.

3. Christian Doctrine 1 (6020) and 2 (6050), Prof. Lyle Lange

This two-part course from Martin Luther College would be appreciated by students who want a very in-depth study of Christian doctrine. Each of the two parts can earn 3 college credits, and requires extensive reading, as well as viewing video-taped classroom sessions. Please check the college website for information on the cost of these courses.

The first part includes what to teach (curriculum) and how to teach Bible class. The second part covers congregational teaching in Sunday School and Bible class.

The purpose of the two teaching modules is to prepare the assistant to conduct home Bible studies with prospects and to assist with any other teaching required by his or her call.

Teaching — Module 1

This module covers educational principals in three broad areas:

  • Setting a curriculum;
  • Teaching methodologies;
  • Evaluation methods

Textbook: Teaching a Bible Class (Glen L. Thompson and David Kuske)

Teaching — Module 2 : Practice Teaching

After completing Module 1, the students should practice what was learned in a real teaching situation. It is suggested that this be done in three steps:

  • Observing a Bible class
  • Assisting in teaching the class
  • Teaching the class under supervision

The only materials needed for this class are the materials for the Bible class itself.

Evangelism is a very personal activity, and most people have their own favorite tested methods. Therefore, there is no set group of materials that must be studied to fulfill the requirements of Evangelism 1 & 2. Instead, instructors are asked to make sure the students understand the mission and ministry of the church and are so equipped to fulfill the four key components of practical evangelism.

There are several resources available: PowerPoints, diagrams, and other helpful tools (provided at no charge via Google Drive link) as well as materials available for purchase through Northwestern Publishing House.

  • Items marked with an *asterisk are included in the Google Drive link. There is no cost to these resources, as we will simply provide you with a link to access/view them. If you are interested in this information, please request using the order materials link.
  • Items listed in red text are ordered through Northwestern Publishing House (NPH). Click the name of the item to be directed to their website, to place an order.


Part One:

“We Believe Therefore We Speak” (D. Valleskey)
* Developing a Mission Statement
* Five M’s of the Great Commission
* Jesus’ Mission for His Church
* The Church’s Mission Statement

Part Two:

* Forging Our Church Into A Caring Community
* Motivating and Mobilizing the Laity for Service

Part Three:

* God’s Great Exchange Diagram
* God’s Great Exchange Materials:
The Great Exchange Manual
The Great Exchange tri-fold brochure ; or
The Great Exchange Pocket Size

Part Four:

* Friends Who Need Jesus form
* Friends Who Need Jesus, How to Use
* The Power and Presence of Our Lord Makes Us Confident

Unit 1 – Mission and Ministry of the Church

Raising awareness of every believer for personal evangelism on the basis of the study of four commissioning passages and equipping them for friendship evangelism.

Unit 1 – Outline

  • Evangelism is the Mission of the Church
  • Evangelism is the Ministry of Every Believer
  • Equipping Believers for the Ministry of Evangelism
  • Friendship Evangelism – Building Bridges


Unit 2 – Practical Congregational Evangelism

The structure and process of a congregational evangelism program according to four key components: 1) Raising awareness of the church in the community 2) Locating prospects in the parish area and connecting them to God’s Word and the church’s ministry, 3) Worship Welcome, and 4) Assimilation of New Members.

Unit 2 – Outline

Part 1: Getting Started

  • Connect to the Community
  • Key Components of a Congregation’s Evangelism Program
  • Outreach strategies

Part 2: The Prospect List

  • Prospect definition
  • Process that Cares for Prospects
  • Share the Word

Part 3: Worship Welcome

  • Pre-service
  • At the Worship Service
  • After Worship

Part 4: Assimilation of New Members

  • Example of the early church
  • Definition of an “assimilated member”
  • Application

Comparison of our church and others. Study may include examination of appropriate traditional religions, non-Lutheran Christian churches, non-Christian churches and cults.

From the list below choose at least three of the denominations, sects, cults, or world religions that are most common in your church’s target area. The student should :

  1. Conduct an ethnographic interview with at least one member of that group, and write up a complete account of the interview.
  2. Be able to explain accurately the basic theology of that group.
  3. Be able to give a biblical critique of that theology.
  4. Learn at least one valid approach to witnessing to a person from that group.

Besides the ethnographic interviews, information on the groups can be gathered from the internet and from printed books. Some suggested books can be seen by clicking on the links below.

Christian Denominations  Sects, Cults, Etc. World Religions
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    • Catholicism
    • Reformed
    • Armenians
    • Pentecostals
    • Dispensationalism
    • Eastern Orthodox
    • Liberal Lutherans
    • Others
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    • (General Resources)
    • Jehovah’s Witnesses
    • Mormons
    • Lodges
    • Christian Science
    • Satanism/Occult
    • Scientology
    • Unification Church
    • New Age Religion
    • Other Cults and Sects
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    • Judaism
    • Islam
    • Black Muslims
    • Hinduism
    • Buddhism
    • Transcendental Meditation
    • Taoism
    • Bahai
    • Shintoism
    • Native American Religion