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Life of Christ

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)

New Testament

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)

Old Testament

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)

Small Catechism

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)

Law and Gospel

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)

Church and Ministry

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)

Life of Luther

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)

Christian Family

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)

Christian Leadership

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)

Biblical Worship

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.

Teaching 1-2

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 1-3

The first section teaches the theology of evangelism and basic presentation of Law and Gospel. In section two, the student will study conducting ethnographic interviews and handling objections. The third section covers follow-up and assimilation of prospects.

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 the Evangelism modules. Instead, instructors are asked to make sure the students are equipped so as to fulfill the objectives listed for each module. A list of resources is provided which may assist the instructor in accomplishing this.

We Believe: Therefore We Speak – The Theology and Practice of Evangelism by David Valleskey is the basic text for this entire course – all three modules.

Evangelism — Module 1

Theology of Evangelism; Basic Presentation of Law and Gospel

  • That the student confesses a “Great Commission” consciousness and demonstrates by word and action a passion for reaching the lost.
  • That the student can distinguish (can articulate the differences) between the teachings of God’s law and gospel and can confidently share law and gospel in a witness situation.
  • That the student understands the theology of evangelism as a central theme of both Old and New Testament teaching.

(All titles preceded by an asterisk are all available from (NPH) Northwestern Publishing House (800) 662-6022

  • *We Believe; Therefore We Speak – The Theology and Practice of Evangelism by David Valleskey (Basic text for entire course – all three modules; available from NPH, Item# OL-150562)
  • The Evangelism Handbook, especially chapters 1, 6 and 7 – Motivating and Organizing the Congregation around the Great Commission, Lay Evangelism Calls, Friendship Evangelism; (available at CAP office)
  • *God’s Great Exchange, manual (available from NPH, Item# OL-382024) and
    video (available from NPH, Item# OL-387875)

Evangelism — Module 2

Ethnographic Interviewing; Meeting Objections

  • That the student demonstrates an understanding of the principles of cross-cultural outreach.
  • That the student demonstrates an understanding of listening skills as a key ingredient to effective witnessing.
  • That the student demonstrates an understanding of the hearer’s point of need as a starting point for Christian witness and objection meeting.
  • *Change by E. Allen Sorum (available from NPH, Item# OL-387874)
  • The Evangelism Handbook, Chapter 4 – Locating Prospects (available at CAP office)

Evangelism — Module 3

Follow-up Calls; Getting Converts into the Congregation

  • That the student demonstrates an understanding of a practical process for maintaining a prospect list.
  • That the student demonstrates an understanding of a process for sequential visits in nurturing prospects.
  • That the student demonstrates an understanding of a process for assimilating prospects and new members into the church.
  • The Evangelism Handbook, Chapters 5, 8, and 9 – Cultivating Prospects, Integrating People into the church, The Image of your church to the visitor (available at CAP office)
  • *Evangelism Took Box DVD – 3 disc set (available at NPH, Item# OL-388013)

    Attendance at the “School of Outreach Workshops 1 and 2” will meet all the objectives for this module

Other Churches and Religions

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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    • 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