Basic Course Descriptions
TEEZ BASIC COURSES
This course focuses on the practical skills of preparing and delivering sermons that are Biblically-grounded, culturally-relevant, and spiritually-powerful. Students learn to tailor a sermon’s structure and style to the genre and message of a particular Scripture passage. At the same time, Part B of this course seeks to sketch the broad movements in story of the Bible. Students together study Creation; Sin and the Fall; and Christ and Salvation, asking questions like, “What does it mean that man and woman were created in the Image of God?” “What is the difference between the accounts of Creation in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2?” “Are men and women created equal?” “What is Sin? “Where does sin come from, and what are its effects?” “Why did God send Jesus?” “Why did Jesus have to die?” “What does ‘salvation’ mean?” “How does Jesus and salvation affect the way we live right now?”
This course hopes to equip saints to care for people in their congregations and communities, as they deal with the complex beauty and tragedy of life in a fallen but redeemed world. The course does so, by teaching students basic counselling skills including active listening, skillful use of questions, and the ministry of presence. Further, the course prepares students to deploy these skills in a variety of life-contexts, such as births, deaths, marriages, conflict-resolution, illness, doubt, and disappointment. Part B, explores the Fruit of the Spirit, especially Faith, Hope, and Love, so that as we grow in our understanding of the Holy Spirit’s dreams and purposes for our lives, we will grow in our ability to care for others around us. Students in this course will ask, “In what do we put our faith?” “What do we hope for in life?” “How do you grieve as a Christian?” “What is love?” “How can we best love people in our congregation?” “How do we lovingly hold members of our congregations accountable?”
This courses helps students to create lesson plans and lesson goals, which correspond appropriately to the age and needs of their students. Thus students learn to ask open-ended questions, which stimulate engagement and contribute to interactive lessons. While focusing on effective teaching strategies in Part A, Part B guides students as they explore the mystery and splendor of the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This focus on the nature and character of God, insures that the content of our improved teaching is truthful and compels students towards the God of love revealed in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. Students in this course will ask questions including, “What does it mean that God is Trinity, and why is that important?” “What are the different characteristics of each member of the Trinity?” “What does the Holy Spirit do?” “Why do we claim that Jesus is God?” “Why is Resurrection important?” “Why do Christians still read the Old Testament?” “What can we learn about God from the Old Testament?”
The Basic Course on Christian Worship prepares students to play an active role in the week-to-week worship services of their congregations, by familiarizing them with the numerous parts and purposes of a worship service. Students individually examine each piece of Christian worship -including Opening Prayers, Prayers of Confession and Intercession, Hymns, Tithes and Offerings, and Benedictions – discovering best practices for each. The goal is that TEEZ Trained worship leaders will partner with the Holy Spirit as God uses our worship services to change lives. Part B of the course traces God’s faithfulness to Israel and the Church by overviewing Israel’s history. As students see humanity’s perpetual rebellion and God’s relentless grace, TEEZ hopes they are motivated to worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, more fervently and faithfully, using the skills they learned in Part A.
Leading Church Meetings and Individual Church Constitutions (E50/B50)
TEEZ believes the leadership and administration of congregations and denominations to be a sacred call. Church leadership is an extension of Christian worship. This course hopes to make church leadership an avenue for service and worship by training students to lead/chair the meetings, resolve the disputes, establish the priorities, and facilitate the discussions, which will ultimately decide the vision, direction, and day-to-day operations of Christ’s Body in each of their congregations. While learning general skills for leading Church meetings, Part B of this course familiarizes students with the particular constitutions of their respective churches. Thus, students completing this course have the tools necessary to understand the polity and policy of their respective denominations and the skills they need to interact with those fixtures. Students will ask questions including, “Can Christians disagree?” “How can we have God-honoring disagreements?” “How do we decide about spending money?” “Why do Churches have constitutions?” “How can we mobilize our congregation to serve our community?”