Training Arenas

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October 7 – 28, 2018 | Sunday Mornings
(Training locations subject to change on Week Two)

Training Arenas are all about helping West Shore Christians live Christian lives—every day—at home, at church, at work and in our world! They are for those who yearn for a heart that wants to “go next door” with wisdom, courage, and Christ’s love. They are meant to train us: teams of gifted teachers leading discussions on highly relevant topics and from areas of expertise over four Sunday mornings. They are meant as arenas: places where men and women can come off the sidelines and step into action—engaging one another during class and inspiring one another to “put it into practice” during the week. They are meant for all of us. Just imagine what God will accomplish through us as we train and grow together!


9 a.m. Service

Technology & Biblical Sexuality

How will this generation of the Church set the standard to successfully navigate our culture’s combination of sexual consumption and technology access? We will explore factors influencing our views of sexuality and gender, understand how technology increasingly makes sexual content both accessible and concealable, and discuss tools to proactively extend grace in relationships while offering truth and accountability.

Teachers: Nate Shaffer, Dan Spino and Mike Blount
Room 235


Both 9 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Services

Developing a Theology for Justice & Race

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “It is one of the tragedies of our nation that 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in Christian America.” Jesus asked his Father that his followers reflect his glory by living out a complete unity so that the world would know his Father had sent him to redeem us. We’ll unpack the causes and barriers to this unity and determine how we might better -all together- reflect God’s glory!

Teachers: Dr. Scott Hancock and Amanda Thompson
Room 200-202


Understanding Depression – Its Causes, Contributors and Current Interventions

Depression is life-threatening, impacting 322 million people worldwide. Often mis-diagnosed, it can manifest so differently across age and gender: in men as anger and reckless behavior, in women as guilt and sadness, in children as school avoidance and worry about parents dying. So, what is depression? How can I help myself, or someone I love? As well, can a faithful follower of Jesus Christ also be severely depressed? The answer is yes…but join us to find out why!

Teacher: Kim Winters
Room 141


10:45 a.m. Service

The Great Escape: Teenagers and the Desire to Escape Reality

From things as simple as social media and video games to things as harmful as drugs and alcohol, today’s teenagers show an evident desire to escape from reality. But what is at the heart of this desire? How should we address it? And most importantly, how can it be redeemed? Join the Sr. High students for a biblical discussion of these questions!
*Note: The beginning of each session will include 2 Sr. High worship band songs.

Teacher: Pastor Russ Allen
Room 226


These Are Our Neighbors: Listening, Learning, and Loving

For 2 years our church interviewed 250 of our neighbors, asking open-ended questions about their fears, hopes, and what they would do if they could do anything. We aim to equip you to winsomely respond to some main themes that emerged: opioid addiction, vulnerable children, loneliness, and poverty. Through the study of Scripture, interviews, and open forum Q&A, we’ll equip one another to neighbor better.

Teachers: Ryan Keith and Renée Blanchard
Room 215


Standing in the Bible for Jesus Christ

Could you defend your hope in Christ -at a moment’s notice? How do you regard and use the Bible in that defense? Does your defense lead the sick and wounded toward the “Great Physician” or leave bodies on the battlefield? We will focus on some of the challenging topics, questions, and perspectives commonly faced throughout the course of our daily, American life.

Teachers: Dr. Joel Brosius and Mark Clendaniel
Room 224


 Please Join Us