Two of the goals of the PriorityNOW blog is helping each other become better disciples of Jesus and being in community with other believers. One excellent way to accomplish both of those is to join an Equip Online class. And we just happen to have a few starting next week!
The goal of the Equip Online classes is to help increase the capacity of individuals to become stronger leaders and cultivate their influence in all areas of their lives.
I can tell you from my own personal experience, the classes do exactly that. I’ve taken a few of them and they were worth every bit of time and effort I put into them. I learned about myself and others, and how to be a better person, Christian and leader. The knowledge and experience gave me more confidence and ease in myself and my leadership.
Angelina Kellow is another person who took an Equip Online class and this is what she has to say about it…
Although the Leading Self Equip class isn’t in this early fall’s line-up it’s due to be available later. It’s one you don’t want to miss!
How do these classes work?
Some of the Equip Online classes are on-demand, work at your own pace, and still others are hybrid. There are weekly assignments with a few live sessions throughout the eight weeks.
The homework varies according to the class. There’s reading, watching videos, answering questions, and even completing a project showing the application of your knowledge.
Altogether, the class will take a max of 2-3 hours a week. Not bad, right?!
Have more questions? Check out the FAQ page.
Here are the classes that start August 8th (next week!) and run through October 2nd:
The Coach Approach – facilitated by Carmen Halsey
This course is designed for non-coaches to learn and apply five basic skills from the professional coaching tool kit that will transform their relationship factor and have a greater influence/impact on those around them. When practiced, these skills work in life and business/ministry contexts. The context of “leader” in this course relates to influence rather than title or role. These skills will transform and shift conversations for a more powerful connection that builds relationship and influence. The course is fully online, with no required meeting times (optional live online classrooms). You will interact in the weekly sessions on your own schedule.
Spiritual Leadership – facilitated by Jennifer Smith
Weaving together leadership examples from the Bible, practical principles by Henry Blackaby, and the urgent leadership needs in our rapidly changing communities, we will address the question, “What does spiritual leadership look like in the context of my everyday life?” Whether your primary place of influence is in the home, the marketplace, a school, government, church, or other setting, this study will provide practical tools, identify areas where change is needed, and encourage participants to accept the challenge to be the leaders God has called them to be. The course includes weekly learning assignments, interactive online discussions, and practical challenges to directly apply the leadership principles within the God-given ministry setting of each participant.
Writing Workshop – facilitated by Meredith Flynn
In this course, the participant has the opportunity to focus on both the Will (inspiration and motivation) and the way (mechanics) to write. The class is focused on taking the creative content that God has given you and turn it around to share out with others resulting in glory and praise to God.
Faith Community Nursing – facilitated by Carmen Halsey and Nancy Taylor
Registered nurses are invited to attend the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing training course. Faith Community Nurses draw a closer link between their faith and healthcare communities by acting as health educators and counselors to a faith community membership, as well as assisting with homebound, nursing home and/or hospitalized congregation members. Through the program, participating registered nurses receive continuing education hours, as well as the support and resources necessary to implement a Faith Community Nursing program in their church’s community.
Also coming up:
Faith & Community Health – facilitated by Carmen Halsey and Sharon Hinton
And another round of classes runs October 10th through December 4th.
Add them up!
One of the really cool things about the Equip Online classes is that you can stack them up and earn a certificate. There are certificates available for
- Christian Ministry (6 courses)
- Deacon Ministry (6 courses)
- Pastoral Leadership (8 courses)
- Women’s Ministry (6 courses)
(Notice that some of these classes aren’t just for women! So tell your husbands and sons and friends.)
The nice thing is that you don’t have to commit to all the classes. You can pick and choose and take only the ones you want. But there is a certificate available if certain classes are completed. A certificate can be very satisfying, personally, and it can also demonstrate to your local church that there have been some core competencies established.
Have questions? Be sure to go over and check out the Equip Online page.
We would love to have you join us in these Equip Online classes!
Don’t forget to go back to Monday’s Welcome post and join in the fun (and giveaway!) there. And to sweeten the deal, all comments on this post too will be entered into the giveaway.
So tell me, have you taken any of the Equip Online classes? Which one? What was your take away? We’d love to hear about it! Or, are you thinking about one of these classes? Do you have any questions that we might be able to help you with?