The Underground Institute is an eight-week training platform designed to give missionaries seminary level education within a missional framework. Throughout the entire catalogue we offer a variety of classes that all represent the manifesto in some way, and each summer semester is a sampling of this class list. These classes are organized to inspire, inform, equip and empower missionaries, both locally and globally, to better do ministry in their current context. The Institute runs like a typical college class might, incorporating homework, quizzes, tests, papers, assignments, and projects.
This summer's classes will run from June 6th - July 28th. We are offering a 'Pay-What-You-Want' option, so if your budget doesn't allow for a large expense this summer, you're welcome to pay what you're able to. Scroll down to have a look at the five classes we're offering this summer, and go to the bottom of the page to register for those which you're interested in.
What is the good news? Why share it? How do we contextualize it? What do I do with my fear? These haunting questions keep us quiet and the spiritual harvest Jesus promises remains a dream. We desperately need a fresh generation of disciples who walk in the authority of the Evangelist. Leaders who are compelled by love, see where the kingdom is not and speak boldly the gospel to the aching hearts of this world. A generation who not only shares their faith but also inspires and equips others to do the same. This course is a call to that generation. This class is for you if you burn for more evangelistic fruit, love to talk about Jesus with nonbelievers or sit convicted of the need to share your faith more.
If you are either gifted in evangelism and would like to seriously hone this skill, or if it's a weakness and you want to take some major steps in development in sharing your faith, then this class is for you.
There is a growing awareness in our time of the plight of the poor and marginalized people. More and more new movements and enterprises are increasingly driven by protest, resistance and a prophetic call for justice in the name of repressed people. While the awareness is new, the struggle is very old, rooted not just in our history but the history of God. This class is designed as an introduction to Liberation Theology in its three primary forms (Latino, Black and Womanist) and a survey of some of its most prominent thinkers.
If you are someone who works with people on the margins or who wants to develop a deeper understanding of the theme of liberation in Scripture, then this class is for you.
As a network, we take on the role of advocates and activists in our city. Our weeks are full of work, labor, ministry, people, causes, and more. It is easy for us to get caught up in the work of the kingdom and forget ourselves—and when we do this we stand at risk of spiritual bankruptcy and burnout. We need to regularly tend to our own soul as we are out reaching others and advancing the gospel. This class will look at disciplines and practices that will help you pursue and uphold a wholeness in your soul. Richard Foster says, "“The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”
If you're interested in learning how to deepen your relationship with Jesus and experience God is forgotten ways, then this class is for you.
Paul makes a remarkable statement in his letter to the Ephesians, saying, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." This is such a phenomenal truth for us to internalize. God has created us with a purpose in mind and we will feel most alive, most like ourselves and God's pleasure the most when we are working and ministering out of this calling. So, it is imperative that we spend the appropriate amount of time to listen to God, look at how he has created us and pray thoroughly to discern what this calling is. At the end of this course, you will have spent two months journeying through the idea, theology, aspects and implications of calling and be able to articulate your calling in a concise way.
If you are wondering what it is that God made you for and you'd like to devote a summer to exploring God and introspection, then this class is for you.
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