Training the Next Generation of Leaders

Note: Each class will offer live interaction with the teacher and fellow students on Thursday nights. If a student is unable to attend on any given Thursday, the class will be available online to view afterwards.
Classes are held online using Microsoft Teams. More instructions will be e-mailed to each student once signed up.

Upcoming Class Promo

Class 1: How to be a Neighbor, Engaging with Native American People Around Us

When: 4 - Thurs nights (Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12) 
Where: 7pm on Microsoft Teams
Teacher: Paul Straubel
Cost: $40
Have you ever thought about how to engage in Gospel ministry with Native American people around you? This four-session class will have a different topic each week and will help equip you to become a better neighbor to native people. 

Class  2: How God Talks

When: 4 - Thurs nights (Nov 2, 9, 16, 30) 
Where: 7pm on Microsoft Teams
Teacher: Neil Thielke
Cost: $40
The "How God Talks" class will encourage and instruct how God speaks to His sheep today as in the days of old. 

Class 3: Hermeneutics

When: 4 - Thurs nights (Jan 18, 25, Feb 1, 8 ~ 2024) 
Where: 7pm on Microsoft Teams
Teacher: Pastor Ryan Stockstrom
Cost: $40
In this 4-part course, Pastor Ryan will be sharing basic principles in interpreting the Bible, also known as Hermeneutics. Second Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” In these lessons we will learn some basic principles to help us understand and “grasp” God’s Word. 

Class 4: Wisdom (CANCELLED)

When: 4 - Thurs nights (March 14, 21, 28, April 4 ~ 2024) 
Where: 7pm on Microsoft Teams
Teacher: Pastor Jim McCracken
Cost: $40
Every culture in the world venerates wisdom and the quest to gain it. Defining wisdom has also been a part of that quest. The word essentially means the “realm of wise”. A parallel example would be the word, “kingdom”, which means “the realm of the king”. In the course we will explore the origins of wisdom, the person and voice of wisdom, the problem with wisdom, and wisdom for the asking. 

Pastor Jim Binder ~ Forge Leader

Jim began as the Associate Pastor at Country Faith Church in 1999. In 2016 Jim, Laura, and a team of volunteers planted Thriving Life Church in Erskine, MN where he is currently the Sr. Pastor. His role with CFC has transitioned from pastoral to apostolic. Jim will work out of TLC, working alongside and being a key extension of CFC’s vision for church planting. He will serve as our “Church Planting Overseer” and the Northern hub of TrueBridge. In this role he leads The Forge ministry training school and builds and leads a church planting team from CFC and TLC. Jim and his wife, Laura, were married in 1979 and have been blessed with two sons and 10 grandchildren.

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