Religious education — Newberg Christian Church will begin offering ministry courses through its SALT program January 20

Newberg Christian Church has teamed up with Fullerton, Calif.-based Hope International University to offer courses from its School of Advanced Leadership Training (SALT).

The distance education courses are paired with on-site mentoring and ministry involvement from discipleship pastor Andy Heisler and the pastoral staff at NCC.

Classes, which are open to anyone and cost $100 per credit hour, will meet on Tuesday evenings and are generally three credit hours.

Students who complete 12 credits through this partnership may earn a certificate in leadership; those credits can be applied toward an undergraduate or graduate ministry degree.

Textbooks, which are required and are not covered by tuition, can be purchased directly from NCC.

The program features a streamlined format that is conducive to busy schedules, along with threaded discussions or face-to-face group meetings facilitated by the on-site mentor, according to a press release. Each SALT course typically consists of audio or video lectures with PowerPoint, online discussions, readings, written assignments and extensive learning resources.

The first class offered, “Life of Christ — Jesus and the Kingdom Among Us,” will run from Jan. 20 through March 16.

It will explore the purpose, structure, content, theological claims and enduring significance of Matthew’s Gospel. Special attention will be given to Matthew’s presentation of Jesus’ origin and identity, the nature and content of his Kingdom proclamation, and the facts and significance of his crucifixion and resurrection.

The second course, “Developing Spiritual Disciplines,” will run for five weeks between March 17 and May 18 and will introduce students to the spiritual disciplines of scripture, prayer, fasting, silence and solitude. The historical and biblical teachings on these disciplines will be examined, exploring their function and purpose for believers today. It will also guide students into practical experiences of the disciplines, building a foundation for ongoing spiritual formation.

For more information, call Heisler at 503-538-3104 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration can be done online at www.

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