by Jerry Gladson
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This course is intended for the laity who would like to learn more about the history and polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This is a self-paced self-study course consisting of over eight hours of video-on-demand lectures organized into eleven lessons. Each lesson also contains optional readings and points for discussion for small groups or within our online Class Forum. The readings and discussions are optional but are highly recommended for students to get the most out of the lessons.
We have made a special pricing of this course for $39.95 in order to make this course accessible to as many people as possible. Despite the low price, the course contains seminary-level scholarship from a highly-respected professor.
This course contains eleven complete lessons containing over eight hours of on-demand videos, optional readings and discussion points. The course is ideal of new members of the church or small group studies.
The course will begin upon enrollment, and each student will be provided 150 days of online access to the Virtual Classroom. Typically, students will complete one lesson per week for eleven weeks. The course usually requires about 75-90 days to complete.
The lecture is a non-credit course; no grades will be issued, or certifications awarded. As such, this course does NOT meet the requirements for those seeking standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and require a history and polity course for standing or ordination.For those seeking standing, a sister course, "JG-01," is available that DOES include grading and certification. If interested in the graded for-credit course, please see "JG-01 - The History, Polity and Ethos of the Christian Church (Disciple of Christ)." The JG-01 is considerably more expensive, but it includes significant direct interaction with Dr. Gladson, assessment of the student work produced, grading as well as institutional credit from Christian College. However, the same course materials (videos, documents and discussion points) are the same for both JG-02 and JG-01. By making JG-02 available at a low price for the laity, individuals and small groups can have access to seminary quality self-study materials for their continuing adult education.
For more than a decade, Dr. Jerry Gladson has prepared and taught a foundational course for all those who enter ministry in Georgia: The Disciples of Christ -- History, Polity and Ethos. Dr. Gladson has offered this course, through Christian College, for those who were enrolled in the Institute for Christian Ministry and for Seminarians enrolled in five graduate theological seminaries in the Greater Atlanta Area. Many who have transferred their standing to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) through the Region of Georgia have also completed this course.
When Jerry last taught this course at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, the Seminarians who were enrolled were included in a film project, under the direction of Mr. Buddy Ray (Georgia Disciples Webmaster and Professor at Georgia State University). Buddy filmed and edited each course, giving careful attention to the handouts for the course, the power-point presentations, and the other supplementary materials. Now, thanks to Buddy’s efforts, Jerry’s expertise, and the addition of interactive distance learning features provided by the TransformingTheChurch.org system, the course will once again be available for online completion.