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e-Newsletter - Volume 5, Number 1
New Course for the Laity:
"JG-02 - History, Polity and Ethos of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for Laity"

by Bill Anderton

We have just launched a special non-credit version of our popular "History, Polity and Ethos of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)” distance learning course. This packaging is designed for lay leaders, teachers and congregants of Disciples churches. Self-paced, it is perfect for both individual and group studies. It is offered at a special low price for individual church members.

Course fee is $39.95 per person.

The Virtual Classroom is open and the course can be started today!

Click here to register online now.

Explore the history and polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from its origins in the early 1800s to the present. This 90-day course contains 11 lessons with a total of 28 video lectures and is design for lay leaders, teachers, congregants and study groups.

Click here for details and a promotional video,

Emphasis focuses on the pioneer founders of the denomination, Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton Stone, and Walter Scott, and their influence on the movement that emerged out of their efforts. The growth of the denomination will be viewed in the context of national and international history as it grew to take its place among the established, mainstream churches of modern times. Attention will also be given to the Restructure of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that has shaped its modern identity, polity, ethos, and mission. 


The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a movement, a denomination, and a community of faith. It will explore some of the sweep of Church history and context in which the Disciples of Christ came into being. Key figures, issues, documents, and events will be cited. In addition, students will be exposed to current aspects of the denomination, including the ways in which Disciples work through the polity of this unique denomination and how Disciples live faithfully in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and partnership.

This is a Non-Credit Course!

This is a non-credit course; no student assessment is included, 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.

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.

However, a For-Credit Course is Available!

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.

If you are clergy and need a for-credit course for your standing requirements, a new JG-01 course is beginning NOW. Late registration closes January 23. Click here to register for the JG-01 for-credit course.

About This Course

This course is entirely online; no travel is required and all you need to participate is an web browser and a suitable broadband Internet connection.

The course is entirely self-paced and is open for registration and use NOW!

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