Church History (Part 2)

Course SPRING 2019

Los Angeles School of Missions and Ministry

Dr. John Oakes (ICOC) and Dr. Gregg Marutzky (ICOC)

March 8 - 9, 2019 (Friday & Saturday)

Course Description: 

This course is an overview of Church history, from the foundation of the church to modern times. Part II will cover from the Protestant Reformation to modern times. The Christian minister is not fully prepared to lead the church of Christ if he or she is not aware of the lessons that can be gained by studying the history of the church. Through this study we will gain insight into Christian theology. We will learn how our commonly-accepted orthodox theology developed in the first few centuries. We will understand how the church’s doctrine of salvation developed over time. We will increase our understanding of potential pitfalls that all Christian groups are subject to falling into. As George Santayana famously said, “Those who do not know the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them.” We will also be inspired by the many heroes of the faith who have given up their freedom, their health and their lives to restore and to spread the gospel. We will learn what kinds of church organization is effective in different times and situations in order to move Christianity forward. Students will also gain understanding into what we do and why we do it. Are our practices biblical or are they handed down to us by tradition? No Christian group exists in a vacuum. Through studying Restoration history, we will learn how we came to have both the positive and the negative tendencies of our particular fellowship. We will gain insight, both positive and negative, from Christian groups we might normally tend to dismiss as less “Christian” than we are. Our goal is to glorify God and to bring Jesus Christ to all the world. As we study church history we will be better prepared to do our Christianity well.

This course is part of the Certificate in Practical Evangelism from the LA School of Missions and Ministry which is a three-year program. An Advanced Certificate in other specialties including Campus Ministry, Youth and Family Ministry, Missions, Pastoral Counseling, Old Testament, New Testament, Church Leadership, Church Growth, Discipleship, Hebrew, Greek, Church History and Spiritual Formation are also being developed.

Course Dates, Times and Location:

The course will be held on Friday and Saturday on March 8-9, Friday & Saturday at the Lighthouse Building, 3508 East Temple Way, West Covina, CA 91791 from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm both days. 

Cost: The cost for the course will be $250/student for tuition. Text books will be required and purchased by the students. Housing and transportation will be the responsibility of the student. 

Required Textbooks:

  1. Oakes, John M. The Christian Story: Finding the Church in Church History, Vol. III, Illumination Publishers International, 2018.

  2. Highly suggested additional text: Hughes, Richard T. Reviving the Ancient Faith: The Story of Churches of Christ in America, Eerdman’s 1996 or Abilene Christian University Press, 2008.

Pre-class Assignments:

  1. Begin reading course textbook.