I attend GPS Church in Spanaway, Washington. At this church we host a theologically based higher education degree program through the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development. This program is based out of Iowa and certifies qualified individuals to teach courses through their local churches as hubs for the school. It is intended to promote unity in the Christian Evangelical Church via teaching scripture through Socratic discussion and encouraging the congregation to participate in the discussion on the material provided by the school. Socratic discussion is defined by Wikipedia to be a form of inquiry and debate between individuals with opposing viewpoints based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. Class-time doesn’t typically include a lecture, but is based on the discussion students come prepared for and is guided by a certified instructor. The course material includes theological readings which vary from excerpts from books written by authors such as Francis Schaeffer and C.S. Lewis to documented sermons or messages.
There are more than 20 courses offered through this program which can take up to a decade to finish. This blog is intended to present a perspective of one student going through the program. You can learn more by visiting their website. At GPS Church we meet at regular intervals as a class – or cohort as defined by scripture (Acts 10:1; 27:1) – and come prepared for discussion. The material calls for certain projects and competencies to be accomplished and met through our studies. This blog will include projects, competencies, and personal notes along the way. My name is Nick Fultz and I am an Antioch student.