Summer Labs are fun, interactive learning environments where we come together to learn, grow and deepen our understanding of God by examining a variety of important topics.
Summer Labs will be held on Wednesday nights from June 21 - August 16 at the Saratoga Campus. Check the course list below for precise dates and times.
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work
with Dan Perkins (and guest lecturers from the world of business)
For many years, the Church has had a misguided or paper-thin theology of work. Christians passionate about business were either be made to feel guilty because of their particular giftedness at wealth creation, or were almost comically under-utilized. This lab is for people who want to examine deeply how Biblical wisdom and the Christian perspective can help business professionals provide a foundation for both a thriving professional and personal life. We’ll examine how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity and passion are not only acts of worship, but can bring God’s Kingdom here on Earth.
NOTE: This class's required material is the book Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller. You can purchase this book either in hard copy or digital copy by clicking on the link, or buy it where ever books are sold.
June 21 – July19 (No Lab July 12)
with Steve Clifford + Dana Clifford
We believe that God has hardwired each of us to do good works. And one of the greatest gifts of life is figuring out how God’s made us and then using those gifts. This class will help you understand yourself better so that you can better understand how to find real joy in the unique way God has made you. During this lab, we’ll examine your unique:
- Spiritual gifts
- Individual style and personality
- Growth phase and
- Natural talents.
This class is perfect for folks who want to understand how God’s designed them and how God can use them to change their world.
July 19 – August 9
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
with Dave Larson
Marriage is a glorious relationship that is also misunderstood and mysterious. Modern culture would have you believe that everyone has a soul mate; that romance is the most important part of a successful marriage; that your spouse is there to help you realize your potential; that marriage does not mean forever, but merely for now; and that starting over after a divorce is the best solution to seemingly intractable marriage issues. But these modern-day assumptions are wrong. This lab is for folks - married, single, engaged, or hoping to get married - who want to find a captivating vision for marriage, as well as gain practical instruction on how to have a more successful marriage.
NOTE: This class's required material is the book The Meaning of Marriage by Tim KellerYou can purchase this book either in hard copy or digital copy by clicking on the link, or buy it where ever books are sold.
July 19 - August 16
Parenting with Love and Logic
with Mary Eschen
Do you wish that parenting came with a Field Manual? This course walks through the acclaimed Love and Logic course, which features best practices on how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. This class - which features clear best practices and super-practical tips - will help you learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character. Whether you’re a brand-new parent, or have teenagers, through this lab you’ll learn how to establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles.
NOTE: This lab comes with a materials cost of $100 per person or $110 per couple (this includes the cost of any childcare needed.) If you or your family cannot afford this, there are scholarships available.
Jun 21 – Aug 2 (No Lab July 12)
Explore Christianity and the Bible
with David Kim + David Tieche + Ryan Wong
Ninety percent of Americans own a copy of the Bible, and while it's the most widely read book in the world, it's also the least understood. This lab is for folks who have questions about the Bible (or are skeptical of the Bible) and have been looking for a place to ask those questions. It’s also perfect for people who are new to the faith or are just interested in a fun and intellectually-engaging crash course in the major ideas, themes and characters of this vast book. By the end, you’ll have gained a more cohesive understanding of the Bible and will be able to navigate this ancient and important book.
Jun 21 - August 2 (No Lab July 12)