One of the core values that has been part of Westwood for many years is education. Specifically, education that is not just about information, but is also about transformation. A number of years ago (2007-08), I developed a church-based discipleship framework that we started to deploy. During the last couple of years of ministry and leadership transitions the framework faded to the back, but I think that now might be the time to “resurrect” it (or at least something that is similar).
Assuming a three-semester model at Westwood (Sep-Nov, Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun), the model suggests courses like this, grouped into four focused areas of Christian life and ministry:
Courses would be 4-6 weeks in length, would vary from semester to semester, and would generally be offered from each of the four Christian life and ministry areas each semester. Extended courses marked with a (C) could qualify for credit at UNBC, Columbia Bible College, Ambrose University College, and Briercrest College. Courses that are coloured blue have been offered during the last couple of years. Finally, if someone were to complete six courses as described below, they would complete Westwood’s “Christian Life Certificate” program:
Well, there you have it. :) A path we’ve started down in the past, and perhaps a path that we should follow in the future. What do you think?