For electives currently registering for their next session click on the elective title to register. (Electives currently open for registration are underlined). Registration for other electives will open once dates are confirmed for the next class.
Core Thrive Electives (electives we encourage everyone to take)
Daily Walk with God
This study focuses on God's purpose and process of transforming believers into the image of Christ. We will be learning how to renew the mind, how to live by faith in the power of the Holy Spirit and how to encourage one another in faith. It will be in a workshop format that will include homework, discussion and practice in the process. Offered each fall.
A 12-week elective for those who want a Biblical overview of the key doctrines of our faith. They include: The Bible; God; Jesus Christ; The Holy Spirit; Man and Sin; Salvation; Angels; Satan and Demons; The Church; Things to Come. Offered each spring.
God transforms our hearts through the gospel and His Spirit empowers us to fulfill His calling in Christ. This interactive study explores how to live in God's will and serve Him in every dimension of our lives, including the home, church, workplace, government and world. Offered spring 2013.
The Progress of Redemption (formerly HisStory)
We will explore the storyline of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in this 12 week elective. If you have ever wondered how all the stories, events, and teachings of the Bible are connected and fit together to reveal God’s plan of redemption, this course will help you to uncover these truths. Offered each winter.
Gospel of John
This 12 week elective will explore the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Surveying the Gospel of John, we will look at John’s unique approach in presenting the gospel of Jesus. We will discover the nature and person of Christ, consider the impact and purpose of His miracles and claims, and grapple with what it means to really follow Him. Offered in winter.
Sharing the Gospel
This 12-week elective will include six weeks of evangelism training that will equip you to share your faith with those in your FRAN (Friends, Relatives, Associates, and Neighbors) in a personal and natural style that fits you. The next six weeks will expose you to what God is doing in the world by taking a look at the Biblical basis for missions, the history of the modern missions movement, a look at the current spiritual state of the world, and how you can participate in world evangelization. Offered in fall.
Reaching Our Neighbors and the World
This 12-week elective will include six weeks of evangelism training that will equip you to share your faith with those in your FRAN (Friends, Relatives, Associates, and Neighbors) in a personal and natural style that fits you. The next six weeks will expose you to what God is doing in the world by taking a look at the Biblical basis for missions, the history of the modern missions movement, a look at the current spiritual state of the world, and how you can participate in world evangelization. Offered each fall.
Other Thrive Electives
Christianity Explored is an informal 10-week course for people who'd like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. Looking at Mark's gospel, it explores who Jesus is, why He came, and what it means to follow Him. Offered each fall and spring.
This four-week course is for those who want to learn more about who we are as a church and next steps to get connected. This course is offered monthly in our Library (Room 121) from 11 am - 12:15 pm. Prior registration is not required.
CROWN: God’s Way of Handling Finances
A 10-week study that will introduce you to some building blocks for biblical financial stewardship. Offered each fall, winter and spring.
God's Heart for Orphans
This dynamic and interactive six-week elective will explore the Biblical call to actively reach out to orphans with Christ's love and provision. Join us as we study together the inspiring book Fields of the Fatherless, and hear reports from individuals serving on the front lines of orphan care and adoption ministry around the world today. Offered each winter.
Loving Muslims and Understanding Islam
This 8 week elective is for those interested in learning about Islam and how to build bridges to share the gospel of Christ with Muslims. In addition to covering the basic core beliefs of Islam, we will learn what Islam and Christianity have in common and the main differences between the two religions. Offered each winter.
A Sunday morning elective where married couples are taught the biblical principles that will enable them to build a Christ-honoring marriage. Offered in spring, fall and winter.
Our Membership Class is an information time lead by Pastor King and a team of Cherrydale leaders.
This eight week elective elective is designed to equip and train men to come alongside and encourage one another towards spiritual growth in Christ. The weekly schedule will include inductive Bible Study, discussion of biblical practices of ministry and will be focused on practical application.
What clear principles does the Bible provide and where is there room for freedom? Unfortunately, our culture has blurred our understanding of what it means to be a godly woman. Join other Cherrydale women for an 8-week study, True Woman 101: Divine Design (by Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss) explores the Biblical truths behind womanhood and how women can bring glory to God and His redemptive story for mankind.
The first 6 weeks will cover such topics as the biblical basis for praying for healing, a brief history of healing prayer in Christ’s church, and different ways in which God heals. For those wishing to explore the topic of healing prayer further, and who may even be interested in joining the Healing Prayer Ministry, an additional six weeks of more specific and focused training will follow the six introductory sessions.
God's 180 Seminar
Come with the kids for a 180-minute tour of the entire Bible that will help you see the Bible as a whole and understand it as never before. Especially planned for parents to bring their children (first grade and above) and teens to learn together. Offered in fall.
At the Principles for Parents Seminar you'll learn the biblical principles that make great families. Follow them, and your family will be a success! Offered quarterly.
Healing Prayer Basic Level Training
Join us as we explore the Biblical foundations of healing prayer. Offered each spring.
This training is for potential small group shepherds. We will present the scriptural basis for small groups, Cherrydale’s strategy and the role of shepherding in small groups. Offered quarterly.
If you are teaching God’s Word in any capacity you are welcome to join our monthly teacher training. Join us on the second Sunday of every month from 8:00-8:45 am in room 115. We will be discussing the book Reverberation: How God’s Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People and praying for the ministry of the Word in various contexts at Cherrydale. Prior registration is required. Offered monthly September - June.