The primary importance of maturity is the focus of this course. You will explore the central place of maturity in the lives of believers, churches, and church leaders. The instructor for the course is Dr. Bert Downs, Western Seminary’s Chancellor and former President.
THE CASE FOR A MATURITY FOCUS
In this session we want to establish the primary importance of maturity in the lives of believers and congregations, and in our responsibility as “shepherds” to join God in His process with His resources to be His agents of that desired outcome.
A MODEL: FOUR EVANGELICAL COMMITMENTS
In this session, we’ll examine four essential evangelical commitments (evangelical = Gospel-centered) that form the guiding tracks for our faithful development and agency in God’s maturity process.
THE ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE MODEL
In this session we will carry those foundational things into our development and examination of an effective model to guide growth, both in ourselves and in others. Dr. Randy Roberts, the president of Western Seminary, will join us again for this session.
This session will take on a somewhat different tone, much like the process in the maturity matrix, by becoming less content oriented (directive) and taking on a more supportive approach; bringing affirmation to those principles, commitments and models we’ve discussed.
ROADBLOCKS TO MATURITY
Session 5 will continue the conversational and supportive tone of the prior session so once again a premium will be put on your listening, interpreting and applying skills. Drs. Breshears and Wenzel will take you to some deep, important and hard places in the maturity journey where warfare is ever-present.
SEASONS AND METHODS
This final session we’ll accomplish three things: first, we’ll revisit the matrix to answer some questions and clarify some specific aspects of the maturity process. Then we’ll turn to the pages of that great maturity book, Hebrews, to explore five warnings and their related opportunities with respect to our maturity and maturity ministries. Finally, we’ll end by revisiting the key (love) to all of this, and see the many places of opportunity to apply the key with Godly result, the development of maturity (completion).
Bert is the former president of Western Seminary (98 - 08), the retired executive director of a regional network of local churches and an experienced interim pastor.