Group Training

Group Training

CLD courses make the perfect complement to the training plans of churches, parachurch, organizations, mission agencies and various small group gatherings that desire to learn together. And studying with a group has great advantages, both in the effectiveness of learning and in enrollment costs.

Getting Started

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    Know Your Choices

    CLD offers many options for group study. The most basic is single-course study in which a group (Sunday school, small group, adult study, etc.) selects a single course and uses it as the focal point for its educational experience/term. A group may also choose to complete a certificate together. CLD offers several standard certificate packages from which a group may choose. Or the group may have a specific goal around which a custom certificate is shaped with the help of CLD personnel to meet the group’s desired outcome. Unsure of the course best for you? Complete the form on the “Group Signup” page, include any questions you may have or simply indicate that you’d like to speak with a CLD representative, and submit the form to CLD. You can count on a timely response and an informative discussion. Let us hear from you. And if you know what you want right now then move on to Step 2.

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    Choose Your Courses

    The organizing group selects the courses and certificates they will complete. The selected course(s) will become available to all who register with that group. If selecting a certificate, be aware that in addition to the predetermined certificate tracks, a group is able to work with CLD to create its own custom certificate track to meet its specific learning goals. Custom certificates must contain at least 14 course hours of study and no more than 20 except by special arrangement. If you are uncertain about your course of study or have questions about group study using CLD resources, contact Dr. Bert Downs at email hidden; JavaScript is required to discuss and develop a custom certificate specifically for your group.

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    Choose Your Facilitator

    The organizing group must identify a mentor/facilitator who is responsible for all communication with CLD, for monitoring student progress and for affirming final completions before any certificates are issued. The facilitator provides the names and email addresses of all participants in the group. Western Seminary registers those names as users in the group and provides login information to each participant. As important as those tasks are, the most important role of the facilitator/mentor is engaging the students in ways that assure active participation and maximum opportunity for each student to reach their study goals. Looking for some mentor help? Check out the “Mentoring for Student Success” page in this section of the CLD website.

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    Submit Group Study Application

    To launch the process, complete and submit the Group Study Application. Please provide as much information as possible as requested on the form. The more complete the form, the more efficiently we can work together to assemble and launch the desired course of study. If you’re uncertain about some of the specifics, provide what you can including questions you may have, submit the form and a CLD representative will promptly respond.

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    Make Your Payment

    Once your group’s course of study has been established, CLD personnel will send a contract/invoice detailing the understanding between the group and CLD to include courses, schedules, tuition and any other special arrangements. Because the group cannot know ahead of time how many participants will actually register and may allow registration to continue for several weeks following the beginning of the course, we ask that the sponsoring group estimate enrollment and pay 50% of the total discounted price prior to registering participants with Western Seminary. The balance of 50% of the total is due no more than 60 days after group study begins, based on how many participants have registered at that point. If additional participants register after the balance has been paid, the church, organization agrees to pay per user at the agreed upon price. Substitutions can be made for dropouts at no cost to the group.

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    Start Learning Together!

    Gather your group and start learning together! The group must complete a single course study within 6 months of the start date, a CLD standard certificate within 1 year of the start date, and a custom certificate per contract agreement between CLD and the study group. Custom certificates must contain at least 14 course hours, but no more than 20 unless previously agreed upon by CLD and the group leadership. Upon completion of the course or certificate, the facilitator will provide CLD with a list of each person who has completed the requirements, Western will verify and then issue the certificates. Certificates will include student name, the name of the completed track, Western Seminary’s logo, and the organization’s logo (optional).

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