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Central Institute - History of the Early Church: From Persecution to Power

January 23rd - January 30th, 2018

In this course, we will study the amazing transformation of the Christian Church from a persecuted minority to the official state religion of the Roman Empire.  Early doctrinal diversity and conflict gave way to a uniform and universal creed as the Holy Spirit guided the establishment of a Scriptural canon and Biblical orthodoxy.  As the Roman Empire fell into decay in western Europe, the Church became the primary cultural power of the Middle Ages.  We will study all of these developments and talk about the lessons and principles that can be learned from this history and applied to a life of faith within the church community today.

Teacher: Ben Gates, IPFW Professor and Campus Ministry Leader

Book: A Short History of the Early Church by Harry R. Boer *

*book only required for those taking Central Institute credit

PJ's and Pancakes

January 27th, 2018

The Leo Youth and Children's Ministries are partnering together to provide a fun evening for kids (Preschool to 4th grade) so you can have some quiet time as adults.

The event is free, will provide a pancake dinner, and various games, crafts and snack.

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Central Institute, Be Transformed!

January 28th, 2018

In a time when knowledge does not always lead to life change, how can the Christian experience a faith that is alive and growing? How can we know this God whom we have committed our lives to follow? How can we remain steadfast in the midst of trials and change? Spiritual growth is more than just knowing about God. It also requires knowing ourselves, our tendencies, our temptations and our unique design for God’s Kingdom. This course will examine principles of allowing God to change and mold us into the persons He desires to use for His glory.

Teacher, vicki Gatchell

Book: Choose one of the following books to work through (those who are working for Central Institute credit-- optional for others):

Minding the Heart, Robert Saucy. KREGEL PUBLICATIONS, 2013                                       The Cure, John Lynch, B. McNicol, and B. Thrall. CrossSection Publishers, 2011          The Great Omission, Dallas Willard, HarperOne, 2006

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Faith Basics

February 4th - March 25th, 2018

This class is designed with you in mind. It will help you learn to know God better and answer your questions in the basics of the Christian faith. Answer such questions as “What is God like?” “How can I get to know Him?” What does it mean to be a Christian?” “What is Baptism?” and more. Taught by two of our pastors, Troy Jester and Don Delagrange, this class will meet on Sunday mornings at 11 am in the Chapel Ridge Chapel, 5801 Schwartz Rd., beginning February 4, and running through March 25.

Teachers: Troy Jester and Don Delagrange

Sundays, February 4 through March 25, 11 am at the Chapel Ridge chapel

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Belief- A Deeper Look

February 6th - March 6th, 2018

You know the basics: God is our creator and exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Bible is our authority for life and belief. We receive forgiveness of sins by trusting in Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the cross. Now that you are grounded in the faith, go beyond belief and take a deeper look at what we believe as Christians and why. Join us on a 5-week in-depth journey into the nature of God, His Word, and our salvation.

Teacher: Jeremy Helmuth

TUESDAYS, February 6 – March 6, 2018, 6:30-8pm

Leo Campus

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Teens and Technology

February 7th - February 28th, 2018

If we hope to make an impact on the next generation, we must grow deeper in our knowledge of how teenagers experience the world. We must also develop a practical strategy to walk alongside them. The goal of this course is to gain a better understanding of the most current technological influences and how those influences impact the life and faith of teenagers. This course will take a special focus on helping parents and those interested in influencing the next generation.

Teacher: Sara Baldwin

Wednesday Evenings, February 7 – 28, 2018, 6:30 – 8pm

Chapel Ridge Campus, in the Kids Central Auditorium

Junior High Retreat (Leo Campus)

February 9th - February 11th, 2018


Join us for the Leo Campus Junior High Retreat! If you are a 6th, 7th or 8th grader, you are welcome to come

More specific details and packing list can be found in "Forms"

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Women's Retreat - Breathe

February 23rd - February 24th, 2018


See How The Concept Of Sabbath Can Change Your Life with this 5-Session Study from Priscilla Shirer.

"One of the greatest challenges amount women in our culture is taking time to cease from all the activities and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God's greatest gifts. In the Old Testament, Sabbath was given to the Israelites as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted, then the concept of Sabbath will change your life."

This retreat will be at the Summit Suites in Fort Wayne. Meals, overnight accommodations and materials are included in the price.

Early bird discount $60 (register before Jan 15)
Regular registration $70 (register after Jan 15)

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March 2nd - March 3rd, 2018

$0 - $70

SuperStart! Is one of the highlights of the year for our middle school ministry. This high energy, weekend event is a great way to connect your 4th, 5th, or 6th grader with the middle school ministry. Not only that, but it is a great event in which students experience incredible worship and teaching geared specifically to their age and phase of life.

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Spiritual Mentoring

March 3rd - March 10th, 2018

Jesus' disciples walked beside him through three years of public ministry before he commissioned them to go and make disciples to the "ends of the earth!" From Paul's fatherly mentoring of Timothy, to Priscilla and Aquila's instruction with Apollos, the Christian faith has been passed down by men and women whose lives influenced others' lives person to person. Join us as we learn and discuss how to encourage and lead others in a life that honors and seeks God. Leading doesn't require a degree. It requires a person who loves and follows Jesus.

Saturdays, March 3 & 10, 9 -11 am at the Leo Campus Perk*

Teacher: Vicki Gatchell

Book (for those seeking Central Institute Credit): The Ways of the Alongsider, Bill Mowry, NavPress

*Please note: No childcare will be available for these sessions.

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Central Institute - Marriage 101

March 8th - March 29th, 2018

The institution of marriage is under attack in our society.  Statistics continue to show that 50% of marriages will not go the distance.  These numbers are the same for Christian marriages.  Certainly this is not what God intended.  Throughout this interactive marriage class, we will go back to the basics of what it takes to have a successful marriage!  Some of the topics that will be covered include communication, conflict resolution, financial management, and intimacy (spiritual, emotional, and sexual).  Whether you are thinking of getting married, recently married, or have been married for 10 years or more, you will benefit from this course.

Thursdays, March 8 - 29 and April 12 - May 3, 2018

Chapel Ridge Campus, in the Chapel

Taught by Troy Jester

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HSM to the Dominican

June 22nd - June 30th, 2018

$100 - $1,400

This trip is open to anyone currently in 9-12 grades. We are headed to the Dominican Republic. Registering here is the first step in the process. You will be contacted after your registration here with further details. It would be wise to start the passport application process as that will be needed for this trip.


7/8 Grade Charleston, WV Mission Trip

July 8th - July 13th, 2018

$50 - $350


During a week in Charleston, your group will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the people, history and culture of this city. Serve and build relationships with a variety of people in Charleston through the Boys & Girls Club, Union Mission, Covenant House and local senior centers. You may also get to spend time with local children at Outrageous Sports Camp. During the evenings, worship with a local congregation and feast with friends old and new at a community potluck, which almost always includes a famous homemade cobbler!