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Equipping Classes

Each semester The Austin Stone offers a wide spectrum of classes, each one intended to allow students to encounter God and truth through His Word, turn daily to Jesus as their only hope for joy and salvation, and seek the redemption and restoration of the world through the spread of the Gospel.

To register for a class, click on the section info for the class you're interested in. Online payment is required to hold your space in a class. If you don't complete the registration, your spot will not be reserved. Classes are closed to new registrants after their start date.

Our classes fill up fast and we want to hold spots for those who are able to commit.

Don't let course fees prevent you from registering. Email your campus staff to request a scholarship.

 

Class Commitments

Class Commitments:

Because our classes rely heavily on discussion and community, we ask participants to commit to the following before signing up. Space is limited, so please do not take a spot in a class if you cannot:

  • Attend the first class of the semester
  • Attend at least 80% of the class meetings. For most classes this will mean missing no more than one class.
  • Each class may have additional requirements to enable you to get the most out of the semester.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please email us: gettrained@austinstone.org

Class Categories

Class Categories

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    Connecting

    Classes designed to help you get connected at The Austin Stone. Most of these classes include a small group component with group meetings outside of class to facilitate community and mission, with many groups continuing after the class semester.

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    Development

    Classes that walk through core Christian beliefs with an emphasis on how theology should inform our choices and pursuits in everyday life.

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Deep Topics for Young Hearts

Host: South Campus
Location: Library
SU 9:15AM-10:45AM

6 weeks / Fee: $0
Jan 28–Mar 04

Lauren Nesselrode

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Join us for a six-week parenting class called:

Deep Topics for Young Hearts: "How to practically guide your child through today's cultural trends and topics."

Ever wondered how to address cultural trends with your kiddos? Or how to handle topics such as Gender Identity, Technology, Sexual Orientation, and Discipline? Join KIDS director, Lauren Nesselrode and other leaders from South Campus for this six week class.

You will learn practical ways to apply biblical truths that lovingly care for your child's heart. Whether or not you have had to respond to these subjects with your kids, the questions are coming. We want to help equip and prepare you to point your child to Jesus when these opportunities arise.

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Connect Class

Downtown
SU 11:00AM-12:30PM

6 weeks / Fee: $0
Jan 28–Mar 04

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Connect Class is designed to connect you with others at our church to form new Missional Communities. Over the course of launching these groups, we will help you learn the values and practices of biblical community, build relationships with others in your group, and move toward deeper involvement with this church!

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Married Life

Host: North Campus
Location: Annex
WED 6:00-7:30PM

4 weeks / Fee: $20
Jan 24–Feb 14

Greg Breazeale

Childcare provided

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What is the purpose of marriage? What does it mean to have a Gospel-centered marriage? Does the Bible prescribe particular roles to husbands and wives? What do respect and love look like when your spouse doesn't seem to deserve them? Is communication possible when every conversation is an argument? How do you discern God's will for your family together? How do you handle work-rest balance, in-laws, children, and sex?

While we may not be able to fully answer all of these questions, in this four-week class, we will discuss what God has to say about them in His Word and how we should respond.

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Connect Class

Host: South Campus
Location: Library
SU 11:15AM - 12:30PM

6 weeks / Fee: $0
Jan 28–Mar 04

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MC Connect is the best way to get connected to a community of believers at The Austin Stone.

No matter how long you've been attending the Austin Stone, we want you to feel like a valuable part of our church family. Throughout the Bible, we see the command to live out our faith with other believers by our side. Life can be hard and its important for our joy and endurance to have community to remind us of the Good News of Jesus.

Our goal is to help you get connected to other people at South Campus so we've designed MC Connect to focus on building friendships while also learning about the mission, vision and practices of Missional Communities. Individuals participating in the class will be grouped at tables with people who live in similar parts of town. Group discussions will be an integral part of the class to help cultivate relationships.

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Mining God’s Word

Host: West Campus
Location: West Ministry Center
WED 10:00-11:30AM

13 weeks / Fee: $35
Feb 07–May 02

Laura Powell

Women Only; childcare provided

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We have a conviction at the Austin Stone to equip our people to not just be consumers, but participators in the kingdom of God. This includes the way we read our Bibles. We want to be a people who engage God with our hearts, our minds, and our hands. Learning to examine and apply Scripture is crucial for each of us growing in our knowledge and love of God.

In this 12-week inductive Bible class women will connect around the word of God and learn study tools, principles of interpretation, and application. The book of Philippians will serve as the primary training ground, although the class aims at imparting study skills that are applicable to the entire Bible.

This class will not meet on March 14 because of Spring Break.

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Questioning God: A Study of Habakuk

Host: West Campus
Location: West Ministry Center
THUR 6-7:30PM

7 weeks / Fee: $35
Feb 22–Apr 05

Ross Lester

Co-ed; Childcare provided

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What can we do when we can’t make sense of what we see in the world? Can faith have questions, without our faith being in question? The ancient text of Habakuk is a wonderful question and answer session between a struggling prophet and his merciful God. In this six week-study we will have an opportunity to listen in on Habakuk’s questions that feel very contemporary, and will study God’s response to those questions in the hope that our faith and dependence will increase as we do.

This class will not meet on March 14 because of Spring Break.

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Knowing God

Host: West Campus
Location: West Ministry Center
SU 7:00-8:30PM

6 weeks / Fee: $15
Jan 21–Feb 25

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High School Only

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How do you know if you know God? What does it look like to know God not as just a collection of facts, or as a camp experience, but as a person to be in relationship with? One of the most important things for any student is to take ownership of their faith and develop an active relationship with God.

In this six-week class we will explore what this means and how to pursue it. The class is not designed to add additional homework or burden to a busy student’s schedule, but will challenge high schoolers to step into a more robust understanding of what it means to be a Christian.

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Spiritual Disciplines

Host: North Campus
Location: Annex
WED 6:00-8:00PM

4 weeks / Fee: $20
Mar 21–Apr 11

Brian Rasco

Childcare provided

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Because our faith is built on the foundation of a personal relationship with God, it is imperative to start with the fundamental principle of how to cultivate intimacy with our Savior. Spiritual disciplines are habits of devotion given to us by God for our good. Bible intake, prayer, meditation, silence, solitude, sabbath, feasting, and fasting are some of the means through which God most often reveals Himself. And yet, these basic habits of faith are often neglected.

In this four-week class, we will teach on the “what,” “why,” and “how” of Spiritual Disciplines in a way that engages the new believer and the hardened saint.

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Family Worship

Host: North Campus
Location: Annex
WED 6:00-8:00PM

2 weeks / Fee: $10
Feb 21–Feb 28

David Kakish

childcare provided

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Children are a gift from the Lord. This is true. But this doesn’t change the fact that being a parent is hard. We know we can/should be more faithful in reading the Bible with our kids. We know we shouldn’t see our time of evening prayers the same way we watched the clock on the last day of school. We know our children should hear the name “Jesus” on more occasions than when we stub our toe. We know all of this, yet it doesn’t change the fact that it is difficult to implement long-lasting habits of family worship.

This two-week class will address both structured family worship and spontaneous, organic family worship. We will discuss the need for intentional time set aside for nurturing the spiritual growth of your family and how to incorporate family worship into the normal daily rhythms of your life.

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New Moms: Foundations

Host: Downtown Campus
Location: For The City Center
THURS 10:00-11:30AM

6 weeks / Fee: $25
Feb 01–Mar 08

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The challenges that come with being a new mom aren’t meant to be faced alone. New Moms: Foundations is a six-week class where new moms with babies, newborn to six months old, can connect with other new moms and mentors. This class explores how the gospel and biblical truths remain our foundation for this season.

We will discuss topics such as identity, the calling of motherhood, boundaries, marriage and taking care of you and your family. Join us as we get to know each other and seek God’s guidance for this new phase of life.

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Nearly/Newly Married Life

Downtown
SU 9:00-10:30am

9 weeks / Fee: $45
Feb 25–Apr 22

Brian Riley
Jon & Morgan Norris

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This class is for couples who are engaged or married up to three years. Connect with others in this important life stage and learn principles of a Godly marriage, while discussing practical issues we all face when two become one. Couples are required to participate in a mid-week group during the class (you'll be able to select nights that work with your schedule when you sign up). If you are engaged and completing Pre-Marital Counseling, please take this class after finishing counseling.

This class won't meet on April 1 because of Easter.

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Connect Class

Host: North Campus
Location: Annex
SU 9:15AM-10:45AM

4 weeks / Fee: $0
Jan 28–Feb 18

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Connect Class is designed to connect you with others at our church to form new Missional Communities. Over the course of launching these groups, we will help you learn the values and practices of biblical community, build relationships with others in your group, and move toward deeper involvement with this church!

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Nearly/Newly-Wed

St. John
SU 11:15AM-12:45PM

8 weeks / Fee: $45
Feb 11–Apr 01

Justin Hroch
Scott Weatherford

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More than 50% of marriages today end in divorce. We believe God created this holy union called marriage to help illustrate the image of God to creation. Our marriages are our sermon to the world. Yet, with so many marriages ending in divorce what sermon are we preaching? The purpose of this class is to teach engaged and newlywed couples biblical foundations of marriage, and how the gospel propels us to live on mission together. Additionally, this class creates opportunities to spend time in community with other nearly and newlyweds to build authentic, Christ-centered relationships.

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Christ-Centered Parenting

Host: North Campus
Location: Auditorium
WED 6:00-8:00PM

4 weeks / Fee: $20
May 02–May 23

Brian Benkendorfer

childcare provided

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Do you ever feel ill equipped to talk about the cultural issues of our day? Designed to help you lead your children and teens in a confident and responsible way, this four-week class will equip you to address pressing cultural topics which children of all ages, from preschoolers through young adults, face, including:

Gender issues, Suicide, depression, and anxiety, Pornography, Addiction and coping mechanisms, Same-sex marriage, Singleness, dating, marriage, and divorce.

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has put together this fantastic material to give our kids a biblical worldview that will produce the next generation of culture shapers—not simply the next generation shaped by their culture.

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New Moms: Foundations

St. John
MON 10:00-11:30AM

7 weeks / Fee: $35
Feb 12–Mar 26

Susan Davison
Tara Hroch
Taylor Crawford

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This class is a place for first time moms to come connect with other new moms and be reminded of the work of Jesus in this new season of life. This class is for new moms of children younger than 6 months.

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Mining God's Word

St. John
SU 11:15AM-12:45PM

13 weeks / Fee: $35
Feb 04–Apr 29

Amanda Brown

Women Only; childcare provided

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Learning to examine and apply Scripture is crucial for each of us growing in our knowledge and love of God. In this 12-week inductive Bible class women will connect around the word of God and learn study tools, principles of interpretation, and application. The book of Philippians will serve as the primary training ground, although the class aims at imparting study skills that are applicable to the entire Bible.

This class won't meet on March 11 for Spring Break.

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Mining God's Word

Host: St. John Campus
Location: Genevieve Hoelscher's Home
WED 7:00-8:30PM

13 weeks / Fee: $35
Feb 07–May 02

Morgan Stephanian
Genevieve Hoelscher

Women Only

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Learning to examine and apply Scripture is crucial for each of us growing in our knowledge and love of God. In this 12-week inductive Bible class women will connect around the word of God and learn study tools, principles of interpretation, and application. The book of Philippians will serve as the primary training ground, although the class aims at imparting study skills that are applicable to the entire Bible.

This class won't meet on March 14 for Spring Break.

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Mining God's Word (College)

Host: Downtown Campus
Location: Home in Far West
MON 7:00-8:30PM

13 weeks / Fee: $25
Feb 05–Apr 30

Stephanie Bistransin
Rachel Prochnow

Women Only

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We have a conviction at the Austin Stone to equip our people to not just be consumers, but participators in the kingdom of God. This includes the way we read our Bibles. We want to be a people who engage God with our hearts, our minds, and our hands. Learning to examine and apply Scripture is crucial for each of us growing in our knowledge and love of God. In this 12-week Bible study women will connect around the word of God and learn how to use inductive study tools for examining, interpreting, and applying Scripture. The book of Philippians will serve as the primary training ground, although the class aims at imparting study skills that are applicable to the entire Bible.

This class will not meet March 12 because of Spring Break.

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Mining God's Word

Downtown
SU 11:00AM-12:30PM

13 weeks / Fee: $25
Feb 04–Apr 29

Annie Lent
Erica Gant

Women Only; childcare provided

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We have a conviction at the Austin Stone to equip our people to not just be consumers, but participators in the kingdom of God. This includes the way we read our Bibles. We want to be a people who engage God with our hearts, our minds, and our hands. Learning to examine and apply Scripture is crucial for each of us growing in our knowledge and love of God. In this 12-week Bible study women will connect around the word of God and learn how to use inductive study tools for examining, interpreting, and applying Scripture. The book of Philippians will serve as the primary training ground, although the class aims at imparting study skills that are applicable to the entire Bible.

This class will not meet on March 11 because of Spring Break.

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Mining God's Word

Host: West Campus
Location: West Ministry Center
MON 7:00-8:30PM

13 weeks / Fee: $35
Feb 05–Apr 30

Suzanne Barrett
Shannon Blackwell
Stevi Schuknect

Women Only; childcare provided

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We have a conviction at the Austin Stone to equip our people to not just be consumers, but participators in the kingdom of God. This includes the way we read our Bibles. We want to be a people who engage God with our hearts, our minds, and our hands. Learning to examine and apply Scripture is crucial for each of us growing in our knowledge and love of God.

In this 12-week inductive Bible class women will connect around the word of God and learn study tools, principles of interpretation, and application. The book of Philippians will serve as the primary training ground, although the class aims at imparting study skills that are applicable to the entire Bible.

This class will not meet on March 12 because of Spring Break.

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Mining God's Word

Host: South Campus
Location: West Ministry Center
MON 7:00-8:30PM

13 weeks / Fee: $35
Feb 05–Apr 30

Suzanne Barrett
Shannon Blackwell
Stevi Schuknect

Women Only; childcare provided

More Details

We have a conviction at the Austin Stone to equip our people to not just be consumers, but participators in the kingdom of God. This includes the way we read our Bibles. We want to be a people who engage God with our hearts, our minds, and our hands. Learning to examine and apply Scripture is crucial for each of us growing in our knowledge and love of God.

In this 12-week inductive Bible class women will connect around the word of God and learn study tools, principles of interpretation, and application. The book of Philippians will serve as the primary training ground, although the class aims at imparting study skills that are applicable to the entire Bible.

This class will not meet on March 12 because of Spring Break.

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Dating With Purpose

St. John
SU 9:15AM-10:45AM

6 weeks / Fee: $10
Feb 11–Mar 18

Brice & Robyn Johnson
John & Emay Yeng

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What does Christian dating look like? How do I know if my relationship honors God? Is dating even biblical? I desire to be married, but I’m single, so what do I do with that? This class will explore the topic of dating through the lens of Scripture and what God says in His Word about His purpose for us.

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Doctrine of Humanity

Host: North Campus
Location: Annex
WED 6:00-8:00PM

4 weeks / Fee: $20
May 02–May 23

Greg Breazeale
David Kakish

childcare provided

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For four weeks, we will be asking and answering questions like What does it mean to be made in the image of God? Are some a closer reflection of that image than others? What’s the difference us and animals? What is gender? Does our flesh cause us to sin? What is the “good life”? What happens to us when we die? We want to believe that people matter; that every life is precious and has inherent worth. But what does God’s Word say? Come to the class and find out!

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Dating With Purpose

Downtown
SU 5:00-6:30PM

5 weeks / Fee: $25
Apr 15–May 13

Rex Hamilton

Registration opens March 1

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Everyone has a thought to share on dating, from family and friends to the music and magazines we enjoy. It is often said that there is no pain like that of a broken heart. But isn’t it also true that there is no joy like that of a fulfilled heart? We believe the truths of the Bible through the person of Jesus Christ cut through all the noise and light a path for us to walk together. We believe there is a way to date for the glory of God and the good of our brothers and sisters-in-Christ. God created all things for His glory, including the mysterious relationship between men and women. Join us as we journey to discover the purpose of engaging the opposite sex.

This class will not meet on March 12th because of Spring Break.

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