Northgate Christian Fellowship | Northgate U


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What Is Northgate U?
Northgate U is a fun, classroom-style environment where adults learn and apply solid Biblical teaching & life skills. Take responsibility for your spiritual growth & take advantage of this great opportunity to...
  • Develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with God
  • Connect with other adults through shared experiences
  • Find encouragement, support and accountability
  • Engage in open conversation in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere
  • Learn practical applications for daily Christian living
  • Learn valuable life skills that help you succeed
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Why You Need U
The purpose of these programs is to help you structure your life, worldview and mission according to the unique plans God has for you.

All Northgate U classes and seminars fall into one of four tracks:
  • Biblical Studies – gain a deeper knowledge of God’s Word
  • Ministry & Leadership – prepare to serve wherever God leads you
  • Life – integrate Christian beliefs into your everyday life and find support for everyday challenges
  • Theological Studies – learn to articulate what you believe & why
Courses are offered throughout the year; check back frequently for schedules.
Enrollment is open to anyone. Fees are nominal to pay for materials and scholarships are available.
Thrive Apologetics Conference at Bayside Church
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Bayside Church and Biola University team up to present the Thrive Apologetics Conference. Featuring world-class apologetics speakers and over 40 breakouts on topics such as “Do Science and Christianity Conflict?” “Why Does God Allow Evil?” and “Navigating Difficult Conversations,” this conference will equip you to think intelligently about your faith.

When: Friday, October 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM - Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Where: Bayside Church - 8191 Sierra College Boulevard, Roseville, CA 95661

COST: $29 for Students, $35 Earlybird registration until August 31

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To carpool to the Apologetics Conference or if you have questions, contact Jeff Watson ( or Art Stine (
Current Northgate U Classes (Early Registration)
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Christian History Made Easy
Church history is not about names, dates, and facts. It is about the flesh and blood people of God and the life and death issues that have shaped their struggles and joys for two-thousand years. Christian History Made Easy makes this story come alive! This isn’t dry names and dates. It’s full of dramatic stories told with a touch of humor. In this 12-week DVD-based study for beginning to intermediate students, Dr. Timothy Paul Jones takes you through the most important events in Christian history from the time of the apostles to today.
What You’ll Learn
  • The real-life stories of people who changed history
  • Where church doctrines and practices originated
  • How the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant churches came to be
  • How Christianity has spread around the world
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: The First Christians: AD 1 - 100
  • Week 2: Defending the Truth: AD 100 - 300
  • Week 3: From Persecuted to Preferred: AD 300 - 500
  • Week 4: Christianity on the Move: AD 300 - 500
  • Week 5: A Church Divided: AD 500 - 1300
  • Week 6: God’s Work Goes On: AD 500 - 1300
  • Week 7: Everything Falls Apart: AD 1300 - 1500
  • Week 8: The Reformation: AD 1500 - 1600
  • Week 9: Post-Reformation Growing Pains: AD 1600 - 1700
  • Week 10: Revolutions in the New World: AD 1600 - 1700
  • Week 11: Ageless Faith in an Age of Reason: AD 1700 - 1900
  • Week 12: A Global Gospel: AD 1900 - Present
  • Cost: $20.00
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Date(s): Tuesdays, September 13 - November 29
  • Leader: Jeff Watson
  • No childcare will be provided
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Preparing for Marriage
If you’re engaged, thinking about getting engaged, thinking it’s time to get married or are recently married, this fun and practical study will help you target areas for growth in your relationship. This comprehensive program is designed to help you create an intimate, lasting and biblical marriage!
What You’ll Discover
During this 8 week seminar, you will:
  • Learn about God’s unique blueprint for marriage
  • Discern God’s will for your relationship
  • Handle your finances and plan for the future
  • Clarify your roles and responsibilities
  • Establish a positive, loving sexual relationship
  • Deal with issues, expectations and family histories
  • Evaluate as a couple your readiness for marriage
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Why Marriage?
  • Week 2: God’s Equation for Marriage: When One Plus One Equals One
  • Week 3: Evaluating Your Relationship
  • Week 4: A Decision-Making Guide
  • Week 5: Authentic Communication
  • Week 6: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Week 7: Money, Money, Money
  • Week 8: Intimacy: Sexual Communication in Marriage
  • Cost: $15.00 per person
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Date(s): Tuesdays, September 13 - November 1
  • Leaders: Liz & Mark Edwards / Mimi & Marvin Green
  • No childcare will be provided
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You’re ready to follow Christ - now what? If you are new or returning to faith in Christ, this is a great place to start. NEXT is a two week course that will acquaint you with basic understanding of the Christian faith and some things you need to know to get started in this new Journey of Faith. Spiritual growth and maturity is not simply a pursuit of information and knowledge, it’s about a change of heart and a transformed life! We focus equally on knowledge and practice.
What You’ll Discover
By the end of this class you will:
  • Understand what it means to be a follower of Christ
  • Discover some tools necessary to establish
    positive habits in your life
  • Put into practice Spiritual Disciplines which will help grow you relationship with God
  • Understanding Eternal Life
  • Spiritual Formation – God’s Part & My Part
  • Understanding Discipleship
  • How God Grows Your Faith
  • Telling Your Story to Help Others
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, October 2 & 9, November 6 & 13, December 4 & 11
  • Leader: Dave McMurtry
  • No childcare will be provided
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Sermon on the Mount
An in-depth look at Jesus’ “State of the Union” message to us, his disciples. This 4 week study for intermediate Bible students will explain how this amazing passage pertains to us today.
What You’ll Learn
  • Recognize how this great sermon pertains to our lives - 2000 years after Jesus spoke it
  • Analyze how it is possible for us to live the life Jesus laid out for us
  • Discover whether the Lord’s Prayer was meant to be taken literally
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Matthew 5:1-16 - The Best Attitudes and Let Your Light Shine
  • Week 2: Matthew 5:17-48 - You Have Heard It Said
  • Week 3: Matthew 6:1-34 - Giving and Praying, and Giving Some More
  • Week 4: Matthew 7 - How, Then, Shall We Live?
  • Cost: $20.00
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 11 - October 2
  • Leader: Ric Small
  • Childcare will be provided with advanced registration and payment
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Experiencing God
This classic best-selling course will guide you to experience the kind of relationship with God where you can know and do His will.
What You’ll Discover
  • Through examination of biblical and contemporary illustrations, you will understand and apply seven realities of experiencing God
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Introduction
  • Week 2: God’s Will and Your Life
  • Week 3: Looking to God
  • Week 4: God Pursues a Loving Relationship
  • Week 5: Love and God’s Invitation
  • Week 6: God Speaks, Part 1
  • Week 7: God Speaks, Part 2
  • Week 8: The Crisis of Belief
  • Week 9: Adjusting Your Life to God
  • Week 10: Experiencing God through Obedience
  • Week 11: God’s Will and the Church
  • Week 12: Kingdom People
  • Week 13: Experiencing God in Your Daily Life
  • Cost: $20.00
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 11 - December 11
  • Leaders: Doug Daut & Joel McMinn
  • Childcare will be provided with advanced registration and payment
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Before Amen
Would you like to pray more? Better? More confidently? Max Lucado has introduced a simple outline for a quotable, repeatable, portable prayer for all occasions. In 4 sessions, our “Nobody Taught Me How to Pray” workshop for beginning to intermediate students, we will equip you to have more fire, faith and fervency in your own conversations with God.
What You’ll Discover
At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
  • Connect with God instead of just giving Him a “To-Do” list
  • Build trust that God hears you even with unanswered prayers
  • Embrace a prayer life that brings peace and rest in the midst of tough circumstances
  • Have confidence in intercessory prayer for others
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Why Should I Pray?
  • Week 2: Can God Help Me through Prayer?
  • Week 3: Can God Help Others through My Prayer
  • Week 4: Thankfulness
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, October 9 - October 23
  • Leader: Art Stine
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Find Your Fit For Ministry/Discover the GAPP That Only YOU Can Fill
God has plans for you! Your gifts and abilities, the things that move you, the experiences that have shaped you so far—all provide the foundation for a ministry that God has for you. This two-session workshop is for all levels of believers who want to serve in a way that is most effective and satisfying.
What You’ll Learn
During the 4 hour workshop you will learn to:
  • Identify your spiritual Gifts, Abilities, and areas of Passion.
  • Reflect on past experiences - both positive and negative - that have shaped who you are.
  • Complete a Pattern for Ministry Profile and explore its significance in understanding possible areas of ministry.
  • G: Spiritual Gifts
  • A: Abilities
  • P: Passion
  • P: Personality and Experiences Ministry Profile
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 25 & October 2 or November 6 & 13
  • Leader: Chuck Bryant
  • Childcare will be provided with advanced registration and payment
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Fresh Start
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. Become renewed and revitalized with this nationally recognized program.
What You’ll Discover
The DivorceCare group meets weekly to face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has two elements.
  • A Seminar with Experts: Each week you will watch a 30-40 minute video featuring top experts on divorce and recovery. These videos are produced in an interesting format featuring expert interviews and real life case studies.
  • A Support Group with Focus: Following the video, you spend time as a support group, discussing the video and what is going on in your life.
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Reactions
  • Week 2: The Road to Healing/Finding Help
  • Week 3: Facing Your Anger
  • Week 4: Facing Your Depression
  • Week 5: Facing Your Loneliness
  • Week 6: Scriptural Truths to Your Circumstances
  • Week 7: New Relationships
  • Week 8: Financial Survival
  • Week 9: Kid Care
  • Week 10: Single Sexuality
  • Week 11: Forgiveness
  • Week 12: Reconciliation
  • Week 13: Moving on, Growing Closer to God
  • Cost: $20.00
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 11 - December 11
  • Leader: TBD
  • Childcare will be provided with advanced registration and payment
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How To Read The Bible - An Introduction to the Basics of Bible Study
This class is for you if you don’t know where to start, how to get around, and are confused as to why it’s not as clear as, say, your college chemistry textbook. In three sessions, our “Nobody Taught Me . . .” series for beginning to intermediate students, will teach you the basics of Bible study.
What You’ll Discover
At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
  • Explain the origin of the Bible
  • Utilize tools and resources to study the Bible.
  • Make your way through the various types of literature contained in the Bible.
  • Select a plan for personal daily bible study
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: How We Got the Bible and Which Versions to Use
  • Week 2: Methods of Reading & How to Start
  • Week 3: Bible Study Tools and Techniques
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, November 6 - 20
  • Leader: Art Stine
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Grief Share
GriefShare is a national program to bring you a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
What You’ll Discover
Each week your group will watch a video seminar on DVD. The videos cover topics essential to your recovery from the hurt of grief and loss. The videos are produced in a compelling television magazine format and feature interviews with grief recovery experts, mini-dramas, on-location video and real-life stories of people who have experienced the death of a loved one. After each video you and other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Is This Normal?
  • Week 2: The Challenges of Grief
  • Week 3: The Journey of Grief Part 1
  • Week 4: The Journey of Grief Part 2
  • Week 5: Grief and Relationships
  • Week 6: Why?
  • Week 7: Guilt and Anger
  • Week 8: Complicating Factors
  • Week 9: Stuck
  • Week 10: Lessons of Grief – Part 1
  • Week 11: Lessons of Grief – Part 2
  • Week 12: Heaven
  • Week 13: What Do I Live For Now?
  • Cost: $20.00
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Date(s): Tuesdays, September 13 - December 6
  • Leaders: Heidi Benjamin & Virginia Sharma
  • No childcare will be provided
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Financial Peace University
Manage your money God’s way. This course takes Godly wisdom and turns it into real action in our lives through a step- by-step process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor, Dave Ramsey.
What You’ll Discover
Financial Peace University (FPU) is a 9-week life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life.
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Super Saving: Common Sense for Your Dollars and Cents
  • Week 2: Relating With Money: Nerds and Free Spirits Unite!
  • Week 3: Cash Flow Planning: The Nuts and Bolts of Budgeting
  • Week 4: Dumping Debt: Breaking the Chains of Debt
  • Week 5: Buyer Beware: The Power of Marketing on Your Buying Decisions
  • Week 6: The Role of Insurance: Protecting Your Health, Family and Finances
  • Week 7: Retirement and College Planning: Mastering the Alphabet Soup of Investing
  • Week 8: Real Estate and Mortgages: Keeping the American Dream from Becoming a Nightmare
  • Week 9: The Great Misunderstanding: Unleashing the Power of Generous Giving
  • Cost: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Date(s): TBD
  • Leader: TBD
  • No childcare will be provided
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GriefShare - Surviving The Holidays
Grieving? Know someone who is? Please join us for this encouraging seminar.
When you are grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. In past years, the holiday season may have been a time of great anticipation and excitement … but this year, the prospect of facing the holidays without your loved one may cause anxiety and dread. You are not alone.
GriefShare Surviving the Holidays is a 2 hour warm, encouraging, and helpful event. Featuring video instruction and group discussion, it helps you deal with the intense pain of grief during the holiday season.
Our Surviving the Holidays Seminar will help you discover:
  • How to deal with emotions
  • What to do about traditions
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to find hope for the future
  • Cost: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Date(s): TBD
  • Leader: TBD
  • No childcare will be provided