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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.
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Next
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
Topics
  • Understanding Eternal Life
  • Spiritual Formation – God’s Part & My Part
  • Understanding Discipleship
  • How God Grows Your Faith
  • Telling Your Story to Help Others
Cost/Info
  • 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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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.
Topics
  • G: Spiritual Gifts
  • A: Abilities
  • P: Passion
  • P: Personality and Experiences Ministry Profile
Cost/Info
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, November 13 & 20
  • 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/Info
  • 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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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/Info
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Date(s): Sunday, November 13
  • Leader: Joanna Peterson
  • No childcare will be provided
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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/Info
  • 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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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/Info
  • Cost: $10.00
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, November 6 - 20
  • Leader: Art Stine
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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/Info
  • Cost: $15.00
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Date(s): Sundays, October 9 - October 23
  • Leader: Art Stine
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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/Info
  • 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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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/Info
  • 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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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/Info
  • 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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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/Info
  • 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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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/Info
  • Cost: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Date(s): TBD
  • Leader: TBD
  • No childcare will be provided
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Comparative Religions
If all you know about the Jewish faith and culture in America you learned from Tevye, Charlton Heston, or studying the Old Testament in a Christian setting, this class will give you a new perspective and help you relate to Jewish friends and coworkers.
What You’ll Discover
Each week we will discuss historical Jewish theology and practice, holidays, culture and life. You will understand Jewish views on the Law, religion without the Temple, and the different positions of orthodox, conservative, reformed and secular branches.
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Patriarchs, Passover, Modern Denominations
  • Week 2: Judaism at the time of Christ, Monotheism and Messiah, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
  • Week 3: Rabbinic Judaism after the Temple, Coming of Age, Kosher, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah
  • Week 4: Talmud, Sabbath
  • Week 5: Middle Ages to 20th Century, Purim and Shavuot, Weddings and Jewish home
  • Week 6: Holocaust
  • Week 7: Wrap up
Cost/Info
  • Cost: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Date(s): TBD
  • Leader: TBD
  • No childcare will be provided
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The Best Summer Read Ever
Reading the Bible is something that all Christ-followers talk about. What makes this book different? If it IS important, do I read it any differently than a novel or newspaper? Beginning to Intermediate Level class.
What You’ll Learn
During this 3 week session you will learn to:
  • Trust and explain the origins of the Bible.
  • Utilize online resources to enhance your Bible reading experience.
  • Establish a regular Bible reading schedule.
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Bible Origin, Versions & Picking a Plan
  • Week 2: Methods of Reading and Understanding
  • Week 3: Bible Themes and Plan Commitment
Cost/Info
  • Cost: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Date(s): TBD
  • Leader: TBD
  • No childcare will be provided
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Redemptive Relationships
One of Paul’s most personal letters, Philemon puts Paul’s rhetoric on full display as he applies the principles of Christian equality and redemption to the unequal social relationship of a master and his runaway slave. Understand this short book as a rhetorical masterpiece and as a model for navigating social relationships. Intermediate to Advanced level.
What You’ll Learn
During this 2 week session you will learn to:
  • Read, with appreciation, Paul’s letter to Philemon from the standpoint of its rhetoric.
  • Use Paul’s letter to Philemon as a model for us on how to navigate unequal social relationships in your own life.
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: Philemon as a rhetorical masterpiece.
  • Week 2: Philemon as a model for navigating social relationships.
Cost/Info
  • Cost: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Date(s): TBD
  • Leader: TBD
  • No childcare will be provided
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Growing a Strong Marriage Starting Strong
Just as Christ transforms individuals from the inside out, he is also working on the heart of your marriage. Through this Bible study series, learn to cultivate and enjoy a beautiful marriage that's rooted and grounded in Christ. Whether you've been married for a few years or thirty years, there's always room to grow.
What You’ll Learn
During this 4 week session you will learn to:
  • Create a shared vision with your spouse.
  • Build unity in your marriage.
Weekly Topics
  • Week 1: How We Met
  • Week 2: Moving into Oneness
  • Week 3: Identity in Christ
  • Week 4: Paths to a Christian Marriage
Cost/Info
  • Cost: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Date(s): TBD
  • Leader: TBD
  • No childcare will be provided