About Northgate U

Pursuing God in a small classroom environment.

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

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
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Available Classes

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2021 Your Best Year Ever: Design an Action Plan

Turn your plans into reality with goal-achieving strategies that work! Using decades of practical experience as well as the best current research on goal attainment and human achievement, this program was designed to help you find the clarity, develop the courage and leverage the commitment you need to accomplish your most important personal and professional goals.

What You'll Discover

By the end of this 3-week course, you will be able to:
  • Identify ten life areas in which to consider setting goals
  • Recognize obstacles to goal achievement and how to overcome them
  • Design effective goals
  • Find the motivation necessary to succeed
  • Take action and maintain momentum

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Mental preparation tweaks; building confidence for success; choosing your goals for the year.
  • Week 2: Build a structured plan for each goal using the proven framwork.
  • Week 3: Motivation for goal achievement; taking concrete action steps; maintaining momentum.

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $18.00
  • Date(s): Thursdays, September 16th - 30th
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Deborah Rocchild
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Only


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 Zoom 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: Deep Hurt
  • Week 2: Road to Recovery
  • Week 3: Anger
  • Week 4: Grief and Depression
  • Week 5: Loneliness
  • Week 6: Fear & Anxiety
  • Week 7: Family & Friends
  • Week 8: Financial & Legal Issues
  • Week 9: Conflict
  • Week 10: Forgiveness
  • Week 11: Your Former Spouse
  • Week 12: Single Living
  • Week 13: Brighter Days

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $20.00 plus shipping
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 12th - December 5th
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Hakeem Shabazz & Laura Bauder
  • Delivery Method: Hybrid

Facilitator Training

Does leading a small group have you quaking in your boots? If you’re currently leading a Community Group, Rooted Group or a Northgate U class or just thinking about it, this two-hour workshop will give you the information you need to build your skills and your confidence.

What You'll Discover

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
  • Create a safe environment for participants
  • Use Adult Learning Principles to Convey Knowledge
  • Encourage participants to apply what they’ve learned
  • Utilize facilitation tools to manage your group
  • Develop a group environment that promotes spiritual growth and unity


  • Facilitator Responsibilities
  • Facilitating People
  • Facilitating Process

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $5.00
  • Date(s): Sunday, September 26th
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Lani Sinclair
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Only


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 that covers 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 & 4: The Journey of Grief
  • Week 5: Grief and Relationships
  • Week 6: Why?
  • Week 7: Guilt and Anger
  • Week 8: Complicating Factors
  • Week 9: Stuck
  • Week 10 & 11: Lessons of Grief
  • Week 12: Heaven
  • Week 13: What Do I Live for Now?

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $15.00, Plus Shipping
  • Date(s): Mondays, September 13th - December 6th
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Bob Ladd & Tonya Williams
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Only

GriefShare - Loss of a Spouse

Your life has changed forever. The daily emotions and challenges can seem too hard to bear. The death of a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed haven’t just lost a loved one, they’ve lost an entire lifestyle. Have you lost a spouse or know someone who has? This two-hour seminar includes a short video followed by small-group discussion. The video features expert Christian counselors, authors, and pastors.

What You'll Discover

You will take home a valuable Loss of a Spouse booklet that includes:
  • A video note-taking outline
  • Devotional materials that will help you find hope in God's Word
  • Grief recovery exercises
  • Journaling prompts


  • Practical advice from others who've been there
  • What to expect in your grief
  • How to cope with life without your spouse
  • Why it won't always hurt this much

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $10.00
  • Date(s): Sunday, September 12th
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Heidi Benjamin
  • Delivery Method: In-Person

Jeremiah: Digging Deeper

Dig deeper into this Book of the Old Testament and discover what this prophet had to say to both his contemporaries and to you in your Christian walk today.

What You'll Discover

By the end of this intermediate level 7-week course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the main points of Jeremiah’s prophesies to Israel, sighting both judgements and causes of hope.
  • Explain the circumstances that led to these particular prophesies and identify sins in your own life that might also be reflections of Israel’s sin.
  • Explain the difference between the covenant with Abraham and Israel, and the New Covenant.
  • Recognize the relevance of the Old Testament in our Daily Christian Walk.

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Class Introduction. What is a prophet? Judgement and Hope.
  • Week 2: The Prophet’s Calling and Message/Judgement.
  • Week 3: Dialogues with God. Potter and Clay
  • Week 4: From Sorrow to Hope
  • Week 5: The Fall of Jerusalem
  • Week 6: Judgement against the Nations.
  • Week 7: Wrap up and Process.

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $17.00
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 12th - October 24th
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Hale Burckin
  • Delivery Method: Virtual Only

Married for Good

A practical guide for making your marriage the best it can be. Whether you’ve hit a “road bump”, have things that you’d like to improve or even if everything is going well in your marriage, this course can make things even better. The class will benefit both married and engaged couples.

What You'll Discover

During this 4-week course, you will learn:
  • God’s design for marriage
  • How to build a better communication
  • Your roles and responsibilities
  • How to deepen physical intimacy

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Understanding God’s intent for your marriage
  • Week 2: Appreciating your differences: His Needs/Her Needs
  • Week 3: Learning how to communicate “On the level"
  • Week 4: Addressing the three biggest areas of marital conflict: Family, Finances and Sex

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $25.00 (Couples may share books for an additional $5.00)
  • Couples registered prior to Covid Cancellation will be automatically registered.
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 12th - October 3rd
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Leader(s): Ken & Betty Jensen
  • Delivery Method: In-Person
Northgate U // Studies

Northgate U Classes

We offer many different types of classes throughout the year.


Gain a deeper knowledge of God’s Word

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • How to Read the Bible
  • Individual Book Studies

This is not a complete offering list.


Integrate Christian beliefs into your everyday life

  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Finances
  • Spiritual Formation

This is not a complete course list.


Prepare to serve wherever God leads you

  • Servant Leadership
  • Community Group Seminars
  • Evangelism
  • Using Your Spiritual Gifts

This is not a complete course list.


Learn to articulate what you believe & why

  • Systematic Theology
  • Comparative Religion Series
  • Church History
  • Current Topics

This is not a complete course list.


Find care and support for life’s challenges

  • DivorceCare
  • DivorceCare 4 Kids
  • GriefShare
  • Surviving The Holidays

This is not a complete course list.

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