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 Virtual Classes

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follow Jesus in community with Northgate.

Blended & Blessed

Blended families are becoming the norm, yet present additional challenges for parents. If you’re blending a family due to death, divorce, adoption or de-coupling, the gospel offers hope to your complex family situation. Blended and Blessed offers you the opportunity to view and discuss video highlights from a live conference in 2020, Build your community with other blending parents - you are not alone!

What You'll Discover

At the end of this 4 - week virtual workshop, you will be able to:
  • Define the essentials of love in a blended family
  • Identify the 5 Love Languages of every member of your blended family
  • Practice loving Jesus using His methods and approaches
  • Identify multiple, interlocking relationships within your blended family system
  • Find ways to step back and let go
  • Build community with other couples in blended families

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: The Language of Love
  • Week 2: When Loves Compete
  • Week 3: Building Love Together in Parenting
  • Week 4: Knowing the Source of Love

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $10.00 Per Couple
  • Date(s): Sundays, January 17th - February 7th
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Leader(s): JFK & Raquel Benito


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, January 17th - April 18th
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Hakeem Shabazz & Laura Bauder

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: Free
  • Date(s): Tuesday, April 6th
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Cynthia Mora & Lani Sinclair

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 nine-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. Join us for this virtual offering. Watch streaming videos and then join your leaders and other participants for group discussion.

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Baby Step 1: Save $1000 for Your Starter Emergency Fund
  • Week 2: Baby Step 2: Pay Off All Debt (Except the House) Using the Debt Snowball
  • Week 3: Baby Step 3: Save 3-6 Months of Expenses in a Fully Funded Emergency Fund
  • Week 4: Baby Steps 4, 5, 6, & 7: Investing, Saving, Paying Off Your Home, Building Wealth and Giving
  • Week 5: Buyer Beware
  • Week 6: The Role of Insurance
  • Week 7: Retirement Planning
  • Week 8: Real Estate & Mortgages
  • Week 9: The Great Misunderstanding

Information & Cost

  • Cost: Free for Individuals or Married Couples
  • Date(s): Class dates are shown on the registration site.
  • Time: Times are shown on the registration site.
  • Leader(s): Various Northgate Leaders


GriefShare is a national program to bring you a friendly, caring community 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 may have 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 Zoom. 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 & 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): Sundays, January 17th - April 18th
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Becky Giger & Patty Williams


Once upon a time there was a version of our faith that was practically Irresistible. But that was then. Today, an increasing number of people claim that Christianity is harmful to our society. “The Bible says. . .” doesn’t carry the weight it once did, and thanks to our digital world, folks know “what else” the Bible says without ever picking up a Bible.

What You'll Discover

During this six-week virtual, video study by author and church leader, Andy Stanley, you will:
  • Examine the faith modeled by our first century brothers and sisters, who had no "official" Bible
  • Compare the way we preach, teach, write, and communicate our faith with that of the first century church
  • Be invited to embrace the version of faith, that against all odds, initiated a chain of events that resulted in the most significant and extensive cultural transformation the world has ever seen
  • Identify the faith that made Christianity compelling, defensible, and irresistible

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Simply Irresistible
  • Week 2: Brand - New Agreement
  • Week 3: The Bible According to Jesus
  • Week 4: The Irresistible Ethic
  • Week 5: What Love Requires
  • Week 6: The New Approach

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $25.00
  • Date(s): Mondays, January 25th - March 1st
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Dave McMurtry

Managing Your Emotions When the Pressure is On

Do you feel like you are going to blow your stack? Is it harder and harder for you to keep a level head when you are at the end of your rope? Are you aware of how to create healthier routines and relationships by bringing more discipline into your personal life? You will find helpful techniques and how to sustain the changes you make.

What You'll Discover

At the end of this 2 - week virtual workshop, you will be able to:
  • Realize the nature and effects of pressure and stress
  • Recognize and evaluate stress and its impact
  • Develop strategies and techniques for dealing with pressure situations
  • Understand and communicate more effectively with difficult people
  • Control your approach to high pressure situations
  • Create goals that lead to positive change


  • Impact of Stress on our lives
  • What it takes to change
  • Dealing with my own emotions
  • Dealing with Conflict
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Changing the way I respond to stress
  • Setting goals for productive change

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $5.00
  • Date(s): Mondays, March 15th & 22nd
  • Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Jim Mitchell

Misreading Scripture

There are many scriptural references that puzzle the modern-day follower of Jesus Christ. This study shows how our Western cultural perspective misses “what goes without being said” in ancient Eastern culture. Deepen your understanding of the ancient Biblical setting and intended meaning of the original authors.

What You'll Discover

During this five-week intermediate level, virtual study on Zoom, you will:
  • Recognize that passages written in an (ancient) Eastern culture are read differently in our Western culture
  • Contrast the Eastern and Western cultural reading of the Bible
  • Analyze several well-known passages from an (ancient) Eastern cultural viewpoint
  • Utilize a number of online tools that enhance the Eastern cultural viewpoint of the Bible

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Embrace Complexity
  • Week 2: Beware of Overcorrection
  • Week 3: Be Teachable
  • Week 4: Embrace Error
  • Week 5: Read Together

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $20.00
  • Date(s): Tuesdays, January 19th - February 23rd
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Art Stine

Passover Seder

Experience an actual Passover Seder in the comfort of your own home. Passover, the Jewish festival of freedom, reminds us of a great and dramatic event in the history of the Jewish people and their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. Prior to the start time, you will prepare the ceremonial foods, set your table and prepare your own meal. Then, login to zoom for our virtual Seder. We will experience the traditional Jewish Seder as Jesus did. During dinner, we will discuss the symbolism of Passover as it relates to our freedom in Christ.

NOTE: You will receive additional instructions on what to buy, how to prepare it and Biblical references for your background knowledge.

What You'll Discover

At the end fo the evening, you will be able to:
  • Explain the ceremonial elements of the Passover Feast
  • Recognize the importance of the holiday of Passover
  • Give details as to why Christ celebrated it
  • Explain why the Seder is important to us as Christians


"Seder" means order. The Seder is a service made up of ordered parts. It is structured around the sharing of four cups of wine or juice. Each cup conveys a theme of the Seder: Sanctification, History, Thanksgiving, and Hope. The following is the order of service for the Passover supper.
  • Lighting the Festival Candles
  • Kiddush - Saying the toast
  • Karpas -Eating the green vegetables
  • Yachatz - Breaking the matzo and hiding the Afikomen
  • Magid -Telling the Passover story
  • Motzi - Matzo Hamotzi and matzo blessings
  • Maror -Eating the bitter herb
  • Korech - The Hillel Sandwich
  • Shulchan Aruch -The Main Meal (With discussion of symbolism)
  • Tzofun -Finding and eating the Afikomen (Dessert)
  • Boraych - The cup of Elijah
  • Hallel - Psalms of praise and fellowship
  • Nirtzah - Concluding the Seder

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $5.00, Plus the Cost of Your Food (Estimated at $20 or less)
  • Date(s): Saturday, March 27th
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Lani Sinclair

You Are Never Alone

Each of us longs for Someone who will meet us in the midst of life’s messes. We want to believe in a living, loving, miracle-working God who won’t think twice about stepping into the thorny thickets of our world and lifting us out. Author, Max Lucado reminds us that God’s presence and power are nearer than we think. We only need to look at the miracles of Jesus as told in the Gospel of John to know this is true.

What You'll Discover

At the end of this six-session virtual video study, you will be able to:
  • Explain John’s trials as a disciple of Christ
  • Recall the miracles of Jesus and how they can help you when you feel alone
  • Gain strength from knowing Jesus cares about your daily life
  • Recognize God’s presence in your faith journey

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: God is with You in the Ordinary
  • Week 2: God is with You When You’re Stuck
  • Week 3: God is with You in the Storm
  • Week 4: God is with You in the Dark
  • Week 5: God is with You in the Valley
  • Week 6: God is with You When You Need Grace

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $20.00
  • Date(s): Wednesdays, January 20th - February 24th
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Tim Raimer & Erika Villegas
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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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Office Hours: Monday - Thursday
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