PRAYER: EXPERIENCING AWE AND INTIMACY WITH GOD - taught by Tyler Hurst
Brokenness and pain is everywhere, with our own hardships, news of civil war, poverty, broken families and sex-trafficking touching us daily. The urgent need for prayer is clear, and yet, we may not even know how to begin to talk to God about these things. God is a powerful, just, holy God and true prayer -- prayer that changes us and allows us to participate in God’s work in the world--can’t happen on the fly. Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But few receive instruction or guidance in how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In this class we'll delve into the many facets of this every day act, explore how prayer is both conversation and encounter and dig deep into the theology of prayer.
BOUNDARIES: LEARNING WHEN TO SAY YES AND WHEN TO SAY NO - taught by Ariana Rice
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Many of us have several things vying for our time, attention and resources: work, church, family, friends, school and so on. We often find ourselves struggling to have balance in our lives which can leave us feeling drained and unfulfilled at the end of the day. Without boundaries it is hard to decide what and who to devote our time and energy to. If you find yourself feeling tired most of the time, overwhelmed or dreading certain people or events, you may need to develop better boundaries. In short, boundaries are a way of saying YES to what is good for us (good, not easy) and NO to what is damaging or destructive. Boundaries allow us to be more loving, giving and compassionate without feeling drained and empty. In this class we will discuss what boundaries are, how they work and explore ways to set boundaries and live in the freedom that they provide. All of this leading to healthier relationships, spiritual lives, bodies and minds.
SMART LOVE: MARRIAGE DONE RIGHT - taught by Ken and Mari Harrower
Ken and Mari have been married for almost 48 years and can attest to the fact that marriage is more than two people falling in love, saying I do, and living happily ever after. Marriage is a lifetime of choices. In order to choose love each day we must make smart choices and know how to communicate, how to be aware of one another's emotions and know how to have healthy conflict resolution. Marriage is navigating the land of emotions and experiences. Rather than focus on what NOT to do in a marriage, we'll walk through things TO do that help ensure that your marriage can be a God-filled, long lasting, fun and rich adventure!
HIGH SCHOOL CLASS (for incoming 9th - 12th grade students):
TOUGH QUESTIONS: Exploring Difficult Questions About The Bible and Christianity - taught by Dan & Becky Kimball, Jay Kim and Micah Rice
Based on a survey recently taken with our own high school students, we will be addressing some of the biggest questions they have about the Bible and Christianity. We'll explore questions such as:
- Why does a good God allow suffering and pain?
- Does science disprove the Bible?
- What about other world religions?
- Would a loving God send people to hell?
- How do we explain verses in the Bible which seem to demean women when it says they should be "silent" in church etc.
- How do we know God exists - when we don't feel He is there?
This class is specifically designed for high school students and aims to build confidence in their faith in Jesus and understanding of the Bible. We will have a lot of open interaction and any question is OK to ask.
Curriculum: "Case For Faith" by Lee Strobel
MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS (for incoming 6th - 8th grade students):
A CASE FOR CHRIST: Sifting through the truths that history, science, psychiatry, literature, and religion reveal about the person of Jesus and why we can believe He is who He says He is - taught by Dawn Jackson
Middle School is a time of intense learning and discovery about the world. It’s not easy to believe in Christianity when the world poses difficult questions about our faith and the person of Jesus at every turn - unless there are answers to those questions. In this class, we’ll provide tools for our students to know what they believe and why, along with powerful insights that aim to reshape our understanding of who Jesus is. We hope students come away understanding that faith in Jesus not only makes excellent sense, but also makes a life-changing difference.
Tyler Hurst currently teaches Bible and Philosophy at a Christian High School in Fremont. He is also an adjunct professor at Biola University. He comes to us with a B.A. in Humanities, an M.A. in Theology with focus in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation as well as an M.A. in Philosophy with focus in Philosophy of Religion and Contemporary Ethical Issues - all earned from Biola University/Talbot School of Theology. He and his wife Tiffany are Santa Cruz born and raised and love spending time with their 18 month old son, Clayton. Tyler is a major foodie a HUGE San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan, and tries to spend as much time as he can reading - his goal is 104 books (2 books per week) in 2017!
Ariana Rice has been a part of VFC for the last 13 years and on staff as an intern and then intern director for 5. She received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary in 2015 and has been working as an MFT Intern, working with clients of all backgrounds for over 3 years. She currently works for Encompass Community Services as a residential clinician in a group home for Foster Youth. Ariana is passionate about bridging the worlds of faith and psychology so that people may be aware of and work through emotional issues that may be a barrier between them and God. In her free time, Ariana loves singing, musical theater, being on or around the ocean, dancing, playing ridiculous games and having good conversations with friends!
Ken and Mari Harrower come to us with almost forty eight years of marriage under their belts. They have two children and four grandchildren. Ken attended San Jose State University and Fuller Seminary while Mari attended Biola University and received her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Santa Clara University. Ken was a youth ministry prior to becoming the Director of Family Ministries at Mount Hermon and is an ordained minister. Mari is a licensed MFT and has been in private practice for almost 30 years. Together the Harrowers have been team teaching at churches and camps for many years. They love being with people, enjoying nature and think that spending time with their grandchildren is the best thing ever!
Dan Kimball serves on staff at Vintage Faith Church, overseeing the mission and teaching. Dan was not raised going to a church, but while in college he began wondering whether the Bible was a mythical story and if people simply became Christians because of their geographic context of living in American suburbia. After much studying of the Bible and comparative religions, he put faith in Jesus and hasn’t looked back. He has an unquenchable passion for comic books, drumming and most importantly, to teach the upcoming generations about the importance of knowing Scripture and all of it’s truths.
Dawn Jackson joined Vintage Faith’s staff as the Director of the Junior High Ministry in August of 2013, and currently serves as the Youth Ministry Director. She and her husband, Brian, have been a part of VFC since 2006, serving in various ministries throughout the years. They have two children, Ella and Brian, who adore their church “family.” In her free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, running and training for races and enjoying the outdoor beauty of Santa Cruz.