THE NEW LIFE SCHOOL OF DISCIPLESHIP EXISTS TO HELP BELIEVERS AND CONGREGATIONS MOVE TOWARD GREATER MATURITY IN CHRIST
Senior Pastor | New Life Church
HELLO! I want to personally thank you for taking the time to investigate our School of Discipleship. It is my desire that this program of study will be more than an academic exercise, but an opportunity to grow in your relationship with Christ alongside like-minded believers who will be with you in each class.
The school was formed out of a burden to bridge the gap between a casual version of Christianity that is so prevalent in our society, to a more Biblical example of faith expressed through a gospel-centered life. It is my firm belief that in the coming days we will need greater spiritual maturity to sustain us, regardless of what is happening in the world around us.
The school has been structured with everyday Christians like you in mind. In other words, this is not a program targeting young adults wishing to enter vocational ministry. If you want to grow in your knowledge of scripture, better serve your local congregation, and deepen your overall walk with Christ, then the New Life School of Discipleship is for you! After reading the brochure and exploring the school website, if you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out through the email provided below. God bless you, and I hope to see you next semester!
Senior Pastor, New Life Church
New Life School of Discipleship Information
The vision for New Life Church is to “connect people to their God-given purpose.” Since Pastor Allan Malloy was called as senior leader in 2015, this vision has accelerated to incorporate a range of local ministries, national and international missions, and exponential growth in both attendance, volunteerism and revenue. The New Life School of Discipleship is a 2-year, 4-semester training program that represents the next step of this vision.
Biblical literacy is extremely important in this process, but it means very little without spiritual impartation. Therefore, at the end of each semester, the school will offer a Saturday encounter experience with the goal of marrying academic knowledge with Spirit activation in the life of each student.
Our society is quickly reaching an inflection point, and millions of American believers are ill-equipped for living out their faith in an increasingly hostile context. The answer is a robust training in discipleship and spiritual formation.
Students can enroll at the beginning of any of the four semesters. Each semester has a different point of focus:
1. BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE
2. DOCTRINAL FOUNDATIONS
3. SPIRITUAL FORMATION
4. PRACTICAL MINISTRY & ELECTIVES
Students will graduate after completing the four semesters
New Testament Survey
August 21 – October 9
Old Testament Survey
October 23 – December 11
Foundations of Christian Doctrine: A Study in the Book of Romans
January 22 – March 5
Foundations of the Church: A Study in Acts and Ephesians
March 12 – May 7
August 20 – October 8
Understanding and Applying the Spiritual Disciplines
October 22 – December 10
January 21 – March 3
March 10 – May 5
$250 per semester (2 classes)*
*Scholarships are available
Dr. Joshua Rice
Director | New Life School of Discipleship
Josh Rice has dedicated his life to one assertion: the last defense of free thinking, creative truth, and generous living is found in the local church. He serves as Provost and Dean of the School of Ministry at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. He holds degrees from Lee University (B.A.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.A.), and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Th.M; Ph.D). He is the author of Paul and Patronage: The Dynamics of Power in 1 Corinthians (Pickwick Press, 2013) and The Jewish Centaur: Adventures in Pentecostal Spirituality (Cascade Books, 2015). Josh travels widely as a speaker, scholar and consultant.
Some of our most asked questions can be found here.
Students can begin with any of the 7-week courses.
While we encourage our students to go through the program as a cohort, we know that life happens. The 4 semesters, or 8 classes, can be completed in any order.
The New Life SOD faculty consist of master’s and doctoral level Christian leaders in the Atlanta area.
While we do not seek to be an accredited school, a partnership with Richmont Graduate University does allow students to transfer in credits after completing the New Life School of Discipleship.
Students can expect to spend 2 hours per week outside of the class session on weekly assignments, mostly reading.