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Equipping Online

The Essentials of the Faith

Study the Bible effectively, defend your faith, and gain a deeper appreciation for Jesus as the centerpiece of Scripture.

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Equipping Online courses are built to help you to take the next step in your relationship with Christ.

Grab your community group at any time to move together through a course, or join an open group that launches 3 times a year. Each week, you can complete the lesson at a time and place convenient for you.

Cover to Cover

The Story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation

During this course, you will be guided through the entire Bible to give you an understanding of the structure, timeline, and major themes of Scripture.

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The Life of Christ

The Mission and Message of Jesus

This course will give you a deeper appreciation for Jesus as we examine the context, claims, works, message, death, and resurrection of the greatest life ever lived.

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Following Jesus

Foundations of Christian Discipleship

This course will help you understand the foundations of Christian discipleship. You will gain a deeper knowledge of the Christian life and a clear way forward to grow in your relationship with Jesus.

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Discovering Scripture

The Origin and Reliability of God’s Written Word

Where did Scripture come from? What confidence do we have that it is reliable? What relevance does an ancient book have for our lives today? In this course you will discover the origin, reliability, and relevance of God’s written Word.

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Keys to Effective Bible Study

How to Read, Interpret, and Apply the Bible

Do you ever wonder if your understanding of Scripture is accurate? Do you find it challenging to interpret the Bible? Are you looking to gain skills to enhance your study of God’s written Word? This course will equip you with the tools you need to effectively read, interpret, and apply Scripture.

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Know What You Believe

Understanding the Essentials of Christianity

Are you able to explain the basic beliefs of the Christian faith? Do you know why you believe what you believe? This course will teach you the essentials of Christianity and the implications doctrine has on decisions we make every day.

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Answering the Tough Ones

How to Respond to Skeptics

How confident are you at answering commonly asked questions of the Christian faith? This course will equip you to give an accurate, measured, biblical response to issues like the problem of evil, the reliability of Scripture, and various pressing social issues.

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Equipping Online for Community Groups

Get equipped with your community group through group-based learning and discussion that guides you into a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.

This flexible format provides an opportunity for all members to participate. Discussion questions are embedded in the course to stimulate conversation and growth as you study Scripture together. Each week, you and your group listen to audio recordings of the teaching content and take part in weekly reading assignments, discussion questions, and review quizzes.

Cost: $20 per course, per person. Contact your Community Shepherd for more information.

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Equipping Online FAQs

Can someone take a course any time they want? When do the Equipping Online Courses meet?

The format of the courses requires an official start and end time, which means that learners cannot start a course whenever they choose. However, we offer these courses multiple times each year. Since the course is completely online, learners have the flexibility to participate in discussion questions, listen to the material, and view the content at a time and location convenient for them.

Can a whole Community Group take a course together?

Yes. Please contact your Community Shepherd and email equippingonline@watermark.org. Community Group registration can be found here. Individual registration can be found here.

Can a learner request to be in the same cohort “online course group” with other people that are taking the same Equipping Online Course together?

Yes. Please email equippingonline@watermark.org for more information.

How long is each course?

There is 6 weeks of content, and each learner has 8 weeks to complete the course.

Is there a specific order to take the Equipping Online Courses?

We recommend taking the courses in the listed order, but it is only a recommendation. Pray about and process with your community which order is best for you.

How does a learner get access to the course material?

After registering for an Equipping Online Course, an invitation is emailed to learners the week the course starts. Each person must click “accept” in the email invitation. If learners have never taken a course, they will need to create a Pathwright account, which is not the same as the learners’ Watermark account. Once they have created an account and logged in, they will have access to their course material. New material will unlock each Thursday morning.

What is the average time per week that learners spend on the course material?

The required material takes about 2 hours a week to complete. Each course also offers about an hour’s worth of additional, but highly recommended, reading material.

Why do the courses cost $20 per person? Does it include the cost of the recommended book?

We use a third-party company for our online platform, so the fee helps cover our overhead costs. We also believe that having “some skin in the game” is a motivator for participants to complete the course. The cost does not include the purchase of the optional book.

Is the Equipping Online Courses an online version of Equipped Disciple?

No, the Equipping Online Courses cover different materials.

What happens if a learner falls behind in the content?

Each Equipping Online Course has an 8-week window to complete the entire content. If learners fall behind during the 8-week window for the course, they still have access to the material that is available to the cohort. For example, if the course is currently in its fourth week of content but learners have only completed week 2, they still have access to all 4 weeks’ worth of content. Learners have the flexibility to catch up within the 8-week window.

Can a learner take more than one course at a time?

Yes, but we recommend taking no more than two courses at a time to ensure that learners are able to master the content. If you register for two courses, the cost is still $20 per course.

Does a learner have to be a member of Watermark Community Church to participate in an Equipping Online Course? Does the learner have to be a Christian to participate in an Equipping Online Course?

No. The courses are open to everyone. We have had learners from around the world, including Turkey and Australia! We hope that the courses will encourage learners who have not trusted in Christ to explore His claims and to answer the question, “Who do you say I am?”

Will a learner have access to all the material if they finish the course?

Learners who do not finish within the 8-week window will no longer have access to the course materials when the window closes. To regain access, they must re-register and pay the course fee again. Learners who complete the entire course will continue to have access to all course materials even when the course window is closed.