“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped [artios] for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17

ARTIOS
from the Greek, meaning equipped, proficient, or competent

WHAT IS ARTIOS?
ARTIOS is a three year training program for Christians who are passionate about serving Christ. It is designed to equip church members with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective ministers of the gospel. The program’s purpose is reflected in the name. ARTIOS means equipped, proficient, or competent. Paul uses the word when he tells the young minister Timothy,

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped [artios] for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

ARTIOS will provide participants with a basic foundation for ministry upon which they can build.

WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED?
The ARTIOS curriculum consists of these courses. All classes will be taught by the Senior Pastor or others with suitable academic training and practical ministry experience.

The Drama of Redemption I
Overview of the Old Testament, with special emphasis on God’s unfolding purpose of redemption

The Drama of Redemption II
Overview of the New Testament, with special emphasis on the fulfillment of God’s purpose of redemption

Basic Christian Theology I
Core Christian doctrines, with a focus on revelation, God, creation, providence, and humanity.

Basic Christian Theology II
Core Christian doctrines, with a focus on Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and last things.

Spiritual Formation 
Essentials of discipleship and the spiritual life journey

Ministry Skills
Essential skills for effective teaching and for one-on-one ministry and small group leadership

WHAT IS REQUIRED?
Participants are expected to attend all class sessions and fulfill all out-of-class assignments. In addition, participants must agree to complete all courses in sequence and to serve in church ministry during and after the course of study.

ARTIOS classes will meet on Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:15 pm during the fall and spring semesters (10 weeks each). Out-of-class assignments include moderate amounts of reading, hands-on ministry projects, and online collaboration with ARTIOS colleagues during the week.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Tuition to cover the cost of materials is $100 for each course. Scholarships are available.

HOW DO I ENROLL?
A new cohort of students will be formed in September of each year. The online application process for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 is now closed. Please keep in mind that acceptance into an ARTIOS cohort is not guaranteed. Mentoring and collaboration are crucial components of the ARTIOS curriculum, so class sizes must be kept small.

CONTACT
For questions about Artios, please contact Ron Cook, director of Artios, at rcook@firstwoodway.org.

Enrollment for Artios Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 is now closed