Electives and Masterclasses

As part of your NextGen 21 Training Kit, we are excited to offer you our past Oxygen electives and masterclasses, hoping to fuel your passion and learning for your church’s ministry.  

We have included some descriptions below about each electives and masterclasses available for you to select.

Please select from the 2 options below.  

Session: 1 For those who don’t enjoy Evangelism

Most leaders share an unspoken guilt about the lack of personal evangelism in their own lives. We busy ourselves with other tasks. We do meaningful ministry. But we struggle because we have no peace that we haven’t even told some of our neighbours about Christ.

For years, I could preach boldly but became a coward when it came to sharing my faith with strangers and friends. Honestly, I still waver back and forth. It’s so much easier to study for a sermon and fill our schedules with meetings with other Christians.

We will be talking about how to renew our passion for sharing the gospel or igniting that fire if you have never been one to boldly share.

– Francis Chan

Session 2: Suffering And The God Question

If we believe in a loving God, how can we explain the existence of suffering and evil in the world? This is one of the most difficult questions for the many people who have experienced pain in their lives. Is there enough evidence to trust in God despite the problems we see in the world around us? We will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of this question, as well as focusing on the significance that Jesus dying on the cross has for this topic. People are affected in many different ways by suffering and evil, and, therefore, the talk will not offer any simplistic or neat “answers” but will instead suggest ways in which the subjects can be approached.

Session: 3 Science And The God Question

If we believe many modern commentators, science has squeezed God into a corner, killed and then buried him with its all-embracing explanations. Atheism, we are told, is the only intellectually tenable position, and any attempt to reintroduce God is likely to impede the progress of science. In this talk, which is the subject of John Lennox’s God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? We will explore a number of questions surrounding this topic. Is there really an on-going war between science and religion, and are there specific areas of tension? Can you be both a Christian and a scientist? Does science really does point to atheism or could it be that theism sits more comfortable with science than atheism?

Session 1: How People Change: Preaching for Redemptive Transformation.

Application is the most difficult aspect of expository preaching. Accurate explanation is supplied by study of the text; good illustrations come from life or a good website; but, transformative application is a direct consequence of the preacher’s ability to connect the significance of the ancient text to the struggles of God’s people today.

Doing this last task well is the greatest challenge of biblical preaching. Exposition without application is either abstraction or cowardice. Application untethered from explanation is mere opinion and legalism. Developing application that is tied to the meaning, authority and grace of the text is the object of this workshop.

Session 2: Gospel Communication 101: What makes a good sermon?

What are the ingredients, processes, commitments and activities that make for a God-honouring, gospel-exposing, heart-engaging and life-transforming message? What is it that God has commissioned us to do as preachers; what needs to be in place in order for us to do it? It is vital to understand that a pastor’s preaching is never just shaped by his theological knowledge, his exegetical skill or his homiletic experience. His preaching is also always shaped by the true condition of his own heart. In preaching it is very hard to give away that which you do not have yourself. In this way preparation to preach must be an act of personal devotion, personal worship, honest confession, as well as a personal celebration of rescuing grace. It is impossible for any pastor to preach anything that he doesn’t desperately need himself. Come and understand what it looks like for a preacher to sit under his own preaching; when it is ignited by awe of God rather than initiated by weekly pastoral duty. Come examine why mediocrity has weakened so much of our preaching.

Session 3: Redemptive application: Applying the Grace and Authority of Scripture.

Identifying the grace in all of Scripture is not merely an interpretive strategy. By identifying the grace in all of Scripture that culminates in Christ, preachers provide the motivation and enabling of the gospel to the instruction of the text. Without this introduction of gospel truths, God’s people will either seek to do as he requires in their own strength, or will despair that Christ-honoring lives are possible.

But how do we find the gospel in all Scripture in a way that is true to the text, and how do we then use those gracious truths for the furtherance of obedience rather than license? In this workshop we will explore how the entire Bible is consistently exposing the grace of God that culminates in Christ, and discerning how this grace empowers godly living rather than provides an excuse for license.

Session 1: Discipleship in the Context of the Death of a Loved One

When reeling from the loss of someone they love, people grab hold of many different things to find stability in the storm of sadness, and clarity in a sea of confusion. But many of the things people grab hold of emanate from the vacuous spirituality and shallow beliefs of our modern culture instead of the solid truth of God’s Word. Likewise, those who are going through grief often find themselves struggling in their relationships with others in their families and in the church, disappointed in the way people have or haven’t responded to their loss.

Session 2: Adventures in Disciple-making

I love making disciples, but it hasn’t always been this way. So often, disciple-making is looked at as a program or set meeting time once a week. Yet when we look in scripture, we see that it is a lifestyle- a sharing of life.

Though it can be heart-breaking at times, it has also been most rewarding. Though time consuming, I see now that it truly was the most efficient use of my time. We will define discipleship biblically and focus on how to fit meaningful disciple-making into a busy schedule.

– Francis Chan

Session 3: Getting to the Heart of Personal Discipleship

If personal discipleship is ever going to get beyond the downloading of theological concepts to the next generation, be heart-transforming and therefore life shaping, there are three questions that every discipler needs to ask: 1. Why do people do the things they do? 2. How does lasting change take place in a person’s life? 3. How can I be an instrument of that change?

The minute you understand discipleship not just as communicating biblical and theological information, but as a mentoring process that has as its goal personal transformation, then you are immediately confronted by what the Bible says about the heart. Discipleship is not just about the mind being informed, but more significantly about the heart being transformed by God’s grace. If you are committed to discipleship, then you have committed yourself to becoming a sharp instrument of the transforming grace of Jesus. What does it look like to build a relationship with another person so that relationship is a workroom for the rescuing, transforming, delivering grace of the Redeemer?

Session 1: Dangerous Calling – Confronting the Unique Temptations of Pastoral Ministry

Why do so many pastors get lost in the middle of their own ministry story? What’s wrong with the way we call and relate to our pastors? What are the temptations that are unique to or intensified by local church ministry? Why do so many pastors live in isolation from the body of Christ? Why is so much ministry motivated by fear and not by faith? Where does our current ministry culture need to change? This study will answer these questions and more in the most honest discussion of ministry you will ever encounter. If you are a pastor, ministry leader in your church or someone who loves and cares for your pastor, this session is for you. Learn how the gospel can radically alter the way you think about yourself and the ministry to which God has called you.

Session 2 and 3: Upside-Down Leadership

Not infrequently courses in leadership for Christians adopt the managerial styles and techniques of leadership developed in the worlds of education, government, and business, and then bless these lessons with some carefully selected biblical proof-texts. Attentive reading of the Bible, however, shows how frequently the Scriptures debunk many of the values of the leadership developed in the broader world – so much so that some writers go so far as to suggest that there is no theology of leadership in the Bible, and little interest in the notion of leadership in the abstract. In this workshop we will focus primarily on parts of 2 Corinthians 10-13 and of the Pastoral Epistles to show how there is a kind of leadership that is prized in these texts, but at times it turns conventional leadership upside down. This should not be surprising for those who serve a Master who reigns from the cross. The workshop works through a number of biblical texts and fleshes out what their theology looks life in life and service.

  • Nurturing your head and heart in Bible study
  • Bringing passion and personality to your Bible teaching
  • Scriptural answers to the five most significant questions grieving people ask
  • What grieving people wish you knew: 10 ways to equip your people to help vs hurt
  • Defending the faith: “Isn’t the Bible historically unreliable”
  • Defending the faith: “Isn’t the Bible violent and pro-slavery”
  • Defending the faith: “Isn’t the Bible sexist and homophobic?
  • Conflict management in Christian communities
  • Developing healthy ministry teams
  • Those Christ calls blessed: Living as Kingdom citizens
  • Finding satisfaction in God