Introduction to Advent with Tim Schenck

Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation that readies Christians for the birth of the baby Jesus at Christmas and also for Christ's second coming. In this course we will learn not just more about what advent is, but how it can change our lives.

  • Worldwide Class

    Take this course with a class of ChurchNext students from around the world. Registration includes:

    • 24/7 access for 3 months to all video lectures, downloads, and course content.
    • Video lectures with Tim Schenck
    • Downloadable Discussion Questions for groups and The Takeaway, for personal study.
    • Interaction with other students through discussion questions and sharing notes.
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    • Downloadable Discussion Questions and The Takeaway for personal study.
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About this course

Advent is a season of great anticipation, both inside and outside of the Church. While the world around us shops, cooks, and prepares for December 25, Christians have their own way of anticipating the birth of Jesus.

In this class, Episcopal priest and author Tim Schenck will open up our imaginations to the magic of this holy time of year.

Tim Schenck has just published a newish book with our partners Forward Movement, called A Dog in the Manger. This course is appropriate for those who are new to the church year, as well as those who are familiar, but are looking for a refresher.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete this course? It will take an average student about 45 minutes to complete this course. You can pause at any time and come back. You can even re-take lessons. Each course features 3-6 video lectures that are from 5-7 minutes in length. Also included are downloadable Mp3s of each lecture plus Discussion Questions and a one-page synopsis of the course called The Takeaway

Who’s teaching this course? Our instructors come from a variety of traditions, mostly mainline Christianity - Baptist, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian. They meet two criteria: 1) they are well-studied, even experts, in their fields, 2) they offer a moderate viewpoint

How long will I be able to access the course material?  Those who purchase individual courses (for $10) can access all the course materials for 6 months from the date of purchase. Those who purchase individual subscriptions ($15/mo unlimited) can the course materials for all of our courses as long as their membership is current.

Is this course downloadable?  Parts of the course are - Mp3s of the lectures, the Takeaway, and the Discussion Questions. However, the course is designed to be an online learning experience and the video lectures, quizzes, and discussion are only accessible online. However, if you'd like to take the course in a small group, feel free to hook your computer up to a projector or big screen

Can I cancel my subscription anytime? You bet. It's easy, click here for instructions as well as answers to more Frequently Asked Questions.

Also, a technical note: This platform works best on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, which are both free downloads. Internet Explorer 9 and above also works well. However different computers have different anti-virus and spam filters installed that can inhibit the downloading of lots of different materials, so if one browser is not working for you then try another.

Course path preview

  • Getting Started

    • Welcome to Introduction to Advent with Tim Schenck

      • read Introduction to Advent
      • to-do Update Your Student Profile
      • to-do Introduce Yourself
  • What Is Advent?

    • Lesson One: What Is Advent?

      • read Introduction: What Is Advent?
      • watch What Is Advent? (4:49)
      • Take Lesson One Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discussion: What is Advent?
  • Themes of Advent

    • Lesson Two: Themes of Advent

      • read Introduction: Themes of Advent
      • watch Themes of Advent (6:17)
      • Take Lesson Two Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discussion: Themes of Advent
  • Main Characters of the Season

    • Lesson Three: Main Characters of the Season

      • read Introduction: Main Characters of the Season
      • watch Main Characters of the Season (5:03)
      • Take Lesson Three Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discussion: Main Characters of the Season
  • Commemorating Advent

    • Lesson Four: Commemorating Advent

      • read Introduction: Commemorating Advent
      • watch Commemorating Advent (5:06)
      • Take Lesson Four Self-Assessment
      • to-do Discussion: Commemorating Advent
      • to-do Share Your Learning and Inspire Others
      • to-do Next Steps with Advent
      • Take Evaluate: Help us make your learning and our courses better

About the teacher

Tim Schenck

Tim Schenck is an Episcopal priest, pastor, and author of several books including A Dog in the Manger.

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