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Individual: $149
Group of 2: $278
Group of 3: $387
Group of 4: $476
Group of 5: $545



The Hope of the World

Winter 2014: February 3-March 23
Spring 2014: April 17-May 25
Summer 2014: June 9-July 27

Course benefits: Pastors, ministry directors, lay leaders and volunteers.


Many of us agree the local church is the hope of the world. Bill Hybels frequently reminds us this is especially true when the local church is working right. This course will help refresh your personal vision for the power of the local church, and make it more real in your context. Through practical application and exercises, this ministry primer dives into some key essentials that contribute to a healthy and thriving church.

Whether you're a pastor, church leader, or volunteer, this course will help you explore the incredible potential of your church to bring hope into the world. Topics include: leading the local church, gathering the local church, how the church becomes the hope of the world, and brings hope to the world. You will also dive into the necessary evils of buildings, budgets, and boards and specifically think about how to strengthen your church from the inside out and bring hope to the world.

LIFT Online Courses launch when minimum class enrollment is fulfilled.

Course Contributors

Nancy Beach – Video Instruction
Served for 25 years as programming director for Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois; author of An Hour on Sunday.


Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian – Virtual Classroom Instructor
Biblical scholar and former professor. As a graduate student Bill Hybels was deeply impacted by Bilezikian's teaching on the Acts 2 Church, and as a result they co-founded Willow Creek Community Church.


Mindy Caliguire – Lead Instructor, Written Materials
Founder and president of Soul Care, a spiritual transformation ministry, and director of transformation ministry at Willow Creek Association.


Gary Haugen – Video Instruction
Former attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, he is the President and CEO of International Justice Mission.


Greg Hawkins – Written Material, Video Instruction
Executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois and co-author with Cally Parkinson of the four REVEAL books.


Bill Hybels – Video Instruction
Author, speaker, and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Illinois.


Dr. Scot McKnight – Virtual Classroom Instructor
Recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus, he is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University in Chicago.


John Ortberg – Video Instruction
Author, speaker, and senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California.


Cally Parkinson – Written Material
Director of REVEAL for Willow Creek Association and co-author with Greg Hawkins of four books on REVEAL research findings.


Lance Witt – Video Instruction
Known as a "pastor's pastor," Witt was a pastor for 25 years, serving as both executive and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in southern California. He now leads a ministry for church leaders called Replenish.

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