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Coram Deo: A School for Discipling Nations

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Coram Deo is about living every moment of our lives before the face of God–in his presence, under his authority, and for his glory–whether in the sanctuary, in the home or in the marketplace.

If the Church doesn’t disciple the nation, the nation will disciple the Church. Which do you see happening in your society?

What is this?

Coram Deo is the DNA’s best teaching carefully condensed into a set of video presentations and readings. Application “labs” and authentic discussion with other students make the material come alive as you discover how best to apply what you’ve learned in your own community. Organized into a 12-week interactive course with other students or a self study at your own pace, this is the same teaching you would receive at a five-day Vision Conference, the DNA’s flagship training program.

Who is it for?

Coram Deo is for anyone longing to see more evidence of the kingdom of God in his own nation, city, family, and in his own self. It is for the NGO executive, the stay-at-home parent, the business leader, and the young college grad ready to change the world. We encourage groups of friends or colleagues to study the material together for the richest understanding, but anyone wanting a deeper understanding of her own role in God’s redemptive plan will benefit from this training.

Why should I do it?

In the book of Romans, Paul warns believers not to be conformed to the patterns of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of their minds, then being able to test and approve the good, pleasing, perfect will of God. Our hope is that through this 12-week course, built upon years of study and practice, your mind will be renewed and aligned more closely with God’s will, and your heart will be energized to embrace–in your own sphere of influence–the great task God has given his Church: to make disciples of all nations.

Dr. Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts:

“I’m really excited about this series because we’re going to be getting into: What are the deep-seated worldview issues we’ve got to address if we’re going to make a lasting change in our churches and the communities in which we’re working?”

Join this movement of church-based social and cultural transformation.

Click here for more details on Coram Deo, and stay tuned for its official launch this April!

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44 Responses

  1. I am interested in taking the courses personally and then to use them in the Adult Sunday School Class I teach. How can I begin?

    1. Great, Larry! So glad you plan to use Coram Deo. We’re putting the final touches on the program today and tomorrow and expect to send out an announcement about Coram Deo’s launch tomorrow or Thursday! I see you’re on our e-newsletter list, so just watch for an e-mail for us in the next couple of days. You’ll be able to follow the link and begin your self study right away. After you complete the course at your own pace, you can take the “final exam” and, if you pass that, you’ll be certified to facilitate Coram Deo with your Adult Sunday School Class. Thanks!

  2. The Church is taking its rightful place. This will enhance the training method we have been using before. Thanks to the new technology! I am waiting with abated breath for the launching.

  3. I am so excited about this on-line course. I am hoping to do it with a home group here on Vancouver Island. It is such an important message!! for the church today. God bless you

  4. Thank you for providing this critically important new tool to the worldwide church. I can’t wait to share it with my partners in Southeast Asia.

  5. thank you, all clear.
    Final query, any future thoughts around accrediting the training through a university so that a formal qualification is attained. thanks for all your help

  6. Kevin, you have great questions! You’re helping me form our next announcement–I’ll include some of this info for others who may be wondering the same things.

    Quickly, I want to correct one thing I told you yesterday: In addition to the open classes and private classes, you’ll also have the option for independent study, meaning you could breeze through all 12 lessons as quickly or as slowly as you want. Once you create an account in Coram Deo (free of charge), you’ll have access to all of the materials right away and can jump around from lesson to lesson. The independent-study option also allows for some discussion with others, but you would lose some of that feel of being part of a cohort.

    Now, on to your latest questions. No, not just anyone can set up a private class and facilitate it. We want to make sure class facilitators are very familiar and comfortable with all of the material, so at the very end of the last lesson (lesson 12), there is an optional 50-question certification exam. If you pass this with a score of 80% or more, you are certified to start and facilitate your own class. The good news is that as soon as we launch, you can go in and start your independent study, working through the lessons at your own pace and taking the exam as many times as you want. In theory, you could become certified in just a few days, if you want. There will be a fee for this final exam–the only fee associated with Coram Deo–and it will be between $5 and $20 USD.

    Regarding missing a week, as I just mentioned, as soon as you create an account on the Coram Deo website, you’ll have access to all the readings and videos. Your log-in won’t expire, so you can go in anytime and pull up any of the resources.

    Let me know if you have other questions! Thanks!

  7. Thank you for your reply, Final few questions. Can anyone set up a private class/group and can anyone facilitate that group? If so do we need to express interest? Also if a person misses one week, will the teaching be available the following week? Thank you

  8. Hi, Looking forward to getting myself and others on board with this training. In order to facilitate group interest and involvement from my end can you tell me, Will the training sessions be live or dvd? How long will they go for and will they be each week on a Monday? What date is the training likely to start? Will there be workbooks and will they be available prior to the training starting? Finally will there be a platform for discussion? thank you

    1. Hi Kevin, great to hear from you again! These are great questions. I’ll answer them below:
      – Each of the 12 lessons involves both readings (PDFs we provide for free) and watching pre-recorded video presentations that are stored online. Participants will need access to Internet to go through the material.
      – When we launch, we’ll only have one course available–the Basics course–and it’s 12 weeks long (we plan to develop more courses in future years). There will be multiple “classes” going on simultaneously–some facilitated from the DNA secretariat office, and some facilitated by others in private groups (like World Vision staff, etc.)–and the weekly schedule for those classes will be determined by the class facilitator.
      – As for a start date, we plan to set that this week. It will be around the last two weeks of April, I think. We will announce this soon in our e-newsletter, so watch your e-mail box for that. We will be offering several “open” classes (anyone can sign up) over the next several months; we’re just not sure of the exact dates yet.
      – No, there will not be any workbooks, but each of the lessons will have a 10-question quiz and/or practical application.
      – Yes, there will be a platform for discussion both on the Coram Deo website (a private class discussion) and in a Coram Deo Facebook group (to let you discuss with other Coram Deo students not in your class).

      Let me know if you have other questions. Thanks!

  9. this is absolutely Fantastic! I attended a conference with Darrow and Bob and their teaching has been very impactful. Will we have the opportunity to subtitle this into other languages? I serve in Romania and want to organize a study group for English, but then expand it to Romanians in Romanian. this is great how you are making it available!

    1. Thanks so much, Kory! It’s great to hear of your history with Darrow and Bob and of your current service in Romania. We do have some partners there through BIG-Impact; are you familiar with that organization?

      As for translations of Coram Deo, YES, we definitely welcome people to subtitle and translate this into other languages. The way our materials typically get translated is through volunteers who approach us with the idea. We do have an application process and expect the translators to openly share the translated materials with us and others. Here is a little more info on that; you’ll see near the bottom of the page a link to an application with more details on the translation process.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks again!

  10. Excited for some biblical world view online training. Will DNA provide a 12 week outline any time soon? Keen to get it out to our Bible Study groups and others interested in community transformation. Thanks

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Thanks so much for sharing our excitement and for asking about an outline. I put some details on the 12 lessons on this web page. Also, you can browse some of the teaching videos here.

      We’re still editing things and finalizing the content for the 12 lessons, so things will continue to be tweaked, but this should give you a good idea of the overall content of the course. Please just let me know if you have other questions. Many blessings to you!


  11. This is indeed a powerful tool to remind the Church,that she is the Total answer to Total needs of man,regardless what of what background.

  12. I look forward to getting this new material. DNA has not only equipped the congregations but even my own life in the ministry.

    Nairobi Kenya

  13. It is a blessing to hear what God is leading you, this tool is needed, that we the church we become true LIGHT and SALT in the community we live, thank you! in His grace and power, Paul Kibona- SSA-Tanzania

  14. Wow! I can’t wait for this and hope there are plans for translation into French for francophone West Africa where I live and minister.

  15. This is so great. Can’t wait for when it would start. This will be a great blessing to the team I work with in Uganda – reaching out to and equipping emerging leaders in our universities.
    God bless!

  16. In answer to your question I unfortunately all too often see society discipling the church. What a timely, urgently needed resource. I am looking forward to April 2014 and equipping Sienna Ranch Church through Coram Deo to disciple the nations. Thank you!

  17. Thanks for this great gift to the church!
    please keep me inform, Im already pary of this great movement of God. From the ywam base of Puerto Rico.
    I need to keep learning and groging in the knoledge of our God and His wonderfull Kingdom!

  18. Roger, it has been wonderful to partner with you; thank you for all your work for the kingdom in West Africa.

    Mike, we definitely hope many translations will be part of the future for Coram Deo!

    Bob, thank you. We look forward to the feedback from you and your students once the program is up and running!

  19. I will be excited to use this with the international and American students we are training through Wilberforce Academy! I expect see God use this in a great way in and through their lives.

  20. I am so thrilled about this! Can’t wait to share this resource with our field partners…I hope you will be doing Spanish, Creole and Swahili versions!

    1. Would like to attend a Coram Deo event in the Minneapolis area,. Perhaps it could be co-sponsored by Wilberforce Academy, Seward Church and Publish4All. I would like to see this “movement of church-based social and cultural transformation” applied to Publish4All.com print-on-demand installations (BAM), in the African Great Lakes Region of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, Burundi and Tanzania.

      1. Hi Daniel,

        Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for the launch of Coram Deo! Please note it is not an event but rather an online course that you will be able to sign up for. We encourage small groups to go through the course together and discuss the material in person; perhaps you would like to coordinate such a group! Please stay tuned for more information (please sign up for the newsletter via our home page, if you haven’t already). Or you can e-mail Shawn Carson with any specific questions about Coram Deo.


  21. We are engaged in holistic development and are equipping the church in West Africa to transform the world. We are excited about this new training and will be glad to follow it.

  22. This series sounds great. The blueprint of the kingdom is being revealed and it will lead to societal transformation. God is looking for those who will say, ” I can believe for that”. My prayer is that the church will rise in hope rather than retreat in rapture mode. Thanks for releasing this series. May it be life transforming. Blessings

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