Frequently Asked Questions
What is Citylight School?
We are a church-based equipping center that pulls local ministry practitioners and professors together to help you grow in your understanding of God and equip you to live out the calling He has given you in every area of your life.
Is Citylight School for me?
The reading material, teaching, and class discussions are designed specifically with the average church member in mind. This school was started in order to better train the 95% of people who won’t be going to seminary. However, we think that those wishing to pursue higher education will find Citylight School to be a great “stepping stone.”
What is the time commitment?
Each 8-week core class will meet every other Monday night for two hours (4 total meetings). Each one-day elective class will be held on a Saturday from 8AM-5PM. If you are taking the course for credit you will be assigned some reading and homework assignments which you will then process with an assigned small group cohort that will meet 3-4 times.
Do I have to be a member of Citylight Church to take a class?
Glad you asked. No, you don’t have to attend Citylight Church. We welcome anyone to come and take a class at the same price.
Is Citylight School accredited?
No, we are not an accredited school. This will keep our cost low and help us to remain accessible to the average church member. However, we hope that many of our students decide to go on to an accredited school as a result of taking classes here.
What does it mean to graduate from Citylight School?
If you go through the program and become a Citylight School graduate you will have received 80 hours of Bible training. In order to receive a diploma you must successfully complete 6 Core classes (each 8 weeks long) and 4 Elective classes (one-day only). We’ve set up the calendar to allow you to get a diploma in 2 years. But, you can go at your own pace and customize your own track. For more details please visit the program overview page.
What are your beliefs?
The Bible will be our primary resource for each class. We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God that does not teach any error. Because we are a Christian & Missionary Alliance Church you can also read our Statement of Faith here. In addition, each class will be undergirded with a gospel foundation. In answering the question, “How should we read the Bible?” the Gospel Coalition says, “To read along the whole Bible is to discern the single basic plot–line of the Bible as God’s story of redemption (e.g.,Luke 24:44) as well as the themes of the Bible (e.g., covenant, kingship, temple) that run through every stage of history and every part of the canon, climaxing in Jesus Christ.” In short, we believe the whole Bible is about Jesus and want that to be central to all of our teaching.