1 Thessalonians

A guide to community life in a post-covid world


Course Introduction

The letters to the Thessalonians are among the least preached and written about books in the whole New Testament and Dr Jen Smith is on a quest to try and do something about that! 

In this course, she’ll help you dig deep into the book of 1 Thessalonians, paying close attention to what we know about the setting of the community from the book of Acts and investigating the nature of the relationship between those in Thessalonica and those who founded the community.

If you want to start 2023 by looking afresh at how the Church can build community, witness to the life of God, and thrive in doing so, this course is for you.

We’ll be thinking about issues such as:
  • Cultural norms: How the Church is called to live in, alongside and disrupt cultural norms and what relation this bears to being converted to Christ
  • Incarnational Faith: the practical implications this idea for Christian life
  • The Nature of God: what it can teach us about communality and relationality
  • Leadership: the two-way requirements of leadership demonstrated by the apostles
  • Avoiding burn out: how we manage the relationship between ‘being’ and ‘doing’.
What To Expect

This course will be practical in its application. It will be a great example of how we can let the text of scripture inform our church life and practice. 

Each week, there will be an audio session to listen to in preparation for a group discussion. Bring your thoughts and questions. We will wrestle with what it means to learn from the example of the Thessalonians in our own contexts. 

Come ready to be encouraged, challenged and see things from a different point of view!

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This course is for anyone who wants to study 1 Thessalonians to greater depth. It will suit those who have studied Scripture for a long time and those who are newer to it. 

The course contains taught sections and group discussions. 

Please note, the course is not suitable for those who cannot listen to the audio files in advance of each session. 

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Course duration: 6 sessions
Course dates: Mondays 09 January – 13 February 2023
Time: 19:30-21:00 GMT
Location: Online, Zoom
Cost: £89.50, including resources and access to interactive participant-only website

Group Discounts

Group discounts are available for this course.

  • Book for two people get 10% off each – £80.55 each
  • Book for three people get 20% off – £71.60 each
  • Book for four people get 30% off – £62.65 each
  • Book for five people get 40% off £53.70 each

Please note: if booking in a group, each participant should complete the booking form separately.

Expired Offers

Early-bird special offer. Book between 1-14 November 2022 to receive 50% off this course.

Terms & Conditions: Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Discount is available on the full individual course fee of £89.50. Course fees must be paid in full before 15 Nov 2022 to qualify. Available on courses starting in Jan – Feb 2023. Discounts are non-transferrable, not for resale, not redeemable for cash and valid only for the products set out above. KST reserves the right to withdraw, amend or cancel a discount offer at any time. 

About the Tutor – Dr Jen Smith

Jen Smith is the e-learning development tutor at the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham. She has a Masters in Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California and a PhD in Theology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Her doctoral research focused on Christian adult learning methodology and she is passionate about facilitating conversation about what it means to teach and learn both in the church and other theological educational settings. She likes to bake, follow Liverpool F.C. and do the Times Saturday crossword.

Payment References

When making an online payment for this course, please use the following code with the attendee’s surname: SC221Th-surname

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