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Restored University exists to multiply leaders for Jesus! We train Christian leaders for effective ministry in local churches throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. We’ve gathered qualified, experienced ministry experts from the greater NEPA region to invest in church leadership reproduction for a fraction of the cost of higher learning institutions. Below you’ll find our course listings, sign-ups, & FAQ’s:

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Dan Nichols, M.A.
Conflict is everywhere, but few people are able to skillfully navigate conflicts with their friends, family, co-workers, church, or strangers. This course will train men & women to biblically resolve conflict and effectively turn conflicts into opportunities!

Conflict Resolution Syllabus

Peacemaker Workbook PDF

January 8 – February 5, 2017
Sundays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Wayne Morgan & Judy Harvey
Take a practical look at the essential elements of youth ministry with us. Learn to evaluate and develop your ministry purpose while effectively leading alongside a team of gifted leaders, partnering with parents and church leaders.

Youth Ministry Syllabus

January 9 – February 6, 2017
Mondays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50

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Jamie Overholser, M.A.
The spiritual disciplines are not tools in our hands to impress God or earn God’s love and favor. They are conduits to form Christ in us (Galatians 4:19) and develop intimacy with Him. In Matthew 6:1-18 Jesus instructs His disciples about how to practice their righteousness. He assumes, as His followers, that we are going to engage in practices that are fitting, appropriate, and right for a disciple: specifically from Matthew 6 the prACTices of giving to the needy, prayer, and fasting. We will explore and experiment with the classic, historical spiritual disciplines as engaged in by the church for the past two millennia.

Spiritual Formation Syllabus

January 10 – February 7, 2017
Tuesdays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Dr. Ken Davis, D.Min.
There is an urgent need to “rechurch” North America, especially in the Northeast. Intended for both men and women, this course will overview the biblical and practical mandate for church planting as well as explain the basic process and stages of church planting that flow naturally out of making/multiplying disciples. The focus is on simple, reproducible strategies and steps that can be used by teams of lay people and vocational planters.

Church Planting Syllabus

February 12 – March 12, 2017
Sundays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Sharon Davis, M.Ed.
Women can better understand and mentor other women, yet generational differences have interfered with the mentoring advantage. This course will explore the values of previous and current generations of women and how they impact Bible-based mentoring today.

Mentoring Women Syllabus

February 12 – March 12, 2017
Sundays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50

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David Buchanan
This course is an overview of the major theological ideas in Christianity over the past two millennia. It explores some of the major categories of theological thought, the differing views contained in each, and the theologians who purported them.

Historical Theology Syllabus

February 12 – March 12, 2017
Sundays from 5:00-7:30PM
5 Weeks – $50

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Dan Nichols, M.A.
The Holy Spirit inside us is better than Jesus next to us! Sadly we have neglected the power of God’s residence inside our day-to-day existence. This course will help us biblically refocus on who the Holy Spirit is and what he does. We’ll learn how our relationship with him changes everything about following Jesus. Hopefully we will experience him in new and fresh ways as a result of our time together!

The Holy Spirit Syllabus

February 13 – March 13, 2017
Mondays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Jim Bracelin
This course is designed to help the student learn basic Sign Language, a foundational history of the Deaf in America, and the foundation to understand Deaf Culture. The study will include learning between 500 and 1,000 Signs, or Sign Language vocabulary. We will do this by demonstrating the Signs as well as giving an explanation for the Sign where one can be given. The study will also include a brief history of what the Deaf have been through here in America, as well as an explanation of the culture of the Deaf. Students will learn how to present the Gospel to a Deaf person.

Basic Sign Language PDF

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March 16 – April 13, 2017
Thursdays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – FREE!
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Tim Walker
The mission of the church is to make more and better disciples of Jesus. This needs to
happen on both organic and organizational levels. This course will train introverts and extroverts to advance the gospel in their circles of influence. It will also help churches develop effective outreach strategies for equipping and mobilizing people, small groups, and ministries for missional involvement in their local context.

Outreach & Evangelism Syllabus

Simple Ways to be Missional PDF

April 10-May 8, 2017
Mondays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Dr. Gary Gromacki, Ph.D.
This course will give a verse-by-verse exposition of Genesis 1-11 while presenting the biblical and scientific evidence for young-earth creationism. Students will learn how the creation-fall-global flood events from Genesis 1-11 can be used to interpret astronomy, geology and biology. Students will critique the theory of evolution and learn how to defend young-earth creationism from Genesis 1-11.

Biblical Creationism Syllabus

April 12 – May 10, 2017
Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Susan Cagley, M.A.
This course is a study of the origin of the Church as recorded in the Book of Acts, followed by a study of the Apostolic, Ante-Nicene, and Post-Nicene periods of growth and development of the Church, traced through the Middle Ages and Reformation period to the rise of modern denominations.

Church History Syllabus

April 15 – June 24, 2017
Saturdays from 1:00-3:30PM
10 Weeks – $100
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Karis Stiles
For years the church has grappled with the dilemma of effectively engaging children on Sunday mornings. Most people have a lot of opinions, but only few want to be part of the solution. This course will help us understand how the church can play a vital role in the lives of children – starting with us!

Childrens Ministry Syllabus

May 15 – June 12, 2017
Mondays from 6:00-8:00PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Mark Stuenzi
We live in a world where people are constantly bombarded with information. In a world of 30-second commercials and 140-character tweets, it can be incredibly challenging to keep people engaged in a 30-minute message from a 2000-year-old book. Yet, for many of our people, we only have one hour on Sunday mornings to make an impact on the rest of their week. We will talk about how to communicate the life-changing truth of Scripture in a way that is clear, compelling and memorable.

Persuasive Preaching Syllabus

May 15 – June 12, 2017
Mondays from 6:00-8:00PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Marc Ramirez, M.A.
Expositional preaching gives life and health to the church. It shapes, forms and nourishes the church body, it reveals the power of the Word, the character of God and the good news of the Gospel most clearly. Participants will learn what expositional preaching is, why it is so vital to the health of the church, and how to go about it in day-to-day ministry as a teacher or pastor. Participants will also practically work through a passage to exposit.

Expositional Preaching Syllabus

August 9 – September 6, 2017
Day: Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30pm
5 Weeks – $50
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Fred Jacoby, M.A.
In your anger do not sin…” (Eph 4:26). Paul’s instruction on anger is easier said than done. We know that anger often leads us to do things we shouldn’t do & say things we shouldn’t say. But what if it was possible to be angry, yet not sin? What if it was possible to even reduce the intensity and frequency of our anger? This course is designed to help students understand anger, reasons for anger, and take steps to reduce personal anger in their lives. People helpers will also learn how to help others in their anger.

Uprooting Your Anger Syllabus

October 9, 2017 – November 6, 2017
Mondays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50
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Timothy Morris, M.A. & M.Min.
When we think of a leader we usually think of the position or skill that is the result of decades of hard work. We rarely take the time to see where it starts! This course is designed for those of us who desire to have great influence and impact in the world but aren’t seeing the level of impact that we would like to. With practical steps and helps along the way, this course will help you take the first or next step as a leader.

Leadership Syllabus

Leadership Textbook: The Core

October 11 – November 8, 2017
Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30PM
5 Weeks – $50

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    What is it?

    Restored University exists to develop effective ministry leaders for Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s a NEW ministry training school for men and women who want to grow deeper in their knowledge of the Christian faith and become more competent in their respective areas of interest, need, and service for the Church.

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    Who Is Involved & Promoting This?

    Fellowship Church, Parker Hill Church, Steamtown Church, Peckville Assembly of God, Moosic Alliance Church, Grace Fellowship Church, Valley Community Church, Clarks Green Assembly of God, Faith Assembly of God (Hazleton), Summit Church, Grace Bible Church, Dallas Baptist Church, Grace Community Church, Meade Street Baptist Church, Cherry Street Bible Church, Memorial Congregational Church, Restored Church, Crossroads Church, Parsons Primitive Methodist Church, East End Primitive Methodist Church, Wyoming Valley Rescue Mission, First Assembly of God (Wilkes-Barre), Plaid Community Church, Lighthouse Fellowship Church, Nebo Baptist Church, Cross Valley Assembly of God, Northmoreland Baptist Church, Faith Baptist Fellowship Church, Rescue & Restore Church, City Lights Church, Waymart Church, NEPA Youth for Christ, Waverly Baptist Church, Rock Church Worship Center, Our Father’s House

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    Why is it important?

    While Christian higher education is a phenomenal option for some people, it is not realistic or feasible for most. It tends to be incredibly expensive and time-consuming, but many people in our churches still desire what Christian higher education has to offer! Restored University is the perfect fit for followers of Jesus who want more depth and competency in their spiritual development but are not able to commit the time, energy, or finances to accredited institutions.

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    Who are we targeting?

    We are targeting church leaders, members, and attenders. This is a great option for people who are not seeking an accredited degree – especially for people who can’t afford the cost of higher education institutions or have limited freedom of schedule.

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    How much will it cost?

    It is $50 for a 5-week course and $100 for a 10-week course. Students will pay for their own books. All syllabi and notes will be digital. Classes will be in person and highly interactive.

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    How do I pay?

    All classes must be pre-paid before the first day of class. To pay $50 (for a 5-week course) or $100 (for a 10-week course), give online through PushPay. Select the “Restored University” option under the tab “giving options.” Click here for PushPay.

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    Where is it?

    Restored Church – 74 S. Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

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    How long will classes be?

    2½ hours one night or afternoon per week (generally from 6pm-8:30pm with a few exceptions).

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    When will classes run?

First Quarter

January - March
  • January 8 – February 11
    (5 Weeks)
  • February 12 – March 18
    (5 Weeks)
  • January 8 – March 18
    (10 Weeks)

Second Quarter

April - June
  • April 9 – May 13
    (5 Weeks)
  • May 13 – June 17
    (5 Weeks)
  • April 9 – June 17
    (10 Weeks)

Third Quarter

July - September
  • July 9 – August 12
    (5 Weeks)
  • August 12 – September 16
    (5 Weeks)
  • July 9 – September 16
    (10 Weeks)

Fourth Quarter

October - December
  • October 8 – November 11
    (5 Weeks)
  • November 12 – December 16
    (5 Weeks)*
  • *Only 5-week courses will run this quarter due to Thanksgiving.