The Center for Global Theological Education

Introduction to Church History

Class Description:

The church has experienced many waves of progress―and some waves of regress―in its journey over the past two-thousand years. This course gives students an overview of the history of the various expressions of the Christian faith and orients students to the differences in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, and Pentecostal forms of Christianity.


Class Information:

Instructor from Moody Bible Institute

     Richard McLaughlin, Ph.D.



Facilitator from Ada Bible Church

     Doug Redford
          Pastor of On-Campus Groups
          and Men's Ministry

     More Information about Doug

Class Schedule:

Date: Place and Time: Subject: Reading: Assignments:
Thursday, January 2, 2020 Online, 8:00–9:30 (EST, UTC -05:00) Finding God's Story in Church History    
Thursday, January 9, 2020 Online, 8:00–9:30 (EST, UTC -05:00) The Fall of Jerusalem Noll, Chapter 1 “Who am I?” Exercise
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Online, 8:00–9:30 (EST, UTC -05:00) The Council of Nicaea Noll, Chapter 2  
Thursday, January 23, 2020 Online, 8:00–9:30 (EST, UTC -05:00) The Rise of Monasticism Noll, Chapter 4  
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Online, 8:00–9:30 (EST, UTC -05:00) The Great Schism Noll, Chapter 6 “Who am I?” Exercise
Thursday, February 6, 2020 Online, 8:00–9:30 (EST, UTC -05:00) The Reformation Noll, Chapter 7  
Thursday, Februrary 13, 2020 Online, 8:00–9:30 (EST, UTC -05:00) The Protestant Missions Movement Noll, Chapter 12  
Thursday, February 20, 2020 Online, 8:00–9:30 (EST, UTC -05:00) Global Christianity Noll, Chapter 13

“Who am I?” Exercise


Project Due


Upcoming Classes:


Introduction to Christian Theology

February 27 – April 16, 2020

Evangelism and Discipleship in the Modern World

April 30 – June 25, 2020

  • No class on May 21, 2020