Potter’s Wheel Bible Institute

The Potter’s Wheel Bible Institute Presents: “Survey of Church History”


Classes Start January 22, 2018

Derek Resler was born in Indiana but raised in Colorado. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995.  After graduating, he spent two years as a College Pastor Intern in South Carolina before receiving his Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary in 2001.  About 6 years later, he moved to Scotland where he graduated a year later with a Master of Theology in Church History in 2007.  He moved back to states where he was a guest lecturer in the Church History for a few years at Phoenix Seminary and as well as for three years as a lecturer of Church History at Denver Seminary.


Course Description
This course is designed to give you an overview of the major people, ideas, institutions, controversies, and movements in the history of Christianity.

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Schedule of Classes


Educational Objectives of the Course:

  1. By means of lectures, class discussion, reading and weekly quizzes, you will be able to identify many of the key individuals, issues, institutions, events, problems, and successes which have composed the history of the Christian Faith up to the present era.
  2. By means of the assigned reading, you will become familiar with what different Christians believed theologically, how they responded to the unique challenges of their particular eras and cultures, and how they thought the Christian life should be lived out.
  3. By means of the lectures, class discussion and your reading, you will continue to grow in Christ-like character and ‘ministry-mindedness’ about your own church and community in particular, American society in general, and, hopefully, the entire world.


Mondays 6:30PM-8:00PM

  • January 22,29
  • February 5, 12, 26
  • March 5, 12, 26
  • April 9, 16, 23, 30
  • May 7,14th


Book for the Course:
Church History in Plain Language, 4th ed., Bruce Shelley

(You can find this text books on most online bookshops).


Tuition Cost:
$250.00 (Tuition does not cover the cost for textbooks.)

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Call Dr. Craig McMullen at 303.283-7426 for payment plans.

A General Overview of Church History

History is not simply a series of dates or even individual events. It is the flow of human (and Divine) activity that has been recorded and passed on to later generations. This is true for the history of Christianity as well as for other ‘subjects’ or ‘types’ of history (i.e. – American history).


In an effort to make the actions of people, the flow of events, and the development of thought intelligible, historians often impose categories on the study of the past. These categories can be based on people, themes, topics, chronology, or specific events. Generally, when applied to the church, scholars have based these categories on the ‘ethos’ of a particular era. For our purposes, this is the approach we will take in this course.


The following is a very simple overview of the history of the Church. This framework is intended to put people, actions, events, and Christian thought in ‘context’ and help us to understand the history of Christianity – and Christians – a bit more clearly.


The Era of the Early Church (33 a.d.-430): From the time of Jesus and the apostles to the death of Augustine.


The Medieval Era (430-1517): From the death of Augustine to Luther’s revolt against Rome. The Medieval Era is sub-divided into early (430-800), middle (800-1350) and late (1350-1517).


The Reformation Era (1517-1648): From Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses at Wittenberg to the Treaty of Westphalia. Some historians have recently changed this categorization somewhat by substituting the late medieval and Reformation eras with The Early Modern Era (1350-1650).


The Era of the Enlightenment (1648-1789): From the Treaty of Westphalia to the French Revolution.


The Modern World (1789-1991): From the French Revolution to the Fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union.


The Late-Modern World (1991-present): The era of globalization, radical Islam, technological dominance and Christian expansion.