Classroom

Wisdom is built on knowledge. With a core curriculum and excellent teaching, students gain knowledge in the classroom, which they are then challenged to put into practice outside of the classroom. Each class trains students HOW to think critically, rather than simply teaching them what to think.  With the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom, a JWI student can take charge of their faith, no longer dependent on others to interpret their faith for them.

Classes

Elements of Bible (BI-1120)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Emphasizes the inductive Bible study method, basic principles of biblical interpretation, and uses other methods and tools for Bible study. Students will learn how to get an over- view of any book of the Bible, make observations and ask interpretative questions, distinguish between figurative and literal language, outline passages, and make applications from biblical principles.

Major Prophets 1 (BI-3316)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Examines the book of Isaiah, giving attention to historical background and the critical issues surrounding the book while focusing primarily on detailed analysis of the content. Emphasis is on the theological significance of the purpose and message of the book for both Old and New Testaments.

Pauline Epistles 1 (BI-3325)

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
An expository study of 1 and 2 Corinthians, with attention given to the background, church problems, doctrine, and practical applications of these books.

Israel Prep and Culture

Mandatory Class with the option to receive three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
The Israel preparation class helps students get the most out of their two week trip to Israel as well as tie into the Old Testament Survey course. This class combines biblical geography, Hebrew culture, basics of the Hebrew language, as well as customs and practices of Jesus time. This class imparts a better understanding of the land and context in which the Bible takes place.

Old Testament Survey

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The Old Testament Class at the Joshua Wilderness Institute has three purposes. The first is to demonstrate to students their ability to study the Old Testament scriptures on their own. Many students today are prone to ignore the OT when it comes to life application, discipleship, or evangelism because they feel that it is either too difficult to interpret or too outdate to be relevant. The first purpose of this class is to dispel that myth. The second purpose of the class is study the character of God. Similarly, when students want to understand who God is they spend the majority of their study time investigating Jesus Christ in the New Testament. While this is certainly a good way to understand God, it is not all that has been revealed about Him and to get a complete picture one must look at the Old Testament. The third and last purpose of the class is to get a clear perspective on the overarching rise and fall of man's relationship with God as displayed in the OT. The Old Testament scriptures show such a clear pattern of man's duality and his constant fluctuation from faithfulness to faithlessness despite God's consistency. This pattern is important for students to understand because that same duality is present in our lives, despite God's consistency, and an understanding of His faithfulness regardless of our failure is a major key to ongoing growth in discipleship, and the avoidance of discouragement.

Life Skills

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The point of the Joshua program is not just to have knowledge but to be life effective. During the course of the year students will learn necessary skills for effective practical living. We will cover etiquette, car maintenance, finances/budget, taxes, time management, relationships, conflict resolution, spanish, resumes, job interviews and much more.

Theology

Mandatory Class not eligible for credit.
The Joshua Theology class is designed to give students an overview of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Our desire is that students will walk away with not only an understanding of what it means to be a Christian but that they would own their faith and practically live out what Jesus describes in the Bible as being a disciple. This is not a quest for knowledge but rather owning ones faith and striving to understand the heart of God and what he desires from his people. During the year we will cover such topics as scripture, God, man, sin, Christ, salvation, church, and the end times.

Acts (BI-2214)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Encounter the major changes in God's dealing with the world and His people in this key transitional book of the Bible. Trace the six major sections of the book, consider the purpose and historical context of the book, and study the major events in each section. You will learn the significance of the beginning of the church at Pentecost, the gift of tongues, Stephen's speech, the conversion of Cornelius, the Jerusalem Council, Paul at Mars Hill and the place and purpose of baptism. Apply the material in Acts to your personal Christian life and local church. Two exams test your knowledge of the content of Acts. Two papers give you the opportunity to do an in-depth topical study of the Holy Spirit in Acts, principles of evangelism from Philip's ministry or principles of missionary strategy.

Christian Life and Ethics (TH-110)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Christian living is decision making. This course helps you form habits of decision making in all areas of life that will honor the Lord. It encourages the proper development of relationships, ethical decision making, the development of a biblical worldview, the Spirit-filled life, the body life of the church and healthy interpersonal relationships.

Survey of Bible Doctrine (TH-2225)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
Theology is the systematic organization of what the Bible teaches. In this course, the student will study what the Bible teaches about God's Word itself, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. The course emphasizes using the Bible in evangelism and teaching, as well as helping others determine for themselves what the Bible teaches.

The Church and its doctrines (TH-1110)

Elective Summer Class worth three units of Bible Credit through Moody Bible Institute at $180 per unit.
A foundational course, using primarily a Bible Doctrine approach that surveys basic doctrines of the church and their implications for life. Specifically, the course will survey Bibliology, Theology Proper, Anthropology, Angelology, Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. Special attention will be paid to key terms, concepts and biblical texts. The course also will introduce the various branches of theology.

 

Books

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A Million Miles and a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Years after writing a best-selling memoir, Donald Miller went into a funk and spent months sleeping in and avoiding his publisher. One story had ended, and Don was unsure how to start another. But he gets rescued by two movie producers who want to make a movie based on his memoir. When they start fictionalizing Don’s life for film-changing a meandering memoir into a structured narrative-the real-life Don starts a journey to edit his actual life into a better story. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years details that journey and challenges readers to reconsider what they strive for in life. It shows how to get a second chance at life the first time around.

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Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards

This best-selling tale is based on the biblical figures of David, Saul, and Absalom. For the many Christians who have experienced pain, loss, and heartache at the hands of other believers, this compelling story offers comfort, healing, and hope. Christian leaders and directors of religious movements throughout the world have recommended this simple, powerful, and beautiful story to their members and staff. You will want to join the thousands who have been profoundly touched by this incomparable story.

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Make Your Mark by Brad Gray

“Wrestling with our calling in life is a fundamental struggle for just about everyone. Who are we supposed to be? How are we supposed to live? What are we supposed to do? These are all questions many of us grapple with.

Surprisingly, the Samson narrative is one of the most instructive stories for helping us answer these questions. Often touted as a story about muscles, testosterone, and seduction, there is so much more to this ancient account. Employing all the best tools for interpreting the Bible today, Brad Gray unpacks the Samson story anew, giving us fresh insights into the universal callings of those desiring to live out God’s fullest design for life.

With passion, humor, and skill, Brad shows us how we can get right what Samson got wrong in order to flourish in our humanity, to make the most of the lives we’ve been given, and to leave a positive mark on our world.”

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Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity is a discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis’s books. Lewis uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

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The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

The world assigns value to people using measurable standards. Someone is a successful student if she receives A’s. Someone is a strong athlete if he runs five miles a day. The Lord, however, knows nothing of standards. The Ragamuffin Gospel was inspired by Brennan Manning after he discovered firsthand what it means to live by grace instead of performance. His words bring new life and sweet refreshment to Christians who are tired of never measuring up.

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Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence

To know God is to love God. The more we know Him the more we are able to love Him. Brother Lawrence, a monk in the 1600s, spent many years practicing the presence of God in his life. His key to this practice was that he strove to be consciously aware of God’s presence at all times. A renowned Christian classic, Brother Lawrence’s message has survived several centuries and still inspires many individuals to purposefully enjoy God’s presence in their lives.

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Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the “classic Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Foster shows us that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.

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The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever

Evangelism is not only misunderstood, it is often unpracticed. Many Christians want to share the gospel with others, but because those Christians don’t grasp the fundamentals of witnessing, they feel intimidated and incapable of sharing the truth of the Gospel. In The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Dr. Mark Dever seeks to answer the four basic questions about evangelism that many Christians ask: Who should we evangelize? How should we evangelize? What is evangelism? Why should we evangelize? In his answers, Dever draws on New Testament truths and helps believers apply those truths in practical ways.

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Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. His Letters and Papers from Prison became a prized testimony to Christian faith and courage, read by thousands. Now in Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer’s experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul’s letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

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The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do–and what we should take responsibility for ourselves.

Teachers

 
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Bill Carroll

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Bill Carroll graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in Religion and a Certificate in Youth Ministry. He has also completed a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from George Fox University where he later went on to teach Business Ethics and Religion courses as an Adjunct Professor. Bill has 20 years of full-time experience working in church / Para-church ministries and has been serving as the Guest Relations Manager at Hume Lake Christian Camps since 2012. Bill and his wife Hollie have been married for over 20 years and they have three children, Mackenzie, Samantha and Cooper.

 
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Life Skills

Life Skills Class

Life Skills class is taught by many different teachers who throughout the year will be sharing their various expertise with the students. The point of the Joshua program is not just to have knowledge but to be life effective. During the course of the year students will learn necessary skills for effective practical living. We cover a variety of topics from etiquette to car maintenance, finances/budget, taxes, time management, relationships, conflict resolution, Spanish, resumes, job interviews and much more.

Speakers

 
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Craig Hill

September 19-22, 2016

Craig Hill is an affiliate Assistant Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Biola University in New Testament. Hill has taught in university and seminary settings for 18 years and has served for over two decades in youth, and pastoral ministries. He also works with Standing Stone Ministry, a ministry that provides pastoral care for pastors. Hill also serves on the Board of Directors of Hume Lake Christian Camps, one of the largest youth camps in the nation. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife Kelly and four kids.

 
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Todd Morehead

September 26-29, 2016

Todd Morehead is from Southern California where he currently lives with his wife Renae and one year old son Benjamin. He Directed and Co Produced the 2012 documentary Promised Land-Israel through the eyes of Surfers. He is currently a student at Talbot School of Theology where he is working towards his Masters degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Todd has worked at Walking On Water, a San Diego based Christian surfing ministry, for the past ten years and has traveled to Israel extensively where he has led Bible land tours, and partnered with humanitarian aid organizations. He has a deep devotion and love for Israel and the Jewish people and desires to share it with the world. Todd loves to surf and to fly fish.

 
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Matt Jensen

October 10-13, 2016

Matt Jensen and his wife Marlo have been serving in ministry together since 1992. They spent the first 15 years in 2 churches in California (Grace Baptist Church of Santa Maria and Lake Almanor Community Church in Lake Almanor). They have two children, Mikala and Nicolas. From 2006-2013, the family joined Youth World International and moved to Quito, Ecuador. In Quito they served training youth leaders, discipling interns, teaching university classes, and leading chapel for Living and Learning International. In 2013, the Jensen family moved back to Lake Almanor and where Matt is the Pastor of family Ministries at Lake Almanor Community Church. The Jensen family loves to travel and see what God is going around the world and to pour into the lives of others what Christ has poured into them. Matt has a B.A. in Bible from The Master’s College and Master’s degrees from Trinity Seminary and Western Seminary.

 
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Randy Carpenter

November 7-10, 2016

Before becoming a CPA, Randy received a B.S. in Business administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Tax from the University of Denver. Randy currently works for an accounting firm consulting businesses on tax planing strategies. Randy has a passion for teaching Biblical financial principles in a simple and practical way. Randy and his wife Lindsey live in Newbury Park, CA and and have two boys, Levi and Judah.

 
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Fred Blackburn

January 2-5, 2017

Fred received a B.A. in History from San Diego Christian College (CHC) in 1990 and a M.A. in Philosophy from San Diego State University in 2002. He taught his first class at San Diego Christian College in 1991 and was promoted from instructor to assistant professor in 1997. Fred lives on the edge of western civilization with his sister and her six children. He is Uncle/Dad and even though a hermit at heart, laughs and rejoices at the bounty with which God has filled his life.

Fred love trees, coffee, and people, not necessarily, but occasionally in that order. Everyone has a philosophy of life, although not everyone is a philosopher. Fred’s goal is to teach the students how to question and think, how to evaluate data and be aware of their own and others presuppositions. His applied philosophy is education over indoctrination, toleration over acceptance, faith over reason, and ultimately Jesus over self.

 
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Dave Hansen

January 9-12, 2017

Dave graduated from Seattle Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has spent many years teaching high school and coaching football, as well as spending 8 years on the Young Life staff in Central California. He also spent several years coaching football at the college level and in Europe. He is currently President of Students International, an organization that combines full-time mission work with the poor in community development along with providing opportunities for short term mission participants. He lives with his wife Janice in Reedley, CA and has 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren.

 
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Robb Williams

Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2017

Robb is the senior pastor of Verde Community Church in Cottonwood, Arizona (since 2007). He earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Liberty University and Liberty Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary. Robb has been a regular at Hume over the past dozen years, as well as active teaching and implementing Evangelism Explosion in local churches throughout many countries.
Currently, Robb has spends most of his time overseeing his church and Christian school ministries, as well as serving on the public school board in Cottonwood. He enjoys time with his wife of 26 years (Sarah), and their three children (Grant, 18; Emma, 16; and Ross, 13), working on old fountain pens, motorcycling, definitely Netflix-ing, roasting coffee, and stringing tennis rackets.

 
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Chris Schultz

February 6-9, 2017

A former college basketball coach and high school athletic director, Chris was blindsided by God when he was asked to come on staff at The Well Community Church as a pastor. While this was never part of the master plan for his life, Chris walked in obedience and for the past two years he has had the privilege to utilize his gifts of leadership and coaching to help individuals and groups grow in Christ-likeness and live on mission with each other. Chris has a master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Fresno Pacific University and is passionate about what makes healthy communities and the people who lead them. He is passionate about overseas travel, having studied in Oxford and live in Germany. The past year he has spoke to youth in Thailand and taught in Israel. He has been married to his bride of 15 years Jennifer, and the two of them have four (that’s right four) beautiful daughters, Kamryn, Addison, Tessa, Samantha. They are his delight and he counts it no greater privilege and responsibility to love, lead, and equip them so that they might be authentic followers of Jesus.

 
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Chuck Bomar

February 13-16, 2017

Chuck Bomar served nine years at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008. He planted Colossae Church and out of this church a total of three churches have now been planted. In addition to embedding into the city through strategic relationships with civic leaders in the school districts, he has authored over a dozen small group resources and nine books with the most recent being the highly anticipated, “Serving Local Schools.” When he is not out of town speaking at conferences or consulting with churches and denominations, he is home with his family. As you can see from his Facebook/Instagram feed, being home with his girls is his happy place. Chuck and his wife, Barbara, have three beautiful daughters: Karis, Hope and Sayla.

 
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Lem Usita

February 20-23, 2017

Lem Usita EdD is a researcher, an educator, a writer , and a coffee drinker. Lem serves as a Professor and Director of the Henry Morris Leadership Scholarship Program at small private college in San Diego. Lem received his B.A. from Cedarville College, an M.A. from Biola University, and defended a dissertation for an EdD from Biola University.

 
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PJ and Sheri Lewis

March 6-9, 2017

P.J. and his wife Sheri have been working coming up to Hume since 1994. Their ministry is one of faith. Only faith can make trusting disciples of Jesus and develop a real love for God and others. P.J. is currently a pastor at The Well Community Church in Fresno, California.

 
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Dewey Bertolini

March 20-23, 2017

Dewey is the co-founder and teaching shepherd of The Safe Haven, a loving and redemptive community of Christ-followers in McMinnville, Oregon. He brings more than 40 years of local church experience to his writing and teaching. Dewey speaks annually to thousands of students and adults throughout the country, inspiring them to a deeper, more authentic walk with Jesus Christ.

 
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Randy Alonso

April 17-20, 2017

Randy is a teaching Pastor at Central Life Church on the Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida. CL is a multi-site church with a heart for Israel and the Jewish people. Randy has studied and traveled extensively in the Middle East and enjoys introducing people to the Hebraic Roots of the Christian faith. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Bridges For Peace, a Jerusalem based Christian ministry building relationships with the Jewish people. He also serves as President of the International Ministerial Fellowship and hosts Central Life’s daily radio program.

 
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Brad Bell

May 1-4, 2017

Brad lived the stereotypical college life as a star athlete at CSU Fresno until he gave his life to Christ in 1993. The former defensive lineman has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. After marrying his bride, Jen, in Denton, Texas, they moved back to his hometown of Fresno. He was crazy enough to quit his job in 2002 to start a church with no financial support, no staff, and no building.

Brad and Jen have two daughters, Peyton and Kendall. One of his proudest moments as a pastor and father was baptizing his daughter, Peyton, at age seven.

 
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Trent Lewis

May 8-11, 2017

Trent Lewis is the Pastor of Ministry (oversees the GROW departments which pour into the lives of kids, students and adults) at Arbor Road Church in Long Beach California. He is a graduate of Biola University and has been working with students for 15 years. Trent is passionate about communicating the truth of God’s Word in an engaging and relevant way. He feels strange writing about himself in the third person but his wife Cora assures him this is okay.