Wilderness: Preparing for a New Mission into the Unknown

Join Dr. Cliff Barbarick, Dr. Shane Alexander, and Andy Johnson for a five-session class looking at what can be learned from the wilderness experiences in our lives.

During the five weeks of this course, you will reflect on the wilderness experience of Israel, the wilderness experiences of others, and how your faith is and can be formed during such times. The wilderness is by nature a land marked by disorder and chaos. Whereas civilization has been designed for order and the well-being of humans, the wilderness is hostile to human life. We are not meant to be there.

Biblically, the wilderness is a place of disorientation and testing where radical dependence upon God must be learned. In order to survive the wilderness, the Israelites had to depend upon God. From that point forward, the wilderness experience provided the language of intimacy with and dependence upon God.

Have you been in a season of wandering in the wilderness? Are you learning radical dependence upon God? Might your present experiences become the frame through you which you heretofore view intimacy with and dependence upon God?

There will be two sections for the class, each meeting once a week for five weeks. Each session will last around an hour and a half.

Section 1: Mondays at 7:00 pm CDT (Central Daylight Savings Time), June 14 – July 12
Section 2: Tuesdays at 9:00 am CDT, June 15 – July 13 – WAITING LIST ONLY

(To figure out what time that would be locally, you can go to Compare the time listed above in Dallas, Texas, to your local time.)

When you register below, please choose the section that will work best with your schedule.

This class is open to both women and men in ministry.

Cliff Barbarick is an associate professor in the Bible department at Abilene Christian University, and he holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor University. Cliff and his wife, Tali, have three children, Caelan, Brenna, and Corbin, and they enjoy time outdoors, camping, and hiking as a family. Cliff worked closely with other team members to shape the curriculum for the men’s renewal. He specializes in early Christian literature and theology. He researches the subject of moral transformation in the New Testament and Greco-Roman education. He is also an aficionado of American wilderness writing.

Come before Winter - Cliff Barbarick

Come before Winter - Shane Alexander

Shane has preached previously for congregations in Texas and Kentucky. He also has experience as a healthcare chaplain and a church planter. Shane attended Abilene Christian University where he completed three degrees: BA (1999), MDiv (2002), and DMin (2009). In addition to his work at RCC, Shane serves as the Men’s Program Manager for Come before Winter. Shane lives with his wife, Kara, and their three children, Elizabeth (15), Peyton (12), and Levi (9), in Woodway. In his free time, he is an avid listener of audiobooks, especially ones about history and the natural sciences.

Andy Johnson and his family served in Burkina Faso, West Africa, as a part of the team of missionaries that worked alongside the Dagara tribe. While there, they were blessed to see the Lord begin a movement of people out of darkness and into light—a movement that continues to thrive and expand today! On their return to the US in 2014, they moved to Alabama where Andy served as missions minister. He joined the team at Mission Resource Network in 2019, and is serving as of Director of Missionary Care and Prayer Coordination. Andy holds both a B.A. in Greek and an M.A. in Missions from ACU. He and his wife Melissa have three kids—two sons and a daughter. Andy delights in languages, cultures, foods, and the people they all represent.

Registration for this class is closed.