Anxiety is a universal condition... ...especially now.
During the pandemic, even those who don’t consider themselves “anxious people” felt fear and worry around health, finances, politics, race, or some other life disruption.
Yet, conventional Christian culture can make us think that we shouldn’t feel anxious, or that we’re just supposed to “pray it away.” And secular culture also views anxiety as a problematic condition to manage or medicate.
This series presents a surprising Gospel truth: that anxiety is a powerful opportunity to grow as followers of Jesus.We show you how to take spiritual advantage of your fears and worries. You will learn to encounter Jesus through your anxiety with the help of Scripture, physical practices, nature, prayer, and new self-understandings.
This series can benefit individuals or entire small groups. Note the following for small groups:
- Small group leaders should expect less than 10 minutes prep time per session.
- The series is designed to work well in person or remotely (via Zoom, etc.).
- When the group series is purchased, up to 20 participants will be provided free access to the materials (via coupon code).
Preview the first session for free here, or review the Series Outline below.
The entire 7 session series is available for $49 per small group (discounts for multiple groups) or $19 for individuals.
Meet Your Instructor: Curtis Chang
Curtis Chang is a consulting professor at the Duke Divinity School and a Senior Fellow at Fuller Theological Seminary. His ministry experience includes serving as a senior pastor of an Evangelical Covenant Church in California and in campus ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. You can learn more by visiting our About page.
What People are Saying About The Anxiety Opportunity Course
“The Anxiety Opportunity Course is a really helpful way of trying to integrate spirituality and faith in a way that has integrity to both. That’s, to me, the real genius of the program.” – Dr. Michael Jordan, Dean of the Chapel at Houghton University, author of “Healing Worship in an Age of Anxiety”
“The Anxiety Opportunity Course was really one of the best curriculums I’ve encountered as far as the mix of content, the types of videos, the interaction with the students, the types of things they were doing in between each video, and the resources I had as a leader.” – Bill Burrichter, Houghton University Executive Director of the Center for Student Success, Director of Counseling Services, Associate Professor of Psychology
“We’re sometimes suspicious of even baseline anxiety in the church. Curtis takes the approach to say anxiety is actually normal, and you can experience growth through it rather than just avoiding it. This course narrows in on the unique misconceptions within pop Christian culture on anxiety and the opportunity for growth through it rather than just avoiding it and helps people who who haven’t yet hit the point where they seek out counseling but don’t like feeling anxious.” – J.L. Miller, Houghton University Chair of Religion
“As a therapist that specializes in anxiety and OCD, I found this course to be accurate, helpful, well organized, and cohesive. This is a great practical guide that provides insight and tools.” – Jenny E.
“I’ve always thought of my anxiety as a burden to overcome on my own. This series has helped me reframe my thinking and turned my anxiety (something bad) into a way to grow spiritually (something good). I now have better tools to use when dealing with my anxiety to make it more productive and manageable.” – Caroline B.
“This course was the first experience I have had that merged secular tools to address anxiety with a Christian viewpoint that was extremely clear and made sense. The leader was an incredibly clear teacher and presented material in a way that makes it easy to remember. Even though I’ve seen numerous therapists to deal with anxiety, this course gave me a completely new view of anxiety. I am extremely grateful for this course.” – Matt D.
“In my work as a hospice chaplain, I wanted to provide support to co-workers who experienced much pandemic anxiety. Several nurses joined me for a seven week course of study. Before starting the group, I had known all of the participants. However, once the group formed and began the study, I learned so much more about each person. This was good for our souls and has led to a deeper bond between us. The series created a sacred space and time for us to grow together.” – Steven B.F.
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