More than 1,200 enroll in “Big Class” with Bishop Michael Curry

Online, video-based presentation from ChurchNext has wide appeal

[ChurchNext press release] More than 1,200 people in 18 countries have registered for “The Big Class: How to be a Crazy Christian with Bishop Michael Curry”, a free course being offered online by ChurchNext TV.  The 45-minute class will be available beginning on January 26 at 9 a. m. and registration remains open.

“I am thrilled by this terrific response,” said the Rev. Chris Yaw, founder of ChurchNext, which offers a robust array of online courses to congregational subscribers and interested individuals.  “We have wonderful teachers in every corner of our church, and online, video-based presentations are an excellent way of making the richness of their offerings available to all.”

Yaw, rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Southfield, Michigan, has also prepared a guide to using The Big Class in congregations.

To enhance the experience of those who take the course online, moderators, including Bishop Curry, who leads the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, and others, will be online to interact with participants on weekday evenings January 26-31. Participants in the class can type questions to which the moderators will respond online.

“I am looking forward to interacting with people, answering their questions and exploring the ways they want to grow deeper in their faith,” said the Rev. Roger Ferlo, president of the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary Federation, who will moderate the discussion on Tuesday evening. “I believe that there will be lively give and take in our virtual classroom.”

Bexley Seabury is one of ChurchNext’s four partners in The Big Class. The others are Church Publishing Incorporated, the Diocese of North Carolina and Forward Movement.

The moderating schedule is Bishop Curry, Monday 6-9 p. m.; the Rev. Ferlo, Tuesday, 7-9 p. m.; Bishop Curry, Wednesday 7-9 p. m.; the Rev. Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement, Thursday, 7-9 p. m. and Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian formation specialist with Church Publishing Incorporated, Friday, 7-9 p. m.  All times are Eastern Standard.

The class in based on Bishop Curry’s book Crazy Christians, which is published by Church Publishing.


  1. dianne gudger says:

    I am looking forward to this offering.

  2. Alda Morgan says:

    Sounds interesting and I’m always delighted when good education offerings are made available. But once again the Episcopal Church (in its various manifestations) has not thought clearly about its west coast members. The timing of this course would end up being from 4-6 p.m. on the west coast, with Monday’s session being 3-6 p.m. Even for the Mountain States time zone, Monday’s would be 4-7 and the rest, 5-7. These times cut cross work and commute hours, as well as meal prep for supper. This kind of thoughtlessness has been a source of irritation and, at times, when meetings are concerned, great inconvenience for west coast Episcopalians. I would think by now, we would have caught up with the problem. It isn’t for lack of being told!

    • Hi Alda!
      Thanks for your comment!
      Let’s clarify that The Big Class with Bishop Curry is offered for free from January 27 to February 3 and can be taken anytime, 24/7, during that period. The live moderators will be present on weekday evenings, but you can take the class anytime.
      Thanks so much for your interest.

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