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The Adventure of Discipleship (Self-Paced)



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Preview / Purchase the book: The Adventure of Discipleship

Purchasing the book is completely up to you and your desired level of engagement. You don't need the book to get through the lecture videos, but you may find you want to read it after your interest grows. If you would like to purchase Dr. Keating's book you are encouraged to do so, but it is not mandatory or required. This course is completely free of charge.


Course Description:


Adventure of Discipleship is a free online course designed for the everyday Catholic seeking to learn and grow as a disciple of Jesus. Dr. Keating will guide students through his book Adventure of Discipleship. This course uses the lens of adventure and examples drawn from great adventure stories like The Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia (and other novels and movies) to illustrate various dimensions of Christian discipleship. Students will be inspired to more fully embrace the adventure of discipleship to which Jesus is calling them.

This course is not intended to be academically strenuous but to provide a shallow-entry point for those who have busy lives and need flexibility. This course is designed for personal enrichment and does not count towards any academic credit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary or for any certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit. 



For questions about course content contact the instructor/teaching assistants using the Inbox on the red menu bar on the left side of your online course page. 

For technical support see the Tech Support guide in the Welcome module of the course.




Daniel A. Keating. Adventure of Discipleship. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2018.


J. R.R. Tolkien. Lord of the Rings Houghton Mifflin. 

C.S. Lewis. Chronicles of Narnia. Harper Collins. 


Schedule of Topics:

Introductory Module 

Module 1:  Discipleship as Adventure

Module 2:  Discipleship More than a Game/Jesus More than a Superhero

Module 3:  Providence and Trials in the Costly Adventure of Discipleship

Module 4:  Companions for the Adventure of Discipleship: Friendship with God and Others


Weekly Activities:

The following learning activities are available to students each module. There are not specific requirements. Those who complete all the videos and self-tests will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Video lectures 

Recommended readings and links to additional learning resources

Self-test to see what you’ve learned

Open online discussion for participants to share with each other what they are learning and encourage each other

The time commitment is flexible for this course. There are two video lectures per module (about 20 minutes each). Participants who are interested in completing all recommended readings and course tasks can expect to spend around 2-3 hours/module on the course. However, levels of participation and engagement are up to the discretion of the individual. 


All Equip Courses Include These Features:

A dedicated online learning support coordinator to offer prompt assistance

24/7 access to the digital learning environment

Engagement as a community of connected learners who share a common faith

Extended access to course content after the course end date

Learning environment support provided by Canvas (our learning management platform)

Technical assistance provided by Sacred Heart’s IT staff

A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who complete the course learning activities


Technical Requirements:

Canvas Tech Requirements


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