Christian Formation

The Church of the Good Shepherd offers several opportunities to learn about our spiritual heritage, hear and appropriate God’s word, and discuss and ponder the things of God amongst friends. The following classes are specifically designed to form us as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and encourage us in our walk with Him.

 

Adult Sunday School Classes for Spring 2017
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Sundays at 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
in Munds Hall Auditorium

Martyred by the Gestapo near the end of World War II for plotting to assassinate Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer left a legacy of writings that has become a prized testimony of faith and courage for Christians around the world. Life Together is his inspiring account of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany.

Like the Apostle Paul, Bonhoeffer 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 taught in simple words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

 

Wednesday Evening Class for Spring 2017
Called to Community The Life Jesus Wants for His People
Wednesday Night Studies
Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Led by the Rev. Philip May in the Parlor

Why, in an age of connectivity, are our lives more isolated and fragmented than ever? And what can be done about it? The answer lies in the hands of God’s people. Increasingly, today’s Christians want to be the church, to follow Christ together in daily life. From every corner of society, they are daring to step away from the status quo and respond to Christ’s call to share their lives more fully with one another and with others. They are discovering the rich, meaningful life that Jesus has in mind for all people, and pointing the church back to its original calling: to be a gathered, united community that demonstrates the transforming love of God.  Join us for informative reading, lively discussion, and a great potluck supper!

 

Adult Confirmation and Inquirers’ Class
Sunday, February 12 – Sunday, March 26
Following the 10:30 a.m. Service in the Parlor

Are you coming to Good Shepherd from another Christian tradition? Or are you reconnecting with Church after some time away? This is the group for you. We will meet after the 10:30 service for a potluck lunch and class. This will be a time for learning more about our faith and the way we live it out in the Episcopal tradition. This would be an excellent preparation to be confirmed or to be received into the communion, when the Bishop visits us in March. If you are interested, or you’d like to know more, get in touch with Fr. Philip at 361-882-1735.
Confirmation will both be held on Sunday, March 26th.