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.

Sundays

Adult Sunday School Class – 2018 – Option 1
The Gospel of Mark
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Led by Rev. Philip May
Dobbins Hall Adult Classroom

This year most of our Sunday gospel readings in church will come from The Gospel of Mark. What a great opportunity for an in-depth bible study during Sunday School! We will find out what makes this Gospel so powerful. In a dramatic and action-packed sequence of events, Mark paints a striking image of Jesus. Mark is the shortest of the four Gospels and likely the first to be written.

 

Adult Sunday School Class – 2018 – Option 2
The Marriage Course
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Led by Rev. Milton Black and Elizabeth Black
in the Parlor

The Rev. Milton Black and his wife Elizabeth will lead a course on marriage throughout the Spring. This is for couples of all ages…From those who are engaged to those who have been married 50 years or more. Based on biblical principles, it is designed to help any couple build a stronger marriage. The Marriage Course was developed for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationships. The course is designed to help couples build strong foundations, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well. This will be a comfortable, fun, easy, and engaging course. And not to worry…No personal matters will be discussed! Course Topics Include:
Building Strong Foundations ✣ Improving Communication ✣ Resolving Conflicts ✣ The Power of Forgiveness
Dealing with Family Past & Present ✣ The Gift of Sexual Intimacy ✣ Love in Action

 

Adult Sunday School Class – 2018 – Option 3
Foundations for Mature Faith
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Led by Rev. Frank Fuller
in the Munds Hall Library

The Rev. Frank Fuller will lead us in learning more about our faith as Episcopalians, the Episcopal tradition, expectations of Membership at Good Shepherd, and it is excellent preparation for those wanting to officially join the Episcopal Church. You will learn the basics of life in the Church.

This course is rich in important and meaningful content for your life in the church.
Topics include:
Worship (Sacraments & Eucharist)
Doctrine (The Bible, Jesus, and the Creeds)
Discipleship (Baptism, Grace, and Prayer)
Ministry & Mission (Church History, the Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd’s Ministry, Your Ministry)

 

Wednesdays

Wednesday Evening Class for 2018 – Option 1
The Resurrection, Eternal Life, and Christian Hope: A Bible Study about Life and Death

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Led by the Rev. Philip May

We claim the promise of eternal life every time we say the creed, or attend the Eucharist. But what are we really saying? Often, we rely on images from our childhood: clouds, angels, rainbows. But what does scripture really teach? How do we claim the promise of eternal life in an adult way?
Join this Wednesday night bible study to explore this core part of our faith. We will meet in the Parlor for a potluck dinner at 6:30, and learn together from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please join us!

 

Wednesday Evening Class for 2018 – Option 2
John for Everyone:  A Study of the Gospel of John by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Led by Matthew Bloss

We encourage everyone of all ages to come to this new Bible Study on Wednesday evenings. Make this your New Year’s Resolution. Bible Studies do not have to be intimidating…this one will not be. This will be a place to come that is casual and comfortable. You do not have to come with any prior knowledge. If you are a parent, this will better equip you to guide your children, no matter the age, through their spiritual growth. The gospel of John is a great place to start if you have never done a Bible Study, and it is a wonderful reminder of the beauty of John’s writing if you are studying the book again. Either way, this study based on the study series by N.T Wright will help you understand the word of God and further develop your relationship with Jesus.
N. T. Wright is a leading British New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop. He is the author of over 70 books and is a well-respected scholar and theologian. This series is designed to provide thoughtful questions, prayer suggestions, and useful background and cultural information to guide us more deeply into God’s word.