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 – Fall 2018 – Option 1
Faith & Work
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Led by Rev. Philip May
Dobbins Hall Adult Classroom

What does the Bible say about our working week? Join the Rev. Philip May this fall for his new Sunday school class on Faith and Work. He will draw on his experience to help us look at the role of work in our lives, the place of work in God’s plan for us, the challenge of bringing our faith to our work, and our work to our faith, even the challenge of dealing with work when it becomes arduous or boring. Come out, bring your experience, and let’s think about this together!

 

Adult Sunday School Class – Fall 2018 – Option 2
The Theology of Fishing
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Led by the Rev. William Campbell
in the Parlor

Scripture, the stories we tell, and Christian history are rich in fish and fishing. Through them God feeds us, teaches us ways to relate to His creation, and reveals that we are called to things larger than ourselves. In this class, the Rev. William Campbell will explore our relationship to God through the beloved pastime of fishing, using Biblical story, Christian history, and excerpts from Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It.

 

Adult Sunday School Class – Fall 2018 – Option 3
Episcopal 201: Windows to a Growing Faith
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Led by Rev. Frank Fuller
in the Munds Hall Auditorium

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.

Join the Rev. Frank Fuller for this sequel to the Foundations of Mature Faith that was offered this past spring.
Fr. Frank will include the following topics:
-Sources of religious knowledge (scripture, tradition and reason)
-Church perspectives on ethics and Christian living
-Personal spirituality and the Church as an institution

 

Wednesdays

Wednesday Evening Class for Fall 2018 – Option 1
I Believe in the Holy Spirit

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

Join the Rev. Philip May in this series reflecting on the most mysterious, and perhaps most misunderstood, member of the trinity…the Holy Spirit. How does the Holy Spirit touch our lives? What does the Holy Spirit do? How do we get the Holy Spirit? Come and join us as we learn form each other!   This class will share a potluck dinner each week during class. This is a wonderful time of fellowship and discussion. Fr. Philip will utilize the book, “The Holy Spirit” by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon. If you would like to purchase this book for the class, go to www.amazon.com.

 

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

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Led by Matthew Bloss

Every Christian should do a Bible Study on John at some point in their faith journey. 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. Matthew Bloss is looking forward to continuing this study in the form it had begun last January. The first two weeks will be spent reviewing the first section of John. This will be a good reminder for those who attended the study previously and a great place to start for those who are new.
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.

 

Wednesday Evening Class for Fall 2018 – Option 3
Episcopal 301:  Generations of Anglicans

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Led by the Rev. Frank Fuller

Join the Rev. Frank Fuller Wednesday evenings as he takes us deeper into the history of Anglicans throughout the centuries.
Fr. Frank will cover the following:
-Background and heroes of Christian living
-Theological issues and divisions in history
-Ways to understand change and development in the Church and the world