Bible Studies and Book Groups

The Church of the Good Shepherd offers several Bible studies and book groups in which you can be fed by the word of God, think theologically, and fellowship with others. These studies and book groups provide a safe and nurturing environment in which you can learn, inquire, explore, test and grow your faith. Most importantly, it is a time set apart to let God speak to us through His Word and through the wisdom of great theologians and writers. Come be nourished by spiritual food that satisfies.

Find a Bible study or book group that is right for you by scrolling through the list below:

For Women

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY Spring 2021
Psalms:
Prayers of the Heart
Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
in the Parlor

Group-Led Study for Women of all Ages

This study focuses on 12 psalms and how to pray them. This is a group-led study with six women from our congregation taking turns leading the discussion questions. The book that guides this study is Psalms: Prayers of the Heart by Eugene H. Peterson. The study teaches you how to relate to God as you pray your doubts, fears, and anger and will show you how to respond to God in praise. The book can be ordered on Amazon.

For Men

MEN'S LIFE FELLOWSHIP
Tuesday Mornings, at 7:00 a.m. in the Parlor

This group offers encouragement and support for your daily life.  Now is a great time to join this group and share in fellowship and wisdom.  Come to share or come just to listen!

Men’s Life Fellowship also organizes fun, energetic activities outside of the book study and will publicize them to the congregation as they draw near. Be looking for announcements of fishing tournaments, skeet shoots, golf tournaments and more.

Meets Tuesday mornings at 7:00-8:00 a.m. in the Parlor at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

For Men and Women

Wednesday Evening Classes

WOMEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Online
 and In-Person in the Parlor

Led by the Rev. Philip May
Zoom Link Click Here
Fr. Philip will begin a new study on the Women in the New Testament. Women in the New Testament shows how the stories of women are an integral part of the Gospel and its meaning for us. It also relays how we can respond to the challenge these women represent, whether we are men trying to understand or women trying to find our voices within the tradition of faith found in the New Testament. The book Women in the New Testament by Mary Ann Getty-Sullivan can be found on Amazon.

WHEN GOD SURPRISES: Faith in Confusing Times

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
in Dobbins Hall Adult Classroom
Led by the Rev. Frank Fuller fef3t@aol.com
We almost never quite anticipate what the future brings, or what God has in store for us just right around the corner.  Faith is a challenge, but facing life without it is almost impossible.  This study will look at surprising moments in the history of the Church when God's amazing grace brought us unexpected answers to the most vexing questions of the age.  Topics will include the early church and growth of the New Testament, the end of persecutions in the Roman empire, the conquest of the barbarians, the Crusades, and the splitting of the church, east from west and north from south.

Other Studies and Groups

TRINITY TOWERS BIBLE STUDY
Suspended until further notice
Thursday Mornings at 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Towers
This is an ecumenical Bible study led by a clergy member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. This Bible study is held on site at Trinity Towers for its residents. Topics vary but are often guided by the weekly lectionary readings of the Episcopal Church. Fellowship and discussion are the emphasis of this group, as well as prayers for the infirm. There is no homework or reading associated with this study.  Meets Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Trinity Towers located at 101 North Upper Broadway, in downtown Corpus Christi

CURSILLO REUNION GROUPS
The Church of the Good Shepherd has a number of Cursillo Reunion Groups that meet for study and fellowship.  Time and place vary, depending on the group. If you have made your Cursillo and would like to join a reunion group, please contact the Church Office at 361-882-1735 and we will help you find a group to join. If you have not made your Cursillo and would like to know more about the adult Christian renewal weekend, click here.

EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM)
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation, we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them”. EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.

EfM meets in seminar groups. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length.
Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.

Even more important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has the potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EfM groups are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship appropriate to their situations. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials.

For more information about any of our Bible Studies or Book Groups, please call the Church Office at 361-882-1735. Click here to obtain lessons, notes or other materials from our bible studies.