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 Fall 2020
Pilgrim's Path - A Study of the Psalms

Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor
Led by Elizabeth Black
Who: Women of all ages

You must preregister online at elizabethheadblack.com or Click Here

Elizabeth Black will begin a new study this Fall called Pilgrim’s Path – A Study of the Psalms. For almost 30 years, Elizabeth has connected with the Psalms by reading them daily, allowing them to shape her prayer life, and her spiritual walk.

In 2015, Elizabeth published a devotional book on the Psalms called Hand in Hand, Walking with the Psalms through Loneliness that highlights the presence of God in our lives. This year, she has chosen to readdress these powerful scriptures through a more theological lens. She has studied theological resources on the Psalms, including books and commentaries by C.S. Lewis, John Stott, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eugene Peterson, Timothy Keller, and more. This study will trace the magnificent, creative outreach of God to his people, the response He so desires from us, our struggle between two worlds, and how He leads us back to himself. Elizabeth invites you on a dynamic walk o a pilgrim’s path.

This study includes:
13 weekly lectures posted as a Podcast beginning September 15
13 sets of Study Questions
13 weekly Group Discussions for those able to attend in person

3 Ways to Participate:
Join in-person Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Must preregister)
Study remotely and independently with weekly Podcasts and Questions
Use the materials on her website to do your own group study

How to Sign-Up:
Register online at elizabethheadblack.com or click here.
This will give you a passcode to receive the study materials. The cost of the study is $10. You can pay online on her website.

For Men

MEN'S LIFE FELLOWSHIP (suspended until further notice)
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.

MEN'S BOOK STUDY (suspended until further notice)
Tuesdays at Noon in the Library
Meets Tuesdays at noon, in the Munds Hall Library at the Church of the Good Shepherd. All are welcome to attend.

For Men and Women

Wednesday Evening Classes
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Parlor

DEEPER INTO THE STORY - ONLINE and IN-PERSON
Led by Rev. Philip May
from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Zoom Online or in the Parlor in-person
RSVP to Fr. Philip at pmay@cotgs.org
Contact Fr. Philip at pmay@cotgs.org to be added to one of  the Zoom Meetings and if you would like to come in person.
“Deeper into The Story” is an opportunity to learn more about the story behind The Story. Learn more about the historical setting of the great events we hear in scripture, the characters that emerge and the world in which the great drama of our salvation takes place.

THE REVELATION OF JOHN: Light for Dark Times - IN-PERSON
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
in Dobbins Hall Adult Classroom
RSVP to Fr. Frank to reserve your seat at fef3t@aol.com
Through the centuries, the last book of the Bible, the Revelation, has given hope to Christians through persecutions, plagues, wars, and catastrophes. The text has confused, befuddled, inspired, and enraged interpreters for two millennia. This class will try to read closely the visions of the seer John, seeking light to live by for our own times.

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.