Christian Formation

We have several Sunday worship services from which to choose, each with a different feel and tempo. For spiritual growth, we offer a coordinated Christian Formation program for all ages. In addition to Sunday programs, the Church of the Good Shepherd also offers several weekday services and classes, to meet a variety of schedules and interests. There are many ways for people to share in the mission and ministries of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

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 among friends.

Adult Sunday School - 2022

Living Word - Going Deeper into Sunday Scripture Readings
Led by Rev. Milton Black & Rev. Philip May
9:30 a.m. in the Parlor
The Rev. Milton Black and the Rev. Philip May will lead a discussion-based class utilizing the scripture readings from each Sunday’s services.  The day’s scriptures will guide us as we learn from one another and better understand God’s Word.

The Holy Family - Sundays in January
Led by Rev. William Campbell
9:30 a.m. in Dobbins Hall Adult Classroom
The Holy Family - Sundays in January with Rev. Campbell in Dobbins Hall Adult Classroom
On Christmas, we celebrate that God became a human being—that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.” The Gospels make almost no mention of Jesus’s childhood—almost. Join Fr. William as he points out elements of The Holy Family that are important for us to recognize as we seek holiness within our families today.

From Dabbling to Diving with God: Going Deeper in the Life of Prayer
Led by Rev. Frank Fuller at 9:30 a.m.
in Munds Hall Library
Many of us are confused or even anxious about what prayer means in our relation with God.  This class will seek to expand and heighten our experience with God in prayer by scripture study and practice together.  Exploring the analogy of moving into deeper waters, as Jesus’ disciples did, we will try to challenge our preconceptions and open our hearts and minds to his Holy Spirit in deeper ways.

Wednesday Evening Classes - 2022

Contemplative Vision
6:30 p.m. in the Parlor
7:00 p.m. on Zoom Online Click Here
Led by Rev. Philip May
This class will be following a wonderful book called Contemplative Vision by Juliet Benner. This book is a guide to praying using Christian art. We will explore paintings from different eras of our Christian heritage, and learn how they can draw us into a deeper relationship with God, an understanding of His love for us in Christ, and an appreciation of the support we find in Christian community.

Centuries of Saints
6:30 p.m. in Dobbins Hall Adult Classroom
Led by Rev. Frank Fuller
We continue to look at the Church’s saints, century by century from the middle ages to the modern world.  We explore how the movement of the Church through time shows how the Church has changed and how different ages have produced different models of what a holy life means.  The people we see as saints tells as much about us as about them, and who we think God is, and who he wants us to be.