Foundational Classes

If you haven’t taken these classes or their equivalent (either here or previously at another church), we really encourage you to do so — they’re foundational for Christian life.

Watch the Sunday worship folders and the Upcoming Learning Opportunities page here for dates and details as each class is scheduled:

NEW for Fall 2017! Engaging the Bible

For most of us, reading the Bible is like reading a foreign language: hard to understand, hard to figure out what it means, even harder to decipher what God might be saying to us today through the Bible.

This class will help you learn how to understand the Bible and equip you to engage the Bible from your heart. It will help you open yourself up to the rich, meaningful wisdom that is available in this diverse collection of books, and to the powerful ways that it can impact your life by the power of the Spirit. Learn to read scripture slowly and prayerfully, using an ancient practice called “lectio divina” (“sacred reading”). Be inspired to develop a regular Bible reading and reflection practice at home.

Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for 40 years or never cracked its cover, this practice is for everyone!

Exploring Faith

Explore basic principles of Christian faith — God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Church, Serving, Spiritual Practices, etc. — organized around our church vision statement: God’s Unconditional Acceptance, Your Unbelievable Growth, Our Unlimited Outreach. 6-8 weeks, usually offered in the winter (January-February). Look for this as Constructive Theology, planned for January 2018, led by Pastor April Blaine.

Exploring Spiritual Practices

Learn about how to connect with God through personal spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, study, solitude, confession, fasting, simplicity, service, guidance, worship, and celebration. 8-14 weeks, depending on which study we use. Offered annually, no standard time of year yet.

Exploring Spiritual Gifts

Do you sometimes lose track of time because you’re so engrossed in what you’re doing? Or find yourself volunteering for things that sap your energy? Or wonder where you might serve in the church or elsewhere, not sure what might be a good fit for you? Learning about your God-given spiritual gifts will help! 4 weeks, usually offered a couple times a year (timing varies).

If you’d like to take an online spiritual gifts inventory, click HERE. The class we offer goes more in depth than this and has other benefits, but this is a great place to start.

 

Exploring Faith Sharing

Not sure how to drop into conversation that you believe in God and try to follow Jesus? Learn how to share your faith in a low-key way with people you know. 3 weeks, usually offered in November.