Discipleship Ministry

Our Christian education classes on Sundays and Wednesdays are designed to help you take your next step in your spiritual journey of Knowing God, Loving Others and Serving the World. Whether you're just starting your journey or have been traveling this path for a long time, we offer classes which will inform and inspire you in your relationship with God.

These classes provide opportunities to learn and to connect with others through study, prayer, and discussion. Following are the classes that will are currently offered. All classes are open. The Discipleship Ministry Team appreciates your suggestions for future classes. 

Sunday Adult Classes

10:00 - 11:00 AM

January and February, 2019

Theme:  Discipleship for Everyday Living

Discipleship Ministry is offering Sunday School classes consistent with the sermon theme.  How are we spending the hours that we are not in church?   How do we live as disciples at our jobs?  At home?  In retirement?  Wherever we are and in whatever we are doing?

Below are the courses that will be offered, beginning January 6.

Gospel Shaped Work (Gospel Coalition Curriculum) by Tom Nelson

Facilitators: Ken Creighton, Jeff Kingsley, Pastor John Hostetter, & Sherry Eshleman

Room 303

Many Christians have a dualistic approach to life.  We have our church life and then our work life, which are largely separate.  Gospel Shaped Work marries these two worlds together.  It's not just about bolting on Christian bits to my working life, but seeing that everything in my life is connected to the Gospel.  It's not just the answer to people's spiritual needs at work; the Gospel is at the heart of everything I do at work.  God created us to be workers, to till the soil, to subdue creation, and to be His representatives in the world.  We flourish when we work as God intended.

Take this journey to discover how not only to connect Monday to Sunday, but also how to put the gospel at the heart of everything we do at work.


Spiritual Discipleship:  Principles of Following Christ for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders

Teachers: Dennis Emmert & Jim Hallman

Room 305

As J. Oswald Sanders points out, true discipleship is more than intellectual assent to a belief in Christ; it involves the whole person and lifestyle.

True disciples pursue their Master.  They know that God dis watching over their faith, but they also take Scripture's command seriously:  "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you."  They take pains, by His power, to look more and more like Jesus.

This book centers around the Beatitudes and will help you to be a disciple.  It examines Jesus' teaching on what it means to follow Him, helping you become the kind of Christian Jesus want you to be--not devised by man or even other Christians.

Everyday Works

Teachers: Matt Cooper & Bob Frick

Room 410

Everyday Works seeks to help Christians rethink the meaning and purpose of their everyday work in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.  It is the culmination of a two-year project by Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in which leading teachers and authors together explored how "secular" work really is a means of worship, discipleship, and mission.

The material is broken down into four parts:  Work is God, Live the Kingdom, Flourish for Others, and Expand the Circle.  Each part has five short videos with discussion questions.  Examples of topics addressed: Called to Love and Serve, Called to Work and Rest, Righteousness, Vocational Stewardship, Wrong Decision Makers, Broken Relationships, Called to Compassion and Justice, Poverty, and Our Super Hero Complex.

Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper

Teacher: Kim Nielson

Room 408

John Piper writes, "God created us to live with a single passion to display His supreme excellence in all the spheres of life with joy.  The wasted life is the life without this passion.  God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to to be made much of, but to make much of Him in every part of our lives."

Most peoples slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin.  This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing.  It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion.  If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don't waste your life!

 *Portions of the above descriptions are copied or paraphrased from published product descriptions and promotional materials.

In a world of distractions, Sunday School this winter has a singular focus - living for Christ in all of life.  Sunday School provides opportunities to learn, to discuss ideas and feelings, to pray, and to connect with others.  Plan to participate in one of the classes!

Wednesday Adult Classes 

6:30 - 7:45 PM

January, February, March 2019

Knitters, Crocheters, Crafters

Welcome Center

You are invited to use the Welcome Center to work on projects and to interact with one another.

The Wired Word

Facilitator: Pastor John Hostetter

Room 303

How do Biblical principles apply to what is happening in our world today?  The Wired Word links the latest headlines to appropriate scriptures.  Each lesson consists of a current event, a framework for discussion, related scriptures with commentary (the substance of the lesson), and discussion questions.  The lessons are based on a positive Christian theme.  Meaningful, thoughtful discussions encourage participants to truly think about their beliefs and the impact of those beliefs on day-to-day life.

Men’s Group

Facilitators: Members of the group

Room 307

A core group of men is committed to creating a community of trust among men of all ages in our church. There may be off-site outreach projects, fun activities, and opportunities to hold one another accountable, as well as meeting together outside of Wednesday evenings.  WNH is a time of study and discussion of characters from the Old Testament with Bill DeMora, Jack Diffendarfer, Marc Maly, and Mike Myers taking turns facilitating.  Each session will start after clean-up of the Family Life Center. This group is open to all men who value interaction with other men, working, growing, and having fun together.

Prayer Room

Room 311

Looking for a quiet place to read, study, pray, or simply be still? We are fortunate to have a space in our church designed specifically for those purposes. Life can be hectic, even during Wednesday Night Happenings!

The Prayer Room provides:

1) A peaceful place for silence. “Be still and know that I am God.” [Psalm 46:10]

2) A set-apart place to read scripture slowly and reflectively, asking God to speak through the sacred text.

3) A place to pray without distractions.

4) A place to simply “be” with God.

Bible Study

Teacher: Sherry Eshleman with Bonnie Frick assisting

Room 410

Join us for a unique way in which to experience the Bible. Faith Lessons from the DVD series That the World May Know with Ray Vander Laan take us to the actual places where the stories of the Bible occurred. The videos weave together historical, cultural, and geographical contexts to reveal keen insights into how people in biblical times understood God and Jesus’ teaching. We also discuss the significance of the scriptures for believers today.  Our first study is Israel's Mission.  By learning about the assignment to bring back "lost sheep" that God gave to His people thousands of years ago, we glimpse the urgency and reward welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace.  The Mission of Jesus guides us on Jesus' path through Israel, while exploring the role of ancient Rome, and shows how God brought triumph in a world of chaos.

*portions copied from promotional materials

Walk in Church

Room 309 or Family Life Center, depending upon size of group and availability of FLC.

Walk at Home videos by Leslie Sansone provide the motivation to exercise simply by stretching and walking.  Beyond the physical benefits, exercise helps us relieves stress and can be a time when we direct our thoughts toward God.  Since this is a group activity, participants have the opportunity to interact with one another while walking, building relationships.  The videos offer a 1-mile walk (15 minutes), a 2-mile walk (30 minutes), and a 3-mile walk (45 minutes) and are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.  This group activity begins at 7:00 PM.